(rauschenbergfoundation.org) May 24–June 29, 2013
Rauschenberg Project Space
455 West 19th Street
11 am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday
Curated by Laurel Reuter, director of the North Dakota Museum of Art,
the exhibition Songs for Spirit Lake will reflect the ongoing
conversation between six artists who created artwork on or about the
Spirit Lake Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.
The artists are Rena Effendi, Bill Harbort, John Hitchcock, Terry
Jelsing, Mary Lucier, and Tim Schouten. Under the aegis of the Robert
Rauschenberg Foundation's Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant
Program, this first in-progress exhibition allows each artist to create
work that responds to their continuing conversations with the
inhabitants of Spirit Lake.
In November 2012, these artists were introduced to the Spirit Lake
community through an exhibition of their own work. Installed in the
gymnasium at the Cankdeska Cikana Community College in the village of
Fort Totten, it was the first contemporary art exhibition ever mounted
on the reservation.
North Dakota Museum of Art's exhibition encompasses work that each
artist made in response to their conversations with each other and their
experiences with the people and landscape of the reservation. In Songs
for Spirit Lake, the artists explore how people live within the
landscape; who the people are; and their patterns of intermingling the
past and present in contemporary life through photography, painting,
installation, and video. Additionally, the exhibition includes a live
performance by musicians from the reservation who, for the first time,
will play traditional drum songs together.
Exhibited in the context of New York City's Rauschenberg Project
Space, Songs for Spirit Lake invites a new, broad audience to engage
with the voices and traditions of the Spirit Lake community as conveyed
through the eyes of the artists. This endeavor parallels not only the
North Dakota Museum of Art's mission to address global concerns—ideas as
relevant to people living on the Northern Plains as they are to people
from around the world—but also the legacy of Robert Rauschenberg, who
sought to create social and cultural awareness through artistic
collaboration and innovation.
About the North Dakota Museum of Art
The North Dakota Museum of Art, a private, nonprofit institution, is
located on the campus of the University of North Dakota. Founded as a
contemporary art museum, it serves by legislative act as the official
art museum of the State of North Dakota.
Songs for Spirit Lake will run May 24 through June 29, 2013,
at the Rauschenberg Project Space located at 455 West 19th Street, New
York City. The Rauschenberg Project Space is open to the public from 11
am to 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and admission is free.
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