Sep 9, 2008
ESSAY: The Day the Music Died
Essay by Michael Fallon
Art critic and veteran arts administrator Michael Fallon offers an unflinching, candid, and mournful personal essay on the current arts economy in Minnesota and his own checkered history trying to make a difference there.
Aug 4, 2008
ESSAY/FEATURED FORUM: What's With the Kids These Days?
Essay by Michael Fallon
Michael Fallon reflects on "Young Artists and How the World They’re Creating Will Be Completely Fucked Up, and Perhaps That’s As It Should Be." We want to know what you think--read the essay, then weigh in on the mnartists.org forums.
Feb 26, 2007
The Artist Walks Alone
Michael Fallon tells some tales about the strange turns taken by art and life, and the burden and glory of the compulsion to make artworks.
Jan 17, 2007
Art Shanties and the Long Wait for Winter
Suzanne Szucs went all the way to Medicine Lake to check out the Art Shanty Projects as it spread out over the new ice. Come visit us there!
Dec 5, 2006
Letters from a Writer: Anatomy of a Thought Train
Jean Sramek takes a process to pieces so we can see what it's made of: the increasingly popular Out-of-the-Hat play competition is closer to Warren Pease than "War and Peace," but its invitation to fabulation has liberating possibilities.
Nov 21, 2006
Adjust Your Sails, Minnesota Artists
Michael Fallon investigates the workings of the nonprofit arts sector, and finds that it's markedly changed in the last few years, and not for the better. Email this piece to your friends and respond in the Forum: these are timely and important issues.
Nov 13, 2006
Letters from a Writer: I Love Wisconsin
Jean Sramek takes her Minnesota eyes on a trip to our peculiar neighbor: Wisconsin. I wonder what they'd think of us? After all, we have no telephone museums.
Oct 26, 2006
The Column: Where Do Artists Come From?
Michael Fallon writes on how artists are made, or not made: America both loves and distrusts art, it seems. Stay tuned: Michael's next column takes this subject further. And please comment in the Articles Forum about your own art initiation.
Jun 27, 2006
Suzanne Szucs is thinking about science and art. In this post-da Vinci world, what different mysteries do they claim, what technologies differentiate them?
May 20, 2006
The Column: Thaw
Suz Szucs finds a context to think about time, change, photography, and loss, in the disappearance of winter and in the work of photographers.
May 10, 2006
Letters from a Writer: Creepy/Understandable
Jean Sramek writes about "slash fiction." (Okay, we didn't know what it was either.) Is it better to want more and thus get more, or to want only the right things?
May 6, 2006
The Column: The Sacrificial Poet
Suz Szucs writes about how poems and design can get tangled up in the everyday, to everyone's benefit. She describes one night in Duluth this winter.
Apr 15, 2006
The Column: Is Everybody an Outsider?
Michael Fallon writes on the category "outsider art," wondering if there's any outside to the big living room of art today.