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Morrison Collage

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Morrison Collage

On this day, April 17 in 2000 the Native American painter and sculptor George Morrison died. He was born in 1919 in Chippewa City and would garner national acclaim for his abstract and nature based work.

This sculpture or collage made in 1975 is one of many works by Morrison in the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society. It is a large work made of driftwood pieced together to form a landscape with a strong horizon line that would appear in nearly all of Morrison’s pieces made after the 1960s.

MNHS will also be hosting a traveling George Morrison exhibit titled Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison from February 14 to April 26, 2015.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this artwork in our collections database.

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New Library Exhibit – Native American Beadwork in the MNHS’ Collections

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Come see the new Library Lobby exhibit on Native America beadwork, open the same hours as the Library.

Minnesota Historical Society is the repository for approximately 9,000 ethnographic objects of Native American origin. These objects include everything from basketry and ceramics to clothing and pipes, and span two and a half centuries. Perhaps 1,000 of those objects are embellished with beads; necklaces, leggings, sashes, shirts, pipe bags, watch fobs, feather bonnets, and things made for sale to the tourist trade are all represented in the Society’s collection, as are objects from every corner of the U.S. and Canada. Due to MNHS’ mission to specifically collect objects that are meaningful to the history of the state of Minnesota, the overwhelming majority of these items come from the immediate area. As a reflection of this regional depth, most of the Native beadwork in our collection falls into either the Plains (for example, Dakota, Lakota, Cheyenne) or Woodland (Ojibwe, Ho-Chunk, Cree) category.

This small exhibit draws specifically from MNHS’ collection of Native American beadwork. It is organized chronologically, beginning with the vitrine to the left when facing the glass doors to the Gale Family Library, and continuing in a clockwise fashion around the library registration desk. Within this exhibit one can explore pre-contact precursors to indigenous beadwork; different techniques used in beadwork; a glimpse of the wide variety of cultural styles in Native beadwork across the U.S. and Canada; how beaded objects functioned in the changing 19th century Native economy; and the modern resurgence of Native American beadwork.

More information can be found on these objects at Minnesota Historical Society’s collections website:

www.mnhs.org/collections

This exhibit will be on view until the end of April.

Leah Bowe
Collections Associate, NAGPRA


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“Magnet”

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

A very large oil painting on canvas made by Michael Kareken in 2009.

For more information, view this painting in our collections database.

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Remembering Joan Mondale

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Joan Mondale, wife of former Senator and Vice-President Walter Mondale, passed away this week at the age of 83. She was a passionate arts advocate, partner in politics, potter, and mother.

Seen here are a selection of images from her personal papers and Mr. Mondale’s papers, both at the Minnesota Historical Society. These images show many aspects of her life in the public eye, but can only hint at her spirit.

Please see this document for specific information on the images.
Joan Mondale Slideshow photo info

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Joan Mondale’s Painting Smock

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Joan Mondale, wife of former Senator and Vice President Walter Mondale passed away yesterday at the age of 83. She was a passionate advocate for the arts and was often dubbed “Joan of Art” as you can see from this painting smock which was part of the Joan Mondale Papers in the collections at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Joan Mondale's Painting Smock

The smock was probably used during Walter Mondale’s 1984 campaign for President and prominently displays her “Joan of Art” nickname.

For details, view this smock in our collections database.

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“Autumn Road”

Monday, October 21st, 2013

“Autumn Road”

“Autumn Road” an oil on canvas painting by Ada Wolfe.

For details, view this painting in our collections database.

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Big Ben

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Big Ben

“Big Ben” oil on canvas made by Minnesota artist Scott Lloyd Anderson in 2008.

For details, view this painting in our collections database.

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“Descriptive Study/Greg” by Jerry Rudquist

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

“Descriptive Study/Greg” by Jerry Rudquist

Large oil on board painting made by Minnesota artist Jerry Rudquist in 1990.

For details, view this painting in our collections database.

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“Itasca State Park” by Francis Meisch

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

“Itasca State Park” by Francis Meisch

Etching on paper by Francis Meisch, 1937.

For details, view this etching in our collections database.

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“Steel and Stone” by Robert Edwards

Monday, June 24th, 2013

“Steel and Stone” by Robert EdwardsSteel and Stone by Robert Edwards

Gouache on board painting of the Chicago Great Western Railway Bridge and the Robert Street Bridge in downtown St. Paul, 1987.

For details, view this painting in our collections database.

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