Take a trip to Siberia at the Weisman Art Museum
Rasul Mesyagutov, Nagayev Bay in Winter, Magadan Region, 2006.
How many times have you asked yourself, shivering as the snow falls down on you, why on earth you live in such a frigidly cold climate? Well just imagine if you lived in Siberia, an even colder and more desolate place than Minnesota. Would it be much worse than living here? Perhaps. You can go ahead and compare the two in a new exhibit at the Weisman Art Museum, "Siberia: Imagined and ReImagined," which takes a look at Russia's most frigid region.
Sergey Prokhudin-Gorskii, Bashkir Switchman on Trans-Siberian Railway. Near Town of Ust Katav on Yuryzan River, 1912.
Anastasia Rudenko, Guests Who Slipped Away from a Wedding Party. City of Krasnoyarsk in the Background, 2010.
Native Ainu People and Russian Residents of Sakhalin Island, 1901-1093 (A. Diness)
Perhaps the most interesting part of the exhibit is the last section, where the idea of Siberia is contrasted with American notions of manifest destiny. Sometimes showing nearly identical photographs side by side, Vendavid-Val examines the similarities between the two countries, especially in regard to the idea of conquering the wild.
IF YOU GO:
Through May 18
The Weisman Art Museum
333 E. River Rd., Minneapolis
Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
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