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Art Exhibit: “A Nation Takes Place – Navigating Race and Water in Contemporary Art”

August 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


A Nation Takes Place: Navigating Race and Water in Contemporary Art

ON VIEW AUGUST 21, 2024 – MARCH 2, 2025

The western formation of the Americas was born through water. Facilitated by 15th-century seafaring patterns of imperial rule, conquest, and commerce, the modern landscape and waterways of the United States have been defined in part by racial exclusion and colonial control. A Nation Takes Place explores how artists, specifically American artists, draw attention to the intersections of water, geography, reimagined black ecologies, abolition, and the movements for land back, a movement to return land to Indigenous people. Interrogating and expanding maritime art beyond the traditional scenes of ships at sea, this exhibition includes historical artwork from some of today’s most respected museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This work is presented in conversation with contemporary artists who are revisiting our collective understanding of the complexity of the United States’ formation, created by settler colonialism and racial slavery, and unthinkable without waterways, conquest, and slave ships.

Sokari Ekine (b. 1949, English), Liquid, 2023. Photograph.

Co-Curated by Tia Simone-Gardner and Shana M. griffin


Minnesota Marine Art Museum
800 Riverview Drive
Winona, Minnesota 55987
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