Organized by the Tweed Museum of Art and in collaboration with Duluth Sister Cities, International and University of Minnesota Duluth, School of Fine Arts, the project celebrates the combined 122 years of relationship with Duluth’s five sister Cities: Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan, Växjö, Sweden, Petrozavodsk, Russia, Thunder Bay, Canada and Ohara-Isumi City, Japan. The project is a catalyst for positive social change, one individual at a time.
The artwork in the exhibition represents two years of planning and 60 Skype or in person interviews involving ten residents from each of the five sister cities, including the mayor of each city. The large scale paintings created by Labovitz in her studio are inspired by the spirited interview exchanges. Each of the artworks depict an interpretative vision of the conversations that include faces, words, and descriptions of the experiences that relate to the individuals involved.
Using lightweight, portable materials, the artwork is delivered or hand carried to the venue and assembled for exhibition. As customs and shipping requirements vary, the work is adapted to the individual venue site and thus provides each city with its unique exhibition. The pieces exemplify embracing cultural differences and methods of communication through its adaptability. Beginning in September 2015 and continuing through 2018, each city will host a public viewing of the exhibition. See below for schedule.
Coinciding with each exhibition venue will be artist led workshops for students, seniors, adults, children and any member of the public who wish to participate. Each participant will be invited to contribute to the exhibition by transforming their responses into art pieces that will, in turn, travel with the show as it progresses from each city onto its culminating venue at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.
- Thunder Bay, Canada, September 10 – October 19, 2015 Thunder Bay Art Gallery, CONCLUDED
- Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan, January 16 – March 31, 2017 at the University of Raparin, CONCLUDED
- Växjö, Sweden, March 4 – April 2, 2017 at Växjö Konsthall, CONCLUDED
- Petrozavodsk, Russia – May 25 – June 17, 2017 at Petrozavodsk City Exhibition Hall CONCLUDED
- Ohara Isumi-City, Japan – Fall 2017
- Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, MN, September 25 – December 31, 2018
An opening event will be held in each city to celebrate the Sister Cities exhibition allowing attendees to engage and view the exhibition. For more info on each city and to see images from the exhibitions visit 122conversations.com. A culmination event will be held in Duluth (2018). Video footage of the Skype interviews, exhibition openings, education seminars and culmination event will be taken and produce into an official video for sponsors and participants.
Le Meridien Chambers Hotel, Minneapolis, February 27, 6 pm
The I AM Kindness Gallery Show is an art show in which money is of no value. All of the artworks being shown will be available only by performing acts of kindness – ranging from playing with animals at a shelter to volunteering at a nursing home to assisting a gallery during open hours. Each work of art will have a designated kindness chosen by the artist. View Anne Labovitz as well as all other contributing artists on the website.
Space Bodies, The Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street, New York, January 10, 2016
Anne Labovitz performing Charging Talismans
SPACEBODIES is an exhibition of time-based and performance work on expanded definitions of ‘space’ and its affective (im)materiality.
Curated by Transart MFA candidate Andrea Spaziani
Member Appreciation Event, Duluth Sister Cities, Int’l, Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC), December 10, 2016
In acknowledgment for the work in her public project,122 Conversations, Anne Labovitz was presented with the key to Duluth Sister Cities. Labovitz was honored along with others including then Mayor Don Ness.
I AM MPLS, First Ave, Minneapolis, December 3, 2015
I AM MPLS! is a fashion/variety show that features local notables modeling looks from local boutiques—and a community-oriented message. Founded and produced by Sarah Edwards. View recap here and Anne Labovitz interview here.
Fourth Fest, Duluth, MN, July 3-5, 2015
Anne Labovitz hosted a public art project with over 500 members of the public, scribing all names into an artist book that will travel with 122 Conversations to the Duluth Sister Cities.
Someone Else’s Story, Burnet Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Anne Labovitz, Sonja Peterson, Teo Nguyen, Tetsuya Yamada
February 27-April 26, 2015
Someone Else’s Story brings together four artists each with their own distinct message. Yet within the context of the gallery’s walls the pieces form a cohesive dialogue.
Earth & Water, Crary Art Gallery, Warren, PA
Exhibition featuring landscapes and seascapes. Opening reception on January 10, 6-8 pm. Artist talk begins at 7 pm. Exhibition continues through January 31st.
Having grown up on the shores of Lake Superior, both the horizon over the lake and the large trees that border the shores have long been a point of reference for Anne Labovitz. Her work is a study of the ever changing intense and compelling characteristics of the horizon line and the landscape surrounding it throughout the seasons. Intense color, light and atmosphere variations inspire her paintings and are the focus of her Earth & Water landscapes.
