If you’re a fan of all things far out and fabulous, you definitely need to peruse the Barton Lidice Bennes permanent exhibit. Ranging from a mounted giraffe and warthog to tribal masks and antiques, this eclectic collection will leave you awestruck. Acclaimed artist Barton Lidice Benes gifted the contents of his New York apartment to the Museum, which includes over $1 million in African, Egyptian and contemporary art, plus much more. Thanks to tremendous fundraising efforts, NDMOA raised enough money to dismantle Benes’ apartment in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood and recreate it in North Dakota.
Looking for some one-of-a-kind gifts? The Museum Shop is filled with artsy, cool items ranging from pottery and paintings to clothing and jewelry, many of which were handmade by artists featured in the galleries.
To curb your hunger pangs, stop by the Museum Café for some culinary works of art. Master Chef Heather serves up a creative menu with a variety of weekly specials, salads, soups and sandwiches that include a Salmon BLT, Beef Stroganoff, Mediterranean Salad, Street Tacos and Thai Noodles. Menus change seasonally and everything is always fresh. Make sure to seat yourself in one of the amazing hand-painted booths acquired from downtown Grand Forks’ legendary Sanders 1907 restaurant.
NDMOA is also noted for the many musical events held throughout the year. As part of its Sunday Concerts in the Galleries, visitors can enjoy an afternoon performance by nationally and internationally recognized classical arists from all corners of the globe.
Throughout the summer, sounds of American roots, blues, jazz and rock fill the NDMOA sculpture garden. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy some grand music in the great outdoors. Remaining 2017 Concerts in the Garden performances: July 18, 6 PM, Erik Koskinen (Minneapolis country and folk artist); July 25, 6 PM, Dave Simonette (Trampled by Turtles lead guitarist, singer and songwriter); August 8, 6 PM, Chastity Brown (acclaimed Tennessee/Minnesota soul, country and folk artist); and August 29, 6 PM, Paul Cauthen (Texas gospel and soul singer).
For more information on the exhibits, concerts, café or gift shop, please go to www.ndmoa.comor call 701-777-4195.
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