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MIA Exhibit Tells Story of Martin Luther, Art and the Reformation

The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship ~ Martin Luther

The capstone exhibition of National Archives Month 2016 for this region is undeniably the Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation exhibition opening the end of the month at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The exhibition features newly excavated objects that depict aspects of Luther’s personal life as well as Reformation and post-Reformation art. The Luther exhibit is traveling in this country for the first time. This commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses offers a once-in-a-millennium learning experience for this community.

Focus of the exhibition is Luther’s support of art as a tool for worship, teaching and propaganda. Of particular note are the paintings of Lucas Cranach the Elder who was inspired by Luther’s preaching to develop didactic and narrative paintings. In addition to paintings the exhibit offers numerous historical objects including sculpture, gold, textiles and works on paper, this last of particular note in light of Luther’s use of the newly invented printing press to share the written word.

Another aspect of the exhibition is representation of Luther’s personal life. The exhibition features archeological finds such as household goods and items found in his homes and studio; artifacts include original furnishings and precious gold and silver objects. The exhibition will also share examples of rarely seen 16th Century editions and a selection of 16th Century publications that offer insight into Luther’s intolerance of corruption and his concern for women.

The Martin Luther: Art and the Reform exhibition opens on Sunday, October 30. The opening day lecture explores “Learning about Martin Luther: How Archaeology Changed the Picture of the Reformer.” (2:00 p.m.) Additional lectures throughout the exhibition:

  • Martin Luther Art and the Reformation (Thursday, November 3, 6:30 p.m.)
  • An Artist during Times of Change: Lucas Cranach between Court, Church and Reform (Sunday, November 20, 2:00 p.m.)
  • Art Illuminating Human Rights: Muslim in Minnesota (Thursday, December 1, 6:30 pm)
  • Martin Luther’s Reformation impact on Nordic Europe: Finland and its evolution to independence in 1917 (January 14, 2:00 p.m.)

In conjunction with the MIA exhibition the Center for Austrian Studies at the University of Minnesota is sponsoring a robust series of programs. The series begins Wednesday, October 12, 7:30 p.m. with an introductory lecture by Thomas Rassieur, Curator of Prints and Drawings, Minneapolis Institute of Arts.   This will be followed by a second lecture by Andrew Pettegree, University of St. Andrews (Scotland) who will discuss “Martin Luther, the Reformation and the Making of a media Phenomenon” and a student tour of the exhibition itself. (https://cla.umn.edu/austrian/news-events/announcement/cas-special-programming-mias-exhibit-martin-luther)

Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation will remain on exhibit at MIA through January 15. More information and updates may be found here: http://new.artsmia.org/luther/

 

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American Craft Council Library issues open invitation to Salon Series

Because words alone cannot convey the immense and varied resources of the American Craft Council Library (http://craftcouncil.org/library) this post is not so much about the incredible treasures as it is an irresistible “excuse” for readers to visit the Library and thus learn first-hand the riches of this unique resource.

The ACC Library maintains the nation’s most comprehensive collection of print and visual material on American Studio Craft. The collection includes books, catalogues, periodicals and files on individual artists as well as the archives of the American Craft Council, the Museum of Contemporary Crafts and the American Craft Museum Archive and the World Craft Council archive. Much of the collection has been digitized and is available online. (http://digital.craftcouncil.org)

Still, you really want the experience of visiting this exquisitely beautiful Library.

Beginning in mid-October the ACC Library will host a series of Salons, not so much about the library collection per se but an opportunity for attendees to capture just a glimpse of the collections that grace the shelves, fill the file cabinets and infuse the essence of American crafts. It will take countless return visits to appreciate or tap the potential the collection.

This autumn’s Salon Series offers a robust mix of topics, all implicitly, at times remotely, related to the essence of the work of the American Craft Council:

October 14 – The Salon Series begins with a program on “Making Music with Hoffman Guitars”, led by Charlie Hoffman, co-founder and owner of Hoffman Guitars in Minneapolis. For over 40 years Hoffman has been hand-building steel string acoustic guitars, played and coveted by outstanding local and national musicians. Hoffman will share his experience with guitar-making, including the business as well as the craftsmanship experience he has gleaned over the decades.

November 11 – “Meet & Meat” is billed as an opportunity to “Talk Charcuterie with Mike Phillips of Red Table Meat Co.” Building on a life-long appreciation of good food and hard work gained from his experiences growing up in a rural community, Mike Phillips has long dreamed and worked toward opening Red Table Meat Co. in Northeast Minneapolis; there Phillips caters to individuals who “harbor a passion for crafted charcuterie.”

December 9 – Explore the Legacy of Jack Lenor Larsen, a prominent figure in the history of craft. The Salon presenter is Dr. Stephanie Zollinger who has organized the Jack Lenor Larsen Oral History project through the Goldstein Museum and College of Design at the University of Minnesota. Larsen is one of the most influential textile designers in the world. “His hand-made pieces incorporated innovative techniques based on traditional practices and methods learned through his many travels.” Larsen’s business, travel and craft history are archived at the U of M and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The Salon Series – and the ACC Library — are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the conversation beginning at 7:00 p.m. The American Craft Council Library is in the former Grain Belt Brewery, 1224 Marshall, just North of Broadway, in Northeast Minneapolis. Street and lot parking are convenient and public transit is readily accessible during evening hours.

For more information about the Salon Series or about the Library contact the ACC Library at 612 206 3100 or library@craftcouncil.org.  For an extended Voices of Northeast interview with Library Director Jessica Shaykett, click here:

Voices of Northeast Minneapolis, 2014-16