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An Activist in the Making

Ray Barney is a senior at the University of Minnesota double-majoring in gender, women & sexuality studies (GWSS) and Asian languages and literatures (ALL) with a minor in art. They are already doing work informed by feminist, Black, trans, and queer praxis. With the tools and opportunities they’ve gained during their time at the University of Minnesota, Barney hopes to be a part of the shared fight for shared liberation.
Clarence Morgan - Layers

Clarence Morgan and Howard Oransky Exhibition at Form+Content

Form + Content Gallery presents Layers of Time, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Clarence Morgan, Stuart Nielsen, and Howard Oransky. The exhibition celebrates the perspective of artistic change over time, in recognition of the decades-long dedication each artist has brought to their studio practice. The artists also have a shared connection to the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota: Clarence Morgan is a member of the faculty, Stuart Nielsen is an alumnus, and Howard Oransky is a member of the staff. Morgan and Oransky showed their work together twice before at Form + Content Gallery: in Shared Distance in 2009 and in Patterns of Dialogue in 2016.
Clarence Morgan - Working Overtime

Working OverTime: Works on Paper by Professor Clarence Morgan

What does devotion to one’s practice extended over a lifetime entail? To painters Clarence Morgan and David Rich, each in their sixth decade, time has become compressed, with a degree of urgency about its limitations and passage. Yet both are known to, without reluctance or hesitation, revisit work done decades ago, to pick up their tools and search within both dimensions of painting and of time, of then and of now. This exhibit presents a long-time dialogue between two painters trains of thought, picked up, clarified, informed and strengthened by years of working and visiting with each other over time
Ana Mendieta - Creek

Ana Mendieta Exhibition Featured in Paris Review

Until relatively recently, the moving-image works have been characterized by curators and scholars as documentary, records of live activity or performance, rather than complete works in themselves. “Covered in Time and History,” curated by Lynn Lukkas and Howard Oransky, and the largest exhibition of Mendieta’s films to date, counters and expands this notion, tracing the conscious evolution of the artist’s films between 1971 and 1981. The results are striking.
Lorena Molina - Mozote

MFA 2015 Lorena Molina - Tu nombre entre nuestras lenguas

When trauma occurs, the act of telling stories becomes an important tool of both remembrance and resistance. Tu nombre entre nuestras Lenguas , conceived and performed by Salvadoran-born, Cincinnati-based artist Lorena Molina, will be a ceremony for their loss. By bearing witness to a history unknown to most, participants will contribute to a shared ritual that acknowledges the long history of the United States’ implication in the affairs of other nations, displacing families and directly contributing to the refugee crisis.
Nina O'Leary - Native Enough

MFA 2019 Nina O'Leary Publishes "Native Enough"

The image many people hold of Native Americans today can be attributed largely to Edward Curtis, a late nineteenth-century, early twentieth-century American photographer whose work often focused on Native subjects. Oftentimes his work was staged, as Curtis believed that Natives and their cultures were being slowly eradicated. He was able to persuade his subjects to wear full regalia (regardless of whether it was from their own tribe) and to hide markers of cultural adaptation. Native Enough aims to dispel the stereotypical image of Natives so heavily influenced by Curtis. With interview excerpts included alongside the present-day portraits of Native college students, this collection allows for discussion about identity anxiety, tribal issues, moments of pride, and the change students want to effect through their education. The combination of black-and-white portraits and interview excerpts provides a poignant look at the faces of Native students, proving that stereotypes fall short in the faces of Native diversity.
Daniel McCarthy Clifford

MFA 2018 Danny McCarthy Clifford part of HBO Exhibition

Last night, HBO debuted a pop-up exhibition at a New York gallery featuring original art, video, and performance pieces created by former inmates. "The O.G. Experience" is powerful stuff and a reminder that movements for social change and policy reform are most effective when they combine all sorts of activity, from legislative work to cultural artifacts. The makers of the film and the curators of the exhibit are explicitly interested in calling for criminal justice reform and ending the drug war. Their exhibit helps to humanize inmates, convey the experience of prison, and show possibilities for redemption.
Laura Stack - ICOSA

Lecturers Laura Stack, Melissa Borman and Jim Hittinger Exhibition in Austin

Driving South in a Mostly Straight Line is the first phase of an art exchange between Rosalux Gallery, an art collective based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and ICOSA collective of Austin, Texas. Selected by Andrea Mellard, the exhibition introduces Austin to the 20 members of Rosalux. In turn, Rosalux will be presenting the work of ICOSA collective’s 20 members in Minneapolis in May. The first exhibition of this two-city art exchange is comprised of a diverse of artmaking practices including painting, mixed media sculpture, watercolor, photography, printmaking, drawing, and collage. While 1,176 miles separate the two artist collectives, the common goal to support their fellow artists and share their community’s creative output brings them together. “One of my favorite aspects of Austin’s arts community is how groups of artists come together to just make what they want happen. I have been impressed by the way artist collective ICOSA has supported each other, developed spaces to present work, and now are exchanging art shows with Rosalux Gallery. I appreciated the opportunity to review and select for exhibition the diverse art made by the twenty members of Minneapolis’ longest running collective art gallery. I hope the Rosalux exchange introduces Austin to new artists and that their work and commitment to sustaining a creative community are inspiring.”