Design & Architecture
Dec 13, 2013
A History of Cabin Time
A group of Midwestern artists gets snowed in Up North. They build fires, take hikes, share meals, make art -- and document everything. And a scrappy, nomadic, thoroughly 21st-century artist residency is born.
Oct 4, 2013
Farm Accident: A Secret History
Andy Sturdevant investigates the elusive history of Farm Accident, an ephemeral art gallery which lay at the center of the disco era's elite Minneapolis contemporary art scene, notorious for illicit, star-studded exhibitions in the IDS building downtown.
Sep 19, 2013
The Silverwood Exception
After a trip to Three Rivers Park District's newest addition, writer Stephanie Xenos is convinced that even inveterate urbanites will find plenty of reasons to venture beyond the city limits to visit the arts-focused Silverwood Park in St. Anthony.
Aug 13, 2013
Design critic and artist Glenn Gordon offers his eloquent, if ambivalent, reflections on everyday design and the masses of stuff that unremarkably, but thoroughly, fill the corners of our modern lives.
Jul 12, 2013
Surly Puts Architecture to Work Building Its Brand
Surly recently revealed design plans for its destination brewery, designed by HGA Architects, and quickly faced critical blowback. But detractors have it all wrong: this bunker-like, Brutalist design is the perfect fulfillment of Surly’s image and brand.
Feb 22, 2013
Designing Rural Futures
Camille LeFevre reviews "Rural Design," architect Dewey Thorbeck's innovations in 'design thinking' about sustainable rural planning, based on an exhibit at HGA Gallery in the U of M and Thorbeck's book by the same name.
Dec 14, 2012
The State of the Arts
Nathaniel Smith tweaks the usual year-end list by assessing the state of the arts here in MN, beginning with the pros and cons of pop-up galleries, art and craft fairs and the financial domination of the MCAD Art Sale in the Twin Cities scene.
Oct 12, 2012
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Jul 18, 2012
Building a Place of Attention
Matt Konrad profiles rosenlof/lucas (ROLU, for short), an art and design studio who've become known for the "superhybridity" of their practice, including landscape design and furniture creations, conceptual art projects and an internationally read blog.
Jul 6, 2012
Kitchen Lab: Food as Catalyst of Community and Culture
Heavy Table editor and CHOW.com columnist James Norton digs in to the recent Kitchen Lab residency on the Walker's Open Field, at the intersection of design, public engagement and cuisine, where food and culture meet "collectivist action."
May 3, 2012
The View from Crystal Bridges
Writer Camille LeFevre offers a dispatch from her recent trip down South to Bentonville, Arkansas, reporting back on the recently opened and oft critically dismissed "Walmart art museum," Crystal Bridges.
Apr 12, 2012
The Just-Right Work Space
Alison Morse checks out a variety of coworking spaces in operation throughout the Twin Cities metro and beyond, reporting back with info on who's chosen these spaces and why, and she weighs which offers the most to people working in the arts.
Mar 6, 2012
Clothes that Made the Man
Camille LeFevre reviews the Goldstein Museum's retrospective of master costume designer Jack Edwards's storied career - at the Guthrie, as a holiday display guru for Dayton's department store, and more. The show is on view through May 20.
Feb 22, 2012
A Light Box for Dance
Lightsey Darst continues her reflections on post-Southern dance spaces in the Twin Cities, with an essay on the promising new mid-sized theater opened by James Sewell Ballet, Tek Box.
Feb 21, 2012
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
Alison Morse reports on Intermedia Arts' new experiment in co-working, ArtsHub, getting down to brass tacks on the workspace rental arrangements and checking in with some of the facility's new occupants to see how it's working for them.
Sep 1, 2011
McQueen's Delicious Delirium
Camille LeFevre reflects on the "delicious delirium" of seeing the Metropolitan Museum of Art's recent NYC exhibition of the fashion, performance art, and fetish objects created by the late "hero-artist" Alexander McQueen, 'Savage Beauty."
Jul 28, 2011
The Mysterious Department of Public Design
Camille LeFevre investigates the so-called Department of Public Design and its cryptic "Interim Report on the Excavation of Zone 5," on view now at Form+Content Gallery. As details emerge she finds elements of the mystery are both solved and deepened.
Jul 7, 2011
mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI present: "The Zine Apothecary"
Writer and book artist Sarah Peters profiles Minneapolis artist Lacey Prpic Hedtke's unorthodox, wide-ranging library of handmade, DIY pamphlets, the Zine Apothecary, accessible to the public but, aptly enough, currently housed in her garage.
Apr 1, 2011
Dome Light: At Home with Artist Martin Woodrich
Andy Sturdevant profiles a prolific community-supported Minnesota artist noted more for his unusual home than for his moody paintings: the Metrodome's artist-in-residence since the sports facility's opening in 1982, Martin Woodrich.
Feb 18, 2011
J. Kevin Byrne
Designer Kevin Byrne offers an engaging, philosophically-minded primer-cum-tribute to his longtime friend and colleague at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, acclaimed artist and educator Kinji Akagawa.
Feb 8, 2011
Community Supported Art (CSA) - Spring 2011
mnartists.org/Springboard for the Arts
CSA returns this spring! With the same buy-local spirit as Community Supported Agriculture, mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts seek Minnesota artists, of all disciplines, for our third season of the Community Supported ART (CSA) program.
Jan 19, 2011
Currents in Minnesota Graphic Design
Camille LeFevre reports back from AIGA's recent roundtable, "evolvedesign: The Evolution and Future of Graphic Design in Minnesota," on the trends shaping local design -- from "design living" to the longstanding tensions between advertising and design.
Sep 8, 2010
Storytelling by Design in a Digital Age
Marsha Trainer chats with Martha Stewart Living Omni, Inc. chief creative & editorial director Gael Towey and her husband, acclaimed designer Stephen Doyle. Both will be at the W Hotel - Foshay on September 9 as part of the "Design Conversations" series.
Jul 21, 2010
Little Cabins in the Woods
Camille LeFevre muses on the distinctly Scandinavian architectural and cultural sensibility behind the summer houses featured in the American Swedish Institute show, "My Paradise: Finnish and Finnish-American Summer Architecture."