Here are a few exhibit ideas to help you explore the rich history and culture of the Twin Cities.
“The Builders: Shaping Minnesota’s Architectural Landscape on the Color Line” exhibit
@ Mill City Museum’s central Mill Commons, 704 S. 2nd St., Mpls.
This exhibit showcases the social history of three Black Minnesotans who impacted the architecture and design of the Twin Cities. By exploring the works of Clarence “Cap” W. Wigington, Casiville Bullard, and William Hazel, exhibit organizers, the African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota, hope to shed new light on familiar buildings and offer insight fresh into the struggles of Black professionals in 19th and 20th century Minnesota.
The exhibit runs until Oct. 27 and is free and open to the public during regular museum hours. The museum is open 10 am-5 pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 12-5 pm on Sunday.
Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery
@ 1256 Penn Avenue N., Fourth Floor, Mpls.
The Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) is currently offering four exhibits: “Black Twin Cities: The 1940s Photographs of John F. Glanton,” “History Harvest: The Exhibition,” “Unbreakable: Celebrating the Resilience of African Americans in Minnesota,” and “Keep on Rollin,” an exhibition on the history of the Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota.Also on display is“Northside Oral History Project,” put together by ReCAST Minneapolis.
The museum is open 1- 5 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 1-7 pm Thursday, and 9 am-12 pm Saturday. Admission is free.
Prince Before the Rain: Photography by Allen Beaulieu
@ Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul
Before the mega-stardom following the “Purple Rain,” Prince had built a reputation and following as one of the most daring and genre-bending artists on the planet.
As Prince’s personal photographer and friend, Allen Beaulieu had early access to Prince that few photographers have had, before or since. The exhibit “Prince: Before the Rain” features his images of the late icon from the late 1970s into the early 1980s charting his rise to superstardom.
Exhibit entry is $6-12 and includes admission to all History Center exhibits. The center is open 10 am-8pm on Tuesday, 10 am-5 pm Wednesday to Saturday and 12-5 pm on Sunday.