Reservation Pop: Wendy Red Star

Opening reception: Fri., Sept. 8, 5 - 7 p.m. @DAI Morrison Gallery
Lecture & Book Signing with Wendy Red Star & Sharon Louden: Fri., Sept. 8, 7 p.m., @The Underground
Artist Workshop with Sharon Louden: Sat., Sept. 9, 10 a.m. @DAI Lincoln Center
On View: Sept. 7 - Nov. 12, 2017

New work by Wendy Red Star--an artist based in Portland, OR--will travel from Bethel University’s Olson Gallery in St. Paul to the DAI. Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star’s solo exhibit will feature documentary images of the cars and HUD houses there. In a mnartists.org review, Cynthia Gladen links Red Star’s saturated images to Andy Warhol’s Pop prints, but notes that the rez home colors are chosen by the government rather than the people. She states that “the heaviness the viewer might feel about the poverty on display is mitigated by [Red Star’s] winking humor and the stories which accompany the work.”

Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and earned her MFA in sculpture from UCLA. She has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fondation Cartier pour l’ Art Contemporain, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Portland Art Museum, Hood Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. She served as visiting lecturer at Yale University, the Figge Art Museum, the Banff Centre, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Dartmouth College, CalArts, Flagler College, Fairhaven College, and I.D.E.A. Space in Colorado Springs. In 2015, Red Star was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

The exhibit is part of a multi-tiered program led by Red Star and Sharon Louden, presented on the occasion of Louden’s book tour for her new publication, “The Artist as Cultural Producer,” which features 40 artists including Red Star. Directly following the exhibit opening reception, the two artists will present a lecture addressing harmful stereotypes about artists and discussing the ways that artists contribute to communities. The next day, Saturday, Sept. 9, Louden will lead an artist professional development workshop at the Duluth Art Institute’s Lincoln Park location, concentrating on the ways that artists can expand their practices beyond their studios. The workshop is free but registration is required.

 This series is generously supported by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation’s Anishinaabe Fund and John T. & Elizabeth C. Adams Arts Fund; as well as the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Department of American Indian Studies.

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In Situ: Studio 101 Artists

Opening Reception: Thurs., Sept. 28, 5 - 7 p.m.
On View: Sept. 15 - Oct. 27, 2017
Live Painting 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. every Wed. through the run of the show: Sept. 20 & 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, & 25
DAI John Steffl Gallery

Dorothea Diver, Lee Englund, Goran Hellekant, Constance Johnston, Cot LaFond, Dale Lucas, and Larry Turbes share a studio on Michigan St. in downtown Duluth. What does it mean to inhabit a space with other artists? What are the habits that develop throughout an artist's studio practice when working near others? This exhibit showcases five to 10 paintings from each of the seven while examining concepts of habitation and transposition. The artists will recreate their atelier environment within a gallery and create onsite Wed. evenings.

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Forever Home

Opening Reception: Thurs., Sept. 28, 5 - 7 p.m.
On View: Sept. 15 - Oct. 27, 2017
DAI Corridor Gallery

"Oh, you're painting your dog," a friend once said of David Hockney's dachshund painting. "No," he replied. "I'm painting my love for my dog." This exchange captures the spirit of "Forever Home." In partnership with Animal Allies, the display will feature photos by Lisa Johnson that look at the before-and-after stories of adopted pets. The DAI also welcomes community artists Sarah Amistadi, Sarah Archbold, Martha Bird, Caroline Carpenter, Stephanie Chen, Susan Krochalk, Dawn LaPointe, Diane Lewis, Dale Lucas, Kathy Maas, Sharon Moen, Scott Moen, Kris Nelson, Claudia Simes, Mary Starus, Edna Stromquist, Adam Swanson, Michelle Wegler, and Bill Wise.

Window to the West: Nik Nerburn & Brad Tollefson

Sidewalk Reception: Tues., Sept. 12, 5 - 7 p.m.
On View: Sept. 7 - March, 2018
Esmond Building, 2001 W Superior St.

The DAI Lincoln Park Craft District Residency Program supports artists as effective community builders. Second-term residency artist Nik Nerburn is a Bemidji native who holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College and is interested in community, personal histories and “regionalisms.” During his July - Sept. term in Duluth, Nerburn is taking Polaroid pictures of people and places in Lincoln Park. Images will be on view in a pop-up exhibit, “Window to the West,” in the storefront of the Esmond (2001 W Superior St.) along with paintings by neighborhood artist and Seaway Hotel Apartments resident Brad Tollefson. Please join us for a sidewalk reception Sept. 12 to celebrate the work. To view more of Nik's work, visit: www.nikspictures.com/west-duluth-journals

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