Minnesota Museum of American Art – “Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota”

Minnesota Museum of American Art – “Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota”

Minnesota Museum of American Art: Now open in the M’s window galleries!


Reflect on this exhibition’s title. What types of stories do you think might be told? What words come to mind when you consider these experiences?⁣
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In partnership with The African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota (AAICM), the M is proud to present Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota, on display in the M’s window galleries on Robert and 4th Streets, opened Thursday, February 25, 2021.

The exhibition, curated by AAICM Executive Director JoJo Bell, explores the experience of being Black outside of the Twin Cities. Drawing from AAICM’s archives and oral history project, it features photographs by Chris McDuffie alongside excerpts from interviews with Black Minnesotans who had formative experiences in rural or suburban parts of the state. Outer Experiences amplifies the voices of Black Minnesotans and the underrepresented histories that connect them to their homes. The photographs and interviews explore the  narrators’ family histories, their lives in small-town Minnesota, and their experiences of living on the margins of Black and white society.

Themes of self-discovery, belonging, and W.E.B. Du Bois’ Double Consciousness are captured in narrator words and photography by Chris McDuffie.

The AAICM’s oral history project was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society. Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota is generously sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.


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From Minnevangelist – Art appreciators, listen up: A fantastic new gallery and marketplace opened…

From Minnevangelist – Art appreciators, listen up: A fantastic new gallery and marketplace opened…

…in North Minneapolis, it’s called Walrus (@walrus.style) and it carries some of the best artists in Minnesota.


Minnevangelist: Michelle Courtright founded Walrus after closing her plant-based restaurant, @figfarro, last May. While the Twin Cities are blessed with great art galleries and festivals (Art-A-Whirl, say what?), Courtright felt there was something missing from the scene: an affordable art boutique. Something that both atmospherically and price-wise would feel accessible to newer collectors—or anyone seeking something magical to hang on their wall.

She scouted the perfect space to bring her vision to life: a turreted machine repair building in Camden. Erected in 1894, it has high ceilings, exposed beams, and original wood floors. Courtright dolled it up by adding a chandelier and painting the old brick fireplace a cool matte black.

Her curation focuses on wall art (hence the name Walrus) and includes original works, limited-edition prints, and a smattering of vintage pieces, much of which is already framed. There’s something for every price point, with 45 artists currently represented. Even better—10 percent of the shop’s net profits are being donated to @jxta_arts, a teen-staffed art and design center in North Minneapolis.

We stopped by yesterday and weren’t sure where to look first: There were statement paintings by @hilarygreensteinart@thaddeus.lheureux@the.beatnik@sarahnicolexxo, and @lindseycherekwaller; VOTE posters by @maiyaleaart; emotive photography from @stephaniesunberg; moody illustrations from @jaredgraytuttle; and subversive cross-stitches by Youa and Wone Vang of @3drdcrafts. Ultimately, we landed on a monochromatic ink and watercolor piece by gallery coordinator Madison Rubenstein (@_rubenstein).

Walrus is open Thursday to Saturday, 11am-6pm, and Sunday from 11am-4pm, or you can book a private viewing for a $5 deposit. Masks are required, except when sipping complimentary tea or rosé. And if you have a suggestion for local artists you think Walrus should carry, Courtright is all ears. This is about the community after all.

The 2020 MPLSART Sketchbook Project is a Unique Survey of the Twin Cities Visual Arts Community

The 2020 MPLSART Sketchbook Project is a Unique Survey of the Twin Cities Visual Arts Community

“During a most challenging year. 68 local artists contributed 120 pages of original work to a series of five traveling sketchbooks. The sketchbooks have been compiled into a beautiful 88 page limited edition hardcover book available exclusively via a Kickstarter pre-sale starting March 2nd. All net-proceeds from the sale of the book will be directly distributed to the participating artists.

