Exhibitions to see for spring 2021
Mars is downright mean. Spring? False spring? Where’s my shovel? Where is the bicycle tire pump? If there is snow, it is either soft and tender, or wrapped in a crisp top layer. If there is grass, it is like a bog. Skating rinks lack the first ingredient, sidewalks have puddles and slippery spots.
I can’t go out, I can’t stand to be inside.
What to do? What to do? And what to do in a cautious COVID environment?
The Museums of the Twin Cities are open, with security measures for visitors in place, including ticket restrictions and reduced hours. Here’s a selection of what’s going on, and it’s all going with the required masks. Check with the museum before you go. Advance tickets are often required.
Weisman Art Museum
Two new shows are on view at the Weisman Art Museum on the University of Minnesota campus. “Paper Mountains: Marsden Hartley’s Lofty Landscapes” examines the work of artist Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) at a time when he wondered what it meant to produce art that was clearly American. He was inspired by the mountains, according to information from WAM. The exhibit features images of mountains that Hartley created in New Mexico, France, Germany, and New England for 20 years. Another new feature at WAM is “Pressing Issues: Printmaking as Social Justice in the 1930s United States,” which features works by artists who have commented on the social injustices of their time through their art. (wam.umn.edu)
Minnesota History Center
A new exhibit, “Extraordinary Women,” builds on a 2020 online exhibit, “Votes for Women,” which celebrated the centenary of women’s suffrage. The new exhibit features inspiring images and information about women in Minnesota who fought for equal rights before and after 1920 through political activism, education and social justice. They were arrested, drafted anti-lynching legislation, opened schools and more. There are life-size drawings of 21 women, along with their stories and artifacts. The stories of 22 other “amazing women” are online at mnhs.org. Other History Center exhibits open now include “Then Now Wow”, “Our Home: Native Minnesota” and “The Greatest Generation”. (mnhs.org)
Minneapolis Art Institute
The Minneapolis Institute of Art unveiled last fall redesigned galleries of the Himalayas and South and Southeast Asia. It was the first major refresh of these spaces in over 20 years. ‘With New Light: Mia’s Reinstalled Himalayan, South, and Southeast Asian Art Galleries’ spans three galleries and showcases collection highlights – such as a recently preserved 1,000-year-old Indian sculpture of Shiva Nataraja. There are loaned and extraordinary items, according to Mia’s information. Some of the pieces have been in the museum since 1917 and are on display for the first time. Also in Mia, check out “In the Presence of Our Ancestors: Southern Perspectives in African-American Art,” featuring artists who document rural life and traditions of metalwork, funerary art, and the court. and quilt making. (artsmia.org)
American Swedish Institute
If folding a paper plane is a challenge, you’ll be blown away by the creations of Swedish artist Bea Szenfeld, turning paper into sewing in the “Paper” exhibition at the American Swedish Institute through July 11. Szenfeld’s dresses were worn by Lady Gaga and Bjork. Don’t miss “Papier Noir”, a paper dress that resembles a fur cape on the second floor of the museum. The illustrations by artist-author Stina Wirsén are associated with Szenfeld’s pieces. (asimn.org)
Walker Art Center
If it’s one of those indecisive March days, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has options outside the Sculpture Garden and indoor art wonders, including “Designs for Different Futures,” a great deal. traveling exhibition until April 11. Organized by the Walker, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, “DFDF” has over 70 examples of designers looking to the future. Some pieces are creations that are already part of our present. The exhibition is divided into 11 sections – Works, Cities, Privacy, Body, Powers, Land, Food, Materials, Generations, Information and Resources – and features an international array of designers. Sciencey, a little wacky and just plain amazing, “DFDF” features sandals made from human sweat, a series of books that will be printed from trees in a special forest in 100 years, a better breast pump (titled ” Make the Breast Pumps not Suck ”) and a dress with swirling patterns based on the sound of birds in flight (walkerart.org)
Russian art museum
A special exhibition featuring the work of St. Paul artist Marlena Myles runs through March 14. In “Dynamics of Russian Colonialism in Alaska,” Native American artist Myles tells the stories of the natives of Alaska and their interactions with Russians before Alaska became part of the United States. . The museum also features oil paintings by prominent Soviet and post-Soviet artist Geli Korzhev, one of the foremost masters of post-WWII Soviet art, and 23 of the most recent works. by the innovative Russian-American artist Ekaterina Khromin. (tmora.org)
If you’re still not comfortable inside a museum, you can view the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s latest exhibit in downtown St. Paul through the windows of the M’s at Fourth and Robert. . M has partnered with the African-American Interpretive Center of Minnesota for “Outdoor Experiences: Black Lives in Rural and Suburban Minnesota.” The exhibit is built on oral histories collected by AAICM and explores the experience of being black outside the Twin Cities. Extracts from oral histories are paired with photos of Chris McDuffie. The full audio oral histories are available on the AAICM website, aaicmn.org. (mmaa.org)
Minnesota Children’s Museum
The Minnesota Children’s Museum has a new tour exhibit. “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit” is the first museum exhibit based on Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins” television series. According to MCM, the series is about a 6-year-old girl who communicates with and heals stuffed animals and broken toys in her backyard theater clinic and in the magical McStuffins Toy Hospital. Other exhibition and play areas of the museum are also open. (mcm.org)
Minnesota Science Museum
Two models of Quetzalcoatlus, a pterosaur that is one of the largest known flying animals of all time, were recently installed at the Science Museum of Minnesota. There is one aloft with a wingspan of 35 feet and a standing model of 17 feet. Other exhibition areas of the Science Museum are open, as is the Omnitheater, which currently features “Ancient Caves” and “Volcanoes: the fires of creation”. (smm.org)
Minnesota Transportation Museum
The Transportation Museum at the historic Roundhouse on Jackson Street reopened last week. It had been closed since December due to the pandemic. The museum features exhibits, vintage railway equipment, a working vintage railway, and the rotor maintenance workshops of the still operating Great Northern Railway. (trainride.org)
Hennepin History Museum
The Hennepin History Museum’s current exhibit, “Local Heroes,” pays homage to healers and caregivers throughout 100 years of health history in Hennepin County. The exhibit includes stories of many little-known healthcare professionals who may not be well known, but who have made a difference in healthcare. For more information on the Minneapolis Museum, visit hennepinhistory.org.
Twin City Miniature Train Museum
The Twin City Model Railroad Museum in St. Paul is open on Saturdays. The museum has a new Lego layout created by the Greater Midwest Lego Train Club. And the popular exhibition on night trains runs until April 24. (Tcmrm.org)
And if the weather in March is a crazy hot spring surprise, you can enjoy the art and the fresh air at Franconia Sculpture Park near Shafer, just off US Hwy 8. The estate is open from 8am. a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. (franconia.org)