MADE HERE Fills 40 “Showcase” Storefront Windows with Art in New Urban Walking Gallery
Made Here, downtown Minneapolis' new urban walking gallery, today announced that some 40 storefront window "Showcases" will be installed throughout this June 2014 as part of the largest storefront window initiative in the country. Encompassing 15 venues and covering nearly15 city blocks, Made Here features work by more than 50 individual artists and 11 artist collaborations. On Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. there will be a Made Here Launch Celebration free to the general public in downtown Minneapolis. Details will be released shortly.
Made Here is an ongoing collaboration as part of the Cultural District in downtown Minneapolis, celebrating creativity from across Minnesota by temporarily filling empty storefronts or commercial spaces with the work of local artists and Minnesota heritage brands. It activates the Cultural District, a walkable center of arts, culture and economic activity to benefit residents, business and property owners, artists and visitors.
In addition to visual artists, the Showcase windows are being created by a variety of organizations including Arts Institute International, the University of Minnesota College of Design, Dunwoody Institute and the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Fine Arts; the architectural firms of Perkins + Will, U + B and DLR Group; and Minnesota-based companies including Andersen Windows and Faribault Woolen Mill Company. The window displays encompass 16 mediums including painting, photographs, textiles and even an art vending station. Many incorporate digital technology and encourage viewers to capture or alter their own image, such as Playatta, an interactive photo/video digital playground; and three "Infinite Selfie Stations," a series of mirrored displays created by Vee Corporation.
Anchoring projects include a pop-up gallery featuring work from the Somali Museum of Minnesota, in particular an authentic hut shipped from Djibouti, Somalia, as well as artifacts, digital media and paintings demonstrating nomadic life. Window Showcase highlights include a display celebrating
photographer Edward Curtis and the North American Indian; and a project by artist Robin Schwartzman, a 2014 Jerome Grant recipient, who will install "No Vacancy," a video projection of ghostly figures on the second floor of the "Chevy's" building on 7th Street and Hennepin Avenue. Artists Venus DeMars and Mach Fox are mounting "Space Lounge" with music and film projections in the former National Camera Exchange Building on 10th Street and Hennepin Avenue.
Other Made Here window Showcases will commemorate the Minnesota Twins All Stars and artists performing in the New Century Theatre. These will be on display on 7th Street, south of Hennepin Avenue.