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Native Artist Talk Series: Dyani White Hawk

Walter Library (117 Pleasant St. SE, Room 402, University of Minnesota East Bank Campus, Mpls 55455)

Thurs, Nov 9 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Artist Dyani White Hawk, a Sicangu Lakota, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, will speak about her work at this event, hosted by the Department of American Indian Studies.


The Selfie Generation: How Our Self Images Are Changing Our Notions of Privacy, Property, Sex, Consent, and Culture

Minneapolis Institute of Art: Wells Fargo Room

Thurs, Nov 9 at 7 p.m.

My book The Selfie Generation just came out on Tuesday, November 7th (happy election day and book birthday!) and I’m speaking about it at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Yes I am promoting my own event as a top 5 art event for the weekend and no, I do not have any shame about it.

Come by! I would love to meet you. We can selfie if you’d like, too. I will also be in conversation with Mia’s Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Nicole Soukup.

What exactly is a selfie, and why are they everywhere? Whether you happen upon them on Instagram and Snapchat, or literally run into people selfie-ing on the street, the selfie is an elusive yet consistent aspect of how people visually communicate today.

Millennial Alicia Eler’s The Selfie Generation is the first book to delve fully into the selfie, this ubiquitous and much-maligned part of social media, including why people take them in the first place and the ways they can change how we see ourselves. Eler argues that selfies are just one facet of how we can use digital media to create a personal brand in the modern age. More than just a picture, they are an important part of how we live today. Part-memoir and written from a queer perspective, ultimately Eler’s book seeks to redefine how our culture looks at millennials.


Bobby Rogers

Public Functionary (1400 12th Ave NE, Mpls 55413)

Thurs, Nov 9 at 7:30 p.m., gallery open until 11 p.m.

Bobby Rogers will be on hand to talk about his current exhibition The Blacker the Berry, which captures black models in noble poses against bright backgrounds, decorating them in gold and other regalia. His first solo exhibition nods to both a 1920s novel published during the Harlem Renaissance, and a 2015 song by Kendrick Lamar. His portrayals of black people as royalty is reminiscent of the work of Kehinde Wiley, who was selected to paint Barack Obama's official portrait. Rogers includes 10 portraits in this show, including one of Somali performance artist Ifrah Mansour, who currently has work up at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. "I'm trying to help people rid themselves of interracial prejudices and see themselves as magnificent beings," he told the Star Tribune. Read more about Rogers' show at (Noon-6 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 6-11 p.m. Fri., noon-5 p.m. Sat. Ends Nov. 25 with artist conversation at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. Public Functionary, 1400 12th Av. NE., Mpls. public More info here: Above: A portrait of Ifrah Mansour in “The Blacker the Berry.”

Still from 'No Flak,' 2017. Perry Bard and Richard Sullivan


Dark Ocean

Law Warschaw Gallery, Macalester College (1600 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105)

Opens Fri, Nov 10 from 7-10 p.m.

What is information in the information age, when “alternative facts” and “fake news” are literally daily buzzwords? So asks curator Jehra Patrick in this exhibition of five artists whose work dissects and discusses the ways that information is created, from the more personal elements of experience and memory to the judiciary system, news media, and social media. The five artists in this show are Syed Hosain (Minneapolis), Perry Bard (New York), Ilona Gaynor, Essma Imady (Twin Cities), and Hakah Topal. Exhibition runs through Dec 17.

Raúl Martínez, Rosas y Estrellas (Roses and Stars), 1972 (Patricia & Howard Farber Collection, New York ©Archive Raúl Martínez)


Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950

Walker Art Center (725 Vineland, Mpls)

Opens Fri, Nov 10th

“Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950” is a big exhibition at Walker Art Center that opens with a party Friday night. With 106 works by 63 artists spanning seven decades of creative production from the island, the show presents a different view from the Cuban exile experience that Americans are used to hearing. This is the history of modern Cuba, told through the artists who stayed or were born after the 1959 revolution. Exhibition runs through March 18.