Currents: Adaptation, Brilliance, and Joy

An exhibit featuring the work of artists with disabilities is on display through Feb. 25 at the Minnesota Museum of […]

Abstract piece of art.

An exhibit featuring the work of artists with disabilities is on display through Feb. 25 at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul. Emerging Curators Institute 2022-23 Fellow Drew Maude-Griffin curated Currents: Adaption, Brilliance and Joy. 

The group exhibition features interdisciplinary works by artists Victoria Dugger, Ariella Granados, Aurora Levins Morales, Kelley Meister and Lynda Mullan. They each consider the ways disabled artists guide art patrons forward through the present, and inevitably toward futures that prioritize and embrace all the complexities and joys of radical access and care. 

Drew Maude-Griffin posing in front of art

The exhibition is made possible through Emerging Curators Institute, with generous support from exhibition partner the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Admission to the downtown St. Paul museum is free. 

In moving through the initial year of the fellowship, Maude-Griffin explored varied approaches to curatorial practices as part of a cohort of four distinct fellows. Maude-Griffin is an interdisciplinary artist, author and educator whose work explores illness, disability and the complex politics of care. Drew creates multisensory artworks as a way of making visible the unseen realities of their illness. 

Their work is made with the intention of honoring and building community with other sick and disabled people, as well as broadening how everyone thinks of, practice and experience care. 

Maude-Griffin is a recent graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, with a BFA in drawing and painting, and a teaching Artist minor. 

Fiber sculptor Victoria Dugger, filmmaker and photographer Ariella Granados, essayist and artist Aurora Levins Morales and painter Lynda Mullan have their work featured in the exhibit. One striking piece is by Kelley Meister, who used long COVID medication and supplement bottles that once lined medicine cabinets and bedside tables are repurposed, reclaimed and activated with neon portals. 

Emerging Curators Institute is a first of its kind in the region. The institute cultivates critical dialogue around curatorial practice and unique development opportunities for Minnesota-based emerging curators of diverse backgrounds. FFI: Emerging Curator Institute 

To learn more about the museum, get directions and find instructions on transit and parking, go to Minnesota Museum of American Art 

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