Jul 24, 2014
Walking in Dyani White Hawk's Moccasins
Iterated in a seemingly endless variety of colors and configurations, White Hawk’s “moccasin” paintings and prints offer sure-footed entry into the tangle of Native and European histories and traditions that still mark the Midwest.
Jul 23, 2014
All Dance is Local Somewhere
Plenty of elements distinguish a thriving dance scene from one in which the occasional dance gets made: funding, available space, good schools, an active demimonde. But a local language, a conversation to join—that might be the most important.
Jul 14, 2014
What's So Funny? - With Lauren Anderson
A monthly podcast on the craft of comedy hosted by Levi Weinhagen. For this episode, Brave New Workshop veteran, Lauren Anderson, talks shop about writing sketch comedy and improv.
Jul 1, 2014
Takeaways from Dance/USA 2014
Dancers and presenters from around the country talked of money, innovation, the business of embracing change. With audiences in decline, it's clear the dance world needs to continually make a case for social and cultural relevance. But how?
Jun 30, 2014
Vertigo at the American Dance Festival
Lightsey Darst reports back from opening night at this summer's American Dance Festival in Durham, NC: a glittering mix of the rich, the arty, the young and a US premiere by Israel's Vertigo Dance Company.
Jun 26, 2014
On a Distant <em>Shore</em>
Emily Johnson/Catalyst wrapped up her ambitious trilogy of dance works with SHORE, premiered recently Northrop. It's less a summing up or resolution of the prior two installments than it is a cri de coeur, our reviewer says. But to what end?
Jun 20, 2014
A Spark in the Rain
Like an outdoor wedding rain forced into a church basement, the 2014 Northern Spark fulfilled its purpose, but between the torrential storms and project sprawl, the night-long festival wasn’t all it might have been either.
Jun 10, 2014
A Tree in the Forest
Musician Jeremy Walker calls out the best venues for jazz in the Twin Cities and asks for more, please. There's been a culinary revolution in farm-to-table, artisanal fare around here. Why not start one for homegrown live music, too?
Jun 10, 2014
What's So Funny? - With Ben San Del
A new monthly podcast on the craft of comedy hosted by Levi Weinhagen, featuring interviews with all kinds of artists in business of being funny. First up: stand-up comedian and storyteller, Ben San Del.
May 30, 2014
Northern Spark Does Lowertown
Lightsey Darst offers a diary from this year's Lowertown iteration of the night-long Twin Cities festival saying, "It’s beautiful and it’s bullshit all at once. What you see depends very much on where you choose to stand.
May 27, 2014
A Most Eloquent Dance
Ragamala Dance's collaboration with saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa is the company's most sensual, thrilling work to date and, fresh from a premiere at the Walker, it's about to hit New York City's Lincoln Center.
May 20, 2014
The American Dream in Flames
Lisa D'Amour's "Detroit" takes on the disintegration of the middle-class American Dream, the ravages of urban neglect and white flight to the suburbs in this Motor City fable of two families on the verge of eruption.
May 16, 2014
Meet the New Wave of Contemporary Artists Redefining 'Rural'
Rural America Contemporary Artists (RACA) aims to draw attention to artwork that goes well beyond bufflehead portraits and gentle landscapes in a playful, eclectic exhibition by Greater Minnesota artists on view now in Minneapolis.
May 9, 2014
Unsung Alchemist: Hollis MacDonald
In the '60s Hollis MacDonald enjoyed the recognition of critics and gallerists alike. On the verge of hitting it big he disappeared mysteriously from view--until Sean Smuda ran into the reclusive artist living in the apartment downstairs from him.
May 8, 2014
Pangaea Station: The Allure of the Mona Lisa
Host Taylor Baldry explores the enduring allure of DaVinci's famous painting in this episode of our art history video series, taped on location leagues beneath Minneapolis in the Pangaea Station.
May 7, 2014
Dance the Body Electric
Art historian Sheila Dickinson watched NYC-based choreographer Netta Yerushalmy's intimate, living room dance-and-spoken word performance in F.D. 13 and left not just moved by the dance but struck by the kinship of abstract movement and image.
May 7, 2014
The Burden of Proof
The Wisconsin Project looks into the myth and meaning of postcards (found, altered and invented) with questions about place, history and cultural identity: What is 'Middle America'? What really happened here, and how did we come to be this way?
Apr 18, 2014
Art at the Edges of Everything
Minneapolis-based artist and curator Sandra Teitge reports back from Marfa, Texas, in the first of an occasional series of dispatches from outposts at the periphery of the art world.
Apr 14, 2014
Camille LeFevre reports back from Northrop's grand reopening, a gala affair complete with a fabulous performance of "Giselle" by American Ballet Theatre and an appearance by U of MN's Goldy the Gopher.
Apr 9, 2014
JXTA Expands Its Reach
Juxtaposition Arts' innovative youth art and design lab is growing fast and getting national recognition for putting North Minneapolis young people to work for their community and lighting a path to sustainable careers in the arts.
Apr 2, 2014
Getting to Know 'YOU'
Morgan Thorson's latest dance work, which just premiered at Bedlam Lowertown, explores the thorny, exhilarating, devastating process of acquaintance and familiarity with subtlety and nuance.
Apr 1, 2014
Andy Sturdevant revisits the long, strange career of Martin Woodrich with this story on the Minneapolis-based artist's surprising adventures in space.
Mar 24, 2014
Music for Space Stations
On Minnesota's second coldest March 1st ever, electronic musicians Justin Meyers, Eric Frye and Jeff Witscher played a show at Midway Contemporary Art. Writer Jay Orff offers an essay on the scene.
Mar 19, 2014
Nathaniel Smith and Scott Stulen
mnartists.org director Scott Stulen recently left to become a curator for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In the weeks before he packed up his family to move, we sat him down for a candid conversation on the state of Minnesota's arts scene.
Mar 14, 2014
Pangaea Station: The Venus of Willendorf
In this episode of mnartists' "fun-ducational" art history web series, filmed on location at the Pangaea Station far below Minneapolis, host Taylor Baldry discusses the Venus of Willendorf, among other things,