Hopes and Dreams

Hopes and Dreams: the 2009 MOSAIC Commission

Reception: Thursday, Nov. 11, 4 - 7 p.m.

Show dates: Nov. 12 - Dec. 10, 2010

Hopes and Dreams: the 2009 MOSAIC Commission is a series of multicultural portraits by photographer Sean Smuda. Every year the commission is awarded to an artist in a different medium to celebrate the cultural diversity of Minneapolis.

Regarding the collection, Smuda has said, "The 20 portraits I've created for the MOSAIC Commission were done in and around the Midtown Exchange in south Minneapolis. In their microcosm of diversity they show, in part, the diversity of the city as a whole. Given a set of questions entitled ‘Hopes and Dreams,' participants were asked to write and draw their own dreams while thinking of the changes from Martin Luther King to Barack Obama. Layered with the writings and drawings of participants, and other sourced material, the portraits are a personal, geo-political meditation on individuality, diversity and the forces which travel between us."

Smuda will present a lunch-time slide presentation about the commission and the portraits. The talk is Thursday, November 18, from noon - 1 p.m. in a room adjacent to the gallery. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunches. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Ten Years of Hispanic Posters by Luis Fitch of Uno Branding

Curated by Douglas Padilla

Reception: Thursday, Oct. 14 from 4 - 7 p.m.

Show dates: Oct. 15 - Nov. 5, 2010

Luis Fitch's posters speak to both Latinos and Anglos, to young and old, to hip and square, to rural and urban. His work references and modernizes Mexican cultural history, even as it communicates contemporary Minnesotan Latino community life. His art bridges the distance between the overtly commercial and the quietly nostalgic. And when Fitch strikes out in a political direction, he creates work that is both ironic and refreshingly humorous.

Weighing the Air

Weighing the Air: the Art of Collaboration

Reception: Thursday, Sept. 16 from 4 - 7 p.m.

Show dates: Sept. 17 - Oct. 8, 2010

Weighing the Air: the Art of Collaboration features artists' books by Julie Baugnet with multi-lingual poetry by Felip Costaglioli. This exhibition evolved when Baugnet (a professor of graphic design at St. Cloud State University) and Costaglioli (a professor of film studies, also at St. Cloud State) discovered their affinity for keeping journals over a cup of coffee. Baugnet was exploring book forms and studying French. Costaglioli was recording his thoughts in English, Catalan languages and French. The result is a rich inter-disciplinary exhibit of painted poems, some stretching as far as seven feet in length.

Gordon Parks: Crossroads

Gordon Parks: Crossroads

Show dates: May 22 - July 29, 2010

The Gordon Parks Gallery is proud to present Gordon Parks: Crossroads, the inaugural photographic retrospective celebrating the life work of one of America 's most accomplished 20th century artists. Photographer, poet, novelist, composer, musician and filmmaker, Gordon Parks (1912-2006) spent a lifetime shattering barriers in his pursuit of truth, beauty, social justice and artistic expression.

Student Salon 2010

Senior Salon 2010

Reception: Thursday, March 25 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Show dates: March 26 - April 23, 2010

This exhibit features multi-media works produced by Metropolitan State University students, enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate programs. From chalk pastels to felted abstractions, this exhibit surveys the diverse form and content explored in class and beyond. New to the exhibit this year is a collaborative writing project between the studio arts program and Haute Dish, the university's journal of arts and literature. A poetry competition was held that challenges Metropolitan State's student writers to respond to selected visual works in the exhibition. The three winning entries are exhibited alongside the artwork.

We Sing Our Songs

We Sing Our Songs

Reception: Thursday, Jan. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Show dates: Jan. 29 - Feb. 26, 2010

We Sing Our Songs is a photographic exhibit that provides opportunities for young Native American women to express their artistic skills, voices and leadership capabilities to the public. This exhibit has created new and effective channels of communication for the young artists represented in this show. The show was organized by the non-profit In Progress, which assists young people in developing their skills as storytellers, artists and leaders through the use of digital media.