I can't believe it's already January! The holiday break went so much quicker than expected, and then all of a sudden, I was off to Minneapolis, Minnesota for four days. I had the extreme privilege of receiving an Endowment Fund from the University of Lethbridge, in order to travel to Minneapolis and partake in art-based workshops and visit local art galleries and centers. I was also extremely lucky to travel with three other art students and friends, Jacqueline, Courtney and Emma. In this blog post, I've highlighted a few of my favourite places we went and my favourite things we saw. Read more to find out a couple of places to eat, shop, and view incredible collections of art.
Our first stop once we reached Minneapolis (after a twenty-hour train ride) was Betty Danger's Country Club. When I first read about Betty Danger's, I thought "why the heck would I want to go to a country club?", but after reading a bit more about it, Betty Danger's turned out to be the #1 spot I wanted to go to while in Minneapolis. Betty Danger's Country Club is a restaurant and bar, designed as a Country Club for the 99%. The restaurant is decorated in pink and green, preppy chic decor, and delightfully kitschy art. They serve amazing Mexican-American food including some of the best guacamole I have ever had, and prickly pear lemonade and margaritas. Basically, Betty Danger's is everything I want in a restaurant and more. While it was a bit chilly inside, we were able to sit next to a fire in the sunroom area of the restaurant, and it felt just like summer. We even had a delightful view of Betty Danger's ferris wheel on one side of the restaurant, and a view of the mini golf course on the other side. Did I mention practically everything is pink? This place was my kind of heaven! When I return to Minneapolis, I will definitely be stopping at Betty Danger's again!
The next day, we traveled to the Weisman Art Museum, which is an art museum located on the University of Minnesota campus. We had an excellent workshop dealing with form and materiality and were able to discuss multiple works within the gallery space. The Weisman had two exhibitions on Prince. Prince is one of my favourite artists of all time, and is actually from Minneapolis. You can now visit his home and studio, Paisley Park, on tours, but we did not. It's definitely on my list of things to do the next time I'm in Minneapolis! One of the Prince exhibitions featured beautiful fan art, inspired by Prince, and the other exhibition featured photography of Prince in his early days, living in Minneapolis and at concerts by Minneapolis-based photographers. If you are a Prince fan, I highly recommend stopping by the Weisman to see these exhibitions, and if you are a lover of art, I recommend you visit the Weisman any time of the year to view their beautiful collection.
Glam Doll Donuts is a must if you have a sweet tooth like I do! They have an amazing selection of flavours, and the cutest decor and seating! We actually went twice because it was so good. I tried the Vanilla Starlet, Outlaw, Femme Fatale, Sugar Kane, and The 'It' Girl. Each donut was equally delicious in different ways, and I wanted to try more. They even had vegan options of a lot of their flavours. Glam Doll has two locations in Minneapolis. We went to their location on Nicollet Ave (also known as Eat Street). This location had mid-century furniture, beautiful tile and hardwood floors, pink and turquoise hues, and even a photo booth! Glam Doll even has super cute merchandise. Now I want a donut!
The Minneapolis Institute of Art features an amazing collection of art in all varieties, including a fantastic look at Canadian indigenous artist George Morrison's work and a beautiful exhibition of ink paintings by Minol Araki. The MIA is huuuuge, and it's overwhelming for me to even think about what to say about it. There truly is something for everyone at this gallery and something beautiful in every room. If you are an art aficionado, and you happen to find yourself in Minneapolis, having an art gallery kind of day, I suggest going here, looking at their wonderful exhibitions, and shopping in their fantastic gift shop before heading over to The Walker Art Centre.
The Walker Art Centre was my favourite art gallery we went to, and we unfortunately only had the time and energy to view two of the seven floors. My favourite exhibition we saw at the Walker was Adios Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950. For those who don't know, I met my partner of six years on a high school band trip to Cuba (life's weird that way), and since then, Cuba has been very important to me. I think that Cuba has an incredibly heart-wrenching, yet fascinating, political history and this exhibition demonstrates how the politics during the past 65 years has shaped Cuban art and the people who live in Cuba. The resilience of the Cuban people is so incredible, and their strength is truly encapsulated within the exhibition. The work within this exhibition is very important and very impactful. Because of the harsh political climate between the United States and Cuba, Cuban art is rarely seen or discussed in the United States and because of this, I feel quite privileged to have seen such a visionary and political art exhibition featuring such talented Cuban artists. I, unfortunately, didn't manage to get many photos within the exhibition, so you'll have to see it for yourself (the exhibition is on until March 18, 2018). The Walker also has an amazing gift shop, filled with an amazing selection of art and design related books, and great home decor and fashion accessories (including scarves and pins by one of my favs, Georgia Perry!). I managed to grab Cats and Plants, which I have been wanting for months. There is so much more I could say or could have seen so, go to the Walker! Support art! Be amazed.
We didn't do as much shopping as I usually do while traveling (which is probably best for my wallet's sake), but we managed to find a couple of cute local shops.
Corner Store Vintage is a wonderfully curated vintage shop with a large collection of vintage Levi's jeans, 1940's-50's cowboy boots, Mexican circle skirts, Hawaiian shirts and a lovely, shaggy dog named Bailey. I got the coziest pink and purple vintage scarf, that I am actually wearing today!
I Like You is an incredible and unique Minneapolis-based-shop that sell goods created by local crafters and artists and other small businesses across the country. The store is fun, eclectic and colourful. They sell all sorts of things like knitwear, pins, prints, cards, and more. I managed to pick up a ceramic planter for a plant I've been needing to pot. (I'm pretty sure it's actually a cup, but it fits my little guy perfectly!) I Like You even has a couple of shop dogs, and the cutest "I like you!" wall outside for all of your Instagram needs.
Four Days in Minneapolis is very brief, and while this may have seemed like a short blog post, we did manage to squeeze in quite a bit for such a short amount of time. Now I know what I want to see and what I would like to experience again when I come back to Minneapolis, which I hope is very soon! If you have any questions regarding my trip to Minneapolis, feel free to drop a line in the comment section or by shooting me an email!