History in the Twin Cities: Soviets, Depression Art, and More

Looking for interesting exhibits and events around the Twin Cities related to history? Here’s what’s on and what’s coming up:

Photography from the USSR: Soviet Life, Russian Reality

Opening today at The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, this exhibition will run alongside a similar one on painting, but continue through mid-September. For more on both exhibitions, see our earlier post about them, or visit the museum website.

We the People: The First Official Printing of the U.S. Constitution

Through the 4th of July, the Minnesota History Center has early copies of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights on display as a special exhibition (along with continuing and permanent exhibitions on Minnesota and World War II, the changing face of a neighborhood on St. Paul’s East Side, and other topics).

History Center tickets are $11, discounted to $9 for college students. And there’s always free admission on Tuesday evenings (5-8pm). Or join the Minnesota Historical Society and get free admission anytime.

Click here for more about the Constitution display.

1934: A New Deal for Artists

Also at the Minnesota History Center, from June 2nd through the end of September, will be this traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian. Its fifty-six paintings come from the Depression-era Public Works of Art Project, which lasted only six months in 1933-1934, but stands as the first federal program to support the arts at a national level. Unemployed artists were commissioned to produce works (broadly fitting the theme “The American Scene”) to decorate public buildings.

Click here to learn more! (see above for ticket prices and membership info)

Treuer, Everything You Wanted to KnowWhy Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations

Fort Snelling continues to host this exhibit chronicling the complicated history of treaties made between the U.S. government and these two indigenous peoples. It runs through the end of May. No cost for this exhibit, though admission to Fort Snelling is $11 ($9 for students, free for Minnesota Historical Society members).

“Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask”

Ojibwe scholar Anton Treuer (Bemidji State Univ.) presents a free talk based on his new book, which is pretty much what it’s title says. The presentation is Tuesday, May 15th, 7pm at Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. Click here for more details on the talk, and here for the book itself.

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship

Now running at the Science Museum of Minnesota (through Labor Day) introduces the  “perils and privileges of 18th century pirate life” through interaction with over 200 artifacts (including coins, cannons, swords, and more), mostly related to the Whydah, the flagship of pirate Sam Bellamy, which sank in 1717.

Click here to learn more about the exhibition. Tickets range in price from $12-$36.


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