An exhibit that explores the concept of power, and conflicts over power, has opened at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus.

The exhibit, "Power : Empower," analyzes power as it relates to multiple spheres, including the environment, religion and government.

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According to Matt Wallace, deputy director of the museum, the artworks on display challenge the viewer to consider questions such as, who owns or controls the power? And, who has the power and can it be shifted or negotiated?

The conflict between nature and human beings "is one of the most important power struggles of our time," Wallace said. "Wealth against poverty is another."

He also cited the differences in power between people and the government, between religious and racial groups, and between past and present, as evidenced by loss of language.

The museum has acquired important works of art that reveal aspects of power and the conflicts over power, Wallace said. These works will be displayed along with works by contemporary artists.

The exhibit, which spans four decades, includes pieces by 16 artists whose artwork addresses the human experience with power.

Among those artists are Richard Tsong-Taatarii, the Minneapolis Star Tribune photographer who photographed extensively during the Dakota Pipeline controversy, involving members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, that broke out south of Bismarck.

Others are Lamar Peterson, whose work reflects the middle-class African-American experience, and David Krueger, who depicts the power of animals in nature versus human hunters.

An environmental installation, "This Land," by David Opdyke, is featured. It was the subject of a full-page article by Lawrence Wechsler in the New York Times.

The "Power : Empower" exhibit runs through July 7.

The museum, located at 261 Centennial Dr., is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call the museum at (701) 777-4195.