MEDIA ALERT: New Free Exhibit Space Opens at Minnesota History Center

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Release dated: 
May 1, 2018
Media contacts: 

Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

MEDIA ALERT: New Free Exhibit Space Opens at Minnesota History Center

The History Center's new Irvine Gallery will explore community stories and issues affecting Minnesotans today

The Minnesota History Center is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit gallery, dedicated to ongoing, socially responsive exhibits, exploring stories and issues that Minnesotans experience today.

The new Irvine Gallery is a 678-square foot space on the museum’s first floor that will showcase MNHS-developed exhibits as well as exhibits created by outside organizations. Entrance to the Irvine Gallery is free, and the gallery will be open during regular History Center hours. 

Starting May 1, the gallery will host the multimedia installation “Ragamala Dance Company: Six Yards of Memory,” documenting the dance company’s 25-year history and honoring May as Asian Pacific Heritage Month. The Minnesota History Center is also partnering with Ragamala on several public events. The exhibit will be on display through June 3.

“Mazinaakizige: American Indian Teen Photography Project” will open June 26, showcasing the work of young Native photographers. The exhibit is the culmination of an MNHS partnership program with Two Rivers Gallery that helps empower students to explore historical and contemporary Native representation through photography. “Mazinaakizige” will be on display through Labor Day, September 3.

Upcoming exhibits post-Labor Day are still in development, but plans are underway to explore issues like criminal justice and immigration.