Jono Vaughan’s Project 42: Performance and Discussion

Sunday, August 27, 7 p.m.
A multidisciplinary, collaborative performance project in honor of Tiffany Berry, a transgender person slain in Memphis in 2006.

We the People Curators in Conversation

Tuesday, September 12, 6 p.m.
A moderated conversation between We the People guest curators with artist and independent curator Dyani White Hawk.

Listening Session: Rochester Art Center

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.
Join the M for a Listening Session as part of RAC’s southern Minnesota artists resource fair, Spring Catalyst. We want to hear how art fits into day-to-day life in your community.

Listening Session: Somali Museum of Minnesota

Saturday, April 1, 3:30 p.m.
The M is partnering with the Somali Museum of Minnesota to hear from community members about how art fits into their lives.

Discussion: Yasufumi Nakamori (Mia), Chaun Webster (Ancestry Books), Taiyon Coleman (St. Kate’s), and Alberto Justiniano (Teatro del Pueblo)

Ken Gonzales-Day’s short film Run Up, which re-enacts the lynching of Charles Valento in 1920, will be the starting point for a lively conversation about the history of photography, racial violence, and absent narratives.

In-Gallery Performance: Futuristic Moves

Serita Colette, Junauda Petrus, and Jessica Lopez Lyman respond to Ken Gonzales-Day: Shadowlands with an improvisational performance in the M’s gallery space.

Reading: A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota

Poet and editor Sun Yung Shin will be joined in conversation by anthology contributors Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria and Diane Wilson. McNally Smith College of Music’s Contemporary Vocal Ensemble will also perform new work made in response to Ken Gonzales-Day’s short film “Run Up.”

Seeds of Change: We Go to the Garden (2015)

Set in the circle of the seasons, We Go to the Garden is a portrait of a year in the life of a farm run by Hmong American farmers. Many of the images in the video are also on display in the exhibition, Seeds of Change. The music you hear is a traditional folk song played with a qeej by Xeng Sue Yang. The musical notes themselves convey, in their cadences, the meaning of words in Hmong. Titled “The Man Who Went to the Garden,” the song tells a story: As the sun rises, a man goes to the garden. The sun burns down. He sweats all day under the hot sun. When the sun goes down, he walks home. The larger exhibition, of which this video is a part, celebrates the rich culture of Minnesota’s Hmong farmers, while highlighting the beauty of Minnesota’s landscape and our state’s agricultural traditions. This exhibition aims to foster dialogues on family, community, immigration, and local commerce, touching on broader topics of ethnicity, land ownership, and sustainability.

Direction and camera work for We Go to the Garden is by Mike Hazard. The video was edited by John Dehn and the sound mixed by Jeff Sylvestre. Running time: 5:30



Seeds of Change: A Portrait of the Hmong American Farmers Association is organized by the Minnesota Museum of American Art and runs from January 27 – May 26, 2017 at the Minnesota State Capitol. The exhibit is on view during open hours of the Capitol building in exhibition rooms 320 and 321: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Opening: David Hamlow: Mirror Stage

Thursday, May 25, 7 p.m.
David Hamlow’s Mirror Stage installation uses upcycled materials to make visible the massive amounts of waste we produce every day.