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ALL DUNN: The Complete Harvey Dunn Collection

50 Works for 50 Years: Collections Retrospective

The Cathy and Ken Vogele Collection

Into the Great Unknown: Illustrations by Paul Goble

PAST - PRESENT: Recent Acquisitions in Abstraction


ALL DUNN: The Complete Harvey Dunn Collection
Through August 15, 2021

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the South Dakota Art Museum, its entire collection of artworks by South Dakota native, Harvey Dunn, is on display.* A legendary figure in South Dakota art history, Dunn was born in 1884 on a homestead near De Smet, SD. He attended South Dakota Agricultural College (now South Dakota State University) before leaving the state and becoming a famous illustrator during America’s Golden Age of Illustration.

Born of the love of South Dakotans for Harvey Dunn and Harvey Dunn’s love for South Dakota, the Harvey Dunn Collection at the South Dakota Art Museum remains a priceless cultural resource for the people of the state. It is an irreplaceable treasure-trove of artistic facility and beauty. It is also an important record of the legendary figure that Harvey Dunn was, and of how so many are still moved by his ability to reveal the spirit of the subjects of his works.

*The Harvey Dunn Collection at South Dakota Art Museum contains 145 works. Three of these were withheld from the exhibition because of concerns about their condition.

50 Works for 50 Years: Collections Retrospective
Through March 6, 2021

May 31 marked the 50th anniversary of the dedication and opening of the South Dakota Art Museum, then known as the South Dakota Memorial Art Center. The campaign to build a state art museum had been historic. It required the largest capital campaign within the state at the time, with an estimated 50,000 individuals contributing to the efforts. The public streamed through its doors that first day 50 years ago.

This historic community effort is the bedrock of the museum, a testament to the relationships that the museum was founded on and the public service it is dedicated to. The museum was built by community, built to serve and celebrate community, and is still vital and vibrant today because of the support and involvement of the communities it serves.

The many people that helped create, support, and shape the museum throughout its history are embodied in the collection of the museum itself. They are alive in the artworks they helped to preserve for the benefit of the public. To study the works in the collection is to truly understand the history of this place, experience inspiring values, witness beautiful achievements, all crafted by outstanding individuals and cultivated by communities who gave to art so art could give to all of us.

The museum has a rich collecting history, with more than 7,000 objects now in its care. This exhibition features just one artwork acquired each year for all 50 years of the museum’s existence. With so many artworks in the museum’s care the picture this exhibition paints is far from complete. The selections for the show celebrate the strength of the quality and diversity of the museum collection as a whole, and draw attention to important facets and relationships of the museum through key acquisitions of historical significance.

We will be sharing more information on the artists, artworks, and relationships represented in the exhibition over the course of the show’s run, both in the gallery and online. We encourage you to revisit us here in person or online through social media and our website, to join us in retracing our footsteps and celebrating the richness this exhibition contains. There is so much to celebrate here.

And we want to hear your 50th anniversary South Dakota Art Museum stories. Please share with us in comment books in the galleries or in our digital platforms. Let us know what the South Dakota Art Museum means to you.

The South Dakota Art Museum is proud of all its accomplished in its 50-year history, all of the efforts that built up to that first 50 years, and excited to bring so many more fruits of art to the people it will serve in the next 50 years.

The Cathy and Ken Vogele Collection
Through February 13, 2021

The South Dakota Art Museum is excited to share the first selection of works recently acquired from the Cathy and Ken Vogele Collection. The Vogeles have played an important role in cultivating American Indian arts and crafts in the state. Beyond building a substantial private collection, they have shared the wisdom of their connoisseurship as Board members for the South Dakota Art Museum and Northern Plains Tribal Arts Show. The Vogeles also connected Lakota artisans to good quality materials and sales opportunities through their Sioux Trading Post shops in Rapid City and Mission, SD. Their advocacy for and support of American Indian arts in South Dakota is a legacy that the South Dakota Art Museum is honored to preserve with this collection.

The Vogeles have been collecting American Indian artworks and artifacts for over 50 years. Ken, a native South Dakotan, grew up with an interest in American Indian artifacts. He met and married Cathy Kempf in 1968 and they began to build their collection the following year. The Vogeles moved to Rapid City in 1975. Ken opened his medical practice, posting signs in his exam rooms letting patients know "Dr. Vogele would like to purchase OLD AMERICAN INDIAN ARTIFACTS such as Beadwork and Quillwork, etc." Cathy met and befriended Emma Amiotte, a Lakota artisan and Manager of the Tipi Shop at the Sioux Indian Museum and Crafts Center, and began learning more about contemporary Indian craftwork. Over the next few years Cathy and Ken deepened their commitment to collecting. They began attending auctions and conferences, developing friendships and networks with other collectors and Indian art dealers.

Cathy and Emma’s relationship evolved into a good friendship, with Emma becoming an adopted “grandma” to Cathy and Ken’s children. In 1981 Emma retired as Tipi Shop Manager and by 1984 she had convinced Cathy to start a business buying and selling Lakota craftwork. The two would travel to the homes of craftworkers in Pine Ridge and Rosebud to purchase bead and quillwork. Because of a shortage of good quality materials Cathy began supplying beads and hides to some of the artisans.

In 1985 the Vogeles partnered with Joe Rivera to open the Sioux Trading Post in Rapid City, creating a storefront that provided the full range of supplies for artisans and opportunities to sell their work. In 1987 the Vogeles bought out Joe Rivera’s share of the business. In 1988 they purchased Del Trading Post in Mission, SD, transforming it into a second site for the Sioux Trading Post. In 1990 they expanded the original Sioux Trading Post in Rapid City, buying and remodeling a larger building to house their operations. In 1993, Ray Hillenbrand of Prairie Edge in Rapid City purchased the Sioux Trading Post from the Vogeles and incorporated it into Prairie Edge, where it still operates today.

