design by Orren Fen
Artists Respond to the Mourning, Grieving and Fires on Lake Street
Explore OFFERINGS From Home
This past Halloween forty artists had activated more than 30 outdoor pop-up works along Lake St. Their offerings held space for death, loss, grief, ancestors, and remembering for our Twin Cities communities that centered on the changes facing Lake St. BareBones is committed to further connecting you to this space by sharing this collection for you to experience from home. Delve into the videos, photographs and stories behind the 33 artworks.
Facilitated by Lelis Brito and Harry Waters Jr., this 27th annual project delivered a multifaceted collaboration in our present. “OFFERINGS is witnessed on a continuum, from the artist reflecting on their role in history as they make the work, to the people surrounding the artist and interacting intimately with their art, to the broader community encountering a finished expression.” Lelis Brito and Harry Waters Jr. Read a message from our co-facilitators and the OFFERINGS backstory.
Puppets resembling jellyfish give space to all the dead including all those murdered by injustice.
Sculpture offering a physical space to receive the sunflower’s message and its healing medicine.
Sculpture installation addressing homelessness.
A multimedia project on reverence that inhabited R.A.R.E. House on Lake St.
A large moving puppet representing the end of the police.
Focused on healing and beauty practices in the South Minneapolis Black community by providing opportunities for haircuts and self-care.
A ghostly white horse puppet addressing white supremacy and people moving forward together.
Honoring Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Black Lives Matter on Dakota Makoce.
Mural portraying the goddess of water and inspired by the United Farmerworker Movement.
A mobile (bike) puppetry of a ghostly white horse addressing white supremacy and how communities moves forward.
Puppet Halima who is curious about her feelings of healing had taken a meditation walk to her favorite places down Lake St.
Youth organizers perform to grieve and create awareness of the children who have died at the hands of ICE.
Flowers crafted out of found objects, lighting, fabric and text addressing grief and loss.
Textile sculpture hung at Ingebretsen’s that connects Nordic root culture and responsibility.
Textile banner about hope as a practice and not just a wish.
Altars made of prose, flowers and rubble and salvaged materials along Lake St.
A sculpture offering a moment to reflect on our place within oppressive systems and move toward transformation.
A jacket and hat worn by the character Auntie Dote who carries a paper fortune teller while doting on passersby.
Embroidery on a window screen with cooking pot lids that bang together and sign the words, equal justice.
Artist’s pilgrimage to revisit Duluth’s history of lynchings and reflect on the Minneapolis uprisings.
13 chalkboards of stanzas from the Jewish poem, “We Remember” were mounted on telephone poles.
Thoughts that were soaked into the artist’s surroundings as she processed her reactions to quarantine and the fires on Lake St.
A sculptural fist representing Black pride and Black Trans Lives Matter.
Online feature. A felted dress wrapped in imagery and lights depicting the protests and their aftermath on Lake St.
Coming soon: in Vu’s short film, Pie in the Sky, puppet friends Ruff the Dog and Bao the Bird grapple with questions about police abolition and community safety through song and dance.
The altar was a space for reflection and to honor the ancestors that took place overnight on Oct. 30.
Life-sized wolf marionettes symbolizing the people who protected Lake St.
Mural expressing the artist’s gratitude for ancestors, grief for loved ones lost to gun violence and frustration about police brutality toward her people.
Textile art work of crocheted tear lanterns that hold layers of grief and were hung in trees on Lake St.
Over 30 figures—mourners for the many fallen to racial prejudice, gun violence, police brutality, abuse of our planet, and the pandemic.
An epic compilation of BareBones Orchestra Music 2015 to 2019 during her five years as the BareBones Music Director.
BareBones 2020 Artists
The featured artists, listed below, who range from early to seasoned makers, are working in puppetry, sculpture, dance, performance, installation, sound, film, video, photography, textile, digital art and design. Each artist has mentorship and resources from BareBones for their participation.
Amber Lee · Andrea Wakely · Angela Maki North · Baki Z. Porter · Carolyn Kopecky · Chaim Budenosky · Christie Marie Owens · Elliott Etzkorn · Graci Horne · Gustavo Adolfo Boada Rivas · Hannah Missississippi · Ifrah Mansour · Indigenous Roots Arts Center · Johanna Keller Flores · Kallie Melvin · Kari Tauring · Karly Gesine Bergmann · Kieran Myles-Andrés Tverbakk · Kurt Seaberg · Laura Korynta · Mack the Barber (George MacIntyre) · Margo McCreary · Marian Lucas · Mary Plaster · Masanari Kawahara · Mina Leierwood · MollieRae Miller · Naye-Taye Burnett · Niziah Osheen Burnett · Oanh Vu · Ofunshi Oba Koso · Orren Fen · Queen Serena Black · Rox Anderson · Samuel Babatunde Ero-Phillips · Tara L. Fahey · Theresa Linnihan · Venus de Mars · Artist mentors: Angie Courchaine · Gustavo Adolfo Boada Rivas · Mark Safford · Masanari Kawahara · Tara Fahey · Theresa Linnihan
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional support this year has been provided by Compas and the Safford Family as well as contributions by our greater BareBones community over the years.