Anne Labovitz : Frail Features & Transcending Treeness, Janet Carson Gallery, Eau Claire, WI
Exhibition runs May 8 – June 19th, 2015
Open M-F 9am-4:30pm | Th 9am-7pm
Meet the Artist Reception, Thursday, May 14, 5 -5 8 pm
7th Annual Monster Drawing Rally
The 7th Annual Monster Drawing Rally sponsored by Midway Contemporary Art, will be held on December 13, from 6 – 10 pm. Held at the Grain Belt Bottling House in Northeast Minneapolis, the event features 80 artists drawing live at 6, 7 and 8 pm. Admission is free, proceeds benefit Midway Contemporary Art’s programming.
Do the Dow, Dow Building, St. Paul, MN
Open Studio event. 30 studios open in the Dow building
November 14 (Friday) 6 – 10 pm Bill Gamble & Cierra Hill playing in Anne’s studio
November 15 (Saturday) 12 noon – 6 pm Creative Conversations engagement in Anne’s studio
Twin Cities Book Festival, sponsored by Rain Taxi
A form of social sculpture, Anne’s artworks will be based on real-time conversations with Book Festival attendees about their favorite books, quotations, and authors. Each participant will receive a bookmark cut from the scrolls, a one-of-a-kind piece of the larger works made that day. Anne Labovitz was the cover artist for the Spring 2014 issue of Rain Taxi Review of Books. “Letter Drawings” is an iteration of Anne’s Northern Spark project “Conversant Portraits” and a further prototype for her international traveling exhibition in cooperation with the Tweed Museum of Art.
Projecting the City, Northern Spark, Weisman Art Museum, June 14-15, 2014
Conversant Portraits – the plot for a series of interactive portrait-making sessions. Sit and be interviewed by artist Anne Labovitz. Your words will become part of a larger conversation of interviews that night and shape four large-scale composite paintings created on-site. Labovitz will transpose your words from the conversation into abstracted compositional elements on canvas. Watch the paintings being created, add to the conversation through an interview with the artist, or observe from the sidelines. Participants will receive a hand made print as a certificate of their participation. Conversant Portraits is a pilot project in preparation for an international traveling exhibition in collaboration with the Tweed Museum slated for 2014 through 2017. Location: Weisman Art Museum Plaza To plan your night and see all the projects at WAM & UMN visit: wam.umn.edu. Follow @annelabovitz #labovitz #nspkF17 to participate remotely on June 14.
122 Conversations, Tweed Museum of Art & Duluth Sister Cities traveling exhibition, Thunder Bay, Canada; Petrozavod, Russia; Ohara-Isumi City, Japan; and Växjo, Sweden, 2015-2017
Composite portraits through a multi-city, multi-country tour in collaboration with the Tweed Museum of Art and the Duluth Sister Cities International. Portraits of the inhabitant of each city will be created utilizing interviews being held through the use of Skype. Initial concepts include the traveling exhibition as a multi-media/online experience exploring the people of each city, commenting on how humans relate to each other and exploring through connecting the cross-cultural similarities and differences. The process, however, is open-ended and will be responsive to the interactions and engagement of the participants. This project reflects a new and exciting direction for my practice.
“I Know You” public collaborative drawing, Visiting Artist, Walker Free First Saturday, Cargill Lounge, May 3rd, 2014
Find out how today’s artists approach the art of portraiture. Take a seat and get your portrait drawn by a local artist or stop by to observe their methods and techniques. Anne Labovitz and Robin Schwartzman, 11 am–1 pm Mark Fisher and Tracie Thompson, 1–3 pm
Select Fair NYC, Frieze Week NYC, May 8-11, 2014
My imagery begins with, but is not limited to, the human form. Recent text-based works stem from conversations with or between subjects and serves, in part, to narrate my relationship with them. The singular word works, including the FUCK paintings, embody essential emotion and expression. I have a long history of using textual references in my work, although combining text as a unique and stand-alone mark in my portraiture, is a recent response to thinking about connecting memory, conversation, and moments in time to the essence of the subject. Certain words, and expletives in particular, have universal and cultural meaning; emotionally compelled to put these on canvas, I aim at harnessing and exploring the taboo around usage while building visual portraits of these words visceral connotations.
Exhibition at Art Center Highland Park
November 7, 2014 – January 4, 2015 1957 Sheridan Road Highland Park, IL, 60035
Solo Exhibition at Burnet Art Gallery
Press Release January 10, 2014 – March 2, 2014 Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis 901 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403
Artist of the Year:
2013 Circle of Friends Celebration honoring Depot Foundation members and Arts and Culture Awards recipients Wednesday, October 23, 2013 Historic Union Depot Great Hall #302 US Bank Place 130 W. Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802
September 10, 2013 – March 16, 2014 Tweed Museum of Art Duluth