Schedule of Lectures & Conversations

Jun 3

Carleton Connects: Professor David Lefkowitz '85, Studio Art

Quasi-Fictional Places: The Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau and Other Original Facsimiles

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
  • Carleton Connects: Professor David Lefkowitz '85
Welcome to Nirthfolde

This program took place on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

While you may be an expert on Northfield, the town of cows, colleges, and contentment, what do you know about Nirthfolde?  Join Carleton Connects as we get the inside scoop on Nirthfolde from Professor David Lefkowitz '85 as he presents "Quasi-Fictional Places: The Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau and Other Original Facsimiles".  


"NRTHFLD: The Nirthfolde Visitors' Bureau," was an exhibition installed at the Northfield Arts Guild in January 2013. Created by Lefkowitz and Carleton web content specialist Doug Bratland, the show included "misinformation panels, ahistorical artifacts, and other displays guaranteed to perplex and amaze."  Lefkowitz's talk will introduce audiences to Nirthfolde, "a bucolic, yet bustling burg situated in a parallel universe that neatly overlaps Northfield, Minnesota, and that has existed relatively unnoticed for over a century and a half."

About the Speaker

David Lefkowitz '85 teaches painting and drawing. In his own work, Lefkowitz combines Western traditions of representational oil painting with the flotsam and jetsam of consumer culture to draw attention to the complex relations between image and object, past and present, and nature and culture. His work can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Miami Art Museum, and The Langen Foundation in Neuss, Germany. His recent solo show at the Soo Visual Art Center in Minneapolis, "Austerity Plans" was featured on Metropolis magazine's Point of View blog: https://www.metropolismag.com/ideas/arts-culture/reimagining-architectural-history-cardboard/

His work is represented by the Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago.

Sponsored by Carleton Connects. Contact: Catherine K. Gardner, +1 641 777 7288