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  Issue #19.2

    

    

In this Issue: Where We Live

—Featuring an eclectic collection of dance, architecture, photography, and design offering insight into the truths our dwellings tell about how we live, curated and annotated by journalist and architecture blogger Todd Melby

The most revealing details in the architecture behind our everyday lives are rarely the most beautiful. The real testament to our shared humanity is in the tales left under the cushions of an abandoned couch or behind the whitewash incompletely applied over a storefront's flaking exterior wall. Mashup curator Todd Melby revels in the detritus of the unremarked edifices that structure our day-to-day routines; he's assembled a collection of photographs, dance, and architecture which offer insight into how we truly reside in the places we live. You Are Here has a slew of arts events including seasonal art fairs, a folk music festival, details on this year's Fringe Festival lineup, a gleefully messy "exquisite corpse" exploring race, and a workshop on how to repurpose your languishing Furby.

Mashup: Curated by Journalist and Architecture Blogger Todd Melby

Robert Roscoe photo

I’VE BEEN LIVING IN THE SAME CITY FOR A LONG TIME. Maybe that’s why I crave the unusual. I abhor cookie-cutter architecture, which is just as prevalent in urban areas as in cul-de-sac suburbia. (How many three-story brick condos with railed terraces have you seen constructed in recent years?)

I want buildings that curve, use everyday materials in strange ways, use strange materials in everyday ways, inspire fear or give me pause. I like to nestle next to Moos Tower on a sunny day, bike under the Guthrie’s blue-black cantilever at night and duck into that new box buried behind the Walker Art Center that frames the winter sky.

I also like the dangerous—decrepit structures with peeling paint and collapsed roofs. Walking across theBigelow Chapel designed by architect Joan Soranno cracked, aging pedestrian bridge at I-94 and Augsburg College—with cars buzzing on the highway below—makes my heart beat a little faster. Crossing the Lowry Avenue truss bridge is thrilling when you let someone else drive and can poke your head out the window to look at the Mississippi River’s waves through the steel openings of this 1955 landmark.

In choosing pieces for this collection, I was drawn to art that took me away from the everyday: dances, architects, buildings, and photographs of lonely places that lifted my spirits, showed me hidden beauty, or poked my face in decrepitude.


>>CLICK HERE to see Todd Melby's thoughtful collection and image-by-image commentary on dance, architecture, photography, and design that offers unexpected insight into what our dwellings reveal about the truth of who we are.


Photo of Todd MelbyAbout the curator: Todd Melby is a a journalist who reports on architecture and other topics. He has produced radio news stories for The World, Marketplace, GLRC's Environment Report and others. With Diane Richard, he has also produced three documentaries for Chicago Public Radio, including "Spirit and Body Willing: Sex Over Age 70," which won a national Edward R. Murrow award in 2004. Another documentary—"Flatlined: How Illinois Shortchanges Rural Students"—won a Sigma Delta Chi award in 2007. Todd is also the host and curator of the "Listening Lounge," a weekly documentary program that airs on KFAI in Minneapolis. He regularly comments on architecture and design for the blog Building Minnesota.

Featured photos: At top left, Side Wall of Mainstreet Storefront Building, Virginia, MN photo by Robert Roscoe; and in the bottom right, an interior shot of Bigelow Chapel, designed by architect Joan Soranno (photo courtesy the artist).

 
Homepage: Catch up on the latest features from mnartists.org

The Experience of Time

JoAnn Verburg (American, born 1950). Andy + Tina + Reed, 1983. Gelatin silver print, 37 3/4 x 26 3/4" (95.9 x 67.9 cm). Collection the artist. ©2007 JoAnn Verburg

Mason Riddle interviewed Susan Kismaric, curator of Present Tense: Photographs by JoAnn Verburg, just open at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Verberg lives in St. Paul. Riddle's review of the show will run next week; this same MoMA show will open at the Walker in January 2008. Read on to discover how this Minnesotan's work ended up at MoMA.

Not Reviewing and Reviewing Cats

Jean Sramek went to see the musical Cats at the Duluth Playhouse: it was beautifully produced, the set was great, the audience loved it. But it was still Cats. What¹s a critic to do?

