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Opening of Jim Brandenburg: Touch the Sky Exhibit at the Rourke

April 23, 2017@1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Jim Brandenburg’s Touch the Sky opens at the Rourke

The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum is pleased to announce Touch the Sky: Prairie Photographs by Jim Brandenburg, an exhibition on loan from the Bell Museum at the University of Minnesota.  The exhibition will be on view starting Friday 21 April on the second level of the Rourke.  The public opening of the exhibition will be on Sunday 23 April from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and is scheduled to coincide with the closing reception of Grass, the exhibition of photographs by John Borge and paintings by Jonathan Rutter currently on display in the Main Gallery.  The schedule of events for Sunday 23 April includes:

1:30 pm An Introduction 

to Touch the Sky and Grass

by Dr. Peter Schultz, Longspur Prairie Fund

1:35 A Gallery Talk by John Borge

1:50 A Word from the Sciences

by Dr. Brian Bishop, Department of Biology, Concordia College

2:00 A Gallery Talk by Jonathan Rutter

2:10 A Word from the Minnesota DNR

by Marybeth Block, Minnesota DNR Prairie Habitat Team

2:25 Visit the New Micro-Prairie Sites

with Phil Doll, Minnesota DNR Prairie Habitat Team

The last day to view Touch the Sky is Sunday 21 May.  The exhibition is presented with the generous support of the Minnesota DNR, the Longspur Prairie Fund, and the Minnesota Prairie Chicken Society.

Exhibition Statement

Touch the Sky is a tribute to the breathtaking vistas and iconic creatures of the American prairie. World-renowned nature photographer Jim Brandenburg captures the wide-open magnificence of the prairie, as well as its often over-looked intricate details. In panoramic images, we see great herds of bison as well as the lowly grasshopper, dragonfly and dove. Lightning storms and wildfire rage across the landscape, while delicate blossoms sway in the breeze and yellow cottonwood leaves rest on new fallen snow. Through these photos, Brandenburg reveals the cycles of life with both precision and aesthetic grace.

Though best known for his work with National Geographic and his portraits of wolves in the North Woods, Brandenburg has been returning in recent years to his prairie roots. Growing up on the open, windblown prairies of southwest Minnesota, he started his photographic career with images of wildlife on a small, remnant patch of prairie near his grandfather’s farm. Expanding from this Minnesota base, the exhibition includes images from prairies in Nebraska, Iowa, the Dakotas, Oklahoma, Illinois, and other states.

April Exhibitions at the Rourke

Grass : John Borge & Jonathan Rutter (closing 23 April)

Cameron Peterson : AmeriCAM Purrphect (closing 30 April)

Eric A. Johnson : The Nature of Things (28 April – 4 June)

James VerDoorn : Early Work (closing 16 April)

Touch the Sky : Prairie Photographs by Jim Brandenburg (21 April – 21 May)

Under the Blood Red Sky : The Paintings of James O’Rourke (ongoing)

Pop Art (ongoing)

Old and New Masters of the Midwest (ongoing)

Gordon Mortensen : Reduction Woodcuts (ongoing)


April 23, 2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Rourke Art Museum


Rourke Art Museum
521 Main Ave
Moorhead, MN 56560 United States
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