Apr 22, 2013
Contemporary life blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy - we're accustomed, even numb to that fact. "More Real?" at the MIA takes a direct dive into this murky territory, where such questions and conundrums abound.
Mar 27, 2013
Lies Like Truth
Nathaniel Smith explores the illusions and play on perspective in the two shows up in the MIA's MAEP Galleries through March 31: Brett Smith's cinephilic "Superimpostor" and David Bowen's trippy simulation of Lake Superior waves, "underwater."
Mar 22, 2013
Warhol and the Art of Making Money
Inspired by 'Andy Warhol in Minneapolis,' with a medium at his side and a bunch of questions about art, funding and politics, Nathaniel Smith peers into the hereafter to get the Prince of Pop Art's take on how work is bought and sold, in his own words.
Mar 21, 2013
You Are Hear: Madness (March 2013)
This month's episode of our podcast features an autobiographical short, "Idle Hands Could Unsaddle a Mind" by Janice Pettit.
Mar 6, 2013
Currents of Memory
Writer Sheila Regan reviews Nina Canell's exhibition, "Stray Warmings," at Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis through April 6.
Feb 12, 2013
A Dispatch from Publishing's Digital Underground
Author of two mid-list books, David Oppegaard set out to publish his sellout novel, a foray into the hugely popular YA fantasy genre. Caught between traditional and e-book publishing, he offers a field guide to the shifting sands of the books business.
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.
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 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.
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.
Oct 18, 2012
You Are Hear: Tricks & Treats (October 2012)
This month's episode of mnartists.org's literary podcast, hosted by Brian Beatty, features a spooky story by writer and humorist Rob Callahan, of Rockstar Storytellers, Cracked.com, l'etoile magazine and others.
Oct 12, 2012
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Sep 13, 2012
My Little Town: Reflections on art and commerce
Jay Orff is still thinking about what he saw at the Minnesota State Fair this year - about life and art, commodity and value, about plastic bags knitted into fish and all that money just can't buy.
Jul 26, 2012
Dances Made to Order
Lightsey Darst looks into Dances Made to Order, a monthly showcase of dance films made across the country. The Minneapolis edition, curated by Laurie Van Wieren, includes work by Laura Holway and Ben McGinley, Kenna-Camara Cottman and Pramila Vasudevan.
Jun 21, 2012
Documenting the Almost-Real
Camille LeFevre reviews an installation of video, sculpture and performance now at the Walker, "Minouk Lim: Heat of Shadows," saying it calls to mind both the earliest days of video art and a compelling, if dystopian view of what the near future may hold.
Jun 21, 2012
You Are Hear: Move Over, Rover (June 2012)
In this month's episode, Maggie Ryan Sandford offers a dark twist on sharing custody of the family pet, and Melissa Louis Fletcher tells a story about an afternoon at the sweat lodge.
Jun 7, 2012
Night Lights in the City
Deborah Carver looks into Northern Spark, an all-night arts festival in the tradition of a European "nuit blanche," and situates the successful event in the historical context of other local community-oriented festivals and public art programs like it.
Apr 30, 2012
The Eternal Moment
Carl Atiya Swanson
Carl Atiya Swanson digs into the film "Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait" - screening for the MIA's "The Sports Show" through May 13 - and unearths death-defying creativity in the soccer-player's game and in the power of the right shared moment in time.
Jan 12, 2012
mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI present: "Living Dangerously"
Writer Stephanie Xenos profiles Chinese artist Meng Tang, who currently lives in the Twin CIties and for whom the personal is very political. Pick up a hard copy in the Winter 2011/12 issue of RAIN TAXI, on stands now.
Dec 15, 2011
The Wary Feminist
We recently screened !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION for a panel discussion on feminist art with local artists. Miranda Trimmier offers a contrarian's view, making the case for critical ambivalence in lieu of tidy political messages or cathartic storytelling.
Oct 25, 2011
Developing a 'Taste' for Filmmaking
Novelist David Oppegaard describes how he briefly abandoned the solitary pursuits of the writer to pursue a couple of forays into filmmaking with his friend and collaborative partner, Todd Wardrope, in this 'tale of two indie films.'
Sep 27, 2011
Film for All
Marsha Trainer on MNKINO, a monthly meet-up for all walks of life to screen their videos -- whether animated, made on a cell phone, or just a collection of stills "It's not just for film school graduates, MFA candidates, or videographers. It's for you."
Aug 23, 2011
Coming Soon to a Coffeeshop Near You?
Local entrepreneur Lucas Rayala has come up with a new way to get independent film seen, and he's looking for content. Now, he just needs to inspire filmmakers and businesses to buy in on the idea and give ALTSIE a try.