The M Off-Site
December 2017 – March 2018
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.
Events and Programs:
(Unless otherwise stated, all programs are free and open to the public)
Laura Brown: New Ideas Need Old Buildings
Historic Pioneer Endicott (skyway construction zone) | 141 E. 4th Street, St. Paul
Twin Cities book artist and printmaker Laura Brown will embellish the M’s skyway construction zone with a pop-up exhibition of distinctive screenprints and colorful signage reflecting on the blend of old and new, tradition and reinvention that comes with repurposing historic city sites for fresh uses.
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.
Screening: CAVE Film Festival Screening
Saturday, January 6, 2 p.m.
Bryant Lake Bowl | 810 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.