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Weisman Art Museum Features ‘Towards a Common Future: Banners for Solidarity,’ by Local Artist Rachel Breen

Minneapolis Labor Review
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MINNEAPOLIS — In recent years, local artist Rachel Breen has used her art to highlight the struggles of workers exploited by the global textile industry, making connections between historic events like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City in 1911 and the Rana Plaza factory building collapse in Bangladesh in 2013.

Running through September 17, the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota is presenting an exhibit of Breen’s work, “Towards a Common Future: Banners for Solidarity.”

Breen notes the history of banners as a symbol of protest and resistance.

Made to be hung in galleries or carried at marches and protests, Breen’s “Banners for Solidarity“ were additionally inspired by Labor Day banners made in the early 1900s by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

Admission to the exhibit is free. Visit for more information.