Art Trip: Twin Cities | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios | Summary and Q&A

December 10, 2015
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Mark and Sarah visit various art venues in Minneapolis, including museums, galleries, and studios, experiencing the diverse and vibrant art ecosystem of the city.

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Key Insights

  • ๐Ÿฅฐ Minneapolis has a vibrant art ecosystem, supported by good schools, commercial galleries, foundations, and diverse exhibition sites.
  • โŒ› The integration of different time periods and cultures within a museum's permanent collection creates thoughtfully themed installations.
  • ๐Ÿ’ฆ Grants and fellowships have a significant impact on emerging artists' careers, giving them time and support to experiment and display new work.
  • ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽจ Art collection can be accessible without needing megabucks, supporting local businesses and artists.
  • ๐Ÿค‘ The Walker Art Center's visionary leadership and consistent investment in experimental artists have resulted in a rich and diverse collection.
  • ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐ŸŽจ A healthy art ecosystem requires educational institutions, exhibition venues, commercial galleries, and funding sources to create opportunities and support for artists.
  • ๐Ÿงก The Minneapolis art scene offers a wide range of choices, indicating a thriving cultural success.
  • ๐Ÿ‘ค The episode is sponsored by Squarespace, a user-friendly platform for creating websites, blogs, and online stores.


ANNOUNCER: This episode of "The Art Assignment" is brought you by Squarespace. Whenever Mark and I are in different city filming, we always try to make it to actually see some art outside of studios while we're there. When we were in Minneapolis, in Saint Paul a few weeks ago, we built in a bit of time to see some of the many venues there for viewi... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: What was special about the museum visit in Minneapolis?

The museum had dedicated the day to Native American art, with live drumming and dance performances, making it a lively and interactive experience for visitors.

Q: How does supporting emerging artists make a difference?

Grants, like the Jerome Foundation Fellowships, provide artists with the time and resources to develop and display new work, allowing them to focus on their careers and contribute to the art community.

Q: What can the exhibition at the Soap Factory tell us about collecting art?

The eclectic exhibition at the Soap Factory showcased artworks from various private collections, demonstrating that art collection is not limited to megabucks and can involve supporting local artists and businesses.

Q: What highlights did Mark and Sarah see at the Walker Art Center?

They enjoyed visiting the sculpture park, particularly Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's "Spoon Bridge and Cherry." Inside, they were impressed by Sam Gilliam's draped painting and the Walker's extensive collection.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Mark and Sarah visited the modern and contemporary galleries at a museum, impressed by the integration of different art works and themed installations.

  • They explored an exhibition of new work by emerging artists, supported by grants, at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

  • The duo visited various venues showcasing art from private collections, including the Soap Factory and Burnett Gallery at the Meridian Hotel, and admired the diverse artworks on display.

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