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These sculptures are part of Krinke's "Visitation" project. For more on Visitation, visit the project website.

U of M professor's new public art project explores memory and forgetting

“Visitation” runs Feb. 3-26, features public excursions to Twin Cities locations

WHAT: “Visitation”: a solo show, a performance and four public excursions
WHEN: Opening reception for show: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4. Performance at 8 p.m. (free)  
Exhibition runs: Feb. 3-26. Gallery hours: 4-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2-6 p.m. on Saturdays
WHERE: Rosalux Gallery, 1224 N.E. 2nd St., Minneapolis (show and performance)
For excursions, to be held every Saturday in February, see info below

Contacts: Rebecca Krinke, College of Design,, (612) 801-6629
Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

January 24, 2011

Rebecca Krinke, an artist and associate professor in the University of Minnesota College of Design’s Department of Landscape Architecture, has created a new project, “Visitation.” Her most recent project, “Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain,” has received nationwide attention since it was unveiled in the summer of 2010.

Visitation has three components: A sculptural installation, a performance and four weekly “excursions” -- public outreach events open to all. Visitation, the sculptural environment/installation, explores, in broad terms, memory and forgetting. Krinke says a trip to Alcatraz in April 2010 was inspirational for the Visitation installation. In particular an area at the prison called “visitation,” which was for prisoners to talk with visitors, via small, heavy glassed “portholes” in a pink wall.

The environment contains a huge open storage cabinet stuffed with Krinke’s journal-sketchbooks. Fabric, combined with lighting, will render much of the cabinet obstructed to direct sight and contact, unless one sits at strategically positioned chairs. The other primary element of Visitation will be three hovering sculptures of female bodies, made of mesh, and that see-through to the circulation system.

The Visitation installation was not designed for a performance – it is a standalone work – but Krinke was interested to see what could result by exploring performance as an active “overlay” to the physical setting. The Visitation performance was designed collaboratively by Anna Lawrence, Amy Krautbauer, Paige Collette and Krinke and will be performed by Lawrence, Krautbauer and Collette at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 during the Rosalux Gallery opening.

Visitation also includes four different excursions, every Saturday in February, that respond broadly to the many definitions of “visitation.” At each of the four excursion locations, a person or more than one person has volunteered to talk about their own personal experience of “visitation.”


12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb.  5
St. Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church, 515 University Ave. N.E., Minneapolis
Nina and Wasyl “Bill” Mykulak will discuss their experiences as two of the over two million Ukrainian men and women who were taken to Germany and forced to work as slave labor. Free and open to all.

1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12
Minnesota Zen Center, 3343 East Calhoun Parkway, Minneapolis
Kate Sciandra, Zen Center member, will discuss the idea of “visitation” from a personal and Buddhist perspective. Free and open to all.

11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19
Wabasha Street Caves, 215 Wabasha St. S., St. Paul
Arrive for the regularly scheduled 11 a.m. tour, open to all, $6 (cash only)
The Wabasha Street Caves are regarded as “one of the most haunted sites in Minnesota.” The group will meet at Grumpy Steve’s Coffeeshop afterwards to discuss “visitations” and the “supernatural.”

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26
Polar Bear Odyssey, Como Park Zoo, 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul
Visit the polar bears and hear from zookeepers and volunteers about their experiences with the bears. Free and open to all.

Krinke plans excursions every month for six months beginning in March, to provide an opportunity for the public to visit unfamiliar places and people. “Breaking out of habitual patterns is a key aspect of this project, to learn and be inspired by all the stories there are in the Twin Cities,” Krinke says.

Rebecca Krinke is a multimedia artist working in sculpture, installations and site art. In broad terms, her work deals with issues related to trauma and recovery. Krinke’s sculpture often explores and embodies themes of trauma - using the body as a starting point – while her installations and site works have often focused on ideas of recovery – through contemplative, transformative environments. Her recent project of summer 2010, “Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain,” combined these themes in the same piece.

Anna Lawrence has worked as a freelance theatre artist in the Twin Cities since 2004. In addition to spending four seasons with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, her work has also been seen at the Guthrie, Southern, Playwright's Center, Bryant Lake Bowl, Stages Theater Company and Jon Ferguson Theater. She is a current Masters of Landscape Architecture student.

Amy Krautbauer has worked with George McConnell’s The Brink theater company, and performance artist Richard Gough of the Centre for Performance Research.  She works as a designer in Minneapolis and recently earned her Masters of Landscape Architecture degree.

Paige Collette is an award-winning writer and performer who moved to Minneapolis last spring from New York. Her shows include “Tender Hooks, Buttercream & Scotch” (with Tatiana Pavela, at Open Eye this summer) and “Brenda McIntire, CEO” (excerpt performed at Bedlam Theatre’s Ten Fest).

For more information about Visitation and for updates, go to

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