Dressing for la Dolce Vita
Camille LeFevre browses the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' new exhibition devoted to the glamour, luxury and business sense behind post-war Italian fashion design.
Let's go right to the dictionary, shall we? There, glamour is defined as “the attractive or …
Simonetta, Evening Gown of Embroidered Silk. Published in Harper’s Bazaar, October 1952. Genevieve Naylor/courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery New York
The Columnest: Only Connect
What does it mean to connect - to traditions, to one's cultural roots and each other - in this era of radical transparency?
All the arty young women I know are experimenting with open relationships and undefined sexuality. “How’s your dating life going?” I ask one friend. She’s sleeping with a guy and dating a woman who’s in a long-term open relationship.…
An Open Letter to the Rose Ensemble
Artist and unlikely super-fan, Gregory Fitz, has a small request to make of the Twin Cities' famed early music ensemble: crank it up.
As I write this, it is suddenly winter. Daylight Saving Time has plunged our evenings into darkness. An early November storm brought heavy snow and sharp, cold air into the region.…
Giovanni di Paolo, Madonna of Humility, ca. 1442, courtesy Boston Museum of Fine Arts via Wikimedia Commons.
Lisa Nelson: How Do You Make a Dance?
BodyCartography Project's Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad interview master improviser, Lisa Nelson, who recently performed with Steve Paxton at the Walker Art Center.
Lisa Nelson, very nice to meet you. I’m excited to be interviewing you again after so many years. Tell me: How do you make dance?…
Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson in Night Stand. Photo: Paula Court
Zoom In: Cartoonist Blue Delliquanti
Nate Patrin talks shop with Blue Delliquanti, a versatile artist who's quickly garnered a growing following for her genre-defying graphic novels, newsworthy nonfiction collaborations and webcomics.
Minneapolis resident Blue Delliquanti has been all over the map -- and not just geographically, though she's lived in nearly every corner of the United States and studied visual arts in Switzerlan…
Image courtesy of the artist
Kitsch is Dead, Long Live Kitsch
Nathan Young looks into two new bodies of work, by Mathew Zefeldt and Andy Messerschmidt, through the historical lens of kitsch.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ MAEP Galleries’ current exhibitions feature work by Andy Messerschmidt and Mathew Zefeldt, two artists who have delivered kitsch sensibi…
Andy Messerschmidt, Delta Delta Delta Force, mixed media installation, 2014.
A Future Past
"Relics" is a play taking stock of the present day through the lens of a post-apocalyptic future, a natural history exhibit exploring the strange artifacts of long since forgotten 21st-century culture.
Cast yourself 300 years hence, in the wake of some cataclysmic event that’s wiped the world nearly clear of people, after a clean-up crew has erased (almost) all vestiges of life in the 21st century.…
Production photo for Relics courtesy of the Guthrie.