Category Archives: Special Exhibits & Features

“Dinosaur 13”: The Story of Sue is Coming to Mitchell!

In 1990,  American paleontologist Pete Larson and his team, while excavating in the South Dakota Badlands, uncovered the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found. They named their discovery “Sue”. “Sue” was seized from Larson by the federal government and a ten-year legal battle ensued.  Larson eventually spent 18 months in prison.

Producer Todd Douglas Miller has created a critically acclaimed documentary of the discovery and legal battles, Dinosaur 13, which will be shown from July 29th to September 4th, 2014 at the Logan Luxury Theaters in downtown Mitchell, South Dakota. The reviews from the critics call the movie “engrossing’, “awe-inspiring” and “engaging”.

The Prehistoric Indian Village is encouraging all of members and supporters to see this movie. And, if you show your Old Bones Club membership card, Logan Luxury Theaters will give you one free small popcorn!

For more information on the movie, please visit its website at dinosaur13movie.com.

For more information about the Prehistoric Indian Village, contact:

Cindy Gregg, Executive Director
Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
3200 Indian Village Road
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
www.mitchellindianvillage.org
www.facebook.com/mitchellprehistoricindianvillage

Temporary Exhibit comes to Prehistoric Indian Village

Living Traditions: Dakota, Nakota, Lakota Art

The Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village will have a temporary exhibit  from the South Dakota Historical Society beginning on Thursday, June 12th, 2014 on the art of the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota peoples. The exhibit will remain at the Prehistoric Indian Village until August 12.

The Dakota, Nakota and Lakota of South Dakota have a long history of creating beautiful works of art. Many items created were quite functional and were used as everyday objects. Beading, quillwork, painting and carving were all important facets of the art. Living Traditions: Dakota, Nakota Lakota Art showcases works done during three time periods: nomadic hunting period, reservation and modern times.

The exhibit not only focuses on the art, but also on the way the art was created. Natural materials, such as porcupine quill, plant dyes, bone and other objects, were utilized to create the paintings, sculptures, sewn items and other art forms for which these people have become known.

Visitors to the Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village can view this fascinating exhibit in the comfort of the Thomsen Center Archeodome from June 12, 2014 to August 12, 2014. Visitor hours are Monday to Saturday, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and Sundays, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Regular admission fees apply.

For more information, please contact Cindy Gregg at 605.996.5473 or at director@mitchellindianvillage.org

Dakota Discovery Museum to Host Retrospective Exhibit of Work by Robert Freeman

The Battle, Robert Freeman

The Dakota Discovery Museum is pleased to announce its newest exhibit Robert Freeman: A Retrospective, which opens on June 6 with an artist’s reception scheduled from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.  Robert Freeman will present a gallery talk at 6:00 pm.

Born on the Rincon Indian Reservation in 1939, Freeman is Hunkpapa Sioux and Luiseno. During his childhood, he lived on the Rincon Reservation in Vallejo, California while spending summers with his grandmother and cousins on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota where he is an enrolled member of that tribe.

Freeman has been an international fine arts artist for over five decades, mastering a variety of styles and mediums.  He has become one of the most accomplished Native American artists to date, having won over 200 awards, producing several public works and exhibiting his work in some of the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums.

Initially a self-taught artist, Freeman first started painting using house paints and Time magazines for reference.

“I started pursuing art in about 1961, and like many other young artists was very impressed by the work of Picasso,” said Freeman.  “I liked cubism and did many cubist paintings and drawings in India ink.”

Freeman also discovered that he liked to experiment with the abstraction and surrealism inherent in figures, finding it challenging to create an image from something else. The work of Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte especially influenced him.

Freeman soon began to incorporate realism in his art, entering many his works in shows.

“I began winning awards,” Freeman said, “but the pieces that were winning were the cubist and surrealistic pen and ink drawings, so I think people have always been drawn to them.”

By 1967, Freeman was working full-time as an artist and in the 1970s began to travel again toSouth Dakotawhere his works were selling well.  During his many trips, he met Native American artist Oscar Howe and learned of other Native American artists such as Robert Penn. Freeman began to bring his unique style to his Native American work, exhibiting his art through the St. Joseph’s Indian School, the Red Cloud Indian School and the Northern Plains Indian Art Show.

