Inspired by intersections

A window display by artists Chrys Carroll and Katrina Knutson at 5th & Nicollet. Credit: Photo by Steven Lang

Artists have mused on the meaning of intersections for Made Here’s new window showcases throughout downtown Minneapolis.

“Intersections,” is the fourth round of exhibitions featured as part of Made Here — the nation’s largest art-in-storefronts project.

Sixty artists have worked on art pieces in 30 window displays for the new exhibit, which will be on display through Sept. 30. The project’s presenting sponsor is Andersen Windows.

The showcases are spread among 16 different blocks at 14 locations — many along Hennepin. The displays include a wide variety of artist mediums, including photos, paintings, installations, drawings and projections, among other things.

Joan Vorderbruggen, the Cultural Arts District Coordinator for the Hennepin Theatre Trust, is the project’s curator.

“[Intersections] is something that artists who are Minnesota-based could interpret in any creative way, so we saw a lot of really cool and interesting things,” she said. “A lot of social justice issues really came out this time.”

In addition to the window showcases, Made Here has branched out to include other creative projects downtown, including a “Yarn Bombed” outdoor courtyard at Marin on 9th & Hennepin featuring trees wrapped in colorful knit coverings, plans for a paper mache circus in the City Center skyway, rotating artist solo exhibitions at the Third Bird restaurant in Loring Park, and a fence wrap with a creative graphic design surrounding a new hotel construction site at 4th & Hennepin, among other things.

Chrys Carroll and Katrina Knutson collaborated on a showcase in the Renaissance Square building at 5th & Nicollet called “You are Here.”

Given all of the focus on policing issues throughout the country, Carroll said the artists decided to make 111 crows woven into an urban landscape for their window showcase to represent the number of people killed at the hands of police during the month of March throughout the U.S.

Sean Smuda’s display, “Hopes and Dreams,” features photographs he took in the Midtown Global Market for the Minneapolis MOSAIC Commission.

For the photos, on display in the skyway level of the new Mayo Clinic Square, subjects were asked to write and draw their hopes and dreams while reflecting on changes in the country from Martin Luther King Jr.’s time to the present. The final portraits incorporate those sketches.

A 17-member panel selects artists to participate in Made Here and diversity is a top priority. Forty percent of the artists involved are people of color.

Since its debut in 2013, Made Here has displayed more than 100 artists showcases.

Before venturing out on a tour, go to www.MadeHereMN.org and click on “Intersections” and download a map of the art showcases.