Melvin Smith, “Combs Family,” 2003, paper collage.

Rose and Melvin Smith: Remembering Rondo Rose and Melvin Smith


Weisman Museum of Art
333 E River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Currently living in Eagan, MN, Melvin R. and Rose J. Smith were residents of St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood for many years—Rose for most of her life and Melvin from 1963 to 1968. The Smiths’ artwork consists of urban scenes and portraits that present realist, expressionist, and at times allegorical takes on Black life in America. The works in this exhibition are drawn from their Rondo series—a sprawling body of work that stands as an elegiac anthem for that lost neighborhood and the enduring community that lives on in its wake.