Robert Freeman defies categories as an artist as he works in an array of mediums and styles including pencil, pen, ink, acrylic, mixed media, oils, and sculptures of wood, stone, and bronze.  Today, Freeman works extensively from his home in California, continuing to create art, pursuing one of his greatest enjoyments.

Robert Freeman: A Retrospective exemplifies Freeman’s love of surrealism and cubism.  The exhibit will open June 6 and run through August 30.  The artist’s reception the evening of June 6 will be free to the public.

The exhibit and reception are at the DakotaDiscoveryMuseum, 1300 McGovern Ave., Mitchell, SD.  As of June 1, museum hours will be 9 am to 7 pm Mon-Sat and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday.  For more information call 605-996-2122 or visit www.dakotadiscovery.com.

Dakota Discovery Museum
Lori Holmberg, Executive Director
PO Box 1071
1300 McGovern Avenue
Mitchell,SD 57301

605-996-2122
www.dakotadiscovery.com

The Dakota Discovery Museum is operated by the Friends of the Middle Border, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Dakota Discovery Museum to Host Reception for Youth Art Month Participants

Circus Picture by Haesel, 5th Grade 2013 submission

The Dakota Discovery Museum will be hosting a reception for the artists’ featured in the 2014 Youth Art Show on Saturday, March 29 from 1 pm to 4 pm.

The annual Youth Art Show offers South Dakota students the opportunity to show their work in a gallery setting and have it evaluated by professional artists. Works submitted include sculpture, pen and ink, photography, pencil, watercolor and many other media. This year the exhibit features 267 entries from 179 students representing 6South Dakotacommunities. The reception and program is free to the public.  At 1:00 pm, an interactive art project for children will be presented. Professional artists’ evaluations of student work will begin at 2:00 pm.

Admission to the museum for the reception is free. The exhibit and reception is being held at the museum, located on the campus of Dakota Wesleyan University at 1300 McGovern Ave., Mitchell. For more information, contact:

Dakota Discovery Museum
Lori Holmberg, Executive Director

1300 McGovern Avenue
PO Box 1071
Mitchell,SD 57301

605-996-2122
www.dakotadiscovery.com

The Dakota Discovery Museum is operated by the Friends of the Middle Border, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Dakota Discovery Museum Exhibiting Seldom Seen Harvey Dunn Painting

The Dakota Discovery Museum will have on special exhibition the oil painting Prairie Farmer’s Wife by Harvey Dunn. Received on loan from the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, Prairie Farmer’s Wife will be on exhibit in the Leland and Josephine Case Art Gallery.

Completed in 1938, the painting is one of Dunn’s prairie themed works executed in the rich and vibrant colors that his work is so well known for.  The painting depicts a young woman, accompanied by the farm’s dog, walking down into a draw to collect a cow and calf.  The striking sky overhead is full of heavy clouds which cast deep shadows over the little homestead below.

The Dakota Discovery Museum had recently shipped its Harvey Dunn painting Dakota Woman to Canyon, TX to participate in a special exhibit at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.  “We felt this was the perfect opportunity to provide our guests from the Mitchell area and beyond the chance to see other examples of Harvey Dunn’s work,” said Lori Holmberg, the museum’s executive director.  “While the subject matter of Prairie Farmer’s Wife is similar to that of Dakota Woman, the execution of the painting is very different, with a darker color palette and slightly less impressionistic technique.”

“What especially caught my interest about this particular work,” said Holmberg, “Was that I had never seen it before.  To my knowledge, it has seldom been reproduced in publications or exhibited. It is a wonderful opportunity for the Dakota Discovery Museum to work with the South Dakota Art Museum and to be able to share this beautiful work with a broader audience.”

Prairie Farmer’s Wife will be on exhibit through July 26, 2014. Current museum hours are 10 am to 4 pm Tues – Friday and 1 pm to 4 pm on Sat.  The museum is open by appointment only on Sunday and Monday.  For more information visit www.dakotadiscovery.com or call 605-996-2122.

Dakota Discovery Museum
Lori Holmberg, Executive Director

1300 McGovern Avenue
PO Box 1071
Mitchell,SD 57301

605-996-2122
www.dakotadiscovery.com

TheDakotaDiscoveryMuseumis operated by the Friends of the Middle Border, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.