Plains Art Museum

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Third floor general space
The first time I visited this Museum I was overcome with excitement! It was the first time I was physically in front of contemporary Native American artwork! I had been reading several articles in art mags regarding the works of art by contemporary Native American Artists but had not had the chance to see any work in person. There is a world of difference between standing in front of a piece of art and absorbing its color, marks and pulsating energy or looking at a glossy image of a work of art in a shiney new mag!

I loved the use of renovated space and open airiness of the building. Loads of natural light in the front. You didn't feel like you were stuck in box like one may sometimes feel when visiting larger museum in NYC or Philly.

During my last visit I was introduced to works of art by regional artists, many of which were members of various Native communities.
Museum sponsored mural!
The third floor exhibit was focused on the photography of Wayne Gudmundson, a midwestern photographer who's subject was the minimal landscape of the American PLains and the subtle marks of human existence.

My most current visit was filled with Block prints by local Mexican-American artists evoking images, themes and styles relating to the Day of the Dead. Large scale and brightly colored! The prints were created as a part of a community gathering of the artists, families and volunteers creating a large scale steamroller print.

In contrast another gallery within the museum exhibited Documentary photography by Somalia born artist Abdi Roble. Roble's photography was focused on the Somali Diaspora. He travelled to several American communities where refugees gathered and documented their accumulation or in some cases lack there of into the local communities as well as the realities of refugees living in refugee camps in Somalia's neighboring countries. It was a very interesting collection if images and definitely thought provoking!
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Third floor general space
Third floor general space
Museum sponsored mural!
Museum sponsored mural!
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