Fall Arts 2020: Top Upcoming Twin Cities Museum Events

Art exhibits and installations spanning media make for stunning debuts at Mia, the Walker, and more
"Foot in the Door 4" at Mia
“Foot in the Door 4” at Mia

Courtesy of Mia

At the Minneapolis Institute of Art:

Vision 2020: Jess Dugan

Through March 7, 2021

Jess Dugan’s portraits of transgender and gender nonconforming older adults share a reflective outlook on aging in a trans body.

Foot in the Door 5

Opens November 1

Mia’s once-a-decade program, which goes virtual this year, invites Minnesota artists at all career levels to submit works of art that fit inside a 1-foot cube.

Nicole Havekost: Chthonic

Opens November 21

Rochester-based artist Nicole Havekost makes sometimes awkward, and sometimes joyful, wool fabric sculptures.

In the Presence of Our Ancestors: Southern Perspectives in African American Art

Opens December 12

Black artists working in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, quilting, and assemblage, explore notions of ritual and spirituality in this exhibition featuring gifts from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, which promotes Black artists of the South.

Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis

Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Thursday special hours: 10 a.m.-midnight)

"Another Generosity," a work to appear with the "Designs for Different Futures" exhibit at the Walker Art Center
“Another Generosity,” a work to appear with the “Designs for Different Futures” exhibit at the Walker Art Center

Photo by Andrea Ferro/Courtesy of Lundén Architecture Company

At the Walker Art Center:

Don’t Let This Be Easy

Through July 4, 2021

Presented in collaboration with the Feminist Art Coalition, this project taking the form of an exhibition engages the Walker in self-critique as an institution and focuses on women artists.

Designs for Different Futures

Through April 11, 2021

The Walker teams up with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago for this major design exhibition featuring 80 works that imagine our futures in the decades and centuries ahead.

Michaela Eichwald

Opens November 14

The Berlin-based artist and writer’s first U.S. solo museum presentation of paintings, sculpture, and collage combines humor with the grotesque.

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Pl., Minneapolis

Hours: Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Thursday and Fridays, 11 a.m.-noon, are dedicated hours for at-risk visitors)

The Bakken Museum
The Bakken Museum

Photo provided

More Museum Highlights

The American Swedish Institute welcomes visitors back to take in new and continuing art exhibits, along with a robust virtual program and outdoor pop-up experiences. The Swedish Dads photography exhibition, for instance, is on view online and on the fence in front of the mansion through October 4. Additionally, the south Minneapolis museum is offering language classes, Nordic cooking, craft classes, and lectures.

The Bakken Museum in south Minneapolis returned from closure during the pandemic with several big remodeling projects completed. There’s a new lobby, better accessibility, and a new orientation toward Bde Maka Ska and the wetlands that sit on the east side of the building.

The Bell Museum in Falcon Heights re-opened in July, offering a chance for visitors to check out the Birds of America multimedia exhibition. The exhibit places you in an immersive experience surrounded by 20 of Audubon’s birds that have been animated into life.

The Museum of Russian Art’s Leaders and the Masses: Mega Paintings from Soviet Ukraine highlights 37 paintings donated from the Jurii Maniichuk and Rose Brady Collection. On view until January 10, 2021, the show at the southwest Minneapolis museum includes enormous canvases featuring Soviet leaders as well as farmers, soldiers, sailors, and other workers never seen before in the U.S.

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