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Bell Social returns December 13 delivering a big night at the Bell Museum

November 22, 2013

The Bell Social returns Friday, December 13 to the Bell Museum of Natural History. The popular event brings together art, science, and live local music, along with great eats, drinks and door prizes—all in one evening at Minnesota’s natural history museum. This year's Bell Social includes a performance by Rogue Valley and celebrates the debut of new works by the Bell Museum's current artist in residence, Minneapolis Art on Wheels.

Since early fall, members of the artist collective Minneapolis Art on Wheels have exploring the Bell Museum as part of the McKnight Foundation funded Resident Artist Research Project. The project gives artists the opportunity to work with U of M researchers, Bell staff and the museum’s amazing collection of 4+ million specimens to create unique arts experiences. What Minneapolis Art on Wheels plans to showcase for the public on December 13 is the product of their time at the Bell—an interactive space that re-imagines the classic natural history diorama using interactive technology of today. Through 3D imaging, projection, light and sound, the work promises to provide an extraordinary experience.

The evening event continues with a live performance in the diorama halls by local band Rogue Valley and a mini version of the popular monthly Bell Museum program at Bryant Lake Bowl, Café Scientifique. Visitors will also have special after-hours access to popular exhibits including Audubon and the Art of Birds and ExploraDome planetarium shows. In between activities, guests can refuel with tasty treats from Glam Doll Donuts and a cash bar.

Event details
What: Bell Social: art + science + music

  • live performance by Rogue Valley in the diorama halls
  • new works by Bell Museum spring 2013 artists in residence, Minneapolis Art on Wheels
  • mini Café Scientifique presentation
  • ExploraDome planetarium shows
  • Glam Doll Donuts and cash bar
  • Bell Museum door prizes, art activities and more!

When: Friday, December 13, 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where: Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN
Cost: $15 for general public, $12 museum members, U of M students with ID.

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