Posted at 7:12 AM on October 15, 2009
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Art Hounds
James A. Williams as Othello and Stacia Rice as Desdemona in Shakespeare's classic tragedy, on stage at Park Square Theatre. Photo by Amy Anderson.
Faye Price is co-artistic producing director at Pillsbury House Theater. Faye says local theatergoers will receive the gift of two "Othellos" less than two weeks apart from each other. Ten Thousand Things' production, starring Ansa Akyea as Othello, runs at Open Book in Minneapolis Oct. 23-25, Oct. 30 - Nov. 1, and Nov. 6-8. It will also be staged at the Minnesota Opera Center, Nov. 13-15. Park Square's "Othello," featuring James A. Williams in the starring role, is on stage Oct. 16 - Nov. 8.
Jessica Pack is executive director of ArtReach in Stillwater. Jessica hankers to get in a halloween mood by watching the silent mystery film, "The Bat," at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. There will be accompaniment by master Worlitzer organist Dennis James. Film experts say the evil bat character in the movie, inspired 'Batman' the comic series. The screening and performance gets underway Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:30pm.
Annie Sparrows is a musician who plays and sings in the bands Awesome Snakes, and the God Damn Doo Wop Band. Annie is enchanted by the home recorded songs of the Columbus, Ohio indie rock group, "Times New Viking." The lo-fi outfit will visit the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Sunday, October 18. Doors open at 8pm, and they perform with Whitesand/Badland.
Meanwhile other art hounds have their tips to pass along. Nick Zdon recommends the Leaders of Design exhibition at the College of Visual Arts, which closes Saturday.
Jann Cather Weaver is going to take in The Bakken Trio's performance of "L'Histoire du Soldat" with dramatic reading by Stephen Epp at MacPhail Center for Music.
Betsy Mowry dares you to check out the "Intimate Apparel" exhibit at the Textile Center.
Theater Latte Da presents "The Full Monty" at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts
Theater Latte Da presents a stripped-down version of "The Full Monty" (sorry, I couldn't resist). The story, which you may remember from the movie, is about a bunch of guys who, when faced with an economic recession, decide to bare it all in the hopes of making some cash. The show opens tonight at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts.
Ballet of the Dolls presents "Pas de Quatre," a deconstruction of four ballets made famous by the Ballets Russes: Cleopatra, Sheherazade, The Firebird and Le Dieu Bleu. The company promises, In true Doll style, "No classical music, tutus or tights.......well, maybe tutus." "Pas de Quatre" runs through October 25.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Northrop Auditorium hosts the world premiere of "Moulin Rouge - the ballet." It's the creation of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and lest you were hoping for love ballads a la Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, you should know the ballet is set to a compilation of music from French composers at the time the Moulin Rouge was opening.
If you're getting in the mood for some Halloween scares, The Soap Factory presents "The Haunted Basement," an artistic re-imagining of your worst fears. This year the theme is "disturbing," and that means disturbing sights, disturbing sounds, and even disturbing smells. Yikes!
Stay tuned... later today I'll take a look at the exhibition of masterpieces from the Louvre Collection opening this weekend at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and tomorrow I'll explore the political conflit behind Mixed Blood's production "Ruined."(1 Comments)
Okay, the comparative literature geek in me thinks this is just brilliant. This month the Hennepin County Library is hosting two "literary smackdowns" in which teams of teenagers will debate and defend their favorite fantasy series/publishing & film phenoms -- Harry Potter or Twilight. The audiences will pick the winning team. And of course, teens are encouraged to wear costumes supporting their favorite characters. The public debates take place on October 20 at Central Library and October 27 at Ridgedale Library in Minnetonka.
Either way, Robert Pattinson wins, doesn't he?(1 Comments)
Posted at 2:57 PM on October 15, 2009
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Museums
Georges de La Tour, French, 1593-1652
The Card-Sharp with Ace of Diamonds, 17th century, Oil on canvas
Musée du Louvre, Department of Paintings, RF 1972-8
Photo: Gérard Blot. © Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY
There's a lot of excitement in the air at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts this week. Its new exhibition "The Louvre and the Masterpiece" is, according to at least one curator, taking the MIA to a whole new level of museumship.
While the exhibition does not include Mona Lisa or Winged Victory, it's not a bunch of leftovers from the storage room, either. The exhibition is the result of a multi-year collaboration between the Louvre and the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. It was just weeks after her arrival as Director and President of the MIA that Kaywin Feldman stunned her staff when she announced the Louvre exhibition would be making it's wasy to Minneapolis, as well.
What the more than sixty works of art on display offer is an opportunity to reflect on what actually constitutes a "masterpiece."
The Blue Head, 20th-century forgery in the style of the late 18th Dynasty, blue glass, Department of Egyptian Antiquities, E 11658. Photo (c) 2008 Musée du Louvre/Georges Poncet.
For example, The Blue Head, shown above, was in the Louvre's collection for almost a century before it was determined that the glass sculpture could not have possibly been made in the 18th Dynasty. But when it was "discovered" in the 1920s, Egyptomania was all the rage, and everyone wanted to believe it was the real thing. Even today, the Louvre poster featuring the blue head is one of the museum's best sellers. So is it a masterpiece, or isn't it?
Leonardo da Vinci, Italian, 1452-1519
Drapery Study, 1470-1479, Brush and tempera on linen
Musée du Louvre, Department of Graphic Arts, RF 41905
Photo: J.G. Berizzi. © Réunion des Musées Nationaux/Art Resource, NY
Then there are those masterpieces which represent a simple sketch in a painter's notebook, but are such beautifully accomplished renderings that they make the viewer gasp. The above study by da Vinci appears almost three dimensional, so exactly does he convey the folds of the cloth. The drawing is not a "finished work" but time and artistic criticism have deemed it a masterpiece nonetheless.
The exhibition inspired MIA curators to hunt through their own departments looking for equivalent masterpieces (and pseudo-masterpieces). Their findings are on display in a side gallery, and include work by Jasper Johns, Francis Bacon, and William Blake.
"The Louvre and the Masterpiece" opens to the general public Sunday, and runs through January 10.
Check back tomorrow for an interview with Louvre Director Henri Loyrette.