To coincide with its 2020 retrospective Harriet Bart: Abracadabra and Other Forms of Protection, the Weisman Art Museum is hosting a day-long convening of speakers, workshops, and embodied practices. The convening takes the exhibition and work of Harriet Bart as an entry point into exploring forms of resistance from patriarchal systems of power.
Through her work, Bart demonstrates the power of objects and words to protect, transform, and sensitize us to the world beyond our direct vision and experience. She often draws on found, everyday materials to heighten awareness of imprints of the past as they live in the present, to open up space for reflections on absence and loss, and to create new worlds of possibility within existing ones.
The convening takes up several questions raised by the exhibition: What is the significance of the resurgent interests in magic as recourse for the marginalized against failing cultural systems and ancestral abuses? What histories do we need to make present to understand widespread dismissals of magic in the Western world?
Broadly construed the event embraces the feminine and the marginalized, the complex and the contradictory, the mysterious and the impossible to represent, the shape-shifting and experimental.
Tickets will be released on March 9.
Convening Leadership Team
Portia Richardson (L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., M.Om., NBC-HWC) is an interdisciplinary healer, a teacher of mysticism and holistic medicine traditions, a ritualist, an intuitive guide, and a channel for Spirit. Her medicine path is one of remembering our wholeness. She works at the intersections of embodiment, expanded consciousness, creative expression, sacred activism, ancestral connection, and cultural healing. She is a queer person, a partner and mother, an independent musician, an animist, an eclectic witch, and a bridge for the Otherworld. She works 1-on-1 with folx and holds group events through her private practice Tall Reeds Healing Arts, and teaches graduate courses through the Center of Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota and Northwestern Health Sciences University. Her mission is to heal collective trauma and dis-ease by tending to how it is showing up for each of us individually. Her practice flows from the guiding principle of as without so within, as within so without. You can connect more with Portia at tallreedshealingarts.com.
Sarah White is a mother of two loving hearts, soul sweetener, and space holder, using everything from soundscapes to hands on healing arts, as a tool for Liberation.
Working deeply for a decade on the exploration of different ways to get into the nervous systems and spirit body systems, Sarah White’s studies dive deep into trauma and the belief that we all can heal and find pleasure.
Music, Photography, Healing trauma (Massage and Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy), Farming While Black, Holistic Mothering, Embodied Sensuality and Vulnerability are Sarah’s weapons of choice.
Lacey Prpić Hedtke is a photographer, astrologer, arts organizer and public artist in Minneapolis.
Lacey works with traditional darkroom photographic processes and public art—gifting and posting photographs in her neighborhood exploring the themes of history of place, protection, magic, and remembrance, using building permits, housing histories, public records, and city directories to create protective photo tear-offs, tintypes, and cyanotype banners on telephone poles in Minneapolis. Her work explores and is shown in unregulated and public spaces.
She trained to be a medium at the Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism, and has studied astrology and tarot for years. In 2017, she opened The Future—a project and residency space with a retail storefront and witches’ spa that acts as a community center for artists, healers, and witches.
Lacey holds a BFA in photography from the Lesley University College of Art and Design, an MLIS from St. Catherine University, and is certified as an auctioneer through the World Wide College of Auctioneering.
Romina Takimoto (she/her) is a skin-specific herbalist, natural cosmetics formulator, and occupational therapist originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. Her business, ROMI Apothecary, is a collection of plant potions for healthy and nourished skin using Minnesota grown herbs, either organically grown or sustainably wild-crafted.
Image: Harriet Bart’s Excerpts from the Geniza.