Opening reception: Thurs., June 29, 5 - 7 p.m. @DAI
Jonathan Thunder is a painter and digital media artist who was born on the Red Lake Reservation, raised in Minneapolis, and studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Art Institute International Minnesota. This solo exhibit will reveal a new body of paintings of Ojibwe deities placed in a contemporary context. It will also showcase Thunder’s animations with a screening at the Teatro. A catalog with color images includes an essay by Mason Riddle, a Saint Paul-based arts writer. Jazz guitar by Briand Morrison will be featured at the opening reception. The Duluth Art Institute, in partnership with Jonathan Thunder, is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of a Cultural Community Partnership grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This is activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Generous catalogue support is provided by CPL Imaging.
Opening reception: Thurs., June 29, 5 - 7 p.m.
Robert Dewitt Adams, Elizabeth LaPensee and Christopher Selleck explore games, gaming and game mechanics in their work. Adams features his Great Lakes map sculptures, constructed from hundreds of thrift-store Battleship games to depict shipwrecks, as well as his abstract hockey collages that contain encoded game statistics. Anishinabe, Métis and Irish artist LaPensée is an Assistant Professor of Media & Information and Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures at Michigan State University. She created “Honour Water,” an Anishinabe singing game for healing the water, and designed and programmed “Invaders” (2015), a remix of the arcade classic “Space Invaders.” Selleck is a Minneapolis-based artist addressing issues of masculinity, identity and sexuality through interrogations of hyper-masculine sports and Pop culture. A game of croquet, designed by artist Robb Quisling, will be available to play in the Corridor. Tie-in events are offered through the run of show. Jazz guitar by Briand Morrison will be featured at the opening reception. The exhibit is supported by the Depot Foundation. The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council provided artist support.
Festival: July 9 - 14, 2017
The third annual Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord festival features artists painting Duluth summer scenes. The public can watch the artists at work-- including at a special “group paint” event at Glensheen Manor and a 90-minute Quick Paint session at the Lake Superior Zoo--and see the resultant masterpieces on display. In a new twist, the final exhibit will go on view at Blacklist Artisan Ales downtown. Prizes will be awarded during the opening reception by Juror Matt Kania. Post pictures using the hashtag #DuluthPleinAir17. The festival and exhibit is sponsored by St. Luke’s.