Jul 24, 2014
Walking in Dyani White Hawk's Moccasins
Iterated in a seemingly endless variety of colors and configurations, White Hawk’s “moccasin” paintings and prints offer sure-footed entry into the tangle of Native and European histories and traditions that still mark the Midwest.
Jun 20, 2014
A Spark in the Rain
Like an outdoor wedding rain forced into a church basement, the 2014 Northern Spark fulfilled its purpose, but between the torrential storms and project sprawl, the night-long festival wasn’t all it might have been either.
May 16, 2014
Meet the New Wave of Contemporary Artists Redefining 'Rural'
Rural America Contemporary Artists (RACA) aims to draw attention to artwork that goes well beyond bufflehead portraits and gentle landscapes in a playful, eclectic exhibition by Greater Minnesota artists on view now in Minneapolis.
May 9, 2014
Unsung Alchemist: Hollis MacDonald
In the '60s Hollis MacDonald enjoyed the recognition of critics and gallerists alike. On the verge of hitting it big he disappeared mysteriously from view--until Sean Smuda ran into the reclusive artist living in the apartment downstairs from him.
May 7, 2014
Dance the Body Electric
Art historian Sheila Dickinson watched NYC-based choreographer Netta Yerushalmy's intimate, living room dance-and-spoken word performance in F.D. 13 and left not just moved by the dance but struck by the kinship of abstract movement and image.
May 7, 2014
The Burden of Proof
The Wisconsin Project looks into the myth and meaning of postcards (found, altered and invented) with questions about place, history and cultural identity: What is 'Middle America'? What really happened here, and how did we come to be this way?
Apr 18, 2014
Art at the Edges of Everything
Minneapolis-based artist and curator Sandra Teitge reports back from Marfa, Texas, in the first of an occasional series of dispatches from outposts at the periphery of the art world.
Apr 9, 2014
JXTA Expands Its Reach
Juxtaposition Arts' innovative youth art and design lab is growing fast and getting national recognition for putting North Minneapolis young people to work for their community and lighting a path to sustainable careers in the arts.
Apr 1, 2014
Andy Sturdevant revisits the long, strange career of Martin Woodrich with this story on the Minneapolis-based artist's surprising adventures in space.
Mar 19, 2014
Nathaniel Smith and Scott Stulen
mnartists.org director Scott Stulen recently left to become a curator for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In the weeks before he packed up his family to move, we sat him down for a candid conversation on the state of Minnesota's arts scene.
Mar 5, 2014
Photographer Peter Happel Christian is as concerned with the material experience of his medium as he is its results: that fleeting moment of attention caught by his lens, the tangible effect of time's passage on image, print and paper.
Dec 3, 2013
Painting a Place Between Invention and Memory
Scott Murphy's paintings are uncanny, resonant and utterly unconcerned with art world trends. For him, paint serves as a mode of communion, his own distinct way of seeing and showing the surrounding world and its almost-but-not-quite knowable inhabitants.
Nov 21, 2013
Lumber and Lutheran Grit
Andy Sturdevant reflects on the peculiarly Minnesotan virtues of Chris Larson's work, marked both by "a plenitude of lumber" and old-fashioned Lutheran grit.
Nov 14, 2013
Deborah Keenan: Prompts, Poems and Pictures
Both author and publisher simply call FROM TIGER TO PRAYER a writer's workbook, a volume small enough to fit in your palm, with 79 writing prompts by poet and teacher Deborah Keenan. We say, in that case, you'd have to call it a workbook on steroids.
Oct 8, 2013
Remnants and Curiosities of the Natural World
Seven established artists explore intersections of the human and animal worlds, the technological and organic spheres, and compress those stories into a harrowing, exhilarating archetypal narrative.
Oct 4, 2013
Love is Where You Find It
Andy Sturdevant offers a love story of sorts - about a Minneapolis bar, its many regulars, and a certain moody landscape painting with mystery and loads of apocryphal tales, which he argues may just be the most beloved artwork in the city.
Oct 4, 2013
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.
Sep 19, 2013
The Silverwood Exception
After a trip to Three Rivers Park District's newest addition, writer Stephanie Xenos is convinced that even inveterate urbanites will find plenty of reasons to venture beyond the city limits to visit the arts-focused Silverwood Park in St. Anthony.
Sep 17, 2013
Confessions of a Craft Show Organizer
Are you an artisan or craftster ready to dip a toe into the craft show waters? Trish Hoskins, owner of Crafty Planet, answers your burning questions and offers step-by-step advice for making a successful go of selling your work on the craft show scene.
Sep 13, 2013
Using the lens of scientific scrutiny and the emotional possibilities of re-scaling everyday waste for public view, two artists invite a reconsideration of "natural" adaptations in the contemporary world.
Aug 28, 2013
The Escape Artist
Consider Samantha French's bright, Impressionistic paintings of a summer idyll: When so much contemporary art seeks to shock and surprise, to push boundaries, is such an unabashedly pleasant, familiar style of work still relevant to the conversation?
Aug 28, 2013
Corndogs and Trembling: This Sickness Unto Fair
Sean Smuda was the judge for the 2011 photography class of the State Fair's 100th annual Fine Arts exhibition. Read on for his no-holds-barred behind-the-scenes take on the experience.
Aug 13, 2013
Repetition & Repair
Miranda Trimmier asks, how can we repair the wearisome effects of endless novelty? Her modest but surprisingly transgressive tonic? Simple repetition as a sort of detoxifying reparation for our shared cultural attraction to the easily blurbed.
Aug 13, 2013
Exchange: A Conversation on Painting with Bruce Tapola
In this informal, artist-to-artist interview on studio practice, originally published in 2010, Ruben Nusz and Bruce Tapola chat about painting - the uncertain terrain of critical value and success, material inspirations and the benefits of "slow looking."