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WHAT:         A Flow of Ideas: Selections from the Permanent Collection

WHERE:       Tweed Museum of Art
                        University of Minnesota Duluth

WHEN:         August 4, 2009 - July 11, 2010


The Tweed Museum of Art annually exhibits a broad selection of artworks from its collection of 6500 objects. In this new exhibition of Tweed collection artworks, the Museum curators have selected artworks that will attract attention to themes that have compelled artists’ to create in response, from the Classical through Contemporary periods. The Tweed Museum’s art collection is uniquely diverse, ranging from Old Master and French Barbizon school works, up-to-the-minute contemporary art, including works in most media by this region’s best visual artists.


On view, beginning August 4, 2009, continuing through July, 2010, A Flow of Ideas: Selections from the Permanent Collection features 70 artworks that demonstrate how related works of art, when viewed together, may best reveal common themes.

Exhibition Themes:

Speaking Out: Personal to Political is a set of artworks in which personal experience extends to larger societal issues, including photo documents of Iraq by Duluth resident Aaron McLeod, and emblematic images by gay artist David Wojnarowicz (1953-1992).


National Identity, Regional Voices examines the way artworks often function as markers of geographical identity. These range in subject and style such as the German Biedermeier style that can be attributed to The Auction Sale of 1863 by Peter Baumgartner, and subjects such as Fisherman with Nets (1945) by George Morrison, a Grand Portage Ojibwe artist.


Artists have always considered the natural and man-made environments as subjects, and The Built Environment features abstract responses to nature in a large 1935 oil painting by Charles Biederman (1906-2004), as well as carefully composed landscapes by the Barbizon artists Diaz de la Pena and Gilbert Munger, an American counterpart.

Under the rubric Myths, Fairy Tales, Cultural Narratives is the exploration of narrative, as demonstrated by Chris Mars, former drummer for the alt-rock band The Replacements turned visual artist.


Represented in this section by the artist’s-book Sampler by Kiki Smith, one of the most acclaimed contemporary artists of our time. The work includes 200 poems by 19th century American poet Emily Dickenson, in company with Smith’s prints.


As a way to expand modes of interpretation and appreciation and to include fresh perspectives, the Tweed Museum asked poets Patrick McKinnon and Louis Jenkins to write poems in response to six artworks from the exhibition.


The museum also houses other fascinating art-viewing and study resources, including the  Richard and Dorothy Nelson Collection of American Indian Art, the Glenn C. Nelson Ceramics Collection, and prints from the Minnesota Works Progress Administration. Selections from these collections are currently on view.


Poets Patrick McKinnon and Louis Jenkins will read selections from their art-inspired poems at an opening reception for the exhibition on October 18, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The reading and reception are free and open to the public.



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