I have previously featured several items that are present within the WAM collection concerning the Bicentennial Exhibition of Minnesota Art and Architecture. Just when I thought I had seen the last trace of any Bicentennial exhibit record – I came across a bevy of related materials that once again increased my intrigue in this exhibition.
Several photographs and negatives (loose or in envelopes) that capture the various stops along the statewide exhibition tour, were found bulging from a folder in Box 100. Upon the sage advice of the Archives staff, negatives were placed in envelopes and photographs were enclosed in protective sheets.
The photographs document the installation of the traveling exhibit at host sites, capture visitors from local communities enjoying the works on display, and also feature a few choice shots of the “big rig” used to haul the exhibition across the state.
Rebecca Wilson is a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Studies program at the University of Minnesota, completing a minor in Museum Studies. She also serves as a Visitor Services Assistant at the Weisman Art Museum.