What: Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Where: Duluth Playhouse, Duluth, MN

When: Performances through August 5

New issue of 10,000 Arts: Minnesota’s Creative Quarterly

Cover by Gregory Euclide

There’s a new issue of the creative quarterly jointly published by The Rake and mnartists.org, this time on the theme of “Another Green World”. And don’t miss the Design Crawl we’re hosting to mark the event this Thursday on Glenwood Ave in Minneapolis!

ON STANDS AUGUST 30

Last call for MN State Fair booth volunteers

Courtesy MN State Fair

We've still got a few shifts open at the mnartists.org booth at this year's State Fair. If you'd like to meet and greet fairgoers and your fellow artists, click here for details.

Artist Opportunities

Call for Art: Studiopolis is looking for pieces exploring the theme “Green”

Call for Artists: Home for Life, The Animal Sanctuary of St. Croix Valley, is looking for artists to design elaborate doghouses in collaboration with local celebrities

Attention Choreographers: The Walker Art Center is auditioning for the 35th Annual Choreographers Evening Series

You Are Here: Highlights from mnartists.org/calendar

Festivals

Loring Park Art Festival

Festival goers will enjoy two days of art (in one of the cities’ oldest and finest parks) provided by 140 artists that have been juried into the festival to assure high quality artwork in all media. Art at the festival includes oil painting, watercolors, handmade paper, sculpture, textiles, photography, glass, ceramics, jewelry, mixed-media, wood, and printmaking. In addition to art, visitors will enjoy family events, food, music and unique entertainment around the walking paths and duck ponds of Loring Park—an idyllic setting for an outdoor art festival.

Where: Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN

When: Saturday, August 4 from 10 am-6 pm and Sunday, August 5 from 10 am-5 pm

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

Powderhorn Art Fair

For two days each summer, white tents dot the landscape around Powderhorn Park bringing individuals from all over the country together to enjoy an abundance of creativity and skill that flows through the artists participating in the Powderhorn Art Fair. Proceeds from the Art Fair help fund park programs such as theatre arts, a computer lab, teen center, music recording studio, pottery studio and team sports – giving neighborhood residents of all ages a safe environment in which to play, learn and grow.

Where: Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, MN

When: August 4 from 10 am-6 pm, Sunday August 5 from 10 am-5 pm

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

Shoebox Gallery and Obsidian Arts Present: Segrelicious

The Shoebox Gallery, in conjunction with Obsidian Arts, presents Segrelicious, a multimedia, poly-racial-gender, exquisite corpse of poetry, performance, and artistic experimentation. Segrelicious explores the emotional, creative and intellectual matter that lies within the differences between people of various social ethnic, cultural, gender backgrounds and the delightful things that happen when it’s stirred up! Selected artists representing different demographics and mediums each provided an artwork — choreography, composition, film — to another artist who in turn created a response piece. See the full line-up of artists and details by clicking here. Segrelicious performances, including work from Felix Hampton Brown, Hijack, Paul Metzger, and the Soul Food Gathering will be held Saturday, August 25: bring a dish and/or drink and a talent to share. There will be a stage for whatever you may wish to do, be it a story, poem or music. The gathering starts at 4 pm and goes until midnight.

Where: Shoebox Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

When: Exhibit runs from August 4 through October 25. Opening reception is Saturday, August 4 from 6-9 pm. See above for info on the Soul Food Gathering.

Tickets: FREE but donations will be accepted.

Film

No Mittens Film Festival

What better time to celebrate sleep and winter than a hot July night? From scads of video entries, juror Diane Mullin (Associate Curator at the Weisman Art Museum) selected several films which explore the theme of sleep and wintertime. The screening includes films by Erin Hael, Peter McLarnan, Gudrun Jessica Lock, Chad McNutt, Brent Braniff, Lora Madjar, Debby Moe, and Adam Ginsberg.

 

Where: Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

When: Friday, July 27, screening begins at 7 pm, a party after.

