PLEASE READ THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT. PREPAYMENT NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS TOUR BUT NOTE THAT IF 30 PEOPLE SIGN UP THEN WE HAVE PAY FOR 30 SO PLEASE KEEP RSVP UP TO DATE..
The Weisman always comes up with a variety interesting exhibits, ( I mean interesting in a good way!) this one looks to be no exception. I knew as soon as I heard about this one that I would have to schedule a tour for us. Our docents have always been very well informed and knowledgeable about the exhibits, and I've been told several times how much they enjoy having our group.
So what, then, is Siberia? This is the deceptively simple question Siberia: Imagined and Reimagined—organized by the Foundation for International Arts and Education— engages for its viewers. Over the course of more than one hundred photographs, which span from the 1870s to the present, Siberia both animates and challenges popular perceptions of an often forgotten place, via an enigmatic medium. Discover surprising parallels to Minnesota’s culture and landscape.
The cost of the tour is $5.00 We will collect the payment from each person and will make one payment for the group. We can have up to 40 people. It is extremely important that you RSVP responsibly, docents are scheduled based on how many people I say are coming, I am billed accordingly, so if I say 40 people are coming and three docents are scheduled but only 25 show up, I still have to pay for 40 people and frankly, I can't afford to do that. IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE, PLEASE CANCEL BY FRIDAY AFTERNOON, SO I CAN NOTIFY THEM. Photos without a flash are allowed in the public areas and the galleries, but be sure to ask the docent first, in some of the galleries. After our tour, we'll have time to look around or go back for a closer look at what we have seen.
In a state where polar plunges are a popular recreational activity, and winter can last six months of the year, Anastasia Rudenko’s photograph of bikini-clad women posing on a snow-covered riverbank almost looks like it was taken in Minnesota. After all, during the winter months, we see extreme displays of cold endurance on a regular basis.
Despite the fact that Siberia’s largest city, Novosibirsk, is one of Minneapolis/St. Paul’s sister cities, most Minnesotans, like most Americans, know little about Russia’s elusive Siberian territories. Nonetheless, Siberia and Minnesota have a few things in common. Most notably, both have continental climates, which means both are subject to hot and mosquito-friendly summers, and cold and obdurate winters. But unlike Minnesota, Siberia is officially neither a territory nor a political entity.
Hopefully by the time this tour happens, we will be out of the deep freeze. Siberia may be warmer than we've been.
As with all the Museums we visit, I suggest planning on some extra time to go back to get a closer look at the exhibit we just saw and to explore the rest of the museum. The Weisman is a unique museum in many ways, not only for it's unusual exterior, the interior is just as interesting. Pay attention to the curves and angles and note how they follow the lines of the exterior. The galleries are set up so each is exhibit is well defined, but flows into the next space.
PARKING IS AVAILABLE IN THE MUSEUM RAMP, ENTER OFF OF EAST RIVER ROAD. DRIVE PAST THE HOSPITAL AND DORMS, THE ENTRANCE IS AT THE AROUND THE CURVE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL. THERE IS ALSO LIMITED ON STREET METERED PARKING.
Following our tour, those interested can join us at a local restaurant for food and stimulating conversation. Our after tour get together is a great way to get to know each other better and to make new friends. I will try to find a place that has free or reasonably priced parking.