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While programs are geared towards our fellows’ learning goals, the Emerging Curators Institute wants to make curatorial education accessible, so our events are free and open to the public. Join us for an upcoming event on topics relevant to curatorial practice.

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Upcoming Events

Currents: Adaption, Brilliance and Joy

Exhibition dates: December 7, 2023 – February 25, 2024

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


  • Out of care for our community and those living with chronic or terminal illnesses, please wear a mask in the galleries on Fridays from December 7, 2023 – February 25, 2024. High-quality masks will be offered to those who are in attendance.
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The group exhibition features interdisciplinary works by artists Victoria Dugger, Ariella Granados, Aurora Levins Morales, Kelley Meister, and Lynda Mullan. They each consider the ways disabled artists guide us forward through the present, and inevitably toward futures that prioritize and embrace all the complexities and joys of radical access and care.

Kindred to bustling bodies of water that move over and around boulders, and gusts of air that bend branches and leaves, Currents: Adaption, Brilliance, and Joy references the strength, influence, and adaptability of disabled people and our communities.

Currents: Adaption, Brilliance and Joy also invokes the current moment. This exhibition takes place during multiple mass-disabling events. There are more people who are becoming disabled everyday––be it from the ongoing pandemic, effects of the climate crisis, or the brutality of war.

Bright pink text with rounded edges reads: Currents. Adaptation, Brilliance, and Joy. Below the text is a pink rectangle with organic shapes resembling roots or branches cut out and emerging from the square. The background is a light gray with a soft static texture.
Currents: Adaptation, Brilliance, and Joy

Archive II: Regeneration

Exhibition dates: November 1 – January 3

Art Speaks: Archive II – Regeneration with Raíz Symbiotisk
November 16, 2023 starting at 6pm

Textile Center, Mary Giles Gallery
3000 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414


  • Designated accessibility parking in lot behind building
  • Audio assistance devices available upon request for meetings and events

Fungal lore and knowledge have been passed along since ancestral cultures. In recent years, fungi have been in the spotlight in the research and innovation of human well-being and environmental remediation with a growing realization of the existing interspecies entanglements. Raíz Symbiotisk’s curatorial motivation was to delve into this subject and research art practices in the intersection of science and technology, with a keen interest in the human, non-human, and post-human.

Archive II: Regeneration is the second part of the exhibition and public program that highlights local and national artists whose practices intersect fungi and textiles. Raíz Symbiotisk has been investigating the ways fungi are utilized in textiles both literally and metaphorically. Multiple symbolisms can be extracted from fungi, of life and death, of the boundaries of the human, and of new ways of thinking and collaborating. Fungi embody interconnected and supportive communities. Examples of these intersections include:

  • Sustainability innovation / symbiotic and parasitic relationships between fungi and natural fibers
  • Dye and pigment extracts
  • Fungal imagery, references, and history
Two images side by side. Left: Artwork by Julie Beeler and Lucero Paniagua Ortuño. Bright pinkish-purple textile with circles of various sizes appearing to bloom and ripple into each other. The circles are different variations of teal, light pink, magenta, and white. Right: Black and white portrait of Raíz Symbiotisk standing next to each other (Pamela Vázquez Torres (left) and Emma Wood (right)). Pamela has dark straight hair, wearing a black long sleeve turtle neck and smiling at the camera. Emma has light colored hair in two braids with bangs. Emma has a nose ring and jewelry above their top lip. They are also smiling at the camera with head slightly tilted upward.
Left: Artwork by Julie Beeler and Lucero Paniagua Ortuño. Right: Raíz Symbiotisk

Past Events


September 23 – November 17, 2023

Opening Reception and Performance Premiere
Saturday, September 23rd, from 3-8pm

Large, bright magenta chainlinks sewn together are hanging from a ceiling similarly in the shape of the letter “N.” On the lowest chain link there is a metallic gold, circular tag. In the background the walls are white with a wooden two panel closed door and rectangular ceiling lights. The floor is cement.
Ivonne Yañez, Chain to hold something precious, 8ft x 1ft x 1ft, 2023

Saturday Morning and the Faces We Remember

September 16 – September 30, 2023
Public Functionary

Opening Reception and Conversation
Saturday, September 16, from 5-9pm

A young Black girl with tight braids in her hair, wearing a light pink leotard and matching tights is sitting by a window on the floor and is holding a dance shoe to her foot. The frame has a timestamp in the lower right corner that reads “NOV 6 1999. 10:12:11AM” in white letters with black borders.
Individual frame of archival video, Courtesy of Za’Nia Coleman

