Seeds of Change: A Portrait of the Hmong American Farmers Association
Photographs by Mike Hazard
On display in the third floor Gallery (Rooms 320 and 321) from January 27 – May 26, 2017.
Presented in collaboration with the Minnesota Museum of American Art and the Hmong American Farmers Association, this photo exhibit documents a year in the life of a farm run by the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) in Vermillion Township, Minnesota. Multimedia artist Mike Hazard's photos highlight the rich culture and heritage of our state's Hmong community and the fruits of their efforts to cultivate success among first, second, and third generation American immigrants.
Beginning June 1, 2017
An exhibit to showcase the works of the Former First Lady of Minnesota Gretchen Quie. This exhibit will include numerous paintings, pottery, books, a mosaic and a weaving/fabric piece, all created by the Former First Lady.
Tracks in the Snow: The Minnesota Muslim Experience Since 1880
On display on the third floor in Room 316 from January 3 – May 31, 2017.
(Room 316 is reservable by the public. This exhibit may be unavailable during reserved room times.)
This traveling poster exhibit aims to give positive insight on the state's growing Muslim population and their rich contributions to Minnesota's social landscape. Presented in collaboration with the Islamic Resource Group (IRG) and the Minnesota Historical Society, the stories of 25 individuals featured in this exhibit captures the differing backgrounds and experiences that have led many Muslims to make Minnesota their home for more than a century.
The Life and Works of Cass Gilbert
Temporarily on display on the third floor Cass Gilbert Library.
This exhibit recognizes the life and works of one of the leading American architects of the early twentieth century, Cass Gilbert (1859-1934). After growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota, Gilbert studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and spent time traveling in Europe. Shortly after his return to the United States, Gilbert apprenticed with McKim, Mead & White in New York, NY, and then returned to St. Paul, MN. There he established a career as a designer of residential, religious, and commercial buildings. The critical success of his first major public building, the Minnesota State Capitol (1895-1905), secured his national reputation.
Restoration Workers: The Men and Women that Made the Capitol Grand Again
Photographs by Tom Olmscheid
Permanently on display in the L'etoile Du Nord Vault and surrounding hallways.
Instead of simply photographing people working, former House Chief Photographer Tom Olmscheid, attempted to connect individually with the diverse workforce restoring the Capitol. Each person was asked to take a moment from his or her job to stop and look directly into the camera. Using a wide-angle lens to capture their full figure in the environment they are working in and the surrounding area to give viewers a clear sense of where they might be within the building, Tom captured their faces, the tools they are using, the clothes they are wearing, and anything else that is indicative of that moment in time.
The diversity of the workforce is evident in the photographs of this exhibit. These individuals are more than electricians, plumbers, stone carvers, pipefitters, bricklayers, painters, restoration artists, and others who painstakingly display the mastery of their crafts. They are the working men and women of all ethnic backgrounds (42.5 percent of the workforce is represented by women and minorities) who were clearly proud to be an integral part of the glorious transformation of the Minnesota State Capitol building.
Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations
Permanently on display in the third floor East Wing hallways.
Treaties are agreements between self-governing, or sovereign nations. The story of Native nations within Minnesota is the story of making treaties – from the time before Europeans came to this land, through treaty-making with the United States, to the growth of tribal self-determination in our time. This exhibit is presented in collaboration with the Minnesota Indians Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian. This project is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation.