University of Minnesota

Bell Social weaves together art, music, science and food for a night at the museum

May 19, 2014

The Bell Social springs to life once again on Friday, May 30 at the Bell Museum of Natural History. The popular event brings together art, science, and live local music, along with eats, drinks and more—all in one evening at Minnesota’s natural history museum.

This year's Bell Social is presented with community event organizer Gastro Non Grata, and marks the premiere of works by the Bell Museum's current Artist in Residence, Andy Ducett. Ducett has been onsite with the Resident Artist Research Project since early spring, playing at the intersections of micro and macro, truth and fiction, history and mystery, to create a series of works that take you through the diorama glass into a wondrous world of wily white-tailed deer, erstwhile Easter Island expeditionists, and a consortium of concerned garden gnomes. Experience Ducett’s delightfully curious creations, inspired by nature and inhabited by our imaginations—and catch an early glimpse of what we have in store for Northern Spark arts festival on June 14.

Gastro Non Grata brings its signature style to the Bell Social by combining top local fare with live music for an evening celebrating the vibrant Twin Cities art and food scenes. Local bluegrass ensemble “The Dead Pigeons” will perform live in the diorama halls. Minneapolis' own Tilia will be providing a delicious array of food for the party. In addition, visitors can enjoy a mini version of the popular monthly Bell Museum program at Bryant Lake Bowl, Café Scientifique, and after-hours access to popular exhibits including “Audubon and the Art of Birds” and “ExploraDome” planetarium shows. Dessert and a cash bar will be provided by Common Roots Catering.

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

- New works by Bell Museum spring 2014 artist in residence, Andy Ducett
- Live performance by The Dead Pigeons in the diorama halls
- Menu by chef Ian Gray of The Gray House
- Mini Café Scientifique presentation
- ExploraDome planetarium shows
- Dessert and cash bar by Common Roots Catering
- Bell Museum door prizes, art activities and more!

When: Friday, May 30, 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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The Bell Museum is part of the University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. It strives to discover, document and understand life in its many forms, and to inspire curiosity, delight and informed stewardship of the natural world. For details, visit

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