Pleased to be included in the upcoming exhibition ART speaks at the Minnesota History Center. Opening February 26, 2022, the exhibition features approximately 175 works of art from the permanent collection by over 100 artists. More than 50 of those artists are currently working and/or living in Minnesota today (see list).
A recording of the virtual gallery talk can be found here: https://youtu.be/rz8k4-Gfuy0
The exhibition continues through July 31, 2022. History Center hours are posted on our website:
Due to COVID-19, no public events for this exhibition are planned at this time. We hope that a public event can be organized in the spring/summer toward the conclusion of the exhibition.
For information about the exhibition and the Minnesota History Center, please visit:
“Teaching How to Carve a Dala Horse” and
“Learning to Carve a Dala Horse” 8.25 x 11″ gouache on paper.
Showing at the Nordic Center, Duluth, “The Horse of Course” exhibit opening mid-March
For more information go to the Nordic Center website
As Paul Lai, Ramsey County librarian and lead on this book project states, This Was 2020 “…highlights the voices of people in Minnesota as they remember a difficult year.” And those voices come from across the state, most from the metro, but also from greater Minnesota. The writing, Lai notes, offers glimpses into our communities.
Judges for the award also sing the book’s praises, calling it “a beautiful anthology that memorialized a very difficult year in Minnesota.”
That assessment fits as writers penned pieces related to the pandemic and to social justice issues re-ignited by the murder of George Floyd with ensuing protests. I encourage you to read this book for the thought-provoking, and often emotional, content. (Click here to read an earlier review I posted on This Was 2020.)
“This book is one small way to help us all grieve, protest, imagine, co-create and empathize so that we build stronger connections rather than more walls between each other,” Lai says in a reflective video. I appreciate that comment, that encouraging insight. (To hear Lai’s comments, forward to around 10 minutes into the video.)
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