Upcoming Exhibitions

Window Galleries

Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota

February 25–June 20, 2021

Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota will be a combination of an idea- and object-driven exhibition exploring the experience of being Black outside of the Twin Cities. The exhibit will be based on the African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota’s eponymous digital collection featuring interviews that amplify the voices of Black Minnesotans and the history that connects them to their home. Each interview will explore the narrator’s family history, their life in small-town Minnesota, and their experience of living on the margins of Black and white society.

Chris McDuffie (American. 1986-)
Alexandria, 2020
Photographic Print
AAICM Digital Collection

Main Gallery

Water: A Minnesota Biennial


This biennial revives and builds on the M’s tradition of surveying contemporary artistic practices in the state of Minnesota, in recognition of  historical, spiritual, and personal connection to the land and water. Additionally, it will acknowledge the history of displacement of indigenous peoples from this region, while highlighting the important role artists across rural and urban communities are playing in fostering conversation, awareness, and new ways of thinking about water through ecological, social, political, historical, creative, and aesthetic lenses.

This exhibition has been tentatively rescheduled for Summer 2021. Because of the strong and engaging work submitted and juried into the exhibition, it deserves to be widely seen an appreciated. In the meantime, the artists will be formally announced and the M will roll out some virtual content through the website and social media platforms.

Our goal for this virtual programming is to celebrate the Minnesota artists whose work will be a part of Water, help our community feel connected to Minnesota’s water systems and each other while physical distancing, and to build visibility and anticipation for the exhibition next year.