Monthly Archives: November 2016

A wander around the Institute’s permanent collection followed the visit to the Martin Luther exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Here are some of my favourites.

The hanging sculpture is Ahab by Alexander Calder (1953). If anyone knows what the piece on the wall is, I’d be grateful to hear from you.


I’m a sucker for ancient Chinese horses. Here’s Celestial Horse, a 1st century creation from the Eastern Han dynasty.


This is Duluth Living Room created by John S Bradstreet in 1906.


Who doesn’t enjoy anything by Chuck Close? This is Frank (1969).


In the gallery of works by artists from Minnesota is this painting by Julius Holm. Tornado over Saint Paul. (1893)

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is hosting the exhibition Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation, marking 500 years since the religious Reformation in Europe led by Martin Luther. The exhibits included scriptures and posters, paintings, objects, textiles and objects relating to Luther’s life.

This reconstructed space includes furniture from “The Luther Room” in Wittenburg.



Luther delivered his last sermon from this pulpit on 15 February 1546. The object itself dates back to 1518.


As well as items specific to Luther and his work, are contemporary items with which he would have been familiar. This is a hood worn by a plague doctor. The beak was usually “filled with herbs or sponges soaked with fragrant oils to ward off the putrid “miasma” thought to carry disease.


We visited on Wednesday 9 November, just after listening on the radio to Hillary Clinton’s concession speech. This notice on the consultation process with interfaith advisors was seemingly prescient.

“While the religious arguments of the 1500s may seem distant, present-day rhetoric around religion remains dangerously divisive. Perceiving those with different beliefs as the “other” as Luther wrote of Jews and Muslims, still happens and negatively impacts the lives of our neighbours and community members.

Through honest and respectful dialogue, our advisors are working toward a more inclusive society, and believe that exhibitions such as this one can foster similar conversations leading to understanding and empathy. We encourage you to have those conversations and find what binds us together – while celebrating our differences.”


It was off to Minnneapolis late on Sunday 6th November. My expert local guide and friend introduced me to many of the charms of the city of Minneapolis over a three day visit. These photos are going into the memory bank.

A few of the hundreds of Canada geese grazing on a local park.


The house used in the iconic Mary Tyler Moore show. This was a consolation prize, as the statue erected in the city centre (of MTM tossing her hat in the air) is currently in storage while large construction work is taking place near its regular site.


Sebastian Joe’s for ice-cream.


Lunch at the Hi-Lo Diner (an original 1957 diner transported from Pennsylvania and refurbished).


Love me a neon sign.


City lights gearing up for the holiday season.


A visit to the Mall of America, one of the largest shopping malls in the USA.


I spent the first few days of November in the peaceful surrounds of Lake Kanuga in North Carolina at Patti Digh’s Life is a Verb Camp. This inclusive, communal and creative gathering is now an annual must-be-there event for me. I always return home refreshed, encouraged and full of new insights, ideas and skills.


morning-on-lake-kanugalabyrinth-at-kanuga_fotorPoet, Glenis Redmond, shared her powerful words which now, more than ever, will be needed to jolt us out of systemic injustices that exist across the world.

Jonathan Santos sang songs of ancestors and breaking through.