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From Space to Place

Date: 05/28/2013 - 06/15/2013

Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Location: Katherine E. Nash Gallery Regis Center for Art (East)

Cost: Free


From Space to Place
Defined by human activities, places are ever-changing, ever-decaying, and always being reborn, often through collective action and collaboration. From Space to Place is an exhibition that explores placemaking—the transformation of a space into that which has a distinct identity. Curated by Artemis Ettsen, a graduate student in the School of Architecture, and Teréz Iacovino, a graduate student in the Department of Art, the exhibition is a platform for reexamining place and one’s relationship to it.

Exhibition Dates
May 28 – June 15, 2013

Exhibition Location and Hours
Katherine E. Nash Gallery
Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, (612) 624-7530
Parking available nearby at the 21st Avenue ramp, hourly or event rates apply
Gallery hours are 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Accessibility and Cost
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is wheelchair accessible. The exhibition and related public programs are free and open to the public.

From Space to Place was organized by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and the Visiting Artists and Scholars Committee, the School of Architecture, the Institute for Advanced Study, the School of Music, the Department of Geography, Environment and Society, and the College of Design. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The exhibition curators thank Howard Oransky, Director of the Nash Gallery, Ozayr Saloojee, Associate Professor of Architecture, and Emily Lecrone, BA student in the Department of Art for their assistance.

Related Events
Public Reception
Celebrate the exhibition with the artists and curators
May 30 from 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Regis Center for Art East Lobby 

May 30, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Regis Center for Art
Join us for a series of short outdoor events involving CookKIT—a mobile kitchen designed by Emily Stover, that serves as a platform for food-based community programming. Three different artist groups will use CookKIT to explore how cooking can be a performance, tell a story, and act as a memory-building vehicle.

Parallel Hypothetical with MAW, Angela Olson and Aaron Westre
May 30, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Rapson Hall, Courtyard, 89 Church Street SE, Mpls
Join us for a mirror exhibition of From Space to Place, but in the virtual realm. This digitally duplicated exhibition raises questions about the value of art and the gallery/museum experience. Come explore how experiencing art through simulation can change the nature of how we see.

Structures of Support Workshop with Think Tank
June 1, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Regis Center for Art
Develop a clearer understanding of how our support structures are created and maintained and how we might then work to build more resilient and robust support structures in the future. Join Think Tank as we explore support through visualizations, conversations and activities.
Take the Structures of Support survey here: http://www.wearethethinktank.org/structures-of-support-survey/

Desire Lines Tour with Common Room
June 5, 6:00 - 8:30pm
Leaves from Regis Center for Art
Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci will lead a Common Room tour around Minneapolis, looking at desire lines around the city from the back of a vintage chartered bus. "Desire lines" are the informal paths created by foot traffic across public spaces not initially intended for foot traffic. Any time you see a dirt path across a patch of grass or up a hill between two sidewalks, or footprints in the snow leading from one place to another, that's a desire line. Looking at traditional desire lines, as well as expanding the idea beyond footpaths, we'll see how people create their own spaces, make shortcuts, defy authority, and carve out new path systems. To sign up for this event, please visit: http://bit.ly/spacetoplacecommonroom.

Perspectives on Placemaking

June 6, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Rapson Hall, Rm 100, 89 Church Street SE, Mpls
This public panel will discuss their individual research and work in relation to place, stemming from radical architecture to neighborhood yards, public housing to socially engaged art. Panelists include: Ursula Lang, Ph.D. candidate in Geography at the University of Minnesota, Ross Elfline, Assistant Professor of Art History at Carleton College and Neeraj Mehta, director of community-based research at Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. Susannah Bielak, artist, writer, cultural and content producer, will moderate the panel.

Reverse Scavenger Hunt with Erin Garnaas-Holmes
June 12, 6:00pm
Leaves from Regis Center for Art
The goal of the Reverse Scavenger Hunt is to reverse-collect things from the world around you. Instead of acquiring or consuming objects and experiences and bringing them back to home base, you create, cause, disperse and share them with your environment. You will journey with a team via bicycle into the city and combine items and interactions with places/people from a given list, while infusing life into your surroundings! A bicycle and camera are recommended for this event. 

Artists and Designers in the Exhibition
Susan Armington, Nicholaus Arnold, Bad News from Houston, Andrew Bergmann, Patrick Beseda, Susannah Bielak, Anna Carlson, Juan William Chávez, Tuia Cherici Joey Crane, Federico Garcia Lammers, Murat Germen, Brita Hauser, Erin Garnaas-Holmes, Katie Hargrave, Lauren Herzak-Bauman, John Kallen, Rebecca Kallen, Caroline Kent, Sam Krahn, Kendra Larson, Minneapolis Art on Wheels, TJ Proechel, Tyler Rush, Nick Satinover, Emily Stover, Andy Sturdevant, The Think Tank that has yet to be named, Sergio Vucci, and Ryan Wurst.

Exhibition Description
Defined by human activities, places are ever-changing, ever-decaying, and always being reborn, often through collective action and collaboration. From Space to Place is a group exhibition, curated by an architect and artist team that explores placemaking—the transformation of a space into that which has a distinct identity. Placemaking brings together creative and cultural resources, most importantly people, whose combined efforts have the potential to reimagine and reconstruct space into authentic, dynamic, and resilient communities. While “space” typically refers to the physical or geographical environment, “place” ricochets between the emotional, the social, and the political.

The exhibition is a platform for reexamining place and one’s relationship to it. From Space to Place features projects from local, national and international artists and designers working in a variety of media. The projects are a result of collaborative and individual efforts to interpret and investigate the phenomena of place and placemaking. The exhibition traverses the concepts of memory, intimacy, loss, potential, and regrowth.

An art gallery is inherently a placeless space, so there is a tension inherent in the act of displaying work about place within the gallery. Rather than attempting to replicate placemaking within the gallery, the exhibition becomes a collection of past events and future possibilities. This collection further serves as a complement to the numerous and exciting placemaking initiatives occurring within the Twin Cities and beyond.

Katherine E. Nash Gallery Mission
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is a research laboratory for the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. We believe the visual arts have the capacity to interpret, critique and expand on all of human experience. Our engagement with the visual arts helps us to discover who we are and understand our relationships to each other and society. The Katherine E. Nash Gallery will be a center of discourse on the practice of visual art and its relationship to culture and community -- a place where we examine our assumptions about the past and suggest possibilities for the future. The Nash Gallery will play an indispensable role in the educational development of students, faculty, staff and the community. Visit us at http://nash.umn.edu/.

Department of Art Mission
The Department of Art provides an introduction to the practice of art for all students as well as immersive training for emerging artists. We promote creative expression and conceptual development through a broad range of art disciplines and practices. Initial experiences emphasizing traditional methods are supplemented at intermediate and advanced levels by experimental processes. We offer courses in painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and experimental media (EMA). Students pursue their work in our state of the art facilities, mentored by our faculty, all artists recognized in their fields. Visit us at http://www.art.umn.edu/.


  • Name: Rachel Kirchgasler
  • E-mail: kirc0110@umn.edu
  • Phone: (612) 624-7900
  • Sponsored by: Art, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Visiting Artists and Critics Program, , Institute for Advanced Study, College of Design, Music, School of Architecture, Geography, Environment and Society


Parking is available in the 21st Avenue Ramp.  Hourly or event rates will apply.

More information: http://nash.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Rachel Kirchgasler, Department of Art, kirc0110@umn.edu, (612) 624-7900.

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