Sep 2, 2010
Of Pastries and Paintings: A Guide to Coffee House Galleries in MN
Maggie Ryan Sandford
Maggie Ryan Sandford launches a neighborhood by neighborhood guide to alternative exhibition spaces--coffee shops, cafes, salons--with details helpful to both artists and arts lovers. First stop: Minneapolis' Stevens Square/Whittier neighborhood.
Sep 1, 2010
Conversations on Improvisation: Douglas R. Ewart
Pamela Espeland continues her series on improvising musicians with Douglas R. Ewart, a multi-talented and award-winning musician, composer, instrument builder, lecturer, educator, and visual artist who splits his time between Minneapolis and Chicago.
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.
Aug 4, 2010
All in the Family
Ann Klefstad ruminates on an intriguing new family-themed exhibition at the Tweed Museum in Duluth: "You and Yours," a curatorial project by Patricia Briggs, with work drawn from contemporary art in the Tweed's permanent collection.
Jul 28, 2010
This is the End
Andy Sturdevant offers a fond farewell to the spunky DIY arts 'zine, ARP!, with an essay tracing its short history, its influences and intentions, and the mag's central place in the Twin Cities contemporary art scene of the late 2000s.
Jul 21, 2010
Meet the Playwrights' Center's new Artistic Director
Jaime Kleiman talks with Jeremy Cohen, the Playwrights' Center's new artistic director and long-awaited successor to Polly Carl, who left the organization to join Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre last year.
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.
Jul 14, 2010
Transformations in Progress
Lightsey Darst weighs in on the premieres recently offered up by the 2008/09 McKnight Artist Fellows in dance in the McKnight SOLO show: Mary Ann Bradley, Sam Feipl, Kats D Fukasawa, Justin Leaf, Karen Sherman, and Roxanne Wallace-Patterson.
Jul 7, 2010
Can't Get There From Here
A new short story by one of our veteran mnLIT winners, Brian Beatty -- a bitingly funny tale about the misadventures of a group of bandmates chasing communal bliss and musical breakthroughs in the woods Up North.
Jul 7, 2010
Blue Sky Project's Truly Public Art
Jennifer Kohnhorst talks with Claire Witt (Blue Sky Project) about the community-driven public art installations she's overseen in Central Minnesota since Blue Sky's founding in 2001, including its latest work-in-progress, Harmony Park in Long Prairie.
Jun 29, 2010
Returning to "Smithsoniansmith"
Lightsey Darst responds to "Smithsoniansmith" by Hijack and Heron, recently on stage at Open Eye Theatre. She first saw the show last fall and revisits it anew here - in the process making a persuasive case for re-viewing such performance, in general.
Jun 23, 2010
mnLIT Original: "Midway Motel" and "The End of the Affair"
"Midway Motel" and "The End of the Affair" are new poems by one of mnartists.org's 2009 What Light grand prize-winners, Greg Watson. The poetry is accompanied by a curated selection of work drawn from mnartists.org's vast database of artists.
Jun 17, 2010
The Key Dissolving in the Palm
Poet Connie Wanek offers an eloquent response to the deeply felt, resonant poems found in a new collection by Duluth's Deborah Gordon Cooper, "Under the Influence of Lilacs," just released by Clover Valley Press.
Jun 16, 2010
Catching Up with the 2009 McKnight Photography Fellows
mnartists.org's Scott Stulen catches up with last year's McKnight Visual Artist Fellows in Photography -- Monica Haller, Paul Shambroom, Carrie Thompson and Lex Thompson -- to talk about their new work and trends in contemporary photography in Minnesota.
Jun 9, 2010
Around the Playwrights' Table
Minnesota Playlist's Alan Berks talks shop with his fellow Workhaus Collective playwrights about collaborative theater and the nuts and bolts of taking a show from the page to the stage, in an interview formatted, appropriately enough, in script form.
Jun 8, 2010
Exchange: a conversation on painting with Ute Bertog
mnartists.org continues its series of artist-to-artist conversations, this time with artist Ruben Nusz and German-born, MN painter Ute Bertog, on the relationship between language and painting, the merits of Amy Sillman and the perks of miscommunication.
Jun 4, 2010
Seeing Target Field
Michael Fallon offers a fan's eye view on artistic and architectural character of Target Field with a wholly subjective, sprawling, and entirely engaging assessment of the aesthetic, cultural, political and philosophical merits of the Twins' new ballpark.
Jun 3, 2010
News to Her
Ann Klefstad's informal review and talk with Books Page editor Laurie Hertzel about her upcoming book "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," out this summer from University of Minnesota Press.
Jun 2, 2010
Conversations on Improvisation: Stefan Kac
Jazz writer Pamela Espeland continues her series on improvisation with musician Stefan Kac, a composer, educator, improviser and passionate tuba player with one foot in jazz and the other in classical music.
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 26, 2010
Surprise Me - Hunting for New Dance at "Renovate"
Lightsey Darst gives the lowdown on the performances at the 3rd Annual "Renovate" choreography showcase at the Ritz, detailing the mix of surprises, familiar pleasures, and valiant failures among this year's offerings.
May 20, 2010
The Serious Business of "My Fair Lady"
Quinton Skinner reviews Ten Thousand Things' stripped-down production of the classic musical, "My Fair Lady." This version, he says, gets at the heart of "the damned serious business" of a desperate girl on society's margins who dares to dream for more.
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.