Poinsettias in the Margiorie McNeely Conservatory – St. Paul, MN

Poinsettias in the Margiorie McNeely Conservatory – St. Paul, MN

Courtesy of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

View the hundreds of poinsettias in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park through Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in Como Park is famous for its flower shows. But none is as popular as the Holiday Flower Show, which fills the Sunken Garden with hundreds of poinsettias. You can see it free daily through Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 15, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., you can take your holiday photos inside the Conservatory before it opens to the public; $5 per person.




Drawing on the Museum’s rich collections of holiday ornaments and memorabilia as well as loaned works, Christmas with the Tsars presents the story of winter holidays in Russia during the reign of the Romanov dynasty.

On view are rare Imperial-era Christmas ornaments, greeting cards, and other Christmas memorabilia from the Museum’s collections. These pre-1917 artifacts are part of the extensive gift of Kim Balaschak to the Museum. Imperial porcelain from the Romanov household, including the Kremlin Service intended for the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, is on loan from the collection of Ray Piper. Several important pieces came from the Museum’s co-founder Susan Johnson and other important private collections.

The exhibition features a rich array of silver and gold presentation objects widely used as Christmas gifts by Imperial Russia’s wealthy upper classes, including the Tsar’s family. Among all time favorites were handsome bejeweled pieces by the renowned Fabergé firm. The Fabergé store in B. Morskaia Street, St. Petersburg, was not the only Christmas hub.  For those in favor of the emphatically Russian deco, stores of Ovchinnikov, Khlebnikov, Grachev and other well-established jewelers yielded a rich selection of colorful enameled cups, spoons, cigarette cases, jewelry boxes, and more. Russia’s renowned jewelry firms, including Fabergé, are showcased in this year’s holiday exhibition at TMORA. These rare objects, as well as Imperial-era paintings, came from a significant private American collection.

Christmas traditions as we know them were brought to Russia by the tsars. It was Peter the Great who introduced January 1 as the beginning of the year. Peter’s great-great-granddaughter-in-law, Grand Duchess Alexandra Fedorovna decorated the first tree in the Moscow Kremlin in 1817. When her husband ascended the Russian throne as Nicholas I, the Christmas tree became an integral part of the holiday season in the Winter Palace. A century later, on the eve of the Revolution, the tradition of the Christmas tree was widespread among Russia’s upper and middle classes. Peasants celebrated Christmas with feasts, joyful troika rides, caroling, and more. Christmas became prohibited under the Soviet regime, and returned to Russia in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union.


Rod Massey and Carol Lee Chase – Minneapolis, MN

Rod Massey and Carol Lee Chase – Minneapolis, MN

Must see before closing Nov. 30, at the Groveland Gallery

These coinciding gallery shows juxtapose the realistic oil paintings of urban decay by Minneapolis-based Rod Massey with the slightly more ethereal light studies of Carol Lee Chase, who works in St. Paul. An epic battle between light and dark?


ABOUT GROVELAND GALLERY: Since 1973, Groveland Gallery has specialized in exhibiting and selling contemporary, representational paintings, drawings and original prints by Midwestern artists. Our Minneapolis art gallery features new exhibitions every six weeks, and offers fine art collection services for individuals and businesses.


Groveland Gallery is located in a restored 1890’s mansion on the edge of downtown Minneapolis, just south of the Walker Art Center.


Courtesy of Groveland Gallery
Art/Design: 3 Local Glass Art Studios to Know – Mpls/St.Paul, MN

Art/Design: 3 Local Glass Art Studios to Know – Mpls/St.Paul, MN



Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle – Minneapolis, MN

Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle – Minneapolis, MN

This fall, the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota takes a dip into the Great Lakes. Organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the exhibition features paintings and works on paper by New York-based artist Alexis Rockman. According to the Weisman, “Intrigued by and concerned about this essential water system, The Great Lakes Cycle developed out of Rockman’s rigorous research, travel and interaction with people in the region — especially scientists who specialize in the lakes and their ecosystems.” It’s not just the natural beauty of the lakes; Rockman looks at threats including climate change, collution, invasive species and urban sprawl.

October 11- Jan. 5; Weisman Art Museum 333 E. River Road, Mpls.; free.


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Walker Art Center – Carissa Rodriguez: The Maid – Minneapolis, MN

Walker Art Center – Carissa Rodriguez: The Maid – Minneapolis, MN


The Maid is a short film that focuses on six sculptures residing in various locations—an auction house, museum storage space, and the homes of art collectors. Through the camera’s meditative gaze, Rodriguez invites viewers to closely attend to the works, highlighting the extraordinary care given to these objects. The film borrows its title from a 1913 short story by Robert Walser (1878–1956). In the paragraph-long tale, a maid spends 20 years searching for a lost child once in her care. When she finally finds her, the maid dies of joy. This journey, driven by love and responsibility, serves as a powerful allegory for the attentive custodianship of works of art.

The sculptures in Rodriguez’s film were created by Sherrie Levine (US, b. 1947) in the 1990s. Known for copying or appropriating works of other artists, Levine modeled her pieces from an early 20th-century sculpture by Constantin Brancusi (Romania, 1876–1957). Referred to as “the father of modern sculpture,” he aligned his artistic creation with birth using the title Le Nouveau Né (The Newborn). Levine challenges this patriarchal lineage, adopting the newborns as her own by casting multiple versions in crystal or black glass. Rodriguez searched the globe to locate Levine’s sculptures in public and private collections. Her film reunites several “siblings,” documenting the commercial, domestic, and institutional afterlives of these enduring artworks.

The exhibition also includes Rodriguez’s All the Best Memories are Hers (2018), a series of photographs that brings artistic reproduction into dialogue with biological reproduction. As the artist describes, “By juxtaposing biological time with the eternal life of the art object, my works examine the interstices between subject and object, person and property, and delve into the structures of modern kinship and personhood.”

Curators: Mary Ceruti, executive director; with Jadine Collingwood, curatorial fellow, Visual Arts

Exhibition: Oct 3, 2019 – Feb 2, 2020
Opening: Thursday, October 3, 2019
The exhibition opens at 5 pm. Free gallery admission 5–9 pm.


Internationally recognized as a leading arts venue, the Walker Art Center presents contemporary visual arts and design exhibitions; dance, theater, and music performances; and film screenings.

725 Vineland Place,
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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