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Barbara Meneley: Prairie History Redux


Performance:  December 5, 1:00 pm, Prairie History Room

Engaging the unique collections of RPL’s Prairie History Room, which focus on the history and peoples of the Great Northern Plains, from pre-colonial times to present day, artist Barbara Meneley will create thousands of tracings on translucent paper, selecting images and texts from each item in its holdings of over three thousand archival records, maps, photographs, newspapers, books and other documents. The sheets of paper are hung in layers, so that multiple images may be seen through one another.  The installation is kinetic, moving with the air currents that circulate through the space to reveal more delicate, fragmented images. Prairie History Redux envisions our history, from pre-colonial times to present day, as a complex matrix of contradictory narratives.

Curated by Blair Fornwald, Assistant Curator

Performances: Saturdays, October 17, November 7, and December 5, 1:00 pm, Prairie History Room

Artist Talk: Saturday, Saturday, January 16, 1:00 pm, RPL Film Theatre
Reception to follow

Image credit: Barbara Meneley, A Complicated Hole, 2014, performance and video. Image by Larisa Tardiff.

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