"The Disappeared" exhibition to open at the Museum

The North Dakota Museum of Art will host an exhibition titled "The Disappeared" between Thursday, Nov. 19, and Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2010. The exhibition will open at 4 p.m. on Nov. 19.

"The Disappeared" contains art by 23 contemporary artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Uruguay and Venezuela who, over the course of the last 30 years, have made art about the disappeared. These artists have lived through the horrors of the military dictatorships that rocked their countries in the mid-decades of the 20th century. Some worked in the resistance. Some had parents or siblings who disappeared; others were forced into exile. The youngest were born into the aftermath of those dictatorships. And still others have lived in countries maimed by endless civil war.

The exhibition was organized by the North Dakota Museum of Art and opened in North Dakota in March 2005. Subsequently it toured to Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay; Antigua, Guatemala; Santiago de Chile; and Bogota, Colombia in addition to five sites in the United States including New York City; Washington D.C.; Santa Fe, N.M.; University of Wyoming; and the University of Texas at El Paso. The Museum of Art is bringing an expanded version of the show home in November as the final showing before dispersal.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive, Grand Forks. Hours on weekdays is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours on weekends is 1 to 5 p.m. The Museum Shop is open during these hours as well. The Museum Café is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Although the Museum does not charge an admission fee, the suggested donation is $5 for adults and change for children. Wireless internet access available.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, blofthus@ndmoa.com, 701-777-4195