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Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter and the Craig Langager exhibition will close Jan. 13.
Warren McKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter is an exhibition presenting seminal works produced by Warren McKenzie over a 60-year period (1947-2006). Recognized as a true master of 20th Century ceramic art, Warren McKenzie embodies eastern and western ceramic traditions and his vision of fusing art and life, where the potter’s hand is felt and touched through pots made for use in everyday life.
In the early 1950s, McKenzie studied under Bernard Leach, a renowned studio potter in England who focuses on the aesthetic aspects versus the function of everyday pottery. His works also carry Japanese influences of Shoji Hamada and Soetsu Yanagi, both celebrating passion and expression in handcrafted art of ordinary people.
As a Regents’ Professor Emeritus, the highest honor within the University of Minnesota, McKenzie has contributed enormously to the field of functional ceramics. McKenzie, nearing 84 years of age, is still producing work in his studio outside of Stillwater, Minn.
Craig Langager: Sculptures is a collection of sculptures that has a strong relationship to animals and brings access to regionally important art. Originally from Aberdeen, S.D., this Seattle-based artist has ties to this area and many of his works are based on his memories and experiences of being on the Northern Plains in the 1980s and 1990s.
Bringing his sculptures back to this region, Langager has offered the North Dakota Museum of Art a selection from his major sculptures for its permanent collection. The Museum invites the public to help decide what pieces should be chosen. Guests are encouraged to choose their favorite works of art to help the Museum make this significant decision. Ballots will be at the Museum and voting will continue through the closing of the exhibition, Jan. 13.
The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive, Grand Forks. Weekday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends are 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.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4195