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Bakken Museum is first in Minnesota to be a Smithsonian Affiliate

Bakken Museum, Star Tribune photo by David Brewster

Museum franchise expansion is all the rage these days. The Louvre will open a branch in Abu Dhabi later this year. In March, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York took over the former Whitney Museum building and dubbed it the Met Breuer. Now the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. has expanded to Minneapolis. Sort of.

The Bakken Museum has been named a Smithsonian Affiliate which means it will share research, collaborate on exhibitions, and borrow items from the Smithsonian’s 136 million piece collection. It’s the first Smithsonian Affiliate in Minnesota, but one of more than 200 in 45 states, Puerto Rico and Panama.

Bakken staff helped produce a “Medical Alley” show at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2015 and are planning a related show about “Minnesota’s Biomedical Revolution” in 2017.

Located in a mansion overlooking Lake Calhoun, the Bakken showcases scientific inventions, especially in electricity and magnetism.

Patrick's Cabaret says goodbye, temporarily

Patrick’s Cabaret, which has been a site for figurative and literal cutting edge work for the past 16 years, including this hip hop dance by Amirah Sackett, is down to its final week in its home in a former firehouse adjoining the Third Precinct of the Minneapolis Police Department.

The building was sold and the cabaret has to vacate the premises.

Patrick’s will move on Saturday, 3-7 p.m., to offices at Intermedia Arts while it plots its future. They’re seeking volunteers to help with the move (contact coordinator Mike Curran,

In the meantime, executive artistic director Scott Artley has announced that Patrick’s has “gone fishin’ for June,” to return with programming in the fall.

In that fallow time, Harry Waters, a performer and chair of the theater department at Macalester College, will lead an effort to re-imagine the company’s future.

Patrick’s also has been picked to participate in ArtsLab, a program in which it will do strategic planning with peer organizations.

As it reorganizes, Patrick’s also will seek new members for its board and advisory committee. Contact