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
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 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 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.
Jun 20, 2011
Beyond DIY to Do-It-Together
Regan Smith (PAPER DARTS) offers a personal accounting of a trend she's noticed among Minnesota artists - a shifting focus away from strictly individual accomplishment, or DIY ethos, in favor of collaborative, interactive, "do-it-together" creative work.
May 18, 2011
Regan Smith previews Northern Lights' all-night festival, Northern Spark: Nuit Blanche, featuring dusk-to-dawn interactive art happenings throughout the Twin Cities, with 100 projects by more than 50 regional artists and organizations, on June 4 & 5.
Apr 13, 2011
mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI present: "Appetite for Art"
In this essay, jointly published by mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI, you'll find Betsy Altheimer's (Springboard for the Arts) manifesto for a new paradigm for arts support that emphasizes grassroots patronage and a direct link between artists and consumers.
Feb 8, 2011
Community Supported Art (CSA) - Spring 2011
mnartists.org/Springboard for the Arts
CSA returns this spring! With the same buy-local spirit as Community Supported Agriculture, mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts seek Minnesota artists, of all disciplines, for our third season of the Community Supported ART (CSA) program.
Jan 21, 2011
Conversations on Improvisation: George Cartwright
Pamela Espeland's interview series on the nature and practice of musical improvisation continues with acclaimed saxophonist/composer George Cartwright (of Curlew, Gloryland Ponycat, and others).
Jan 19, 2011
Currents in Minnesota Graphic Design
Camille LeFevre reports back from AIGA's recent roundtable, "evolvedesign: The Evolution and Future of Graphic Design in Minnesota," on the trends shaping local design -- from "design living" to the longstanding tensions between advertising and design.
Dec 30, 2010
Basel 2010: Mission Meta-Impossible - Art, Pray, F**K
Sean Smuda returns to Art Basel Miami for a third year - read on for an extensive photo essay and his dispatch for mnartists.org on the aesthetics, theory and commercial circus that dominated this year's fairs.
Dec 23, 2010
The Dancing Camera
Lightsey Darst reports back with some critical reflections on this year's Dance Film Project offerings, part of the annual Minnesota Dance Film Festival (organized by John Koch and Vanessa Voskuil) that took place December 11 - 18.
Dec 10, 2010
Maggie Ryan Sandford
Maggie Ryan Sandford reflects on SWIM, a new poetry-film project by writer Jen March and filmmaker Peter Hogan, who've recently formed a collaborative production outfit for more such creations, called Co-Kisser.
Nov 18, 2010
OPEN, a homegrown pandrogynous love story
Filmmaker Jake Yuzna’s path to winning the Berlin International Film Festival’s Teddy Jury Award this year reveals a deep debt to Twin Cities support from organizations both upstanding and underground.