Anton Gag’s ‘Attack on New Ulm’ removed from Capitol walls 10 Dec 16

New Ulm artist Anton Gag painted a depiction of Native American warriors and white settlers on an oil canvas that has graced the walls of the state capitol since 1923. That work of art has been taken down after controversy over artists’ portrayals of the Dakota. In a press release the Director of the Minnesota Historical Society D. Stephen Elliot says the painting is a painful reminder of shared history and the “Attack on New Ulm” portrays one incident during the U.S. Dakota War, which not all Dakota supported. The 1904 painting has been removed. The Minnesota Historical Society will discuss the future of Gag’s and other paintings that were removed from the Capitol next month.