"In Search Of..." Opens at Public Functionary

Categories: Art
Edie Overturf 
Tonight, Public Functionary opens its fall exhibition showcasing two northeast Minneapolis artists, printmaker Edie Overturf and illustrator/painter Derek Van Gieson, who have collaborated on a body of work that explores origin myths through an imagined narrative of the world's history. 

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Art Shanty Project to Expand, on Hiatus for 2015

Categories: Art, Winter
Anthony Kwan
No shanty tomfoolery in 2015
Each year, the Art Shanty Project take over a lake during the coldest month of winter. Once on the ice, the creative community of artists, scientists, musicians, and others come together to offer a variety of happenings inside these little homes, including dance parties, item swaps, nature experiments, theater, live music jams, letter writing, and art-bike riding.

Sadly, the month-long art party will be on hiatus this coming winter. Thankfully, if things go as planned, it won't be going away forever. 

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The Art Shanty Project Takes Over White Bear Lake

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The Walker Art Center Celebrates 75 Years

Categories: Art


For its 75th anniversary, the Walker Art Center is taking a look back, starting at its beginnings as the private collection of a millionaire lumber baron and traveling through decades of pushing boundaries. The upcoming "greatest hits" show, "Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections," opens with an expansive installation by Richard Haas. The piece, titled Walker Galleries Circa '27, has a 28-foot transparent scrim of the museum's original facade. Behind the fabric is a painting of the building's old grand staircase, with T.B. Walker standing at the bottom. There's a majestic quality to the work, which was created in 1978-'79. It's also a tip of the hat to the museum's namesake, a man who had the novel idea of sharing his prized art collection with the hoi polloi of Minneapolis.

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Twin Cities Horror Fest Grows in Its Third Year

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TuckUnder's 'doubleplusgood' Takes Aim at Language and Privilege

Categories: Art
Mike Cloud, Collages on Shelf
The stench of what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9 still reeks. The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American male, by a police officer proved to be yet another horrible reminder that we live in a country where the experience of white Americans and the experience of people of color are profoundly different. In "doubleplusgood," a new show at south Minneapolis's TuckUnder Projects, a group of African American artists address the issues of white privilege and the disparities that perpetuate inequality in our society in a series of works that focus on language and symbols as an entry point for discussion. 

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River City Revue: Filth on the River launches tonight

Categories: Art, Spoken Word
Following up on their previous paddle-boat ride, Purity on the Riverboat Trip, the River City Revue hosts a boat ride this evening, called River City Revue: Filth on the River. It's a ride aboard the Jonathan Padelford Riverboat with art, music, poetry, science, and history that takes on the dirtier side of the Mississippi River. 

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Pope.L's Costume Made of Nothing comes alive tonight and Saturday

Photo by Max Fields
Pope.L performance at Contemporary Art Museum Houston
"Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes at circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass," writes Ralph Ellison in The Invisible Man. "When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination -- indeed, everything and anything except me."

Ellison's novel about living as an African American man in America, invisible to white people, can be seen as a forerunner to Costume Made of Nothing, a sculpture and performance piece by Pope.L. The artist's work will be animated this week at the Walker Art Center's Target Free Thursday Night and at Free First Saturday. Part of "Radical Presence," an exhibit that investigates black performance, the piece will come alive with the help of local dancer Bryan Evans.

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"Radical Presence" opens at the Walker Art Center

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Crystal Quinn and Oakley Tapola take over SOOlocal

Categories: Art
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Oakley Tapola and Crystal Quinn
SOOlocal, Soo Visual Art Center's outlet space at Nicollet Avenue and 35th Street, has been busy these days with a new series, called Equinox, curated by Crystal Quinn and Oakley Tapola. The pair, whose own artwork was featured earlier this year in the gallery, approached SooVAC  about curating other artists' work in a series of short-run exhibitions. 

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Somali pop-up gallery holds performance event this weekend

Categories: Art, Dance
Photo by Robert Stacke 
If you haven't yet had a chance to check out the Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum's pop-up gallery downtown, this weekend is your chance. The space, co-curated by the Museum and Made Here, opened earlier this summer along with other storefront artist displays. However, since the previous launch occurred during Ramadan, the event this weekend will be an opportunity for a bigger celebration for the gallery. 

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August Strindberg's old-school selfies at the American Swedish Institute

Categories: Art, Theater
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Strindberg and Harriet Bosse, sort of. 
You may think of the selfie as a relatively new invention to arise in the age of Facebook and Instagram, but it turns out the practice has been going on for quite some time, way before cell phones. In "The Image of Strindberg" at the American Swedish Institute, 32 framed photographs and modern prints of the playwright are on display. The exhibit, produced by Fotografiska, the Swedish Museum of Photography, gives a fascinating look at the infamous megalomaniac and his fixation with himself and his own image.
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"On Fertile Ground" puts spotlight on Native artists from the Midwest

Categories: Art
Julie Buffalohead: They Paint Horses, Don't They?
All My Relations Gallery sets out to showcase the wealth of talent coming from American Indian artists living in Minnesota and our neighboring states with a new exhibition called "On Fertile Ground: Native Artists in the Upper Midwest." Intended to take place annually over three years, each exhibition will highlight 15 different artists who live in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This year's show makes a strong case for how many excellent Native artists are working in this area in a variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, bead work, textiles, and jewelry.

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