This symposium will explore Prince’s unique relation to Minneapolis and Minnesota. What demographic, cultural, and economic conditions were in place for Prince to emerge as a musical genius? How was a new sound born from a small African American population in a very white and segregated state? Why did Prince stay there? How did he reinvent the aesthetics and politics of blackness? And many more.
All components of the event are free and open to the public but will require registration closer to the date. Sign up to receive a notification when registration for the symposium is open: http://www.princefrommpls.org/register.html
In collaboration with the symposium, the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum is organizing an exhibition organizing an exhibition, “Prince from Minneapolis”, celebrating Prince’s local legacy, from December through June. Immediately after the symposium Paisley Park is hosting “Celebration 2018” and there will be other commemorations in the Twin Cities.