Our Materials Lab is a makerspace located within the museum at the corner of 4th & Robert Streets. Anyone is invited to walk in, sit down, get creative or just hang out and witness others in action. Prompts are available to get you started, and change with each exhibition. Occasionally, artists host workshops in the Materials Lab that riff off artworks on view or respond to something in the world that has captured their imagination. The Materials Lab is free and open during regular gallery hours.
The Materials Lab is being transformed into a Reading Room for the exhibition Ken Gonzales-Day: Shadowlands. We’ll return to hands-on making in the Lab later this spring.
Now in the Lab
From January 19 to April 16, 2017, the Materials Lab is the Reading Room (RR). The RR is a space for processing, reflecting, responding, and going deeper with the artwork of Ken Gonzales-Day and the issues it addresses; in particular, disrupting dominant narratives around racialized violence in America. RR resources are curated by Gonzales-Day; faculty in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota; poet, writer, and educator Sun Yung Shin; and the M staff. We invite you to come in and sit for a while. This is your space. There is comfy seating! If you have something to say, please add a comment to the Response Wall located within the RR. #mnmuseumRR