Mississippi River Art Explored in Exhibit

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Art exemplifying the lifestyles of communities along the Mississippi River will be on display starting June 27 at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts' exhibit, "Currents of Change: Art and Life Along the Mississippi River, 1850-1861." The exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of two major events that garnered the upper Mississippi River status: the 1854 Grand Excursion, when prominent citizens from the east were invited on a train and riverboat trip to and along the Mississippi River, and the writing of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha.

The mid-1800s were a tumultuous time for the United States; the railroad was new, the Industrial Revolution had begun and civil war was looming. This exhibit contends that nowhere are all these dramatic changes better embodied than around and along the Mississippi River. The river itself, long used for trading purposes, was suddenly becoming the conduit to a culturally thriving and artistically rich environment.

"Currents of Change" explores the world of art along the Mississippi River through an assembly of approximately 150 objects, including paintings, photographs, drawings, furniture, sculptures and ceramics. …