MPLSART worked deliberately to capture a diverse slice of artists working in the Twin Cities. From hobbyists to internationally exhibiting artists, from McKnight Fellows to artists just starting their careers. The project features muralists, studio artists, street artists, graphic novelists, collage artists, Urban Sketchers, and more. Notable artists include: Jim Denomie, Hend Al-Mansour, Christopher Harrison, Dyani White Hawk, Leslie Barlow, Gordon Coons, Reggie LeFlore, and Russ White.
This project has had a profound impact on the artists involved, creating an avenue for collaboration and connection in the midst of isolation, at a time when many shows and exhibitions were canceled or postponed. For many, it helped them overcome months-long creative block. Others used the format as an opportunity to experiment with techniques that they incorporated into their work moving forward. Still other artists used the project to visually express their struggles during the events of the last year and many offered a hopeful glimpse into the future of the Twin Cities and the world.The limited edition book collecting the work from the 2020 Sketchbook Project will be available exclusively through a Kickstarter pre-sale running Tuesday March 2nd through Thursday April 8th. The limited edition book will be available for $65 with an early bird discount of $55 available the first week. Additionally, a variety of reward levels will be available including limited edition prints of work from the project and more.”

Visit the link for details!

 

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Judy Fawcett’s ‘Birch Trio’ is part of White Bear Center of the Arts ‘Northern Lights’ exhibit!

Judy Fawcett’s ‘Birch Trio’ is part of White Bear Center of the Arts ‘Northern Lights’ exhibit!

Birch Trio – 30″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas, part of my environmental series

Open Studio Saturdays 12 – 4pm
First Thursday, March 4, 5 – 9pm

My Connection With All Living Things

The butterfly is my metaphor for the all living things endangered by human interventions and climate change. My objective in these paintings is to capture their weightlessness, bright flashing color, whimsical flight, distinctive markings, and juxtapose these qualities with the dark peril of their current existence. My intent is to evoke concern for these delicate creatures with super powers that are losing their habitat and declining at a drastic rate. Macro views with textural elements bring the viewer in closer. In my role as an artist I feel I can capture some emotional truths to bring about change in how we view ourinterconnections with all living things.

Dynamics of Russian Colonialism in Alaska: Marlena Myles – Minneapolis, MN

Dynamics of Russian Colonialism in Alaska: Marlena Myles – Minneapolis, MN

Marlena Myles
Sea Otter Animal Spirit, 2021
Vector illustration print on metal, 24″ x 24″
Courtesy of the artist

The Musuem of Russian Art

January 23 – March 14, 2021

Dynamics of Russian Colonialism in Alaska,the first solo exhibition of work by Marlena Myles, focuses on the intersection of immigrant and Native peoples in North America. These digitally created works bring to light the commonly unknown history of interactions between Russian explorers, settlers, traders, clergy, and Alaska Natives before the Alaskan territory was sold to the United States in 1867. These are important reflections, much needed in the contemporary United States and Minnesota, that acknowledge indigenous histories.

Marlena Myles is a Native American (Dakota, Mohegan, Muscogee) artist, instructor, and children’s book illustrator located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Myles uses art to celebrate the languages and culture of her people. This exhibition is a “…chance for the large public to see how innovative Native art can be through the use of modern technology….” (Marlena Myles).

 

The Museum of Russian Art, in partnership with Marlena Myles, is a fiscal year 2020 recipient of a Cultural Community Partnership grant from the MInnesota State Arts Board.  This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Minnesota Institute of Art: Celebrate Black History Month with Virtual Family Day!

Minnesota Institute of Art: Celebrate Black History Month with Virtual Family Day!

[Pictured: Kwame Brathwaite (American, born 1938), designer: Bob Gumbs, Untitled (Black is Beautiful),
1970 (printed 2018), archival pigment print. The Shared Fund, 2019.67]
Black is Beautiful on Sunday, February 14! Learn more about the extraordinary Black artists who created art to document and honor the beauty, struggle, and resilience of Black people. Create portraits of people who inspire you using various techniques drawn from African American artists like Wadsworth Jarrell and Elizabeth Catlett. Watch a shadow-puppet show by local artist and activist Ty Chapman, and make your own shadow puppet. Sing along and hear tales affirming love from Nothando Zulu, founder of the Black Storytellers Alliance, and create your own love letter for Black Lives this Valentine’s Day. Find all activities on February 14 → link here.


Families can also pick up a free Family Day Artist Tote at Mia’s Third Avenue entrance February 13-14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., available until supplies last. You’ll find materials to make a shadow puppet, colorful portraits, and collages to celebrate Family Day.⁠

The materials in the kit complement the Virtual Family Day program’s activities but are not essential to enjoying the activities. Click here to learn more about the items and activities featured in this month’s tote.

Family Day Major Sponsor: @bankofamerica

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