“The Way It Wasn’t (Celebrating Ten Years of Castillo/Corrales, Paris),” 2010. Exhibition view at Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis. Courtesy Midway Contemporary Art
Committed to expanding public dialogue about contemporary art, Midway presents works that challenge the boundaries of what art is and can be. It seeks to redefine the borders of the art world and works with artists to realize projects that represent new thinking in their work and that ultimately expand the field as a whole. Midway also produces exhibitions, houses a noncirculating contemporary art research library, hosts educational programs, including artist talks and film screenings, and produces catalogues. All of its activities are free and open to the public.
Having established itself as an organization that provides unique and critical career support to emerging and underrepresented artists, Midway’s exhibitions are as much about creating an environment that facilitates the production of new work as they are about the final product. Since inception, it has provided exhibiting artists with the financial support they need to take risks and pursue ambitious projects they would otherwise be unable to create.
Midway has presented early exhibitions from a number of well-known contemporary artists, including Nate Lowman, Omer Fast, Gedi Sibony, Lisa Lapinski, Carey Young, Matias Faldbakken, and the first Guyton/ Walker collaboration.