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WHAT:   You and Yours: Images of Family --
                  A Curatorial Project by Patricia Briggs

WHERE: Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth

WHEN:    June 13, 2010 – January 2, 2011

Related Events:   Visual Lecture Series, Lecture by Patricia Briggs
                              Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 6:00 p.m. in UMD Bohannon Hall 90


The Tweed Museum of Art is pleased to announce its newest exhibition: You and Yours: Images of Family. Conceived by art historian and curator Patricia Briggs, this exhibition is the result of her exploration into the Tweed Museum Collection.


Working with Tweed curator Peter Spooner, Briggs selected thirteen paintings from the museum’s collection that are installed in the new exhibition together with the work of  ten contemporary artists. “One goal,” says Spooner, “is to offer audiences new ways of looking at, and thinking about the art in our collection.” The exhibition also introduces audiences to artists whose artwork has not yet been seen in Duluth.
Patricia Briggs is a faculty member at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design who has deep interest in the many ways that family themes have been portrayed. From the exhibition introduction Briggs writes that “as cultural definitions of marriage, childhood, motherhood, and paternity shift over time, so too do our ways of forming family and of picturing it. You and Yours: Images of Family presents classic images of family alongside contemporary artists’ explorations of this universal, yet often idealized, theme.”
Participating artists are George Cochrane (Brooklyn, NY), Amy DiGennaro (Minneapolis), Ana Lois-Borzi (Minneapolis, born Argentina), Xavier Tavera (Minneapolis), and Katherine Yuksel (Kingston, Ontario, Canada). Video works in the exhibition are by Emily Atchison, Monica Haller, Brendan Leahy, Gudrun Lock and Peter McLarnan of Minneapolis, and Jennifer Steensma Hoag (Grand Rapids, MI).

In contrast to the conventional representations of the family that are portrayed, in mostly historical art selected from Tweed collections, contemporary sculptures, photographs, videos, and drawings by the ten contemporaries address the family theme with varying thought-provoking perspectives and forms, such as a collaborative father-daughter comic book by George and Fiamma Cochran, an altered fabric and stuffed animal sculpture by Ana Lois-Borzoi, and asubtly confrontational father and child portraits by Xavier Tavera. Five off-beat video works are included as well, using humor to mediate a sense of warning.

The exhibition starts on June 13th, and Briggs will visit in the fall to give a formal talk about her curatorial ideas as part of the Visual Art Lecture Series, October 5, 2010, 6pm.

Works by Artist:


Amy DiGennaro


Ana Lois-Borzi


Xavier Tavera


Katherine Yuksel


Similar works from past collections


Video Works by various Artists








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