Behind the Scenes
Sep 2, 2008
ESSAY/FEATURED FORUM: Diary of a Crisis
Essay by Lightsey Darst
Lightsey Darst chronicles the recent turmoil at the Southern Theater, but her nuanced essay offers insight into more than just this particular tumult. It's a good start to this month's featured forum on recent shakeups elsewhere in the art scene.
Jul 10, 2008
THEATER: Goodnight Moon
Essay by Christy DeSmith
Critic and one-time Jeune Lune staffer Christy DeSmith gives an elegy to this storied, soon-to-close theater, and she offers some frank reflections on the changing audience tastes and company politics that likely hastened its demise.
Jul 7, 2008
ESSAY: Dried Blood and Dandelion Wine
Essay by Gabriel Combs
Gabe Combs is in and out of trouble with the law, he drinks too much and, now, he's homeless. This Mpls artist is also determined, ultimately, to earn his way with his artwork. In this utterly candid first-person account, Combs offers his story.
Jun 23, 2008
COMMENTARY: What is the State of the Arts in Minneapolis?
Commentary by Michael Fallon
Or, "The Future’s So Bright, You Gotta Wear Blinders:" arts administrator and critic Michael Fallon comments on the recent panel discussion about the state of arts in Mpls and makes a case for candor in our civic conversation on the subject
Mar 31, 2008
Directors: Just Visiting
Interview by Marc Halsey
Actor Marc Halsey sat down with two acclaimed expat MN luminaries, coincidentally in the Twin Cities at the same time to helm two productions: Casey Stangl (THIRD for the Guthrie) and Larissa Kokernot (EURYDICE for Ten Thousand Things).
Mar 25, 2008
Offstage: A Career In Dance
Essay by Camille LeFevre
Dance writer and educator Camille LeFevre offers an insightful review of a new book on the lives of dance professionals--from critics, to academics, to choreographers--and in the process, she reflects on her own life in dance.
Feb 26, 2008
Ephemeral Pleasures: Investigating Micro-exhibitions
Article by Hannah Dentinger
Duluth writer Hannah Dentinger goes straight to the source to get the skinny on the factors driving what appears to be an increasingly popular trend toward short-lived micro-exhibitions, which often run for just one or two days.
Dec 31, 2007
The Price of Admission
Suzanne Szucs interviews painter Adu Gindy about her show and that of Joy Kops and Peter Weizenegger. It is involved with life and death.
Oct 22, 2007
The next issue of MnArtsWeekly (1.34) will be the last one edited by Ann Klefstad. Come November, Susannah Schouweiler will take over the editorship of MnArtsWeekly as well as access & Engage, our email newsletter. Read on for a goodbye note.
Oct 15, 2007
Segrelicious is a state of minds, an experiment in race and culture. One of the curators, Sean Smuda, writes here about how it all is playing out. There’s a performance October 20 at Sean’s studio (see below), and the show runs through October 25.
Oct 15, 2007
Monica Sheets: Minnesota Emerging Artists Exhibition
Kristin Makholm, director of the MCAD Gallery which hosts the Jerome Fellows Exhibition, here writes on Monica Sheets, one of this year's Jerome winners, who used an old Fluxus strategy to turn her allotted wall space into a curatorial opportunity.
Oct 8, 2007
On Artistic Competition
Is the art world necessarily a dog eat dog place? Does reputation mean more than substance? What drives artists to do what they do? Michael Fallon's essay for Monica Sheets' Jerome Fellows project has thoughts about this--respond in the Articles Forum.
Oct 1, 2007
A Tradition of Our Own: The Iveys
Jaime Kleiman joined the swirling festivities around the annual Ivey Awards last Monday--here's what it all looked like.
Oct 1, 2007
How Creativity Is Killing the Culture
Michael Fallon presents the interesting idea that creativity--or at least the mandate for it-- can create boredom, discontent, depression, and a lot of cruddy work. Agree? Disagree? Comment in our Articles Forum.
Sep 24, 2007
Making Public Art Happen: Report on the Discussion
Amanda Vail went to the Minneapolis Art Commission's panel discussion at the Walker last Wednesday; she gives you the inside scoop on how to do public art for the city. Are you an artist or a citizen with an idea? Here's how to make it happen.
Sep 17, 2007
The "Public" in Public Art: Your Voice
Amanda Vail gives us a preview of the upcoming discussion of public art in Minneapolis. What do you think it should look like? What neighborhoods should get it? What artists? Read and attend . . .
Aug 27, 2007
Judgment Day at the State Fair
Been wondering why the Fair judges at the State Fair made those choices? Last year, Thomas O'Sullivan investigated the mysterious process; we’re reprising his piece from 2006 on the judging of that year’s show.