Browse Exhibits (2 total)

Been There, Dehn That

Though not necessarily a household name, Minnesota-born artist Adolf Dehn helped to catalyze some of the most important movements in American art, from Regionalism and Social Realism, to caricature. Most known for his work in lithography and printmaking, he traveled throughout the world, spending time in places like New York City, Paris, and Vienna, places that would shape the way he viewed the people and locations he would capture in his prints and drawings. Over the span of his life, from his birth in Waterville, Minnesota, in 1895, to his death in New York City in 1961, he created nearly 650 images, some of which are exhibited here.

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Ade Bethune: Symbols of the Spirit

Ade Bethune's narrative is an indispensable chapter of our cultural history. As an artist, writer, and liturgical consultant, she made significant contributions to sacred art and architecture as well as social justice spanning over a half-century. This collection embodies Ade Bethune’s Symbols of the Spirit article, which was previously published in the Catholic Art Quarterly in 1954. The exhibition contains two manuscripts of the article and explores the different symbols Sister Ade uses to represent Spirit, the third aspect of the Holy Trinity.

Sister Ade's leadership and vast collections of works make her an important figure in twentieth-century American liturgical art. Starting in 1984 until the time of her death in 2002, many of her papers and artwork were donated to St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The full collection occupies some 400 linear feet consisting of manuscript and printed materials, as well as 75 cubic feet of nontextual materials (graphic, sound, and artifacts).

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