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

Literary Events

We, Too, Are Book Artists

In The Event Anyone Disappears by Bisa Washington. Sewn leather binding, beads and mixed media, 1988

This exhibition, curated by Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., showcases the work of African American artists using the book format and related book arts to communicate humanistic responsibility, social justice, cultural consciousness, and spirituality. Through written and visual narratives, the artists exhibiting work present not only a variety of interpretations of "book," but also their varied perspectives. Artists represented in the exhibition range from muralists and ceramicists to printmakers and writers.

 

Where: Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN

When: Exhibit runs from July 21 through September 22. An opening reception will be held Friday, July 27 from 6-9 pm, with a presentation by curator Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. at 7 pm.

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

Music

6th Annual Highway 61 Folks Festival

In what is quickly becoming a beloved August tradition, folk singers and fans are gathering in Northern Minnesota to do some guitar pickin’. Festival highlights include a singer/songwriter contest on Saturday and a full weekend of performances by local folk luminaries like Charlie Parr, Pert’ Near Sandstone, Colleen Myhre and Tony Peterson and MyTwoToms. With free camping and free admission to all shows, The Highway 61 Folks Festival makes for an awfully nice excuse for a family weekend roadtrip up North.

 

Where: Rob’s Mahtowa Tavern Stage, Mahtowa, MN

When: August 3-5

Tickets: FREE and open to the public (free camping too!)

New Media

Streaming Twin Cities UNCENSORED, or I’m an Artist… What’s Your Excuse?

Cast photo by StreamingTC.com (see character profiles on MySpace)

Streaming is a hilarious one-hour performance in this year’s Fringe Festival about how artists in the Twin Cities use internet technologies. This spring, a group of performers curious about the creative ripples of New Media recruited artists to fill in a survey describing their online lives, and from those (sometimes surprising) responses the crew created a theatrical romp that promises to offer as much insight as it does entertainment.

 

Where: The Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis, MN

When: August 3-11. Click here for specific performance details and showtimes.

Tickets: Prices vary.

Symposium

VACUM Trialogue: Critic Michael Fallon, Artists Mary Griep and Jantje Visscher, and You

Façade (Chartres Cathedral) (detail) by Mary Griep, mixed media, 2000

Michael Fallon will lead the next VACUM Trialogue between artists, critic, and audience, this time in response to the ongoing exhibition by Mary Griep and Jantje Visscher at the MAEP Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

 

Where: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

When: July 26, 7 pm

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

Theater

2007 Minnesota Fringe Festival

Forks! performance photo courtesy the Minnesota Fringe Festival

The Fringe Festival, the largest non-juried performing arts festival in the United States, celebrates its 14th year with over 850 performances from 162 companies. The Minnesota Fringe Festival includes eleven days of performances in 22 venues throughout the Twin Cities, featuring theater companies and individual artists from across Minnesota, the U.S., the U.K., France, Canada and Kuwait. Highlights from this year’s performing and visual arts festival include drama, comedy, dance, musical theater, Kids’ Fringe, Teen Fringe, solo performances, sketch comedy, puppets, and tons more.

Where: Various venues, Twin Cities, MN

When: August 2-12. Click here for the full performance schedule.

Tickets: Fringe buttons ($3) are required for admission. Tickets are $12 ($5 for kids, $10 for students, seniors, and MPR members); $45 for a Punch Card (five shows for the price of four); $140 for the Ultra Pass (for all shows, Fringe button included). Click here for ticketing details.

Djola Branner’s Performance Workshop

Photo of Djola Branner courtesy of the artist

Djola Branner hosts an evening workshop and ensemble performance on the theme “what we see in others that they cannot see in themselves.” The show will include on-the-spot improvisations and collaborative response in the form of text, movement, and visual art from seven performers.

 

Where: Patrick’s Cabaret, Minneapolis, MN

When: July 27-28, shows begin at 8 pm

Tickets: $6 in advance, $8 at the door

Visual Arts

Central Minnesota Artists: Group Show and Art Fair

The Shop by Karen Berning, watercolor 20” x 30”

Group art show involving ten artists from central Minnesota: Sue Bast-Arend, Carolyn Becher, Karen Berning, Norma Gabrielson, Denise Hoffbeck, Jerie Johnson, Patricia Jones, Mary Kunstleben, Karen Reede, Sam Shreffler, Sheila Webb, The Porcelain Artists with Mary Ellen Haggerty

 

Where: BlessingWell Gallery, Paynesville, MN

When: Saturday, July 28 from 10 am to 3 pm.

