Published April 11 2012
Weekend Watch: ‘The Clothesline Project’ and ‘Of Memory, Bone and Myth’ receptionsToday and Sunday
A pair of art shows that started outside the area get a Fargo welcome this weekend.
“The Clothesline Project” started on the East Coast two decades ago to draw attention to violence against women by hanging color-coded shirts on a clothesline. The colors represent different types of abuse – white for women who died because of violence, blue and green for survivors of incest and sexual abuse – hung on a public clothesline. The show developed recently at North Dakota State University and runs through Friday; it includes messages written on the shirts. At today’s noon reception in Memorial Union Gallery, a survivor shares her story of assault, joined by her friend and mother, illustrating how violence hurts more than just the person physically injured.
Across the river, another North Dakota university presents a different group show at The Rourke Art Gallery, 523 4th St. S., Moorhead. Suzanne Gonsalez-Smith of the University of North Dakota curated “Of Memory, Bone and Myth,” featuring photos interpreting the titular theme. Sunday’s reception, from 1:30-3 p.m., features a 2 p.m. gallery talk with Gonsalez-Smith discussing the show and individual pieces. This event is free. (218) 236-8861.