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Photos: ‘People’s Museum for Prince’ brings purple pride to Art-A-Whirl

Photos by Steven Cohen for MPR

This weekend is Art-A-Whirl: the annual art crawl and de facto music festival that brings thousands to Northeast Minneapolis. At the Solar Arts Building, The People’s Museum for Prince is an art exhibit “designed to commemorate the ways Prince shaped and transformed personal lives.”

Curator Emma Balázs is an Australia native and lifelong Prince fan who moved to Minneapolis after Prince died. Maybe the most striking piece in the exhibit is an eight-foot ancestor puppet of Prince, created by Duluth artist Mary Plaster.

The Art-A-Whirl exhibit opened last night with a “Purple Preview” party with DJ Michael Holtz, and photographer Steven Cohen was there to capture the scene. The exhibit will be open from today through next Thursday, May 24, when a community roundtable will discuss future possibilities.

Prince was also honored in a 2016 Art-A-Whirl exhibit at Studio A. Currently, the Weisman Art Museum is hosting a Prince from Minneapolis exhibit that will remain up through June 17.

  • laytonian

    So much respect! His legacy lives as long as Minnesota is on the map.

  • Marilynn McNair

    this is so wonderful! prince loved Minneapolis and Minnesota so much! thanks for keeping his legacy alive for future generations!

  • Linda Ann Eknoian

    What a fantastic tribute to Prince. The artwork is wonderful, the artists are so talented and passionate when creating their artwork in dedication to Prince! I hope you stay open all year round, would love to visit!!💜💜

  • Nikita Henderson

    This is Wonderful!!! Please keep the museum open!!! I live in Texas & am not sure when I’ll be able to make it to will Minneapolis but I will DEF be visiting!!! TOTALLY LOVE Prince!!!!
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