In the Galleries
Apr 27, 2012
'Four Aces' at Franconia in the City
Stephanie Xenos reviews "Los Cuatro Ases" - an exhibition kicking off Franconia In the City@Casket's second season in its NE Mpls gallery space, featuring work by Douglas Padilla, Peter Martin Morales, Xavier Tavera and Alonso Sierralta.
Apr 5, 2012
Inverting the Male Gaze
Sheila Regan assesses the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' multimedia exhibition, "The Sports Show," calling sports a surprisingly valuable lens through which to see the larger culture's changing norms and mores, particularly about race and gender.
Dec 21, 2011
Making Nowhere Into Somewhere
Writer Stephanie Ash profiles the artists of the Rural America Contemporary Art (RACA) group, who are reinventing art made by “country folk” -- and there's not a hay bale-painted saw in sight.
Oct 20, 2011
In the Heart of Darkness
Sheila Regan went through the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement this year and lived to tell about it. She says it's definitely dark down there, and more than a little creepy - an ingenious, wildly successful gimmick to get folks to come by the gallery.
Oct 7, 2011
The Things We Don't Talk About
Miranda Trimmier offers a fearlessly candid critical response to Nathalie Djurberg's violent, libidinally charged stop-motion animated shorts and installation - on view in the Walker's exhibition of her new work, "The Parade," through December 31.
Oct 5, 2011
A Question of Identity
Marsha Trainer digs into Dana Weiser's exhibition, "Who Are You?!?" - provocative, appealing work that addresses the thorny issues of ethnicity and identity inherent in transnational adoption. The show's on view at Burnet Gallery through October 16.
Jul 6, 2011
A Shuffling Game
Miranda Trimmier's perceptive essay reflects on the work in two McKnight Photo Fellowship exhibitions, both up through July 24, and on the peculiar "shuffling game" required to piece together a meaningful viewing experience out of such shows.
Feb 17, 2011
The View from Here
Camille LeFevre reflects on two photography shows with distinct views on place-making, both at the Mpls Photo Center through February 21 - "Jonathon Wells: Earth Revealed" and the group show, "Urban View - Rural Sight."
Feb 10, 2011
Magic is Important
Writer and West Bank Social Center co-founder Miranda Trimmier reflects on the recent retrospective of the Parisian art space, castillo/corrales, at Midway Contemporary Art, and on the necessarily slippery nature of experimental art spaces.
Jan 26, 2011
From the Rez, to the Hood, to the Lake
Sheila Regan profiles Frank Big Bear upon his recent return to painting, the fruits of which are now on view in All My Relations' new gallery space on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.
Jan 12, 2011
Of Pastries and Paintings: Duluth/Superior
Ann Klefstad takes mnartists.org's neighborhood-by-neighborhood artists' guide to Minnesota's coffee house gallery scene Up North, with this "best-of" survey of alternative exhibition spaces in Duluth and Superior.
Dec 10, 2010
Vasili Nechitailo - Russia's Mid-Century Master Craftsman
Andy Sturdevant muses on the extensive retrospective of paintings by mid-20th century master Vasili Nechitailo, on view at the Museum of Russian Art, and on an alien art historical track running parallel to that with which we're familiar in the West.
Dec 8, 2010
Reconsidering the MCAD/Jerome Fellowship Exhibition
Diane Mullin, associate curator at the Weisman and former MCAD/Jerome Fellowship director, makes the case for rethinking how fellows' work is presented, calling into question the continued relevance of the traditional model of annual exhibitions.
Dec 2, 2010
Of Pastries and Paintings: Northeast Minneapolis
Maggie Ryan Sandford
Maggie Ryan Sandford continues her ongoing artists' guide to coffee house galleries and alternative art exhibition venues in Minnesota with this tour of notable hotspots in the arts-rich neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis.
Oct 27, 2010
Alec Soth: The Loneliest Man in Minnesota?
Writer Frank Bures reflects on the Walker's new retrospective of work by Twin Cities-based photographer Alec Soth, and on the artist's resonant depiction of a "pervasive, long in coming, and widespread" emptiness at the heart of our culture.
Oct 13, 2010
Finding Joe Smith
Writer Alison Morse sets out to unpack Joe Smith's beguiling, mysterious objects to get a sense for the elusive artist himself, whose work is on view in the Soap Factory's biannual survey of Minnesota artists, "A Theory of Values," through October 24.
Sep 30, 2010
Of Pastries and Paintings: Downtown/Lowertown St. Paul
Maggie Ryan Sandford
Maggie Ryan Sandford continues her neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to coffee house galleries and various and sundry other alternative art exhibition spaces in MN with this artists' guide to venues in St. Paul's Lowertown/Downtown area.
Sep 23, 2010
Ann Klefstad has spent hours pondering Julie Buffalohead's paintings, on view now at Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis; read on for her take on the artist's new work, whose playful charm disguises a keen, sometimes dark eye for cultural observation.
Aug 17, 2010
A Talent for Seeing
Camille LeFevre reviews the intriguing photography exhibition on view now at the Mpls Photo Center, "Perceptual Opponents, Father and Son: Balthazar and Christian Korab."
Aug 17, 2010
Seeking Reconciliation through Art
Sheila Regan profiles the new Tarnish and Gold exhibition, "The Art of Conflict," an ambitious project showing the work of Iraqi and American artists, and their personal responses to the ongoing conflict between the two countries, side by side.
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."
Jul 15, 2010
Everything and More
Travel writer Frank Bures, with a perceptive essay on Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca's evocative, map-filled paintings and drawings, on view in a sprawling retrospective show, aptly titled "Everything," at the Walker Art Center through September 19.
May 26, 2010
The View from 1964
Corinna Kirsch seeks out artists, curators, critics, and art historians to respond to the Walker's exhibition "1964" for views on the mid-'60s scene, understanding art as a product of its time and the thorny issues raised by chronologically framed shows.
May 19, 2010
Sheila Regan profiles Minneapolis artist Caitlin Karolczak, whose impeccably rendererd, "exquisite yet grotesque" paintings are on view in Rogue Buddha's "Science and Wonder" exhibition through June 12.