Tweed Museum of Art

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  • Free admission. No admission fee is charged but donations are welcome and suggested at the rate of $5/family, $2/individuals, $1/seniors, children and students free.

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  • The Tweed Museum of Art is located in the Humanities Building on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth. The museum is at Ordean Court, just beyond the Jacques Lipchitz sculpture of Sieur du Luth.

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  • T 9am-8pm, W-F 9am-4:30pm, SA-SU 1-5pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays.

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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Events

  1. A Thousand Words

    A Thousand Words

    1201 Ordean Court
    Duluth, MN 55812
    Call: (218) 726-8222

    Our world is awash in photographs—from silver plate Daguerreotypes of the 19th century to digital Instagrams on our cell phones. Our conception of the world has been built upon photographic seeing. Yet, photography is a latecomer to the collection of the Tweed Museum. With the support of the Marguerite Gilmore Foundation and the Sax Brothers Fund, the Tweed has grown a diverse photography collection that contains evocative story-telling images. A Thousand Words is a presentation of images that will inspire your imagination.

    Opening reception September 22, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm. Free and open to the public

  2. Chance: A Public Installation by Kathy McTavish

    Chance: A Public Installation by Kathy McTavish

    1201 Ordean Court
    Duluth, MN 55812
    Call: (218) 726-8222

    Kathy McTavish is a composer and media artist who specializes in creating interactive, multi-channel video and sound environments that are released online, in gallery spaces, and behind performance events.
    McTavish created Chance, a site-specific installation for the Tweed Museum’s Sax Gallery. It is a synergetic installation composed of six networked machine quartets that combines code, image, and sound to create a cross-sensory experience that seeks to investigate what it “feels” like to inhabit a multithreaded system. A landscape of painted walls and multi-channel sound encloses the viewer. Choreographed by code, a circle of machine quartets investigate chance, emergence, friction, resonance and change. Opening reception October 19, 2017 from 6 to 8pm. Free and open to the public.

  3. From the Beginning: Selections from the Original Alice Tweed Tuohy & George Tweed Collection

    From the Beginning: Selections from the Original Alice Tweed Tuohy & George Tweed Collection

    1201 Ordean Court
    Duluth, MN 55812
    Call: (218) 726-8222

    This exhibition is a display of both European and American paintings from the Tweed family’s original collection of approximately 350 pieces. Drawing upon works spanning the 16th through 20th centuries, the selections include English and American portraiture, Dutch and Flemish genre paintings, works from the French Barbizon School, and Italian religious paintings and demonstrates the extensive range of the initial Tweed collection.

  4. Modern(ism)

    Modern(ism)

    1201 Ordean Court
    Duluth, MN 55812
    Call: (218) 726-8222

    Curated from the Tweed Museum’s permanent collection and generously supported by select loans from the Weisman Museum in Minneapolis, this exhibition of drawings and prints will offer audiences a rare look at small, intimate works by some of the most formidable Modern artists of the 20th
    century. Featuring works by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Käthe Kollwitz, Henri Matisse, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Weber, Salvador Dali, and Otto Dix, this exhibition will serve as a tool to explore the vast representations of the various “-ism” in art movements that blossomed at the beginning of the 20th century. Collectively, these works express the radical attitude toward art that resulted in the replacement of 19th century Realism in favor of expressionism and abstraction that more accurately reflected the zeitgeist of the Modern Era.

  5. Pacific Northwest Native Art from the William J. Saul Collection

    Pacific Northwest Native Art from the William J. Saul Collection

    1201 Ordean Court
    Duluth, MN 55812
    Call: (218) 726-8222

    A former Minnesota business leader, William J. Saul often traveled to the Pacific Northwest where he collected many contemporary Native artworks. In 2015, his wife Martha gifted a number of carved and painted masks and sculptures to the Tweed Museum. The niche exhibit will feature some of these essential works.

  6. Plein Air: America's Industrial Landscape

    Plein Air: America's Industrial Landscape

    1201 Ordean Court
    Duluth, MN 55812
    Call: (218) 726-8222

    This exhibition of works by the Plein Air Painters of America explores the influences of industry on the environment. From living off the land to mining mountains, from raw-materials extraction to manufacturing and from farm to table, the physical and social transformation of place has become ubiquitous. By turning an unflinching eye to industrial landmarks, the artists in this show reveal the effects upon the landscape by mechanization and economic change.

    This program is a collaborative project among the Plein Air Painters of America, The Tweed Museum of Art, The Duluth Art Institute, and The Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art. Opening reception September 22, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm at Tweed Museum

    Then, join us on September 23 for a Culminating Reception at the Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art (810 W 3rd St, Duluth, MN 55806) from 7:00 till 10:00 pm. The newly created plein air paintings of Duluth scenes will be on view.

    Free and open to the public.

  7. Selections of Traditional and Contemporary Native Art

    Selections of Traditional and Contemporary Native Art

    1201 Ordean Court
    Duluth, MN 55812
    Call: (218) 726-8222

    The case will display three types of Native American objects representing the traditional craft work of the region. These objects (most from the Woodland tribes) include beaded bandolier bags, moccasins, and quillwork boxes. Bandolier bags are examples of objects worn decoratively during ceremonial gatherings. The moccasins embody decoration and functionality, and the quillwork boxes show a method of ornamental design popular before the introduction of 19th century European glass beads.

  8. Senior Student Exhibitions

    Senior Student Exhibitions

    1201 Ordean Court
    Duluth, MN 55812
    Call: (218) 726-8222

    The School of Fine Arts, UMD, presents a series of senior student exhibitions at the Tweed Museum of Art, featuring a variety of art media. Receptions are held on Tuesdays from 4 to 6pm in the Studio Gallery. These exhibitions are free and open to the public. For details, visit our website at https://sfa.d.umn.edu

  9. Treasures from Home: An Anthology of Gifts from Private Collectors

    Treasures from Home: An Anthology of Gifts from Private Collectors

    1201 Ordean Court
    Duluth, MN 55812
    Call: (218) 726-8222

    In recent years, the Tweed’s collection has grown by leaps and bounds, thanks to various generous collectors. To demonstrate our gratitude, this exhibition will highlight some of the newest donated artworks acquisitioned into the already impressive permanent collection. Featured collectors include Martin Weinstein, Darwin Reedy, Lorraine Noorgard, and many others.

  10. Tweevening with Ken Bloom: A Thousand Words

    Tweevening with Ken Bloom: A Thousand Words

    1201 Ordean Court
    Duluth, MN 55812
    Call: (218) 726-8222

    Ken Bloom, Tweed Museum Director, will present a Tweevening art talk based on the exhibition "A Thousand Words," that he curated this year.

    A Thousand Words presents an array of interpersonal photographs that were selected from the Tweed Museum’s holdings. Though the Museum’s collection includes a far wider range of subject matter than photographs of people, landscapes, abstractions, architecture, and more were set aside for an investigation of images that addressed humans in relation to each other. Given our highly divided social world, it’s worth noting that A Thousand Words is in part a construct, an anti-selfie curatorial notion about photography made by combining the varied depictions of those other than ourselves, by seers other than ourselves, in service of a collective humanistic vision.

    The event is free and open to the public. The Tweed Museum of Art is admission-free and free-will donations at the door are welcome to help support our programming.

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  • Exhibit Space (sq ft): 15,000
  • On-site Catering Required

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