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UND Art Collections
Current Exhibit: Fables, Insults, and Reverence: The Animals of UND Art Collections
This exhibition gives viewers the opportunity to enjoy a selection of animal-centric works of art. From the chicken-people of Francisco Goya to the horses of Walter Piehl, a variety of insects, birds, fish, and mammals have come together to tell a tale of how they have each been employed by artists across the centuries to illustrate stories, create allegory, and demonstrate their relationships with humankind.
Animals and imaginative animal creations like the griffin occupy a major presence in art, language, and literature. The history of animals in artwork is significant, perhaps beginning with Paleolithic cave paintings such as those found in Lascaux, France. As civilizations progressed globally, animal depictions evolved beyond the documentation of animals as a food source. Their roles in spirituality, religion, story telling, labor, and companionship have become richly engrained within works of art around the world.
The artworks featured in Fables, Insults, and Reverence span more than two hundred years of time. The themes included throughout the exhibition draw attention to the humor and adoration employed by a diverse selection of artists through their individual depictions of animals. Each piece of art tells a unique visual story, encouraging the viewer to study the themes represented in this exhibition while contemplating their own personal associations made with each animal.
JOIN US FOR REFRESHMENTS AND A FREE PREVIEW OF THE EXHIBIT:
Tuesday, January 22, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Hors d'oeuvres, live music by UND Music student Elijah Gray. Brief gallery talk by UND Art Collections Manager and Curator, Sarah Heitkamp, at 5pm.
Exhibition Dates | January 22-March 31, 2019
The Living Museum Across the Campus and Beyond
The University of North Dakota (UND) Art Collections program preserves the works owned by the University and the UND Foundation and tells their stories.
The UND Art Collections includes works by well-known artists, such as Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Audrey Flack, and many others, as well as historical pieces extending back in time to ancient Egypt. The extensive collections contain:
- Chinese calligraphy
- Jewelry and metalwork
- Fabrics and textiles
Art lives throughout campus in the Living Museum and is exhibited at the UND Art Collections Gallery at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks. View the University's Art Collection in the UND Scholarly Commons Gallery.