Visual Arts

Oct 5, 2011
A Question of Identity
Marsha Trainer

Marsha Trainer digs into Dana Weiser's exhibition, "Who Are You?!?" - provocative, appealing work that addresses the thorny issues of ethnicity and identity inherent in transnational adoption. The show's on view at Burnet Gallery through October 16.
Sep 8, 2011
A Citizen Artist in a Country at War
Camille Gage

Camille Gage on "choosing the street rather than the studio" and making an artistic life built around "working in support of the common joy and public good." Her new project, "No Glory: 10 Years and Counting," opens today at Form + Content in Minneapolis.
Sep 1, 2011
McQueen's Delicious Delirium
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre reflects on the "delicious delirium" of seeing the Metropolitan Museum of Art's recent NYC exhibition of the fashion, performance art, and fetish objects created by the late "hero-artist" Alexander McQueen, 'Savage Beauty."
Aug 24, 2011
A Pop-Up Space for Dance
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst took in some dance at Soo VAC recently, featuring work by Kristin Van Loon, Katherine Hawthorne and Chris Schlichting. The pop-up show offered its own rewards, and she articulates them - but it also made her really miss the Southern.
Jul 28, 2011
The Mysterious Department of Public Design
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre investigates the so-called Department of Public Design and its cryptic "Interim Report on the Excavation of Zone 5," on view now at Form+Content Gallery. As details emerge she finds elements of the mystery are both solved and deepened.
Jul 6, 2011
A Shuffling Game
Miranda Trimmier

Miranda Trimmier's perceptive essay reflects on the work in two McKnight Photo Fellowship exhibitions, both up through July 24, and on the peculiar "shuffling game" required to piece together a meaningful viewing experience out of such shows.
Jul 1, 2011
Meat: A Slice of Life
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre muses on the art historical phenomenon of the "meat dress" - from Jana Sterbak to Lady Gaga - and in the process, stumbles upon striking and sometimes personal insights into the intersections of flesh, food, family, and femininity.
Jun 15, 2011
The Memory Palace
Ann Klefstad

Duluth artist and historian Matt Oman lives in his head, literally. He's spent years transforming his otherwise ordinary house into a "machine for mindfulness," a 3-D "materialization of a mind." And Ann Klefstad takes us on a guided tour.
May 25, 2011
Of Pastries and Paintings: Mac-Groveland/Crocus Hill, St. Paul
Maggie Ryan Sandford

Maggie Ryan Sandford continues her artists' guide to MN coffeehouse galleries with this breezy tour through alternative exhibition spots in St. Paul's Macalester-Groveland/Crocus Hill neighborhood.
May 18, 2011
White Night
Regan Smith

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 and RAIN TAXI present: "Appetite for Art"
Betsy Altheimer

In this essay, jointly published by 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.
Apr 1, 2011
Dome Light: At Home with Artist Martin Woodrich
Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant profiles a prolific community-supported Minnesota artist noted more for his unusual home than for his moody paintings: the Metrodome's artist-in-residence since the sports facility's opening in 1982, Martin Woodrich.
Mar 15, 2011
Don't Touch That
Miranda Trimmier

Miranda Trimmier reviews the Walker Art Center's homage to folk art, kitsch, "who we are and where we live" - "The Spectacular of Vernacular" exhibition, on view at the center through May 8.
Feb 17, 2011
The View from Here
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre reflects on two photography shows with distinct views on place-making, both at the Mpls Photo Center through February 21 - "Jonathon Wells: Earth Revealed" and the group show, "Urban View - Rural Sight."
Feb 10, 2011
Magic is Important
Miranda Trimmier

Writer and West Bank Social Center co-founder Miranda Trimmier reflects on the recent retrospective of the Parisian art space, castillo/corrales, at Midway Contemporary Art, and on the necessarily slippery nature of experimental art spaces.
Feb 8, 2011
Community Supported Art (CSA) - Spring 2011 for the Arts

CSA returns this spring! With the same buy-local spirit as Community Supported Agriculture, and Springboard for the Arts seek Minnesota artists, of all disciplines, for our third season of the Community Supported ART (CSA) program.
Jan 27, 2011
A Voice for Homeless Youth
Marsha Trainer

Marsha Trainer reports on a new project, "Growing Home: Ending Youth Homelessness," featuring photography by Wing Young Huie and Cathy ten Broeke, alongside artwork and performance created by kids with first-hand experiences of homelessness.
Jan 26, 2011
From the Rez, to the Hood, to the Lake
Sheila Regan

Sheila Regan profiles Frank Big Bear upon his recent return to painting, the fruits of which are now on view in All My Relations' new gallery space on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.
Jan 12, 2011
Of Pastries and Paintings: Duluth/Superior
Ann Klefstad

Ann Klefstad takes's neighborhood-by-neighborhood artists' guide to Minnesota's coffee house gallery scene Up North, with this "best-of" survey of alternative exhibition spaces in Duluth and Superior.
Jan 5, 2011 and RAIN TAXI present: "Making the Break with Alec Soth"
Andy Sturdevant

Read a new essay by Andy Sturdevant, jointly published by and RAIN TAXI REVIEW OF BOOKS, for a close reading of Alec Soth's recent publication project with/as the survivalist, Lester B. Morrison, "Broken Manual."
Dec 30, 2010
Basel 2010: Mission Meta-Impossible - Art, Pray, F**K
Sean Smuda

Sean Smuda returns to Art Basel Miami for a third year - read on for an extensive photo essay and his dispatch for on the aesthetics, theory and commercial circus that dominated this year's fairs.
Dec 16, 2010
Living the Dance
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst reflects on the phenomenon of performance as museum piece, in particular this fall's dance/visual art installation by Eiko and Koma at the Walker, with a brief notation on Laurie Van Wieren's retrospective, "Who Made These Videotapes?"
Dec 10, 2010
Vasili Nechitailo - Russia's Mid-Century Master Craftsman
Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant muses on the extensive retrospective of paintings by mid-20th century master Vasili Nechitailo, on view at the Museum of Russian Art, and on an alien art historical track running parallel to that with which we're familiar in the West.
Dec 8, 2010
Reconsidering the MCAD/Jerome Fellowship Exhibition
Diane Mullin

Diane Mullin, associate curator at the Weisman and former MCAD/Jerome Fellowship director, makes the case for rethinking how fellows' work is presented, calling into question the continued relevance of the traditional model of annual exhibitions.
Dec 2, 2010
Of Pastries and Paintings: Northeast Minneapolis
Maggie Ryan Sandford

Maggie Ryan Sandford continues her ongoing artists' guide to coffee house galleries and alternative art exhibition venues in Minnesota with this tour of notable hotspots in the arts-rich neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis.


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