The Minnesota Museum of American Art, the M of downtown St. Paul, announced last week that it would continue to display exhibits in its windows on Fourth and Robert Streets. The interior space will remain closed.
Window galleries were touted as a way to continue exhibits when the COVID-19 pandemic closed public spaces. The M had originally planned to reopen the museum’s galleries in June. Now, the M plans to continue exhibiting works in its storefront galleries, the skyway, virtually and at partner sites while it begins work on the final phase of the M building, according to a press release. Museum officials hope work can begin this year, but cannot make plans due to construction delays and supply shortages.
The M opened the first phase of its massive renovation of the historic Pioneer Endicott building in downtown St. Paul in 2018. This $ 12.5 million phase covers 18,700 square feet and includes galleries, public spaces and a center of creativity. The second phase, which was due to be completed in 2020, will add more galleries and fill the first floor of the Pioneer Endicott building complex.
Currently on display in Window Galleries is “Outdoor Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota,” which is presented in partnership with the African American Interpretive Center of 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. “Outdoor experiences continue until June 20.
The M also announced upcoming exhibitions and programs.
“Wise, Gifted, and Black: Art by the Magnificent Golden Agers” will take place in the Galerie des Vitrines on Robert Street from June 27 to July 17. The exhibit is part of a residency run by teacher artists Nicole M. Smith and Lawrence El Grecco Waddell at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in St. Paul. A group of older women – known as the Magnificent Golden Agers – created collages, written reflections, poetry and photographs “that reflect discussions around the themes of black identity and the intersection of l ‘art and activism’. according to the press release Mr.
The 2021 St. Paul Public Schools Visual Art Exhibition will be held from June 27 to July 17 in the Glass Gallery on Fourth Street, showcasing work by student artists. The exhibit is a long-standing collaboration between schools, the M, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Over the 30 years of the program, more than 9,500 high school students have participated. Students are selected to participate through auditions and artistic submissions.
The Mississippi River just down the street from M informed the development of “Many Waters: A Minnesota Biennial,” according to the press release. The jury exhibition, which runs from July 24 to October 24. 2 in the glass galleries of Robert and Fourth streets, the entrance to the skyway and to the NewStudio Gallery in Saint-Paul, explores the work of more than 50 local artists with connections to lakes, marshes, streams, rivers and the region’s groundwater. The works were chosen from over 800 submissions.
“Sutures” takes place from October 30 to January. 29 in the gallery of windows on rue Robert. This is the culmination of Michael Khuth’s Fellowship with the Emerging Curators Institute and features work by emerging artists who create photographic and cinematographic works. According to the press release, artists are reclaiming images – drawn from family photo albums, national archives, media and other sources – to shape new ways of seeing their communities, their nations, their past. and their future.
For more information, visit mmaa.org.