Plains Art Museum
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Marjorie Schlossman
dal 6/6/2012 al 25/8/2012

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Kris Kerzman


Marjorie Schlossman

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Marjorie Schlossman

Plains Art Museum, Fargo

Symphony of Color. The exhibition features 68 works representing a cross-section of her 20-plus year career: abstract paintings, a film on the artist, a hand-made book, and a large, mural-size Roberts Street Chapel paintings.

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FARGO, N.D. – Plains Art Museum will display a remarkable and comprehensive exhibition of work by Fargo artist Marjorie Schlossman June 7 – August 26.

The exhibition, A Symphony of Color, marks Schlossman’s first major exhibition in seven years. On display in two galleries will be 68 works representing a cross-section of her 20-plus year career. In addition to her abstract paintings, the exhibition will include a film on the artist, a hand-made book, and a large, mural-size Roberts Street Chapel paintings, and one of Schlossman’s Chaplets—small and artistically intentioned buildings commissioned by the artist and created by local architects. Curated as a multi-site exhibition, audiences can see Schlossman’s work at PAM, the Robert Street Chapel, the artist’s studio in downtown Fargo, and in a number of local parks.

A Symphony of Color was curated by Christina Schmid, an independent curator and faculty member of the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, to create visual vignettes that facilitate an overall meditation on color, movement, and emotion.

“The work of this noted artist is a direct reflection of creative tenacity and a commitment to national and international art trends. Schlossman has created a vast body of work that is informed by one of the greatest art movements of all time—abstraction. The multi-site nature of this exhibition will give our audiences a plethora of entry points into the mind’s eye of a spectacular artist,” said Megan Johnston, the Museum’s director of curatorial affairs and interpretation.

Art Jones, professor and the chair of the department of art and design at the University of North Dakota, explains, “Schlossman, like earlier Abstract Expressionists, attempts to free her mind of conscious thought and relies on intuition as she ‘impulsively’ makes initial marks on the empty canvas. Through this process, biomorphic shapes and other compositional elements begin to emerge as her painting comes to fruition. Her process of discovery during the act of painting may be likened to that of Jackson Pollock.” A scholarly catalogue will accompany the exhibition with an introduction by Museum Director Colleen Sheehy and essays by Schmid and Jones. This exhibition is the second in the Museum’s Mothers of Invention exhibition series recognizing artists who opened up the art world to the work of women in the 1960s and 1970s.

About the artist: Marjorie Schlossman is a painter, musician and mother of seven children. Born in California and raised in Fargo, N.D., Marjorie graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., with a degree in literature. She married and moved to La Jolla, Calif., and then to the Palo Alto, Calif., area, where she studied art with Richard Bowman, an instructor at the Chicago Art Institute and Stanford University; and Kenneth Washburn, a retired Columbia University professor. Schlossman returned to Fargo with her family in 1992. She has served on numerous community boards of directors, including that of Plains Art Museum. She obtained a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2003.

Related events

• Curator Conversation, Thursday, July 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Curator Christina Schmid and Marjorie Schlossman will discuss A Symphony of Color and how it fits into Schlossman’s career.

• Walking Tours, Thursday, July 26, and Thursday, August 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Two “walk and talks,” led by Schlossman, will begin at the Museum then visit Schlossman’s Roberts Street Chapel, her studio on Main Avenue, and local parks to view the artist’s Chaplets.

This exhibition and catalogue are supported in part by US Bancorp and the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation, with additional support from Russell Cowles and Josine Peters, and Juan and Annele Mondragon.


Plains Art Museum to display Sodbuster sculpture in summer exhibition

FARGO, N.D. – The iconic Luis Jiminez sculpture, Sodbuster, San Isidro, will temporarily return to public view in the exhibition The Return of Sodbuster: Luis Jimenez in Fargo at Plains Art Museum, June 2 to September 9. After a year-long public dialogue about details of the artwork’s reinstallation, the Museum is will host an exhibition that takes a deeper look at the artist, the sculpture, and that discussion. The exhibition will encourage further conversation on the conservation and repair that Sodbuster, San Isidro needs while highlighting the resources and options available for it to return to public view. To facilitate this discussion, the exhibition will also include a number of visitor feedback options. The exhibition will also take a broader look at the role museums play in the preservation and conservation of works of art.

“We’re excited to extend the debate about what needs to happen to conserve this important public asset. Sodbuster is more than a work of art—it’s also about Fargo identity, pride, and community,” said Megan Johnston, director of curatorial affairs and interpretation at the Museum and curator of the exhibition. “The exhibition will embrace all opinions and inform the public on issues of creativity, restoration, and public art.”

Sodbuster, San Isidro, was Jimenez’s first public art commission in a long and distinguished career that spanned nearly 40 years before his untimely death in 2006. In celebration of the work, and in an effort to bring attention to its restoration needs, the Museum will be displaying Sodbuster, San Isidro alongside other Jimenez works in their collection, documentation of the commission and installation of the sculpture, and other conservation and collection information.

The sculpture is in need of substantial conservation work. It will be displayed in this state in order to bring attention to its conservation needs and to facilitate further discussions on its future display and what resources are available that can return it, permanently, to public view. In a related event, noted art conservationist Bill Kreysler will perform an assessment of the sculpture and will participate in a public discussion of the issues surrounding its conservation, building off of last fall’s “Sodbuster Summit,” a meeting held to assess public opinion about the future of the sculpture.

Sodbuster, San Isidro was originally commissioned by the Fargo Parking Authority in 1978 and formally gifted by the city of Fargo to the Museum in April of 1991. The name Sodbuster, San Isidro pays tribute to the early immigrant plains farmer. Its title also honors the patron saint of agriculture, a popular image throughout Latin America.

Related Events:

• Sodbuster Conserved. Thursday, August 2, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Hear a presentation by noted conservationist Bill Kreysler and participate in a public discussion about the conservation needs of our Sodbuster by Luis Jimenez. Kreysler will have spent a day examining Sodbuster and will report back.

About Plains Art Museum
Plains Art Museum is a nonprofit, regional fine arts museum accredited by the American Association of Museums with plans to significantly expand its programs through the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center of Creativity, opening fall of 2012. Museum programs are made possible, in part, by major funding from members of the Museum, The FUNd at Plains Art Museum, the cities of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo through The Arts Partnership, The McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, the North Dakota Council on the Arts through an appropriation by the North Dakota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. More information is available at 701.232.3821 or at

Image: Marjorie Schlossman, Mytropolis, 1986. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 54 inches. Courtesy of the artist

Kris Kerzman
Communication Manager
Plains Art Museum
P.O. Box 2338
Fargo, ND 58108-2338
701.551.6121 |

Opening reception, Thursday, June 7, 5:30 – 8 p.m. This reception is free for Museum members; $10 for nonmembers. Appetizers, cash bar, and music by Three Chaps and a Chaplet

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