The Cathy and Ken Vogele Collection was built through a multi-faceted combination of their roles as collectors, purveyors, and community-members in American Indian arts. The collection itself reflects this transitional quality through its combination of both historical and contemporary works made by known and unknown artisans. Some works represent very personal connections between the Vogeles and contemporary artisans they’ve cultivated relationships with. Other works were collected from artisans completely unknown to the Vogeles because of the impressive craftsmanship, uniqueness, or even the authenticity of the wear and aura of a work. The Vogeles bought works to live with in their homes and their collection can be found in every room. In this sense the collection as a whole is an extension of the Vogeles, a bigger picture of their life together, their values, their desires, and their lived experiences in collecting and cultivating American Indian art.

This first exhibition from the collection is a celebration of that transitional quality in its inclusion of both historical and contemporary works from several tribal affiliations. The exhibition focuses on three core object types collected in depth by the Vogeles: moccasins, dolls, and baby carriers. We hope visitors enjoy this first sharing of the Vogele Collection. We know it to be a rich resource to be shared in many different ways in the coming years. We are grateful to have it to preserve and share.

Into the Great Unknown: Illustrations by Paul Goble

This exhibit originally opened September 28, 2019. It was originally scheduled to close May 3 but be on view when the museum reopens August 17, 2020. The closing date has not been finalized.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Both an exciting and terrifying prospect, people venture out and leave the security and comfort of the people, places and things they know for many reasons. This selection of illustrations by Paul Goble features multiple stories of people setting out on difficult journeys into the unknown, and the leap of faith required to do so. Books featured in this exhibition include: Adopted by Eagles, Beyond the Ridge, Buffalo Woman, Crow Chief, Dream Wolf, Death of the Iron Horse, The Gift of the Sacred Dog, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, The Great Race, Her Seven Brothers, Lone Bull’s Horse Raid, The Lost Children, Love Flute, The Return of the Buffaloes, and Star Boy.

About this exhibit
Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said, “a journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath your feet.” Both an exciting and terrifying prospect, the reasons people venture out and leave the security and comfort of the people, places, and things they know are many and varied. Journeys can be inspired by benign things like curiosity or boredom or dire things like escaping danger or hardship. They can be the result of longings for love or family, the protection of self and community, or proving oneself in a way that has never been tested. They can come from purposeful action or be compelled by forces that are outside of one’s control. Journeys into the unknown are essential parts of our universal human experience but their results are never certain.

This selection of illustrations by Paul Goble showcases the leap of faith and incredible courage required to undertake such journeys. Books featured in this exhibition include Adopted by the Eagles, Beyond the Ridge, Buffalo Woman, Death of the Iron Horse, Dream Wolf, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, The Gift of the Sacred Dog, The Great Race, Her Seven Brothers, Lone Bull’s Horse Raid, The Lost Children, Love Flute, The Return of the Buffaloes, and Star Boy.

PAST - PRESENT: Recent Acquisitions in Abstraction

The past is present and present is past in this exhibition of recent abstract acquisitions. Recent acquisitions from current South Dakota State University faculty intermingle with past faculty. Works by former SDSU students intermingle with works from past solo exhibition artists. The museum collection is an intersection of multiple worlds and its fascinating web of abstract connections is on display.

Exhibition Guide
The South Dakota Art Museum preserves artworks of cultural and historical significance to South Dakota for current and future generations. The museum’s collection is a living work of art itself. It’s a moving and growing network of intersections between artworks of excellence connected to different people and places across different time periods. Artworks from the past and present intersect and create new relationships, each work informed by its shifting relevance over time. Dynamics are revealed and redirected as additional artworks are added to the collection. The intertwining of the past and present in the museum collection is an overlapping and enmeshing of multiple worlds in a vibrant and beautiful dance. The fascinating web of connections amongst some of the museum’s most recent abstract acquisitions is on display in this exhibition.

All of the artworks in this exhibition are recently acquired, joining the collection between 2015 and 2020. Although they have been recently acquired, they were created across a much longer period of time, with their dates of creation spanning 1960 – 2018. Artworks created in six different decades are included, and yet their forms, colors, textures, and the motivations and inspirations of their makers bear striking similarities that speak to the eternal vitality of great works of art. Older works are not dated or passé, they are relevant and speak to the concerns of artists currently engaging in similar practices today. Individual artists of the present or past are not isolated, they are connected to the continual presence of these forms and motivations within the works of others from time periods preceding or succeeding them.
As alluded to in the title of an artwork by Diana Behl, from which the title of this exhibition is borrowed, the past is present and present is past. This is true for a museum collection and this truth is featured in this exhibition. The collection as a work of art mirrors abstract works by artists like Behl and Rick Johns, where memory and history are referenced, incorporated, and regenerated as a part of new collective forms.

We hope that visitors enjoy the interconnections of forms and histories embodied in this exhibition.

Represented Artists
Diana Behl ♦ Alice Berry ♦ Donald Boyd ♦ Carol Brown Goldberg ♦ Dana Crooks ♦ Clifford Gleason ♦ Dennis Guastella ♦ Liz Heeren ♦ Carol Hepper ♦ Rick Johns ♦ D. George Prisbe-Przybysz ♦ Peter Reichardt ♦ Joe Stuart ♦ Signe Nelson Stuart ♦ Ulfert Wilke

Marghab Linens

Marghab linens were made on the Island of Madeira from 1933-1980. With nearly 250 embroidery firms located on the Island, Marghab adhered to the strict guidelines of "Madeira" embroidery. This encompassed the use of 18 basic stitches and one technique. "Madeiran Stitchery" will feature each stitch and technique with examples from the Marghab Collection.

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