Opening reception: Fri., Sept. 8, 5 - 7 p.m. @DAI Morrison Gallery
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.
Sidwalk Reception: Tues., Sept. 12, 5 - 7 p.m.
On View: Sept. 7 - Nov. 12, 2017
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
In Situ: Studio 101 Artists, Sept. 15 - Oct. 27, 2017
Forever Home, Sept. 15 - Oct. 27, 2017
The Art of Grief: Mary Plaster & Community Artists, Nov. 4 - Dec. 1, 2017Laurentian: Paul LaJeunesse & Lake Superior Wood Turners, Nov. 16, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018