A view down the bridge deck of the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge. The bridge deck is a wooden deck surrounded by a truss structure that starts in light blue and then transitions into yellow.

Bridges in Minnesota: Remembering Siah Armajani

Siah Armajani (1939–2020), one of the most distinctive voices in international contemporary art, passed away on 27 August 2020. Born in Iran in 1939, Armajani moved to Minnesota in 1960 and lived there for over sixty years. His protean, experimental practice encompassed installations, public art, sculptures, and works on paper. M+ has three historic works by Armajani in the M+ Collections.

Doryun Chong, M+ Deputy Director, Curatorial and Chief Curator, spent six years in Minnesota, where he worked at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis from 2003 to 2009. Below, Chong shares his personal reflections on Armajani’s work after his passing.

Film still in which numerous boys in identical khaki uniforms sit on benches set up in rows.

Ten Reasons to See a Film on the Big Screen

Right now, most people are not going to the cinema. Due to the ongoing pandemic, many of us feel safer watching films at home (and, depending on where you are in the world, that may be your only option). Numerous 2020 film releases are eschewing the cinema and going straight to streaming.

But this won’t be the case forever. With the M+ cinemas opening next year alongside the finished museum building, we want to take a moment now to both remember and celebrate the unique experience of seeing a film in a cinema environment. As we get more and more accustomed to watching films on laptops or even mobile phones, it’s important not to lose sight of the value of seeing them in a movie theatre. We look forward to welcoming you, in the near future, to once again experience a range of exciting films and moving image works at the size they’re intended to be seen.

Below, Li Cheuk-to, Curator, Hong Kong Film and Media at M+, lists ten reasons to see a film on the big screen.

Details of two separate artwork images, one depicting a video installation featuring a partly loaded image of Mao Zedong’s head, the other, an oil-on-paper painting of a red stop sign on a road surrounded by muted brown trees. The images are separated diagonally by a white line that runs across the picture.

How Did You Two Meet? Expansive Spaces Created in the Cracks

How did you two meet? is a ‘recipe’ for a public programme from the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal. The CCA invited us to put our spin on this recipe at M+. Our How did you two meet? recipe goes like this: Pick two seemingly disconnected objects in the M+ Collections, usually by juxtaposing some of the oldest and newest objects, and narrate a story that connects them.

This time, two visual art curators have accepted the challenge, exploring two works— one old, one new—by Chinese artists. Pi Li introduced a 1974 piece by the Beijing-based artist Zhang Wei, while Isabella Tam chose one created by the Shanghai-and-New York-based artist Miao Ying in 2016. Below, we share the result of this ‘meeting’.

Designer Kevin Cheung, and curator, Jennifer Wong, discuss an object that has particular resonance for them right now during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Conversation: Kevin Cheung

The In Conversation series pairs M+ curators with contemporary artists, designers, and makers to chat about their current practice and works in the M+ Collections. Explore how artists and makers are consuming the visual world as they share an image or object that has particular resonance for them right now.

In this second session, Kevin Cheung—a designer based in Hong Kong—chats to Jennifer Wong, Assistant Curator, Design and Architecture, M+, about his upcycling project Boombottle and his explorations of creative reuse practices.

Learn more about Kevin Cheung’s works in the M+ Collections.

An English and Cantonese transcript, as well as a set of closed captions for this video, will be made available shortly.

Correction: The speaker’s name and title at 0:10 should read ‘Jennifer Wong, Assistant Curator, Design and Architecture, M+ / M+ 設計及建築助理策展人黃鈺雯’

Artwork credits:

Kevin Cheung. Boombottle, 2010. High density polyethylene, felt, electric components, and metal. M+, Hong Kong. © Kevin Cheung
Kevin Cheung. Boombottle, 2014. High density polyethylene, felt, electric components, and metal. M+, Hong Kong. © Kevin Cheung