June & July in the Galleries | Gendron Jensen: The Burning Years

ON VIEW | June 7 through July 30

The Burning Years presents a retrospective of Gendron Jensen’s work from 1967- 1988, most of which is held in private collections in northern Minnesota. While his early work explored a range of natural wonders from flora and fauna to shells and seeds, his persistent belief in the beauty of bare bones was an undercurrent that emerged as the driving vision of his artistic career, which has spanned over four decades.

A limited edition lithograph, mookibii, has been created by the artist to commemorate this exhibition and is available for purchase in the Art Shop.


Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 4 – 8 pm, MacRostie Art Center

  • Music by Sam Miltich and Joan Griffith, 4 – 6 pm
  • Artist remarks, 6 pm

Documentary Screening and Discussion: Saturday, June 8, 7 pm, Timberlake Lodge

  • Premiere of Poustinia: a short film about the work of Gendron Jensen
  • Post-film discussion with Gendron Jensen, Kristian Berg (filmmaker), and Robert Silberman (Associate Professor of Art History, University of Minnesota)

This exhibition at MacRostie Art Center is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and an appropriation from the State Legislature.

This exhibition is sponsored by Hawkinson Construction with additional project support from the Blandin Foundation, Grand Rapids State Bank, and Timberlake Lodge.

Image: Untitled Shells, 1988. Collection of Ellen Teigland & Charlie Schweigert.