First of all, the building, a converted church is redone so that you feel good as you view the art. You can get close to the objects whatever they are. The two current shows, on women in soviet art and photographs of Jewish people in Russia, exhibit exceptional images of women during the 20th century shifts from czarist times to Soviet years to the end of the Soviet Union, and Jews in the early 20th century throughout rural Russia. In addition the text accompaniments do a masterful job do making the image more accessible to the viewer. For instance the large iconic sleeping nude (with her boots on) is explained so that the viewer sees not just the physical beauty but the statement being made about women in the Soviet culture. We are members and attend regularly. This show is one of their best and this museum is one of Minneapolis' best.
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