Design & Architecture
Mar 10, 2010
Landland's Balancing Act
Maggie Ryan Sandford
Writer Maggie Ryan Sandford profiles the artists behind Landland, Jessica Seamans and Dan Black, up-and-comers whose intricately detailed design work mixes the fantastic and mundane, and does so with sly wit and thoughtful craftsmanship.
Feb 24, 2010
Inside the Weisman's $14 Million Expansion
Britt Aamodt talks with museum staffers and curators about the ambitious expansion (spearheaded by famed architect Frank Gehry) underway at the Weisman -- look for five new galleries and a revival of artist/community collaborations in the new space.
Feb 4, 2010
Feeling Minnesota: "Speaking of Place"
Camille LeFevre addresses the "critical regionalism" in Minnesota architecture -- building design marked less by a common style than by its "material, formal restraint, attention to craftsmanship and horizontality" in honor of our prairie landscapes.
Nov 23, 2009
Dan Graham's Postmodern Dreams, Come to Life
Camille LeFevre ruminates on Dan Graham's retrospective at the Walker, and on the "peripatetic, insouciant, and incisive" ways in which his work has foreseen the highly mediated world we now live in.
Jun 9, 2009
Seeing "Six McKnight Artists" at the Northern Clay Center
Mason Riddle calls this show of 2008 McKnight fellows' new work in ceramics "one of the most compelling of its kind in recent memory." Read on to find out what she found so striking about the exhibition (on view at Northern Clay Center through July 5).
Jun 8, 2009
Saraceno's Floating Worlds
Camille LeFevre reflects on the airy, utopian constructions of architect Tomás Saraceno, a number of whose creations are on view this summer at the Walker Art Center.
Jun 4, 2009
Otherworldly Realms in Your Own Backyard
Artist, raconteur, and gentleman scholar Andy Sturdevant offers a mini-history of one of Minnesota's most exciting and quietly revolutionary public art projects: Franconia Sculpture Park.
Apr 1, 2009
Farm Accident: A Secret History
Andy Sturdevant investigates the elusive history of Farm Accident, an ephemeral art gallery which lay at the center of the disco era's elite Minneapolis contemporary art scene, notorious for illicit, star-studded exhibitions in the IDS building downtown.
Feb 18, 2009
"The Green House"—Not Quite Mainstream (Yet)
Camille LeFevre reflects on the reputedly "mainstream" trends toward eco-architecture and sustainable design--both issues at the center of a traveling exhibit at the U of M's Rapson Hall, "The Green House" (through March 8).
Feb 3, 2009
VISUAL ART: Out of the Gallery and Into Everyday Life
Article by Ann Klefstad
Artist and writer Ann Klefstad talks with Terrence Payne and John Alspach, the artists behind Broad Cast, a floating exhibition program using new, unoccupied properties as gallery spaces.
Jan 8, 2009
2008 YEAR IN REVIEW: The Lists
Compiled by Susannah Schouweiler
Local art luminaries Frank Gaard, Emma Berg, and Ruben Nusz offer a grab-bag of their picks for the high (and low) points and the love-'em/hate-'em memorable moments from the year just passed
Dec 1, 2008
A Marriage of Art and Scholarship
Hannah Dentinger looks into the career of internationally acclaimed artist and educator, Ann Ledy. After a distinguished career teaching for NYC's Parsons School of Design, Ledy has returned to her native St. Paul to take the helm at CVA.
Oct 1, 2008
DESIGN: Letterpress Art, By Design
Profile by Britt Aamodt
Britt Aamodt offers an engaging profile of the up-and-comers behind Studio On Fire, which pairs the charm of old-world letterpress craftsmanship with new technology know-how and design savvy to come up with ingenious, gorgeous innovations in print design.
Sep 8, 2008
DESIGN: Xerox, Scotch Tape, Rubber Glue & Letraset
Essay by Andy Sturdevant
Our resident observational historian Andy Sturdevant looks into the forgotten world of handmade gallery flyers from the 1980s and '90s, investigating the surprisingly obscure design history of this remarkably practical, rough-hewn art.
Aug 25, 2008
CALL FOR ENTRIES: MNfashion FLASH: Fall Series
FALL SERIES PHOTOGRAPH THEME: STREET FASHION
This fall, capture the sights and experiences of Fall Fashion Weekend, the quintessential Twin Cities look, or create impromptu photo shoots at different event locations over the weekend.
Jun 2, 2008
The Artist's Workshop
After some revealing conversations with a few local artists, architecture and design writer Christie Wells explores the intimate connections between artists' creative work and the spaces which shelter them.
May 12, 2008
VISUAL ART: Thermodynamics, The Art of Kiln and Furnace
Review by Hannah Dentinger
Writer Hannah Dentinger offers an eloquent investigation into the stylish, deft craftsmanship on exhibit at the DAI's new show devoted to glass and ceramic art, "From Out of the Flames."
Mar 26, 2008
Essay by Glenn Gordon
Design critic and artist Glenn Gordon offers his eloquent, if ambivalent, reflections on everyday design and the masses of stuff that unremarkably, but thoroughly, fill the corners of our modern lives.
Jan 11, 2007
Pragmatic Art: The Salvaged Resource
Aaron Lundstrom describes fencebuilding and pond hockey as sculpture--he's looking at broadening notions of creativity.
Sep 19, 2006
How To: Make Your Own Vinyl Toy/Sculptures
Sol Nte, a polymathic artist and thinker from Stoke-on-Trent in England, makes toys under his FIGUREPUNK label. Here he tells us how to do this yourself: read on and get your hands on some Sculpey and a Chinese dictionary.
Jul 3, 2006
Vol 1, No 1: The Art of the Natural
Britt Aamodt speaks to Minnesota furniture maker Ross Peterson; he takes his cues from nature when he designs his one-of-a-kind functional artworks.
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.