Menagerie II

Menagerie II

The Red River Zoo is coming to a gallery near you in the form of Menagerie II, an exhibition of animals by artist Mark Elton, on display this summer at the Rourke Art Gallery + Museum.

Menagerie II is a follow-up to the 2016 Rourke show Menagerie, where the definitions of what is natural or humane were explored via a gallery of animal portraits. While the selection of animals on display in Menagerie focused solely on the selection of wildlife in front of textured backdrops, Menagerie II will display a collection of creatures selected from the Red River Zoo and beyond in illustrated environments more akin to their natural habitats.

“Though my main goal in Menagerie was to aid the audience in recognizing the life that exists behind the eyes of these creatures we take for granted, in Menagerie II, I wanted to extend beyond that, and show that we all deserve to live in a safe and healthy environment” says Elton.

The member’s preview for Menagerie II is scheduled for June 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., while the opening reception is scheduled for July 1, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The show will be open until August 19. The Rourke is open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and upon special arrangement. Meanwhile, if you would like to see some of the animals that will be on display in Menagerie II live and in person, the Red River Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information regarding the Rourke Art Gallery + Museum, contact Jonathan Rutter at (218) 236-8861 or museum@therourke.org.  The Rourke’s website is

For more information regarding the Red River Zoo, contact Jeremiah Gard at (701) 277-9240 or thezoo@redriverzoo.org.