Reflections on the Unspoken
Nov 2 2016 | 7 - 8:30pm

333 E River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

A wall of written documents with the words "Reflections on the Unspoken" in the foreground

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Presented in conjunction with the Weisman Art Museum’s exhibition The Talking Cure, “The Unspoken” is an experimental, interdisciplinary event that brings together scholar Leslie Morris, renowned countertenor Ryland Angel, and visual artist Rebecca Krinke. Attendees will hear excerpts of Morris’s memoir, which reflects on her unexplained coma brought on by learning of her mother’s complicated Holocaust family history, hear the world-premiere performance of Angel’s libretto composition inspired by Morris’s experience, and be invited to contribute to Krinke’s participatory art installation, What Needs to Be Said?.

In partnership with: University of Minnesota’s Center for Jewish Studies, Department of Art History, Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.


Melissa Stern

About the Artist

Melissa Stern is an artist and journalist living in NYC.

Melissa has worked in sculpture, photography and drawing for over twenty years, exhibiting throughout the U.S., as well as Europe and Asia.  She has made a multi-media installation exhibition, The Talking Cure, that has been traveling to museums around the States. since 2012.  Her work is featured in a number of prominent corporate and museum collections including News Corporation,  JP Morgan, The Arkansas Art Center, the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Racine Art Museum, and the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.

With a background in anthropology, Melissa’s work reflects both non-Western and outsider-art influences. Her drawings, collages, and figurative sculptures are richly drawn and deeply layered, with quirky, often dark humor.

“I work like a handyman cobbling together drawings and sculptures from elements found, borrowed, and imagined. I use a wide range of materials from encaustic to clay, pastel to steel. The drawings and sculptures, often made in tandem, resonate with one another, the ideas in one reinforcing the themes of the other. All of my pieces share a thematic thread. Childlike and goofy my figures live in a dream world, cower in relationships or stand tall in the face of adversity. They are at once dark and funny, expressive of the absurd world around them.”

Stern serves as a contributing writer for Hyperallergic, the Brooklyn-based digital arts publication, working at the intersection of the arts, culture, and politics. She has covered major exhibitions on assignment throughout the world. She served earlier as the principle art critic for The New York Press. She is a past Board Director of The Children’s Museum of the Arts in NYC, Watershed Center in Maine and contributing curator of the Human Rights Film Festival from 2008-2015.

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