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MUSEUM NEWS & UPDATES
April 2022


“I envision the M as a place where everyone feels welcome, where everyone recognizes themselves as part of a shared story that is explored through art.” 

 
DR. KATE BEANE

“I come from a community that doesn’t always feel comfortable walking into a museum, and that’s something I love about the M’s window exhibitions—we’re creating other ways for people to interact with us in ways that aren’t so traditional....” 


 

WELCOME TO THE M

In February, the community was invited to join new Executive Director Dr. Kate Beane, in conversation with Curator of Exhibitions Dr. Laura Joseph as they talked about creativity, collaboration, and community. In this Fireside Chat, the two discussed Dr. Beane’s journey to the M and how she envisions the future of this nearly 130-year-old St. Paul arts institution. 
 

“I think we’re always looking to evoke emotion and help develop empathy in ways that people are going to see. What I have found, and the reason I kept being drawn to the visual arts, particularly public art, are the ways we can do that through art. We can talk about complex topics, we can talk about the historical and contemporary, we can go across time periods, travel across communities, and share in really amazing ways that go beyond words.” 

 
“When we partner with communities, we’re all coming from different places, different biases, our own different backgrounds, and bringing all of that to the table. Let’s be intentional about acknowledging that and figuring out how to move forward together in a way that is healthy, where people feel welcome, and that doesn’t further perpetuate stereotypes or uncomfortable feelings. I come from a community that doesn’t always feel comfortable walking into a museum, and that’s something I love about the M’s window exhibitions, is that we’re creating other ways for people to interact with us in ways that aren’t so traditional, as well as continuing on with the great work of those who came before us.” 

 
FIRESIDE CHAT
The intent of these conversations is to invite and welcome the public into the M for a more meaningful dialogue that will strengthen and elevate the M's connection to community. This was the first in a series of Fireside Chats. You can watch the full conversation online. We want you to be in dialogue with the M so stay tuned for future conversations by following us on Instagram and Facebook.

USPS HONORS GEORGE MORRISON

GEORGE MORRISON


Spirit Path, New Day, Red Rock Variation: Lake Superior Landscape
1990
Acrylic and pastel on paper

Purchased with funds given by Mrs. Arthur Savage, Mr. John R. Savage, Mrs. Harold Searles, Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Trenerry, and Mr. and Mrs. Louis N. Zelle

 

George Morrison, iconic Ojibwe modernist and lifelong Minnesotan, is being honored with a series of USPS stamps featuring his landscape paintings. Two of the featured paintings, Phenomen Against the Crimson: Lake Superior Landscape and Spirit Path, New Day, Red Rock Variation: Lake Superior Landscape, are in the M’s permanent collection. With 78 total artworks, the M’s collection is the largest and most comprehensive picture of Morrison’s work.   


You can view the M’s paintings and others featured on the stamps at the Duluth Art Institute through June 1, 2022. 

MESTIZAJE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

XAVIER TAVERA


"The exhibition asks, 'what does it mean to be mestizo?'
What does it mean that we are part of two cultures?
How do we assimilate that?
Repel it? Fight it?
There are a lot of questions, and there is a constant fight in our bodies and in our minds."

Mestizaje: Intermix-Remix is on view in the M’s windows and skyway entrance now through June 12, 2022. In this exhibition, eight Latinx artists (identifying as Chicano, Chilean, Colombian, Mixteco, Mexican, and Mexican-American) explore what it means to claim a mixed-race identity consisting of both Indigenous and European descent. This exhibition is the first iteration of a long-term collaboration between the M and the art collective Grupo Soap del Corazón (art that cleanses the heart). 

Collective members and Mestizaje artists Dougie Padilla, Xavier Tavera and Cristina Maria “Tina” Tavera celebrated the exhibition’s opening alongside Nancy Ariza and Laura Joseph in a program that can be found here. Tune in to Zoom for the next program on Thursday, May 12, entitled Mestizaje: Past, Present, Future.


Above: Xavier TaveraEl Duelo/The Duel, 2021, vinyl reproduction
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT MESTIZAJE
REMEMBERING JIM:
AN INGENIOUS ARTIST, VISIONARY, AND FRIEND

JIM DENOMIE


The M staff and board, like many in our community, are mourning the loss of artist Jim Denomie (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe)


On March 1, local artist and friend to many Jim Denomie passed away. Jim will always be one of the most deeply and widely respected and beloved artists in this region, for he possessed a singular, brave artistic voice, a passion for his community, and an unmistakable wit.

Jim, whose art is in the M’s permanent collection, served on the search committee for the M’s new executive director and played an important role in placing Dr. Kate Beane (Flandreau Santee Sioux Dakota) in the position, making her one of the first Native executive directors of an American art museum. Dr. Beane cites Jim’s work as a powerful example of the way in which visual arts can take on challenging, divisive topics, fostering understanding across differences when verbal and written language falter, “Jim will forever be known as an ingenious artist, visionary, and friend. His contributions to this world are without measure, just like the size of his heart, and the strength of his spirit. He was also one of the best at visiting. He always took the time to check in and listen. A true gentle warrior and friend.”

Journey well, Jim. Wopida tanka and miigwech (thank you).

Above: Jim Denomie, Transitions, 1996, oil on canvas, gift of James P. Lenfestey


MAKING ART ACCESSIBLE, REMOVING BARRIERS,
AND SPARKING CONVERSATION
The M relies on donations from individuals like you to create our collaborative and co-curated exhibitions and programming. We hope you have been able to enjoy our recent skyway or window exhibitions, participate in our virtual events, and receive one of our art kits. The M is driven to make art accessible, remove barriers, and spark conversations—all free for the public to enjoy.

Consider becoming a sustaining M member with a $10 monthly gift. That’s less than Netflix and helps the M be in conversation and support our diverse arts community. Set up your monthly contribution today! 

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