Fall Arts in Minnesota: Visual Arts

Optical illusions, lit-up fish skeletons, masterful drawings, and more make up a vibrant visual arts season in fall 2023
"Final Flame Kissed" by Jon Kuhn, to be shown at the Cafesjian Art Trust Museum
“Final Flame Kissed” by Jon Kuhn, to be shown at the Cafesjian Art Trust Museum

Linnea Seidling (Cafesjian Art Trust)

Art museums are getting ready for fall. We will update this list as further information comes in.

Cafesjian Art Trust Museum

4600 Churchill St., Shoreview

“Fooling the Eye: Optics of Vasarely and Kuhn” explores illusion, movement, color, and light through the works of Victor Vasarely and John Kuhn. (Nov. 9, 2023-May 4, 2024)

Minneapolis Institute of Art 

2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

“Chaos: Ken Matsubara’s Buddhist Masterwork” bridges two works: the 14th century painting “Taima Mandala” and artist Ken Matsubara’s 20th century painting “Chaos.” Buddhism informs both. (Sept. 2, 2023-March 10, 2024)

Epic in scale, “In Our Hands: Native Photography, 1890 to Now” features more than 150 photographs “of, by, and for Indigenous people.” (Oct. 22, 2023-Jan. 14, 2024)

Minnesota Marine Art Museum

800 Riverview Dr., Winona

“From Sea to Paper: The Gyotaku Prints of Dwight Hwang” riffs on the process by which artists make prints using real fish. (Sept. 16, 2023-Jan. 7, 2024)

“Kristian Brevik: Art for Fish/Art for Humans” features a Vermont artist whose lanterns represent biodiversity (see: lit-up fish skeletons). (Sept. 16, 2023-Jan. 21, 2024)

“Kimble A. Bromley: Moby-Dick” is inspired not only by the novel but by a 19th-century account of a real-life whale attack on a whaling ship. (Sept. 8, 2023-Jan. 7, 2024)

“Re/Framing The View: Nineteenth-century American Landscapes” gathers works from six private collections to critically engage with picturesque imagery. (Oct. 14, 2023-Aug. 4, 2024)

Minnesota Museum of American Art

350 Robert St. N., St. Paul

“Hazel Belvo: For Love” showcases seven decades’ worth of art by Grand Marais-based artist Hazel Belvo, whose virtuosic drawings and paintings range widely in subjects and styles, united by mastery of skill and an epic—or, in her words, “mammoth”—approach to themes. (Nov. 4, 2023-May 2024)

Walker Art Center

725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis

“Multiple Realities: Experimental Art in the Eastern Bloc, 1960s-1980s” covers experimental art made in six Central Eastern European nations that grapple with the politics of the time. (Nov. 11-March 10)

Weisman Art Museum

333 E. River Pkwy, Minneapolis

“Urban Cadence” tells stories of two urban landscapes (Lagos, Nigeria, and Johannesburg, South Africa) through photography and video. (Oct. 6-Dec. 31, 2023)

Also: Giiwedinong, the Anishinaabe Museum of Treaties and Culture

101 Second St. W., Park Rapids

A new Indigenous museum—and the first of its kind in the region, according to a museum press release—is set to open Oct. 12. Giiwedinong, the Anishinaabe Museum of Treaties and Culture (with “Giiwedinong” meaning “in the north” in the Anishinaabe language) will open in downtown Park Rapids, three hours northwest of the Twin Cities. The grand opening will feature photos and stories from the Water Protector movement in northern Minnesota and Standing Rock, North Dakota.