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Nemeth Art Center symposium explores colonialism

Contemporary artists explores the colonization of the upper Mississippi River in the Nemeth Art Center's current exhibit. The public is invited to the June 24 opening reception and symposium. (Shannon Geisen/Enterprise) 1 / 2
Contemporary artists explores the colonization of the upper Mississippi River in the Nemeth Art Center's current exhibit. The public is invited to the June 24 opening reception and symposium. (Shannon Geisen/Enterprise) 2 / 2

The Nemeth Art Center celebrates its 40th anniversary with an exhibit entitled "First Colony."

A public reception and symposium, including refreshments, will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 24 with presentations by Professor Mary Windgerd, author of "North Country: the Making of Minnesota;" Simon Zornes, White Earth-based artist and Anishinaabeg historian, and Sheila Dickinson, Twin Cities-based art critic and curator. Presentations will reflect the evolving experience of Native American and Minnesota history in our time.

"First Colony" is the second in an ongoing series. Staged near the Mississippi headwaters, the exhibition of contemporary art and historical pieces continues an exploration of America's colonial interior.

"First Colony" makes use of the Nemeth Art Center's holdings: old European masters and African arts and craft works. The exhibit features multi-generational artists working with unconventional media who offer contemporary readings of imperialism by Aaron Spangler, Damien Davis, Joan Bemel Iron Moccasin, Jon Gomez, and Kelly Sena.

The MYSYSYPYN is a platform for exchange and art exhibitions on the histories, cultures, and lands along the Mississippi River initiated and curated by Matthew Schum, PhD.

Admission to the Nemeth Art Center is always free. It's located in the upstairs of the historic courthouse at 301 Court Ave.

More information on the exhibit can be found at www.nemethartcenter.org.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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