Archive I: Diverged Origins

July 13, 2023—August 31, 2023
New Studio Gallery

Opening Reception:
Thursday, July 13, 5-8 p.m
New Studio Gallery

Curators Discussion with Raíz Symbiotisk and Emerging Curators Institute Director Barak adé Soleil
Thursday, August 24, 5-7pm

Black and white portrait of the curators Pamela Vázquez Torres (left) and Emma Wood (right) standing next to each other. Pamela has dark straight hair, wearing a black long sleeve turtle neck and smiling at the camera. Emma has light colored hair in two braids with bangs. Emma has a nose ring and jewelry above their top lip. They are also smiling at the camera with head slightly tilted upward.
Raíz Symbiotisk
Tara Aisha Willis is sitting in a chair, leaning in and smiling warmly at the camera with hands gently clasped against her left cheek. She has dark tightly curled hair that is shoulder length and is wearing a dark purple blouse with lilac skirt and light green geometric necklace. There is a blue stained glass lamp in the background.
Tara Aisha Willis photographed by Ian Douglas

Atautchikun | wâhkôtamowin: A Curatorial Talk by Kablusiak

February 1, 2023
All My Relations Gallery



October 30, 2021-February 20, 2022
Minnesota Museum of American Art

Additional Programming
Seeing New Potentialities
A conversation between Suriya Khuth, Cheryl Mukerji, Prune Phi, Sopheak Sam, and Daniella Thach on Sutures.
Zoom hosted by Minnesota Museum of American Art
Saturday, November 13, 2021
12-1:30pm (Central Time)

Info Session

January 11, 2022
Hosted via Zoom
6pm (Central Time)

After, Other, and Before

September 25 – December 31, 2021
Franconia Sculpture Park

Additional Programming:

Virtual Dinner & Discussion: Kehayr Brown-Ransaw
Streamed via Facebook Live
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
6pm (Central Time)

Opening Reception
Saturday, September 25, 2021

Dinner and Discussion: Kehayr Brown-Ransaw, Timothy Manalo, Nico Sardina, Beau Tate, Kieran Tverbakk
Streamed via Facebook Live
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6pm (Central Time)

Nico Sardina, Frame from Trick Run Ran, 2017

bisakaabiiyang (returning to ourselves)

October 14-December 11, 2021
All My Relations Arts

Additional Programming
Opening Reception
Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Closing Reception
Fluid Futurism: A Virtual Conversation with Adrienne Huard and Coyote Park
Thursday, December 9th, 2021

Courtesy of Santo Aveiro-Ojeda

Shifting Curatorial Values

Thursday, November 4, 2021
Hosted via Zoom
6-7:30pm (Central)

Curating and Commoning: The gallery as a porous space

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Hosted via Zoom
6-7:30pm (Central)

Curating Change

September 28, 2021
Hosted via Zoom.

To Look Back and Wonder

June 23, 2021
Zoom hosted by The Minnesota Museum of American Art
6:00–7:30 pm

Burn Something

August 2020 – August 2021
Exterior of the Family Partnership
1527 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Flores Oscuras Horror Show

October 31st & November 1st, 2020
The Robert’s Lot & Community Garden
2948 Chicago Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN
Doors open at 5:30pm

Information Session

August 24, 2020
Zoom hosted by The Minnesota Museum of American Art
6:30–8:00 pm

Curating As Healing

April 19, 2020
Zoom hosted by the Minnesota Museum of American Art
1pm-2pm (CST)

We Are New Again

(Original Dates) March 16 – May 21, 2020
Marsden-Gustafsen Gallery at Film North
550 Vandalia St., Suite 120, St. Paul, MN 55114

Selected work from Deaccessionings, Candice Davis. Courtesy of the artist.

Revitalizing Symbols

January 10 – February 14, 2020
Opening Reception: January 10 | 6-8pm
Panel Discussion: January 28 | 7pm

Prayers for Water, 2016,
Debra Yepa-Pappan. Digital print on antique ledger paper, signed. Courtesy of the artist.

Collective Curating

September 28, 2019
The Minnesota Museum of American Art

Artist-Centered Curatorial Practice

August 28, 2019
The White Page

Curating as Artistic Practice

July 21, 2019
Weisman Art Museum
11–4 pm

Information Session

June 11, 2019
Film North
6:30–8 pm