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Prince from Minneapolis features work by photographers Allen Beaulieu, Nancy Bundt, Terry Gydesen, and Robert Whitman, all of whom hail from Minneapolis and photographed Prince in his early years, helping to craft and disseminate his now iconic image and identity.

In addition to the photographers, the exhibition will include work by artists who have been inspired by Prince, such as Troy Gua, a Seattle based artist, who uses art doll recreations of the megastar in different settings, and the Mexican American de la Torre brothers, who created memorial spirit figures in glass at Minneapolis’s Foci glass studio days after Prince’s death.

Also on view will be a portrait by famed Minnesotan seed artist, Lillian Colton, a painting representing city walls covered with flyers and graffiti by the Turkish painter Burhan C. Dŏgançay, and a Prince bicycle by independent frame builder Erik Noren of Peacock Groove. The bike won Best in Show and Best Theme Bike at the 2017 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, and was commissioned by and is on loan from Anna Schwinn, great-great-granddaughter of the legendary late nineteenth-century bicycle pioneer, Ignaz Schwinn. Minneapolis-based muralist Rock Martinez will install a newly commissioned mural of Prince that will make its debut at the exhibition preview party.

Planned in collaboration with the Spring 2018 University Symposium Prince from Minneapolis the exhibition considers the forces at work in Minneapolis that helped allow for, and shape Prince. The exhibition explores through the images, many taken in the Cities, and attendant mappings projects also on display, the superstar and this place he called home.

Image by Terry Gydesen, Mixing a song at Bullet Studios in Amsterdam, 1993.



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Image by Troy Gua, Purple Rain.

Purple Rain Costume on Display at WAM

Tuesday, April 17 – Sunday, April 22

Thanks to the Minnesota Historical Society, Prince’s legendary Purple Rain costume will be on display in the Prince from Minneapolis exhibition during the week of the Prince from Minneapolis Symposium. Don’t miss its appearance in the galleries, and check out all of the artists that have been inspired by Prince, like Troy Gua, who created incredibly detailed recreations of the late artist’s life. (Like this miniature version of the infamous Purple Rain costume.)


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Prince From Minneapolis Preview Party

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Wednesday, January 17

Prince in Perspective

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Wednesday, February 14

Spend the night with your sweetheart listening to actors and musicians honor Prince.