New Art Exhibit Opening at UMD

Created: October 25, 2018 10:49 AM

An exhibit called "122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders," is now at the Tweed Museum at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.   


The artist, Anne Labovitz, started working on it six years ago and has traveled all over the world to complete it.  

"I interviewed 60 people, 10 humans in each of the six sister cities, including Duluth," Labovitz said.  "That's Rania, Kurdistan Iraq, Japan, Russia, Sweden, and Canada."  

After she did the interviews, she listened back to them.

"I thought about our shared humanity and the questions that I asked each of the participants and created works, 60 long scrolls that are 35 feet long that really archive visually through mark-making and color those conversations," Labovitz said.  

Labovitz said she was inspired by her interest in human beings.  She wanted to bring people together through art and see one person at a time while creating opportunities for others to do the same.  

"I've learned the urgency of our shared vulnerability and our shared compassion for one another,"  Labovitz said.  "And a tremendous amount of respect for each of the people that I interviewed, each 60 person I fell in love with, and I think just the urgency of our time calls on us to really acknowledge and embrace our shared humanity." 

This event is the culmination of all of her work.  She said it means bringing together all the voices and 3500 volunteers helped make it possible.

"It's time for celebration, reflection, and gratitude," Labovitz said. 

People who visit can also participate by writing their own stories on a square of paper and becoming a part of the exhibit.  

"When you make that action here in Duluth, you realize you're doing the same thing that happened in the five other countries and it's like some of those notes that people have brought to us from other countries are like love notes, so it's time for Duluth to participate," Labovitz said. 

The exhibit goes until January 6th.  The opening reception is Thursday from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Tweed Museum of Art. 

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