Posted at 8:08 AM on December 31, 2009
by Chris Roberts
Filed under: Art Hounds
This week, our Art Hounds look back at their visual art and music highlights of the year.
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John Grider, Minneapolis
Save Canvas was public, free, and utilized vacant spaces that would have otherwise remained useless. Also impressive in that it was organized by people under 30.
Bill Simenson, St. Paul
Dafnis Prieto at the Walker Art Center was a stellar performance by an incredible musician who also happens to be an amazing drummer. A blend of traditional and modern Afro-Cuban music with jazz. A remarkable concert.
Dawn Mikkelson, Stillwater
Bobby McFerrin is incredible in his own right, but then directing an improvisational piece with the amazing musicians of Cantus was just too amazing. Then McFerrin directed the packed Orchestra Hall in 5+ part harmony singing Ave Maria and random other songs that we had no idea we all knew. Beautiful genius.
Lucy Yogerst, Minneapolis
Paul Metsa's contributions to the music of our times, with his network of gifted musicians, was enthusiastically appreciated by a sold-out house at his 30th anniversary concert. His unique blend of artistry, poetry, collaboration and showmanship kept the crowd jumpin' past 1:30a.m.
Drew Christopherson, Minneapolis
When Minneapolis's finest, Skoal Kodiak, played on the University foot bridge over the Mississippi in September. With the downtown skyline behind them and the blue glow of the 35W bridge above them, it really felt wonderful to be a resident here. About 75 people, all dancing, shared this wonderful experience with each other with huge smiles of joy.
Sarah Lovan, Minneapolis
13th annual arts and artist celebration at Franconia Sculpture Park had it all: Great sculpture, music, food, dancing, and people. And, a beautiful day...what could have been better?
Lin Nelson-Mayson, Golden Valley
The Goldstein Museum of Design exhibition "Good Design: Stories of Herman Miller." This all-encompassing exhibition told the inside story of the influential and innovative furniture company. It featured the people behind the classic designs and the overarching philosophy that created a people-centered business. The exhibition was a colorful, interactive history bursting with good design!
What were your arts and culture highlights of the year? Tell us in the comments!