Minnesota Institute of Art: Bandaged and Boken, Eros, the God of Love

Minnesota Institute of Art: Bandaged and Boken, Eros, the God of Love

 Igor Mitoraj (Italy, 1944–2014), “Eros Bendato Screpolato,” 1999, Bronze
Bandaged and broken, Eros, the god of love, rests in the tension between the ideal and the reality of the human condition. Strength and beauty is contradicted by inherent fragility. Life is precious because it is fleeting. And love brings both joy and heartache. Artist Igor Mitoraj, born on this day in 1944, used the timeless artistic language of Greece to address these conflicts in a new way. They are intimately personal, yet the monumental scale of the sculpture, weighing close to two tons, also suggests the glories and failures of entire civilizations.⁠

[Pictured: Igor Mitoraj (Italy, 1944–2014), “Eros Bendato Screpolato,” 1999, Bronze. Gifts of funds from the estate of Penny Lorraine Wuerth, Ruth and Bruce Dayton, Beverly N. Grossman, Donna MacMillan, Sheila Morgan, Richard and Theresa Davis, Karen Burke in memory of Dr. Donald A. Feldman, anonymous donors, Michael and Brittany Reger, Kaywin Feldman and Jim Lutz, Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation, Alfred and Ingrid Lenz Harrison, Lucy and Bob Mitchell, The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota, MIA Docent Class of 1998, and generous community support in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2015.23, Art © Estate Igor Mitoraj / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

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A Sculpture is a New Signature Piece for MSP Airport

A Sculpture is a New Signature Piece for MSP Airport

After nearly a year of COVID delays and three years of planning, “Aurora” by artist Jen Lewin has arrived at MSP Airport.
Spanning the ticketing and baggage levels through an oval opening in the floor between them, the sculpture is a new signature piece for MSP, welcoming travelers to the 11th-busiest airport in the United States. The 29-foot-tall glass-and-metal spiral sculpture is studded with handblown bulbs containing thousands of LED lights.
Minnesota Museum of American Art – “Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota”

Minnesota Museum of American Art – “Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota”

Minnesota Museum of American Art: Now open in the M’s window galleries!


Reflect on this exhibition’s title. What types of stories do you think might be told? What words come to mind when you consider these experiences?⁣
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In partnership with The African American Interpretive Center of Minnesota (AAICM), the M is proud to present Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota, on display in the M’s window galleries on Robert and 4th Streets, opened Thursday, February 25, 2021.

The exhibition, curated by AAICM Executive Director JoJo Bell, explores the experience of being Black outside of the Twin Cities. Drawing from AAICM’s archives and oral history project, it features photographs by Chris McDuffie alongside excerpts from interviews with Black Minnesotans who had formative experiences in rural or suburban parts of the state. Outer Experiences amplifies the voices of Black Minnesotans and the underrepresented histories that connect them to their homes. The photographs and interviews explore the  narrators’ family histories, their lives in small-town Minnesota, and their experiences of living on the margins of Black and white society.

Themes of self-discovery, belonging, and W.E.B. Du Bois’ Double Consciousness are captured in narrator words and photography by Chris McDuffie.

The AAICM’s oral history project was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society. Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota is generously sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.


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From Minnevangelist – Art appreciators, listen up: A fantastic new gallery and marketplace opened…

From Minnevangelist – Art appreciators, listen up: A fantastic new gallery and marketplace opened…

…in North Minneapolis, it’s called Walrus (@walrus.style) and it carries some of the best artists in Minnesota.


Minnevangelist: Michelle Courtright founded Walrus after closing her plant-based restaurant, @figfarro, last May. While the Twin Cities are blessed with great art galleries and festivals (Art-A-Whirl, say what?), Courtright felt there was something missing from the scene: an affordable art boutique. Something that both atmospherically and price-wise would feel accessible to newer collectors—or anyone seeking something magical to hang on their wall.

