FARGO — After being closed for nearly three months due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Plains Art Museum is opening up certain physical galleries to visitors.
Starting at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4, the Plains will reopen its first and second floor galleries.
For safety precautions, all staff will wear masks and perform wellness checks at the beginning of each shift. Staff will regularly sanitize all frequently used areas in the museum, 704 First Ave. N.
Visitors are required to wear masks, and hand sanitizer will be available to the public. Guests should maintain 6 feet of distance from others, with only 10 people allowed in galleries and five in the store at any time.
The Goldberg Family Art Lounge and the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity will reopen at a later date.
Thursday’s reopening will be the first time people can see in person a new exhibit, “She Gives,” by Native American artist Dyani White Hawk, which opened virtually in late March, after the museum temporarily shut its doors.
Announcing the reopening on its Facebook page, the Plains stated:
“Art museums are often places of vital civic dialogue, healing, and escape. Given the conditions the world is facing — the pandemic is severely hurting people's lives and livelihoods, persistent injustice toward people of color has reached a tipping point, and the good work of so many of our local community leaders and peaceful protesters is overshadowed by riot — the work of art museums has never been more important. Plains Art Museum is a safe space for expression, a place for reflection, and we use art to facilitate idea exchange and conversation.”
Plains Art Museum Director and CEO Andy Maus says the current events did not affect the timeline for reopening the galleries.
For more information, call 701-551-6100 or visit plainsart.org.