by aE Issue 37.1: The Year the Was
January 9, 2009
The YEAR IN REVIEW 2008 issue, with lists, trends, and notable news from the year just passed, as contributed by MN artists, curators, critics, and arts advocates.
In this Issue: The Year that Was
For this issue, we've invited artists, critics, curators, and arts advocates in the North Star state to reflect on the tumultuous year just passed. It's been a fraught 365 days for all of us, between the weakening economy and the political foment of election season. At the same time, all this uncertainty nurtured a resourceful streak in Minnesota artists exhilarating to behold: the past year saw the rise of scrappy DIY arts criticism, interdisciplinary cross-pollination, and egalitarian-minded experiments in broadening the reach of artistic work to invite more public participation. There's a vitality and entrepreneurial vigor emerging on the state scene in the midst of all this adversity (and perhaps because of it). When all the dust-ups settle, we may find that these hardships have left our institutions and support systems stronger and reinvigorated.
* YEAR IN REVIEW: Minnesota Artists Weigh in on the Peaks and Valleys of 2008
* HOMEPAGE: MnArts Magazine
highlights include profiles of font-guru Chank Diesel, a young Palabrista
making a splash on the spoken word scene and Sean Smuda's rollicking day-by-day diaries from this year's Art Basel in Miami Beach
* NEWS YOU CAN USE:
a selection of up-to-the-minute artist opportunities in every discipline, including dates and deadlines for all of mnartists.org's competitive arts series
* YOU ARE HERE:
a handpicked assortment of arts events drawn from mnartists.org's DIY calendar
PLUS: Get the skinny on the changes afoot for mnartists.org's arts programs (including new opportunities for filmmakers and visual artists, and a full list of submissions dates and deadlines for all the series) and check out the upcoming The Critics' Show at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, a group exhibition of emerging MN artists curated, in part, by mnartists.org staffers Susannah Schouweiler and Scott Stulen
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