Feb 6, 2013
Why is the College of Visual Arts Closing, and What Comes Next?
Camille LeFevre digs behind the official talking points, speaking to CVA's interim president, faculty and alumni about the college's money troubles, sinking enrollment, and community concerns about management, plus grassroots efforts to save CVA.
Feb 1, 2013
Queer Freedom: the week in dance
A dispatch from Jaime Carrera's Outlet performance series and Trajal Harrell & Co's "(M)imosa/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (M)" show in the Out There festival at the Walker.
Jan 31, 2013
Why Is Cindy Sherman Making Faces?
Lightsey Darst says the Cindy Sherman show is one of the most important bodies of feminist art today, but not for any of the reasons cited on the wall in didactics accompanying the artist's retrospective (at the Walker through Feb. 17).
Jan 31, 2013
Good Music for Bad Times
Music columnist Jeremy Walker offers a playlist for unsettling times: "The noise of division and cynicism, exploitation and condescension, and oligarchical finger wagging are silenced by this music's sound and beauty, at least for a moment."
Jan 28, 2013
'Hip Hop' Cracks Open the Cowles: the week in dance
For dance to own a place, Darst says, we have to break down its rules and go at them cockeyed. She never felt the new Cowles crack its cold facade--until J-Sun's "Hip Hop!" when the venue felt like a high school gym, in the best possible way.
Jan 25, 2013
Dress Meets Dancing Body
Rei Kawakubo’s costumes for Merce Cunningham’s company created a best-case scenario: a classic in the annals of modern dance, artistic collaboration and fashion history.
Jan 17, 2013
You Are Hear: Lucky 13 (January 2013)
For our first episode of 2013, coincidentally our 13th-ever edition of the podcast, host Brian Beatty interviews blues man Charlie Parr about storytelling through music.
Jan 17, 2013
Rude Mechs and Out There: the week in dance
Our dance columnist reports back from the first show in the Walker's annual Out There festival: a playful physical theater work, "The Method Gun," by the Texas-based company, Rude Mechs.
Jan 14, 2013
(Re)Making a Better World: A Conversation with Charles Campbell
As a founding member of Skewed Visions, Charles Campbell has been bringing innovative theater to the Twin Cities for 16 years. In this far-ranging conversation, writer Jay Orff and Campbell hit on creativity, collaboration, and the limits of language.
Jan 6, 2013
(Another) Farewell to SpaceSpace: the week in dance
This week Lightsey Darst reports back from the end-of-year closing of SpaceSpace, a third incarnation of the ad hoc dancer-run performance space founded in the nineties by Paula Mann, Shawn McConneloug and Georgia Stephens.
Dec 28, 2012
At a Coffee Shop in 'City of Seals'
Jay Orff aims to find a fresh path through "City of Seals" (at David Petersen Gallery in Minneapolis through January 12), to see the work by Kristopher Benedict and Fabienne Lasserre on its own terms, in this poetic little dispatch from the gallery.
Dec 20, 2012
You Are Hear: Gifted (December 2012)
For our last episode of 2012, we end the first year of our monthly literary podcast as we began it, with new stories by Britt Aamodt and host Brian Beatty.
Dec 14, 2012
The State of the Arts
Nathaniel Smith tweaks the usual year-end list by assessing the state of the arts here in MN, beginning with the pros and cons of pop-up galleries, art and craft fairs and the financial domination of the MCAD Art Sale in the Twin Cities scene.
Dec 13, 2012
Hay Days: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst did the Deborah Hay "three-peat" last week, taking in all three performances in the Walker Art Center's mini-festival of the contemporary dance explorer.
Dec 7, 2012
Composer and pianist Jeremy Walker weighs in on the MN Orchestra and SPCO lockouts: the hotly contested issues of pay for professional musicians, spendy capital campaigns and what we all stand to lose if the concert halls stay silent much longer.
Dec 6, 2012
Out of Context: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst reports back from a dance she saw recently, out of the usual context of stage and theater and situated instead in a private living room alongside performances of poetry, music and informal audience participation.
Nov 30, 2012
The More Things Change: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst is thinking about history in local dance, and its reach into the present, by way of three recent shows: TU Dance's fall concert, Choreographers' Eve at 40 years old and Zenon's 30th anniversary season.
Nov 15, 2012
What Do You See When You Turn Out the Lights?
Poet, professor and art historian Stephen Tapscott gives a close reading of the bold new photographic work by Tucker Hollingsworth, situating it in the larger context of Modernist "self-consciousness" about creative process, technique and materials.
Nov 15, 2012
Before the Big Show: the week in dance
This week Lightsey Darst sits in on a TU Dance rehearsal, a fly on the wall as the dancers and choreographer Uri Sands prepare for the company's fall concert at the O'Shaughnessy, November 16-18.
Nov 9, 2012
A Cat Lady Walks Into a Bar
Katie Czarniecki Hill
Katie Czarniecki Hill - art historian, mnartists.org staffer and an organizer of this year's Internet Cat Video Festival at the Walker -- seriously considers Jaime Carrera's recent "Dummies" exhibition of cat prints at Palmer's Bar in Minneapolis.
Nov 7, 2012
NYC Ballet and 'Super Nature': the week in dance
For this week's column, our dance critic Lightsey Darst talks ballet - specifically, the touring performances by New York City Ballet's MOVES project, recently presented by Northrop Dance.
Nov 5, 2012
Art of the Steal
Sheila Regan considers two shows: recent unauthorized performances of famous choreographers' dance solos and Broc Blegen's conceptual art recreations, now at the MIA. She asks: Is this sort of appropriation plagiarism or homage? Fair use or naked theft?
Oct 26, 2012
Our music columnist, pianist and composer Jeremy Walker, ponders his teenaged son's deceptively simple question about making a career in the music industry -- not about the money or other practical concerns, but this: "Is being a musician a good life?"
Oct 25, 2012
SAGE Awards, Bharatanatyam and Voices of Strength: the week in dance
Our dance columnist has been busy: Lightsey Darst was at the SAGE Awards and on hand for a night of virtuosic bharatanatyam (both at Cowles), and she's still wrestling with an unsettling, powerful performance in the Walker's 'Voices of Strength' series.