“Utopian Visions: Illustrations of the Mid-20th Century,” is now open in the John A. Day Gallery, located in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts, at the USD. The exhibition, scheduled for display through Sept. 21, presents 40 illustrations from the University Art Galleries permanent collection. These illustrations, from the late 1940s through the early 1970s, were originally published in Man’s Magazine,Challenge For Men Magazine, pulp and sci-fi novel covers from Pyramid Books, and public service announcements.A reception for the student curators, USD graduate student Matt Presutti of Knockemstiff, OH and USD alumni Zach DeBoer of Brandon, S.D., is Friday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
Another new exhibition “American Indian Dress” opens in the Oscar Howe Gallery, located in Old Main on the campus of the University of South Dakota. “American Indian Dress” was co-curated by M.F.A candidates Michelle St. Vrain and Nicole Geary and features illustrations created by Oscar Howe in 1948 for the publication “American Indian Dress” (1956). After WWII, Oscar Howe was commissioned to illustrate a range of historical dress and decoration of many tribes throughout North America for the publication. At this point in Oscar Howe’s career, his artistic approach was steeped in the “studio style.” The illustrations reflect Oscar Howe’s early career as a commercial artist as well as his training at the Santa Fe Indian School (1935-1938). “American Indian Dress” runs from now through December 20, 2012. A special reception for the exhibition is planned for Friday, Sept. 14, 5 – 7 p.m. ”
For more information, visit www.usd.edu/fine-arts/university-art-galleries/ or email Alison.Erazmus@usd.edu