New Dunn exhibit opens in Brookings

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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The public has an opportunity from now until Jan 11, 2015, to view 116 of Harvey Dunn’s original works in “Harvey Dunn, the Complete Collection,” an exhibit at the South Dakota Art Museum on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings.


Dunn’s art is displayed in other places across the country, such as the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., but the South Dakota Art Museum has, by far, the largest collection, making Dunn’s work one of the cornerstones of the museum.  Many Dunn pieces are always on display, but they are usually broken down into smaller shows based around one particular concept. According to Jodi Lundgren, a curator at the museum, the current exhibit is the first time that most of the Dunn pieces the museum owns have been displayed together in one space.


The works are mixed together and include everything from Dunn’s better-known oil on canvas paintings to crayon-on-paper drawings. Some of these works may have never been shown because they did not connect to any particular concept.


The pieces are hung salon style and go from 2 inches off the ground to just over 11 feet high at the tallest points.


“A lot of drawings of seascapes and landscapes that have not been exhibited in years, if ever, can be seen, mixed in with pieces that have been featured a lot and are people’s favorites,” Lundgren said.


Many of the paintings had been in storage and were recently restored to ready them for this showing.


 “To display everything together shows his range of work,” Stacy Buehner, marketing development coordinator for the museum said. “People usually think of the prairie images. They think they have seen all of his work, but there is a wide variety.”


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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