- On April 28, 2015
Originally Published: November 28th, 2014
Hennepin Theatre Trust
Brilliance! Made Here, downtown Minneapolis’ urban walking gallery, will unveil a new fall/winter series of nearly 40 storefront window “Showcases,” featuring Minnesota art inspired by the creative interpretation of light. Led by Hennepin Theatre Trust and Joan Vorderbruggen, the Trust’s Cultural District Arts Coordinator, Made Here is the largest storefront window initiative in the country.Brilliance! lights up the downtown Minneapolis Cultural District during an unveiling and free public launch from 6:00-7:30pm on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 28. Festivities will begin at Marin Restaurant and Bar, located at 901 Hennepin Avenue, and lead into guided walking tours of the window galleries at 6:00 and 7:00pm. The launch also coincides with the opening of the Holidazzle Village featuring the Minneapolis Christmas Market in Peavey Plaza.
For Brilliance! Made Here, the third major round of Made Here window exhibitions, artists were asked to interpret light in creative ways—to experiment with reflective materials or illumination in photographs, videos or projections, textiles, drawings or fiber art, for example. The theme pays tribute to the light-filled spirit of the holiday season and the art-filled window Showcases aim to bring back the tradition of downtown holiday ‘window shopping’ and family viewing of seasonal displays. The Brilliance! Showcases encompass 15 city blocks and 11 different locations, many along Hennepin Avenue, plus seven sites in and around City Center.
Made Here features work by a wide-ranging group of nearly 50 Minnesota-based individual artists including Sonya Berlovitz, Chris Cloud, Asia Ward, Tina Blondell and Caitlin Karolczak using materials such as stained glass, gold leaf, mirrors and paint. In addition, there will be about 20 teenagers working through the Best Buy Made Here Youth Edition, a project that pairs youth with prestigious artist mentors like Wing Young Huie and Kirk Washington, Jr. Among the project highlights is a pop-up gallery at 319 1st Avenue, called the Made Here Intuitive Artist Showcase: A Celebration of Minnesota Based Self-Taught artists, with artists including Lauren Roche and Dietrich Sieling. Diversity and inclusion among participants is a priority with the multi-faceted, 17-member panel that makes the artist selections. The Made Here Showcases were created by an equal number of men and women, with 46% of the artists coming from communities of color.
Special thanks goes to Made Here presenting sponsor Andersen Windows, the Minnesota-based company that not only supports the initiative, but has also curated a Showcase window about the company’s artisan history, located on 5th Street and Nicollet Mall. Other participating organizations including the Art Institutes International Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Fine Arts and Perkins + Will architecture.
Made Here is an ongoing collaboration as part of the downtown Cultural District 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 as a walkable center of arts, culture and economic activity to benefit residents, business and property owners, artists and visitors.