It’s Minnesota State Fair Time! I love an excuse to eat some crazy food and mingle with the great people of our diverse state. Since I am a bit of history nerd I was really excited to hear that one of St. Paul’s biggest celebrities, James J. Hill, used to lend the best pieces from his private art collection to be displayed at the State Fair’s J.V. Bailey House for all of Minnesota to see.
My excitement doubled when I heard the Minnesota Museum of American Art, (St. Paul’s only art museum) is carrying on that tradition with their Fairs, Circuses and All Things Fun exhibit in the exact same historic home on Cooper Street and Cosgrove.
This all ages, crowd pleasing show will make you and the whole family smile and it brings to life all the reasons we love to go to the State Fair or similar events. Don’t miss the fantastic kinetic sculpture, Shoe Fly, by Norman Andersen and get inspiration on how to use leftover egg cartons from Clement Haupers’, frame of the painting Vulcan Victory. Read the labels carefully and see just how many Minnesotan artists are represented, one more reason to be a proud Minnesotan!
Hope to see you there, the exhibit was created special just for the State Fair, so don’t miss out! Make sure to send pictures and comments to the MMAA and the St. Paul Spot, we’d love to know what you think. In addition, MMAA will participate in the Fine Arts Exhibition by including three paintings by Minnesota artists in the special show Marking Time: Looking Back at Minnesota Artists and the Juried Exhibition, located in the Fine Arts building near machinery hill.
Happy Fair Days!
-Minnesota Museum of American Art
P.S. Catch gallery talks at JV Bailey house exhibit:
– Thursday, August 25, 5 and 6 p.m.
– Wednesday, August 31, 5 and 6 p.m.
– Friday, September 2, 1 and 2 p.m.
Guest blogger from MMAA, Shelby Matula
St. Paul artists are well represented at this year’s juried Minnesota State Fair art show. Here is a sampling of St. Paul talent. To experience the show without the distraction of reflecting lights and glass (but with the distraction of hundreds of elbowing state fair visitors and whatever weather conditions may be dictating the building’s unconditioned space), walk to the north-eastern ends of the fairground. Afterwards you can rest up with a milkshake and a corn dog, then proceed to the Green Living expo.