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Are a member of the M? Meet the new curator, at an event just for members next Sunday afternoon!
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Member Event: A Conversation with Laura Joseph, Curator of Exhibitions

Sun., Nov. 17, 1 p.m.
Free and just for M Members * RSVP requested
Minnesota Museum of American Art | 350 Robert Street North, St. Paul

Get to know the M’s new Curator of Exhibitions, Laura Joseph, in a conversation just for members of the M. She’ll discuss her curatorial projects—past, present and future—and share her curatorial methods and sensibilities. Stick around and join up with her tour of the fall exhibition, History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary, immediately following!

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Curator Tour

History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary
Sun., Nov. 17, 2 p.m.
Free * RSVP requested
Minnesota Museum of American Art 

Dig deeper into what’s on view in the galleries with a tour led by the M’s Curator of Exhibitions, Laura Joseph. It's free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested.

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Guided Tour: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Scholar Sima Shakhsari

Thurs., Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Free * RSVP requested
Minnesota Museum of American Art | Co-presented with Mizna

Experience the M's fall exhibition through a fresh lens in a guided tour led by women, gender, and sexuality scholar Sima Shakhsari. 

About your guide: Sima Shakhsari (they/them) is a scholar at the University of Minnesota, interested in transnational feminist theory, transnational sexuality studies, non-Eurocentric queer and transgender studies, Middle East studies, empire, militarism, neoliberal governmentality, digital media, refugee studies, diasporas, and political anthropology. They earned their PhD in Cultural and Social Anthropology at Stanford University and have held postdoctoral positions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Humanities Center and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the University of Houston. Shakhsari was an assistant professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at Wellesley College before joining Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at U of MN in 2016, and has a long history of activism at queer and women’s organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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The Deeper Half Blue: Workshop with Joe Namy

Wed., Dec. 4, 1 – 3 p.m.
Free * RSVP requested
Minnesota Museum of American Art | Co-presented with Mizna

Join artist Joe Namy for a public workshop exploring various approaches to art-making, with a focus on sound as a tool for transformation. Engage in exercises and discussions around the politics of music/sound, framed by the poetics embedded in Namy’s installation on view at the M as part of the exhibition History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary.

About the artist: Joe Namy is a media artist, composer, and educator based between London and Beirut. He completed an MFA from New York University, was part of the inaugural class of the Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Program where he now teaches, and has independently studied jazz, Arabic, and heavy metal drumming. His work often addresses identity, memory, and power structures embedded in sound/music, and has been shown internationally in galleries, museums, film festivals, and public performances.


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The Deeper Half Blue: Listening Session with Joe Namy

Sun., Dec. 8, noon - 4 p.m.
Free * RSVP requested
Minnesota Museum of American Art | Co-presented with Mizna

What gets amplified in our pockets, on our screens, and in our DMs? For this event, you'll join an assembly of artists, dancers, and poets for a collective listening experience, using music as material to address modes of deep listening in difficult times. This session is conceived an extension to Namy’s installation Half Blue, as part of the exhibition History Is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary, commissioned by Mizna.

Half Blue comes out of a long-term poetic exploration on the colors, tones, and language that have emerged around the increased militarization of police and its everyday impact on our community. It offers a space for contemplation, to honor those who have fallen victim to this type of injustice, and to celebrate strategies for coping and resilience. 

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Minnesota Museum of American Art
350 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55101

Located in the Historic Pioneer Endicott

Monday & Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 11 - 5
Thursday     11 - 8 - open late!
Friday          11 - 5
Saturday      11 - 5
Sunday        11 - 5

Everyone is welcome.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
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