Installation view of Nicholas Galanin’s "Everything We’ve Ever Been, Everything We Are Right Now"
Part of the Class of 2020’s online senior thesis exhibition DISLOCATE, Ema Erikson’s Four Rocks integrates a community of moss and lichen onto large-scale drawings of coupled figures drawn to resemble the basalt boulders of the Columbia River Gorge.

This summer, City Pages named Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery 2020’s best local gallery. In the words of the Twin Cities alt-weekly: “Jehra Patrick has brought an exciting mix of art to Law Warschaw ever since her appointment in 2016 as curator and gallery director. Recent exhibitions have been smart and provocative, touching on many crucial conversations happening across the country.”

In addition to hosting the annual senior thesis exhibition, the Law Warschaw Gallery—part of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center—hosts two to three group and solo exhibitions each year from local, national, and international artists. Recently, the gallery has been home to Rituals of Regard and Recollection, a selection of works on paper in response to author bell hooks’s Belonging: A Culture of Place; and Everything We’ve Ever Been, Everything We Are Right Now, a diverse media installation from Nicholas Galanin that aimed to “disrupt outside definitions, limitations, and representations of Indigenous culture, while illuminating and celebrating the value of Indigenous knowledge, aesthetics, and continuum.”

Those choices are part of Patrick’s overarching goal to develop an exhibition program that centers visiting artists and complements Macalester’s mission to support multiculturalism, internationalism, and service to society. “By presenting artists who emphasize these values, our exhibitions are relevant not only to multiple areas of academic study on campus, but also draw stronger connections to the broader Twin Cities community and national and international art currents,” Patrick says.

By Rebecca Edwards ’21

October 21 2020

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