In May 2020, the M rolled out its first virtual fundraiser, Momentum. Building on the exciting growth of the M in the last few years, Momentum was a celebration of art and artists, a way to honor both the legacy and the future of the M’s collection.
Momentum featured 12 artists, and each artwork told a story about the artist, the M, and the various inspirations, conversations, and stories that make up this collection. Momentum even showcased five living artists, and some contributors had the opportunity to travel virtually around Minnesota on behind-the-scenes studio visits.
Pivoting due to the pandemic became a chance to ground down into resilience and rise up in excitement about what the M has to offer. In challenging times, the role of art becomes more central, whether we realize it or not. Momentum invited YOU to engage through the M’s collection.
Artists featured: Amalia Amaki, Leslie Barlow, Hazel Belvo, Sonya Clark, Jim Denomie, Maren Kloppman, Paul Manship, Joan Mitchell, George Morrison, Cara Romero, Alec Soth, and Aaron Spangler. Below are five of those 12 Momentum artists and artworks.