Everyone's a Critic: Walker's Superscript Conference Ponders the Future of Arts Journalism

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A writer and a critic face off in the semi-finals of Write Fight I, a project by Revolver during Northern Spark, 2013
The Walker Art Center launches a first-of-its-kind conference this week, bringing together arts critics, journalists, and thinkers to deconstruct the role of arts journalism and criticism in the digital age. The Superscript conference -- headed up by Paul Schmelzer, who runs the Walker's innovative website, and Susannah Schouweiler, editor of mnartists -- will examine how we think about art, how to cultivate new audiences, and the role of the professional critic in the age of democratized media. Guest speakers include professionals from Buzzfeed, the Los Angeles Times, Pitchfork, and Vice. 


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Instinct Gallery Artists Explore the Air Around Us

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David Lefkowitz: Outlying Area
How often, as we walk or stand still, do we notice the air that surrounds us? How often do we notice it as we breathe it in and out? For "Art on Air," now on view at Instinct Gallery, artists ponder our relationships with the sky and air in interesting ways. 


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Why We Need the Minnesota Film and TV Board

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It's late on Monday night, the legislative session is nearing its end, and the fate of the Minnesota Film and TV Board is still up in the air. With less than five minutes before midnight, a jobs bill makes it to the floor, and passes. The board is saved.

That's the short version of how Minnesota's ambassadors to the greater film and TV industry were saved from extinction. As long as Governor Mark Dayton signs this bill by Friday, MNFilmTV will be safe for another two years. But our nonprofit film commission shouldn't have to fight like this.

Minnesota's filmmaking industry relies on MNFilmTV. It brings in all kinds of productions (from Jingle All The Way to Dear White People), hooks up local industry professionals with jobs on those productions, and keeps our state highlighted on producer's maps. Less apparent, but no less vital, is its role in shaping the perceptions about Minnesota for the rest of the world.

So, lawmakers, please stop trying to kill it.

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Kate Renee's Next Chapter Is Three-Dimensional

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Kate Renee
Gluthoney in progress
Ever since she decided to become a professional artist in 2008, Kate Renee has been focused on making that happen. She's well on the way.

The 26-year-old Bloomington native has been hard at work on her next chapter: 3D painting. This follows her most recent solo exhibit, "Beauties Behaving Badly," a Gamut Gallery show featuring fairytale females covered in blood, eating junk food, and taking drugs. The 3D series will be called "The 7 Sins," based on the seven deadly sins. It came to her after she did "Beauties."


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Walker Art Center's Artist-Designed Mini Golf Combines Putting with Art

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Each summer, the Walker Art Center turns its northern lawn into an 18-hole putt-putt course that pays homage to the museum's collection and the city itself. This year's two nine-hole routes feature a blend of new holes and familiar favorites, with special inspiration drawn from "International Pop," a visiting exhibition exploring the global pop-art movement from the '50s through the '70s.

City Pages played a few rounds at the Walker last afternoon. Lots of hot dogs were involved.

See also:
Awesome Artist-Designed Mini Golf at the Walker 2015

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Artists Compete for $5,000 at mnartists and Walker Art Center's ArtPrize Pitch Night

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Tonight, five artists will battle it out at the Walker Art Center for a coveted $5,000 grant at ArtPrize Pitch Night 2015, hosted by mnartists. After making their proposals to the audience and a panel of five experts, who are all invited to ask the artists question, the judges will choose a winning individual or team to send to ArtPrize, a 19-day extravaganza of art that takes place across three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Art-A-Whirl Weekend Recommendations, Part 2

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Images from previous Art-A-Whirls
We couldn't limit our recommendations for Art-A-Whirl to five happenings, so here's the second half of our list of what's not to be missed.

See also:
Art-a-Whirl Weekend Recommendations, Part 1



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Art-A-Whirl Weekend Recommendations, Part 1

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The Sleeper by Caitlin Karolczak 
Mammoth art crawl Art-a-Whirl takes over northeast Minneapolis this weekend. This year marks its 20th anniversary, and the event continues to expand. The festival offers a sneak peek inside artists' studios and galleries, and there will be tons of parties, performances, and music happening all three days as well. Here are five of our top picks for the weekend. 


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Five Excellent New Wave Films from Around the World

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In the late 1950s/early '60s, a generation of young French filmmakers began making daring and innovative movies that represented a decisive break from French cinema. These films -- such as The 400 Blows and Breathless, now established classics -- constituted a "New Wave" of French cinema. In subsequent years, other countries experienced their own new waves that were unique, yet were also similar in the profound change they brought to their cinema.

Let's take a look at five innovative films, and the respective new waves that they represent.


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"WISE BLOOD" Explores the Art of the Set

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"WISE BLOOD" set by Chris Larson
Is it a set, or is it a sculpture? When you go to see a performance -- whether it's a theater piece, a dance work, or an opera -- the set design tends to take a lower precedence over what the actors are doing. Sure, a set might gain attention in a glitzy touring musical or a splashy production at the Guthrie, but it's always there to serve the play itself. Sets generally aren't considered an independent work of art. 


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