Jul 18, 2012
Building a Place of Attention
Matt Konrad profiles rosenlof/lucas (ROLU, for short), an art and design studio who've become known for the "superhybridity" of their practice, including landscape design and furniture creations, conceptual art projects and an internationally read blog.
Jul 11, 2012
The Emotional Climates of 'Basic North'
Lightsey Darst reviews Live Action Set's new show, "Basic North," recently on stage at the Southern, saying she appreciated the cast's spot-on comic timing and wordplay, but found herself wishing for more emotional depth and narrative nuance.
Jul 6, 2012
Kitchen Lab: Food as Catalyst of Community and Culture
Heavy Table editor and CHOW.com columnist James Norton digs in to the recent Kitchen Lab residency on the Walker's Open Field, at the intersection of design, public engagement and cuisine, where food and culture meet "collectivist action."
Jul 5, 2012
Reanimating 'Dance Works'
Camille LeFevre wanders through the Walker's "Dance Works" exhibitions of Merce Cunningham's artist-created props and costumes, musing on the post-performance life of these set pieces, and the power of the 'kinetic imagination'.
Jun 29, 2012
Big Box Art
Jay Orff looks at the mass-produced decorative art at Target, and in the process at the larger cultural and commercial aesthetic sensibility that sells knock-offs of 19th and 20th century fine art side by side with socks, cheap chinos and toothpaste.
Jun 22, 2012
Joel Hagen responds to a group exhibition at the U of M's Nash Gallery which explores the irresistible but impossible task of recasting the timeless, inchoate wildness of natural landscapes into the mortal confines of human storytelling.
Jun 21, 2012
Holy Cow! Press at 35 - The More Things Change...
Ann Klefstad talks with Jim Perlman, editor/publisher of a Minnesota literary stalwart, Duluth-based Holy Cow! Press about the vicissitudes of his 35 years in the business and what it takes to persevere in an ever-more crowded book marketplace.
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 14, 2012
Night Vision - A Northern Spark Diary
Lightsey Darst offers an on-the-ground dispatch from this year's Northern Spark festival -- vying projections, glow-in-the-dark games and synchronized swinging, luminous dance and cadres of night cyclists, alight in the dark.
Jun 7, 2012
How to Choreograph Empathy
Lightsey Darst describes the experience of engaging BodyCartography Project's recent installation/work-in-progress at the Walker - "Super Nature" - which explores the nuance of interpersonal relation, attempting to "choreograph empathy."
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.
Jun 4, 2012
The Heroic Failure
Our music columnist, composer and pianist Jeremy Walker, on the rewards of boldness in a risk-averse culture and on freedom, individual expression, and the joy of failing well.
Jun 1, 2012
'House of Coates' and the Kingdom of Nah
Writer Matt Konrad explores the edges-of-everything world of Lester B. Morrison's 'Kingdom of Nah' - in the new art-and-story book, "House of Coates," written by Brad Zellar and recently published by photographer Alec Soth's Little Brown Mushroom Books.
May 30, 2012
Filling the Void
Writer Sarah Howard reports on how two new Twin Cities initiatives - the Starling Project and Artists in Storefronts - are re-imagining uses for empty commercial spaces.
May 25, 2012
A Double-Dip Into "Black Water" - Lightsey Darst
The second of two critical takes on Skewed Visions' BLACK WATER. Lightsey Darst offers up a more experiential approach to the show, with a poetic, play-by-play dispatch on what it felt like to be in the audience for this unique performance.
May 24, 2012
The Rules of a Dance Exchange
Carl Atiya Swanson
Carl Atiya Swanson parses a recent, unusually participatory evening of dance at the Walker Art Center: David Zambrano and company's performance of the largely improvised series of solos against classic soul tunes, "Soul Project."
May 22, 2012
A Double-Dip into "Black Water" - Camille LeFevre
We're running two essays on Skewed Visions' new site-based performance, BLACK WATER, showing in an empty storefront on University Avenue through June 2. Read on for Camille's take on the work's disquieting insight into place, seeing and being seen.
May 17, 2012
You Are Hear: Who You Calling a Mother? (May 2012)
For this month's episode of mnartists.org's literary podcast, comedienne and writer Colleen Kruse offers a very funny story about cannibal hamsters and the black heart of motherhood.
May 14, 2012
A Twist of Intellect
Writer and artist Jennifer Nevitt profiles David Lefkowitz, a prolific, award-winning artist who conjures whole worlds with the simplest materials, behind whose work the driving idea, the novel view is primary.
May 10, 2012
Reads Dylan Hicks
Writer Jay Orff reviews Dylan Hicks's new novel, "Boarded Windows," an engaging tangle of competing stories and unreliable narrators with its own soundtrack (the accompanying new album "Sings Bolling Greene"), written by musician and writer Dylan Hicks.
May 8, 2012
"Dance," says our critic Lightsey Darst, "is not merely specialized movement, but also a way of seeing. Dance is a lens." She takes that dance lens outside the theater to the work-a-day world beyond, offering a guided tour through "the undance."
May 3, 2012
The View from Crystal Bridges
Writer Camille LeFevre offers a dispatch from her recent trip down South to Bentonville, Arkansas, reporting back on the recently opened and oft critically dismissed "Walmart art museum," Crystal Bridges.
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.
Apr 27, 2012
'Four Aces' at Franconia in the City
Stephanie Xenos reviews "Los Cuatro Ases" - an exhibition kicking off Franconia In the City@Casket's second season in its NE Mpls gallery space, featuring work by Douglas Padilla, Peter Martin Morales, Xavier Tavera and Alonso Sierralta.