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

Three Potters—One Clay: Raku

Photo appears courtesy Blue Iris Gallery

This exhibit features the work of Bruce Johnson, Steve Hemingway, and Jim Loso, three well-known Minnesota/Wisconsin based potters working in raku, a type of clay pottery that is readily identifiable by its flashings of color, crackle, and charcoal black clay decorative elements.

 

Where: Blue Iris Gallery, Duluth, MN

When: Exhibit runs through August 31. Thursday, August 2, artists’ reception and gallery stroll, 4-7 pm.

Tickets: FREE and open to the public

Workshops

WAC Teen Programs offers Robo-Plushy Retrofits: Toy Sculpture Workshop

Photo courtesy WAC

What happens when you cross a My Little Pony, a Care Bear, and a Furby? A robo-plushy retrofit! Spend a week working with artist Asia Ward to create your own hybrid kinetic sculptures. Give life to secondhand toys by deconstructing and reassembling their circuit boards and transistors to make your creature operate in unique yet familiar ways.

 

Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

When: July 30-August 3, each workshop day begins at 1 pm.

Tickets: $30 ($25 WAC Members); open to high school students only

Browse through more up-to-the-minute events listings or post a show of your own on mnartists.org's community-driven, DIY arts events calendar.

a+E's You Are Here event listings are drawn almost entirely from the new calendar, so if you want to improve the odds you'll see your event mentioned here, you'd better start posting your events! We've made it easy to begin: click here for a step-by-step guide that'll show you how.

mnAccess

2007 Festival of Appropriation

mnartists.org/Soap Factory

CALL FOR ART

mnartists.org and Festival of Appropriation curators Jon Nelson and Kate Iverson are looking for assemblage artists of all kinds for an art exhibit and a+E feature for this fall!

 

 

 

 

 

This collaborative two week event in November, jointly presented by mnartists.org and exhibit curators Kate Iverson (l'étoile magazine) and Jon Nelson (Some Assembly Required), will bring together all kinds of collage, assemblage, and audio/video artists to celebrate the art of appropriation. Events will include an art exhibition at The Soap Factory and a film screening. Participating artists will also be featured in a curated collection on the mnartists site which will be highlighted in the related November issue of access+ENGAGE focusing on the art of appropriation.

ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY

AUGUST 20, 2007

>>CLICK HERE for the full call for art with all the submission guidelines and deadlines

You must be a registered artist on mnartists.org to have your artwork considered for the exhibit. Click here to join and for easy instructions on how to get started posting your work to this fantastic, free community arts resource.

One for the Road

ArtCar Parade billboard mural by Norbert Marklin.

Minneapolis photographer Norbert Marklin's images pay homage to the colorful tapestry of Minnesota's landscape and population. "I seek out shadows and reflections, contrasts and interesting compositional juxtapositions," Marklin observes. "Even in faces I look for the defining angle, the personality revealed, that glimmer of life looking back at me through my viewfinder." A large photomontage mural he created to celebrate Minneapolis's cultural diversity, Many Views, One Vision, will be displayed in downtown Minneapolis through August as part of the 2006 Public Art Affairs Program by Forecast Public ArtWorks.

Fifth Street Blizzard, from Marklin's series Frozen Moments: Ice and Snow Images of Minneapolis, currently on public display at the Minneapolis Mayor's office in City Hall through August 31.

CREDITS

Project Director, mnartists.org:  Kathleen Kvern

access+ENGAGE Editor:  Susannah Schouweiler

Original e-journal design: Brand & Butter

Featured Contributors and Artists

Banner image (reprinted here with permission): Funhouse Street Facade 2001 by this issue's One for the Road artist Norbert Marklin. This composite series of photos juxtaposing passersby against the backdrop of a mural won an honorable mention in 2002's Minnesota State Fair Fine Art competition in the photography category. Browse through more of Marklin's Minnesota State Fair images on mnartists.org, and click here to see more of his winning artwork from State Fair competitions in years past.

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