She scouted the perfect space to bring her vision to life: a turreted machine repair building in Camden. Erected in 1894, it has high ceilings, exposed beams, and original wood floors. Courtright dolled it up by adding a chandelier and painting the old brick fireplace a cool matte black.

Her curation focuses on wall art (hence the name Walrus) and includes original works, limited-edition prints, and a smattering of vintage pieces, much of which is already framed. There’s something for every price point, with 45 artists currently represented. Even better—10 percent of the shop’s net profits are being donated to @jxta_arts, a teen-staffed art and design center in North Minneapolis.

We stopped by yesterday and weren’t sure where to look first: There were statement paintings by @hilarygreensteinart@thaddeus.lheureux@the.beatnik@sarahnicolexxo, and @lindseycherekwaller; VOTE posters by @maiyaleaart; emotive photography from @stephaniesunberg; moody illustrations from @jaredgraytuttle; and subversive cross-stitches by Youa and Wone Vang of @3drdcrafts. Ultimately, we landed on a monochromatic ink and watercolor piece by gallery coordinator Madison Rubenstein (@_rubenstein).

Walrus is open Thursday to Saturday, 11am-6pm, and Sunday from 11am-4pm, or you can book a private viewing for a $5 deposit. Masks are required, except when sipping complimentary tea or rosé. And if you have a suggestion for local artists you think Walrus should carry, Courtright is all ears. This is about the community after all.

The 2020 MPLSART Sketchbook Project is a Unique Survey of the Twin Cities Visual Arts Community

The 2020 MPLSART Sketchbook Project is a Unique Survey of the Twin Cities Visual Arts Community

“During a most challenging year. 68 local artists contributed 120 pages of original work to a series of five traveling sketchbooks. The sketchbooks have been compiled into a beautiful 88 page limited edition hardcover book available exclusively via a Kickstarter pre-sale starting March 2nd. All net-proceeds from the sale of the book will be directly distributed to the participating artists.

MPLSART worked deliberately to capture a diverse slice of artists working in the Twin Cities. From hobbyists to internationally exhibiting artists, from McKnight Fellows to artists just starting their careers. The project features muralists, studio artists, street artists, graphic novelists, collage artists, Urban Sketchers, and more. Notable artists include: Jim Denomie, Hend Al-Mansour, Christopher Harrison, Dyani White Hawk, Leslie Barlow, Gordon Coons, Reggie LeFlore, and Russ White.
This project has had a profound impact on the artists involved, creating an avenue for collaboration and connection in the midst of isolation, at a time when many shows and exhibitions were canceled or postponed. For many, it helped them overcome months-long creative block. Others used the format as an opportunity to experiment with techniques that they incorporated into their work moving forward. Still other artists used the project to visually express their struggles during the events of the last year and many offered a hopeful glimpse into the future of the Twin Cities and the world.The limited edition book collecting the work from the 2020 Sketchbook Project will be available exclusively through a Kickstarter pre-sale running Tuesday March 2nd through Thursday April 8th. The limited edition book will be available for $65 with an early bird discount of $55 available the first week. Additionally, a variety of reward levels will be available including limited edition prints of work from the project and more.”

Visit the link for details!

 

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Judy Fawcett’s ‘Birch Trio’ is part of White Bear Center of the Arts ‘Northern Lights’ exhibit!

Judy Fawcett’s ‘Birch Trio’ is part of White Bear Center of the Arts ‘Northern Lights’ exhibit!

Birch Trio – 30″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas, part of my environmental series

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First Thursday, March 4, 5 – 9pm

My Connection With All Living Things

The butterfly is my metaphor for the all living things endangered by human interventions and climate change. My objective in these paintings is to capture their weightlessness, bright flashing color, whimsical flight, distinctive markings, and juxtapose these qualities with the dark peril of their current existence. My intent is to evoke concern for these delicate creatures with super powers that are losing their habitat and declining at a drastic rate. Macro views with textural elements bring the viewer in closer. In my role as an artist I feel I can capture some emotional truths to bring about change in how we view ourinterconnections with all living things.

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