Frozen Music, The Midwestern Architectural Prints of James Tiernan O’Rourke, a traveling exhibition from the Permanent Collections of The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum will be on view at the Moorhead Public Library from June 29 to August 10, 2021.
James Tiernan O’Rourke (1933 – 2011) was a celebrated regional artist, arts leader, and the founding director of The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum in Moorhead and the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. James’ studio practice was wide-ranging but he remains best known for his woodcut and linocut prints.
This exhibit highlights many of the structures and places that captured James’ imagination in Minnesota and North Dakota. Some of the sites featured are iconic and immediately recognizable to the residents of our region. Others have been lost to mishap or the march of time. James’ bold, lyrical linework, limited color palette, and the deliberate flattening of forms memorialize the unique “skylines” of the High Plains.
This Activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.