January 4, 2016
Free Public Lecture Series Features Double Ditch Village Painting at ND Heritage Center & State Museum
BISMARCK – The public is invited to a free lecture series, “A Vision of the Village: The Double Ditch Cyclorama,” featuring six presentations about the large Double Ditch Village painting (cyclorama) on exhibit in the Innovation Gallery: Early Peoples at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. Attendees will learn how this spectacular 50-foot original painting was conceived, the research to ensure historical accuracy, and how it incorporates Mandan language and culture. As part of the Second Saturdays in the Galleries program sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, this series is a partnership with the North Dakota Archaeological Association.
The six-part series will begin on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m., with “A Vision of the Village: The Making of the Double Ditch Cyclorama” providing a glimpse into the origins of this one-of-a-kind painting. Learn how it was conceived, the challenges of designing, creating, and installing such a large and complex work of art, and the collaboration among the artist, tribal consultants, and SHSND staff to ensure historical accuracy. Additional presentations in the series will include “Outside Looking In: The Integration of Art, History, and Anthropology in the Double Ditch Cyclorama” on Feb. 13, “From Trowel to Paintbrush: Archaeology and the Double Ditch Cyclorama” on March 12, “It Takes a Village: Urban Living at Double Ditch” on April 9, “More Than Meets the Eye: A Closer Look at Mandan Society” on May 21, and “In the Heartland: Natural Resources in Mandan Life” on June 11.
For more information about this lecture series, contact Erik Holland, curator of education, at 701.328.2792. Find out more about additional upcoming educational programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota at history.nd.gov or call 701.328.2666.
Erik Holland, 701.328.2792
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