I’ve been deep into processing photographs this week and was warmed by these photos from the 2001 opening for “Minnesota Art with a Twist”. Winter can be long and cold here, and maybe to some we seem a little wacky for putting up with it. Perhaps that’s just what inspired the theme of this exhibition–unconventional and a bit off-the wall, yet perfectly Minnesota. Cheese curds and french fries were served with wine at this event. There were roving jugglers and dancers, and for the kids, balloon animals and Twister. WAM Director Lyndel King wore a striking Nancy MacKenzie textile creation made from unexpected materials. Even more and rightfully so, the humorous, quirky, anything-but-normal works by Minnesota artists stole the show.
Local artist and persona, Scott Seekins even made an appearance. I haven’t seen much of this local legend recently, but if ever there was an exhibition where I think he would fit in, this might be it. Perhaps he’ll make another appearance at WAM’s preview party for Prince from Minneapolis this week?
—Heather Carroll is the processing archivist for the Weisman Art Museum‘s collection at the University of Minnesota Archives. This project was made possible by funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.