Video still. Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret

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Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret

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Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret

September 30–November 19, 2006

This exhibition by renowned American contemporary artist Mary Lucier—the first of four exhibitions devoted to exploring the power of place—evokes the melancholy grace and quiet grandeur of a way of life that is slipping away across the Prairies and the Plains. Employing five channels of synchronized video, surround sound, and several rescued schoolhouse chairs, Lucier leads viewers through the empty landscape—to the birthing pens and the rodeo arenas, returning us to the West of our imaginations. Lucier’s provocative multi-media works were among the first video pieces to be collected by major museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Commissioned by the North Dakota Museum of Art with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Grand Forks through the North Valley Arts Council. Production funded by Create Capital and the Rockefeller Foundation. Curated by Laurel Reuter, Director, North Dakota Museum of Art.

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Mary Lucier: The Plans of Sweet Regret is made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, as part of its support of UMMA’s 2006–07 season.