Art Mob Returns in 2021

To show our thanks for your ongoing support of the Weisman, we’re thrilled to invite you to the 2021 series of Art Mob events! Scroll down to check out some of what we have in store. Look for more detailed information on these and other upcoming events in the weeks ahead.

Art Mob is a special opportunity for supporters who give at the $300+ annual level to personally connect with artists and creators from Minnesota’s vibrant arts community. Check out the winter/spring schedule of Art Mob events and plan to join us for candid, thoughtful, and inspiring conversations with artists, curators, and other like-minded art lovers.

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Upcoming Art Mob Events

Evening with Andrea Carlson

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
5 – 6 p.m. (Virtual)

Join us for a conversation and Q&A with Andrea about her artistic practice, how it’s evolving, and how she highlights important issues of today in her work.

Headshot of artist Andrea CarlsonAndrea Carlson (b. 1979) is a visual artist currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Through painting and drawing, Carlson cites entangled cultural narratives and institutional authority relating to objects based on the merit of possession and display. Her current research activities include Indigenous Futurism and assimilation metaphors in film. Her work has been acquired by institutions such as the British Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the National Gallery of Canada. Carlson was a 2008 McKnight Fellow and a 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grant recipient.


February 2021: To Be Announced

Evening with Chotsani Elaine Dean

Thursday, March 11, 2021
5 to 6 p.m. (Virtual)

Join us for a conversation with Chotsani Elaine Dean, an artist and assistant professor of ceramics at the University of Minnesota.

Headshot of artist Chotsani Elaine Dean“The many, complex layered realities of the history and visual archives of my communal ancestry form and impart creative purpose in my studio practice and research. Foremost in my research are quilts from Slavery (chattel enslavement) thru Antebellum periods, made on and off of cotton plantations by enslaved and free blacks, through mid-20th century, serve as the visual point of departure I use to explore and connect with this difficult and dreadful time in American history. The quilts of these periods are of particular interest to me for their uniqueness of origin, evolution, aesthetics and range of techniques and processes. Even more, I have a personal devotion and connection to the lives of the quilters, people and intersecting events of this time. Quilts from these time periods reveal a distinct historic blending of aesthetics, material culture, traditions and innovations of early America via the Atlantic Slave trade and effects of colonization.”


Evening with Lamar Peterson

Thursday, April 1, 2021
5 – 6 p.m. (Virtual)

Join us for a conversation with Lamar Peterson, an artist and faculty member in the University of Minnesota’s Art History Department.

Headshot of artist Lamar Peterson

Inspired by elementary school bulletin boards, educational activity books, and crepe paper streamers, Lamar Peterson creates graphic portraits of an irrational world where happy characters are resolutely accepting of grotesque misfortune. The plague of absurdities presented in these paintings is rooted in popular culture as much as it is in old-hat surrealism. Issues of race, community, and social and economic upheaval are candy-colored and darkly comic. Smiling faces are unrelenting. Peterson never allows his people to be fazed. They never notice the nightmare. And it is here, within this pitiless deadpan that his work resonates.


Historic Fascist Sites Outdoor Walking Tour
Guided by artist Brooks Turner

Thursday, May 6
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Outdoors and COVID-safe.
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Headshot of artist Brooks TurnerJoin us for an outdoor walking tour of sites around downtown Minneapolis with historic ties to fascism, led by Brooks Turners, the artist and creator of Legends and Myths of Ancient Minnesota, an exhibition-in-print which was on view at the Weisman this fall. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Brooks and learn about his research into this little-known movement that had a huge influence on Minnesota politics (and enjoy some fresh air!).

P.S. Want your very own copy of Brooks’ exhibit-in-print? Click here for a free issue to be delivered to your home!