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What's New and What's Coming to Your Virtual Neighborhood Gallery + Museum
3 May 2020

While our historic museum building remains closed to the public, The Rourke continues to serve you

This week, we're rolling out another Artist of the Week and our second Staff Pick from the Collections, we'll be launching a new video class on transfer techniques, and Gordon Mortensen is now in the gallery store with new reduction woodcuts to be added weekly.

On 5 May, we will be participating in Giving Tuesday Now—an international event from the Giving Tuesday team built in response to COVID-19. As part of this global day of philanthropy, The Rourke is offering two ways you can support us in our mission: 1) We'll be accepting contributions to our Anniversary Fund—a fund established to drive activities, projects, and improvements connected with The Rourke's upcoming 60th Anniversary and 2) we're making individual and household memberships available for 10% off to new members who sign up here. Contributions to the Anniversary Fund can be made at any time ... but discounted memberships will be available ONLY on Tuesday!

Explore what your neighborhood art gallery + museum has to offer and find your next artful adventure from the comfort of your home!

Artist of the Week : Fritz Scholder

This week, we feature the late artist Fritz Scholder. 

Above, top - Fritz and companion amongst the artwork in the 34th Midwestern at Rourke Gallery in 1993 [photo by T. Hunter Strand]. Above, bottom (left to right) - "Sarcophagus," lithograph, 1979; "Study for Another Shaman," bronze, 1985

Below - Installation photo of "Fritz Scholder: Life and Afterlife"—The Rourke's exhibit celebrating the 80th anniversary of Fritz's birth in October 2017.


"I'm interested in someone reacting to the work. And I don't much care if they react negatively or positively, as long as they react. I felt it to be a compliment when I was told that I had destroyed the traditional style of Indian art." —Fritz Scholder

Fritz Scholder (1937 – 2005) was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota, the fifth consecutive male of his family to bear the name. His paternal grandmother was a member of the Luiseño tribe of Mission Indians. Scholder studied at the University of Kansas, Wisconsin State University, and with Wayne Thiebaud at Sacramento College in California. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in 1964.

From 1964 to 1969 he taught painting and art history at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, influencing a generation of Native American artists and art students. Scholder's artworks, including paintings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, were post-modern in sensibility and somewhat Pop-influenced in execution as he sought to deconstruct the mythos of the American Indian. This was generally celebrated but sometimes earned the remonstration of his fellow Native Americans.

Scholder lived and maintained his studio in Scottsdale, Arizona until his passing in 2005.

Staff Picks from the Collections

Week 2 - Cady Rutter

Above: Joy Thompson (1933 - 2019), "Industrial Park," monoprint, 1990 [From the Permanent Collections of the RAGM]

Cady Rutter, Public Programs Coordinator at The Rourke, has selected Joy Thompson's monoprint "Industrial Park" as her first Staff Pick.

Cady explains:

Given the nigh-impossible task of picking one treasure from the collections to feature, I decided to choose one that our friends of the Rourke haven’t seen in some time: It was last exhibited in “Putting On Heirs” at Rourke Gallery in 1991. 

Entitled “Industrial Park,” a seemingly un-beautiful subject gets an unexpectedly soft and ethereal treatment. The monotype stood out to me as a great fusion. It combines strong line and geometric symmetries as well as organic form—desaturated and feathered red, orange, and yellow sink beneath a grey geometric weave. It reads as both classic Art Deco and modern minimalist. And, finally, it fuses simplicity in composition with complexity of pattern.

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