Katherine E. Nash Gallery

Images of plants that spell out Chinese text

Images of plants that spell out Chinese text
Bo Zheng, Socialism Good, 2016, plants (Alternanthera and weeds), 4 x 16 meters


Politics of Weeds
February 20 – March 24, 2018
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Tuesday, March 20th | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Cante Suta-Francis Bettelyoun will host Talking Circles 

Wednesday, March 21st | 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Ayurvedic/Yoga experience with Vanashree Belgamwar and Rebecca Curland Ayurveda and the weeds

Come and learn about the Ayurveda-Ancient holistic medicinal science of India and the weeds used to balance your constitution for seasonal changes! This dynamic offering will combine a presentation and gentle yoga practice. Ayurvedic practitioner Vanashree Belgamwar will share teachings about basic Ayurvedic philosophy and specific weeds that can support your health. Yoga instructor Rebecca Curland will guide you through a simple yoga practice with specific postures to balance your constitution and nourish the body as we transition into spring. Dress comfortably and bring your own yoga mat for practice.

Thursday, March 22 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Cante Suta-Francis Bettelyoun will host Talking Circles 

Friday, March 23 | 12:30-2:30 PM
Participatory Introductions to South African Medicinal Plants

Nox Makunga, Professor of Plant Biotechnology, and Lisa Philander, Ethnobotanist, will be discussing the use of introduced, invasive plants, or weeds that are used within the dynamic practice of plants in South African traditional medicines. We will share some teas, while we show you some of the herbs popular in Cape Town.

Friday, March 23rd | 3:30PM - 4:30PM
The Culture of Self-Growth presented by Vanessa Adriatico and Isha Patel

Come for a conversation focused on self-reflection and inner growth. We will be discussing appropriation of Indian culture in America today through the practice mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. Then we will examine the culture behind Henna through an art activity. No experience is necessary, just bring a yoga mat, towel, or blanket. 

Friday, March 23rd | 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Madeline Harpell will be holding a screen printing session

Politics of Weeds is an experiential exhibition that sparks conversations and shares ways of knowing that center community and cultural relationships with plants that question the politics of weeds. Artists and scholars Bo Zheng (City University of Hong Kong) and Diane Willow (University of Minnesota) are collaborating with Cante Suta-Francis Bettelyoun, Sayge Carroll, Reb L Limerick, Lisa Philander, Koua Yang, and Marcus Young to present this month-long experiential exhibition. Conceived as a participatory, social catalyst, the exhibition presents the work of SEACHINA (Socially Engaged Art in Contemporary China), the emergence of a Weed Party collective in Minneapolis/St Paul, and the cultivation of a series of participatory and interdisciplinary collaborations, conversations, teas, actions, performances, readings, and future imaginings. Guided by questions, debates, and embodied knowledge, Politics of Weeds becomes a creative catalyst to explore: how we work with plants to transform politics; how we propagate cultures of resistance, resilience, and re-imagination; and how we form and transform our relationships with plants.


April 3 -21, 2018
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Saturday, April 7, 2018 
Public Reception | 7:00 – 10:00 PM | Regis East Lobby
That same evening stop by the Quarter Gallery to see the RCA Emerging Artists exhibition slowly, softly, softer, sometime.

A group exhibition of 8 visual artists who will receive the Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Minnesota: Andrew Fladeboe, Brittany Kieler, Marc La Pointe, Reb L Limerick, Daniel McCarthy Clifford, Jasmine Peck, Hillary Price, and Dillon Rapp. The Department of Art’s graduate program is highly competitive and according to an outside review conducted in 2017, the studio facilities at the Regis Center for Art are “among the best in the country.” UHN-URTH demonstrates the breadth of artistic vision and the depth of artistic fluency that is flourishing in the Master of Fine Arts program in studio art at the University of Minnesota.

A multi-disciplinary artist whose studio practice includes photography, sculpture and interactive virtual experiences, Andrew Fladeboe uses mythology and symbolism to explore nuanced layers of reality and truth. Reaching across time and space, Brittany Kieler’s drawings, prints, books and sculptures conjure the enigma of human knowledge and its limits. Working in collaboration with found materials, Marc La Pointe allows uncertainty and improvisation to guide his work in sculpture, video, performance and photography. Concerned with relationships between humans and earth, Reb L Limerick engages in interdisciplinary collaborations, vocal improvisation, performance, and video to script and embody Ecca Echo -- an ecosexual pop star. Using sculpture, photography and installation, Daniel McCarthy Clifford draws on his own experience of incarceration in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to stage a narrative of power, control, identity and commemoration. Referencing the body as an index, Jasmine Peck’s ceramics, drawings, and performance find the edges between internal and external space. From mushrooms to trees, from the mind to the world beyond, Hillary Price maps systems of experience in her paintings, sculptures and installations. Charting a course from rural to urban, from the banal to the chaotic, Dillon Rapp combines discarded materials and discarded paradigms in his work as a printmaker.