The M Off-Site

Construction on the new Minnesota Museum of American Art (the M) has begun! As we prepare to open the new museum, the M gallery will be closed for several months while renovations are underway. So, we’re taking our show on the road, partnering with organizations around the Twin Cities to continue to present fun family programs, artist talks, film screenings, pop-up exhibitions, and more.

Upcoming Events and Programs:

(Unless otherwise stated, all events are free and open to the public)

Laura Brown: New Ideas Need Old Buildings
Ongoing through Fall 2018
Historic Pioneer Endicott (skyway construction zone) | 141 E. 4th Street, St. Paul
Twin Cities book artist and printmaker Laura Brown has embellished the skyway over Robert Street with a pop-up installation of distinctive screenprints and colorful signage-inspired designs made just for the M.

Pop-Up Exhibition: Black & White Blues
On view July 19 – 29, 2018 (in conjunction with the Lowertown Blues & Funk Festival)
The Show Gallery | 346 Sibley Street, St. Paul

The M is partnering with the Show Gallery and Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest to present a pop-up exhibition sampling the museum’s collection of Marc Norberg’s arresting black-and-white portraits of iconic blues musicians. Live music performances in the gallery. Co-presented by the M, the Show Gallery, and Lowertown Blues & Funk Festival.

Past Programs:

Bus Tour: Historic Homes of the M
Saturday, June 23, 1 p.m.
Tour begins at 317 on Rice Park and ends at the Historic Pioneer Endicott | 141 E. 4th Street, St. Paul
Tickets: $65 ($45 for M members)
Writer Andy Sturdevant and special guests from the M’s past will lead you through the museum’s history in St. Paul via a vintage bus from the Minnesota Transportation Museum. Visit the M’s former homes on Summit Ave., the Jemne Building, Landmark Center, and more. End your vintage M bus tour with a special Patio Night performance and happy hour social on the green roof of the Historic Pioneer Endicott.

Honors Visual Arts Exhibition
On view May 17 – June 3, 2018
Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center | 788 E. 7th Street, St. Paul 
The M’s annual showcase of St. Paul honors art students’ creativity, on display this year at Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center. Co-presented by the M, St. Paul Public Schools, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center.

The M @ Flint Hills Family Festival
Wednesday, May 30
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts | 345 Washington Street, St. Paul
Artists from the M will lead family-friendly art-making activities on the festival grounds as part of “School Days” fun for educators and students at Ordway’s Flint Hills Family Festival. Free event, but not open to the general public.

Afrofuturism and the Urgency of (Re)imagination
Thursday, May 24, 6:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Institute of Art | 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis
A discussion of museums and colonialism, Afrofuturism and (r)evolution, prompted by conversations surrounding the “museum scene” in the recent Marvel film Black Panther. This discussion is co-presented by the M and Minneapolis Institute of Art, curated by Sun Yung Shin and featuring artists Beverly Cottman, Senah Yeboah-Sampong, Erin Sharkey, and Chaun Webster. Free and open to the public.

Artist Talk: Brad Kahlhamer
Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Bockley Gallery | 2123 21st Street, Minneapolis
Get a glimpse of this New York-based artist’s varied body of work, and hear Kahlhamer’s take on the complex mix of ancestral narratives, personal affinities, and professional experiences that have fueled his creative vision. Co-presented by the M and Bockley Gallery. (Look for Kahlhamer’s first Minnesota exhibition in the M’s new galleries in 2019.)

Family Program: Play & Learn with the M @ Ordway
Saturday, March 3, 10 – 11 a.m.
Ordway Center for Performing Arts | 345 Washington St., St. Paul 
Artists from the M will lead art-making and movement activities for the whole family, as part of the preshow festivities before a concert by the Okee Dokee Brothers. The M’s activities in the Ordway lobby are free with the purchase of a concert ticket.

Family Program: Shared Spaces to Call Our Own
Saturday, February 10, 11:15 a.m.
George Latimer Central Library | 90 W. 4th Street, St. Paul
Theatre maker Levi Weinhagen (Comedy Suitcase) and playwright Saymoukda Vongsay offer an engaging program for all ages, with a sweet spot for the young ones. The duo will tell jokes and create comedy with families on the themes of American identity, equity, and creating community in shared spaces like museums and libraries. Co-presented by the M and Saint Paul Public Libraries.

Artist Talk: Sheila Pepe
Thursday, February 1, 6:30 p.m.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design | 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis
New York artist Sheila Pepe will speak about her cross-disciplinary work blending craft and conceptualism. (Look for Pepe’s monumental fiber art installation in the M’s new sculpture court when the museum reopens in 2018!) Co-presented by the M, MCAD, and the American Craft Council.

Screening: CAVE Film Festival Screening
Saturday, January 6, 2 p.m.
Bryant Lake Bowl | 810 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis
Tickets: $10
An afternoon of Arab American film curated by Andrea Shaker and Michelle Baroody, featuring films by Usama Alshaibi, Basma Alsharif, Hisham Bizri, Ariana Hamidi, and Andrea Shaker. This screening is co-presented by Mizna and the Minnesota Museum of American Art as part of Cellular Cinema’s CAVE (Cinematic Audio Visual Experimentation) Film Festival.

Conversation: Sun Yung Shin, Witt Siasoco, Mike Hoyt
Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m.
Third Place Gallery | 3730 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

Poet Sun Yung Shin and artists Witt Siasoco and Mike Hoyt discuss the connection between creative place, process, and community, co-presented by the M and Wing Young Huie’s Third Place Gallery.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.