The Art of Power / The Power of History

eyewitness-views-bannerAnnette Atkins has spent a lifetime teaching and learning history. A frequent guest on MPR’s Morning Edition with Cathy Wurzer, she is a compelling speaker, long-time university professor, and author of several books and many articles.

In this talk, Atkins promises to “fire up that engine” she calls history and invite us to think about how powerful our individual and collective stories are. Confederate monuments? Dakota War paintings? Memories of our parents? Our recollections of our own paths? How do such stories help us and bind us, both?

“History may appear to be that jumble of events, names, and dates that are all behind us, inert, in the past,” she says. “Instead, history offers a powerful engine for thinking, for telling us who we are, and how we ought to live. We all tell stories and when we do we are all telling history.”

Call 612.870.6323 or go online to to be a part of this spectacular night.
Ticket price includes one free drink and appetizers by Surdyks.

5:30PM Cocktail Reception, Reception Hall, Target Wing

6PM Free tour of Eyewitness Views: Making History in 18th Century Europe

7PM Talk by Professor Annette Atkins


“Eyewitness Views: Making History in 18th-Century Europe”

This exhibition was organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, and is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Major Sponsors:

The Crosby Family Fund for Exhibitions


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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