This weekend marks the official beginning of what I consider to be the most wonderful time of the year in MN: SUMMER! Whether you plan to spend the weekend boating on a (probably still very cold) lake or at a series of Backyard BBQs, I’m looking forward to some neighborhood art, monuments and memorials, and – of course – the launch of patio season!
Constellation Art Expedition is a show that is focused on domestic spaces like garages and backyards and interested in the way our art is an integral part of our daily lives, neighborhoods, and self-made communities. Running 8am – 5pm, Friday May 27th –Sunday May 29th in South Minneapolis, with loads of events ranging from a “free wall” for graffiti writing to various backyard installation pieces including the TuckUnder Projects, this expedition is sure to please.
While we all love a long weekend, let’s not forget why we have Monday off: Memorial Day. Monuments and memorials make up some of the first pieces of public art and can be found all over our great state. Down at the State Capitol in St. Paul, there are at least a dozen remembrances and memorials on the Mall. The Minnesota Historical Society offers an online tour as well as a convenient self-guided cell phone audio tour of the memorials in case you make it down there this weekend.
And finally, now that summer is officially here, patio season is too! I am so excited for the revamped return of the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s Patio Nights @ City House! The Friday nights of June 17, July 8, and July 22 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm, attendees can enjoy free music, food and drinks for purchase, and spectacular views of both the Mississippi and Jim Campbell’s nearby installation Scattered Light. The inaugural lighting of this piece will take place on June 4th at 9:15 pm as a part of Northern Spark.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!