"Choose The Bike" by Alan Turman, one of the artists whose work will be on display as part of Artcrank's annual poster show.
Love posters? Love to bike? Then you'll want to be at Artcrank 2010 this Saturday at Shelter Studios in Minneapolis. Can't make it? No worries, the show continues at One On One Bike April 12 through May 1st, and appears again at Northrup King Building for Art-A-Whirl May 14-16.
The Walker Art Center has two events worth checking out that open this weekend: "Views from Iran" is a film series focussing on contemporary life in a country that has made American headlines for years, but about which we know very little. And The Talent Show explores our engrossed relationships with reality TV and talent shows, against the backdrop of shrinking personal privacy.
The Cedar Cultural Center presents two evenings of West African music, one from Mali and another from Senegal. Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba perform Saturday night, followed by Senegalese legend Baaba Mal on Sunday.
Looking for dance? Beyond Ballroom Dance Company presents From the Belly of the Wolf and Other Tales at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. And Ethnic Dance Theatre performs "Ports of Call" featuring the music and dance of Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Egypt, Greece, India, Latvia, Lebanon, Norway and Turkey.
There's just a bunch of theater opening this weekend - in St. Paul! To give you a quick rundown:
Teatro del Pueblo and Pangea World Theater present Federico Garcia Lorca's "House of Bernarda Alba," in which five adult daughters are kept in mourning for their dead father, despite their own desires to find love. Performances run April 9 - 25 at Steppingstone Theatere.
Park Square Theater presents "Dead Man's Cellphone,"billed as a "quirky modern adventure" that finds Jean increasingly annoyed by the ringing cellphone of a man sitting (quietly) next to her.
Iris Shiraishi tracks her journey from a childhood in Hawaii to her work as a taiko artist with Mu Daiko and Mu Performing Arts in the production "Becoming." Performances run April 9 - May 2 at Dreamland Arts.
Update: Also Theatre Unbound and Green T Productions have joined together to present "Medea: A Noh Cycle". Performances run April 10 - 25 in the Lowry Lab theater.
On the other side of the river, Mixed Blood Theatre takes the commercialization of race to the mat in "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity," a look at the world of pro wrestling. Listen for a radio story on the show by colleague Chris Roberts later this week.
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Posted at 4:52 PM on April 7, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Galleries
"Zeno at 4am" (9 prints on 1 sheet) by artist William Kentridge
Etching and sugarlift, 2000
What better way to deal with the legacy of Apartheid in South Africa than in black and white?
Each year Cole Rogers and Carla McGrath put on an international show of prints at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. The goal is to expose local printers and art lovers to the aesthetic of another culture, but always using the same medium. Past shows have featured works from Pakistan, Poland, Australia, Scotland, Mexico, and Japan. This spring, Highpoint's galleries are filled with the prints of a group of artists in South Africa, who all worked in the David Krut print workshop.
Master Printer Cole Rogers says these prints stand out from other shows:
For me a sense of narrative is very strong in these works. Quite a few of them were in a series. It is less colorful than many of the other shows, but the use of the human figure is a strong theme.
Artistic Director Carla McGrath is quick to continue:
And that's something that a lot of visitors have commented on. They enjoy seeing the human figure, and these days are surprised to see it as the subject of contemporary prints. And a lot of the imagery deals with Apartheid, either from a personal perspective, to a much broader social perspective.
"The Rape of Africa" by Diane Victor
While each of the artists have distinct styles, certain themes emerge quickly: images of being stifled, unable to communicate, or constricted, along with deep feelings of shame, loss and trauma. Combined, the images are a window on a society trying to pick up the pieces while it simultaneously looks to understand its past.
"The Resurrection Series 2/6" by Ryan Arenson
One of the artists featured in the collection is renaissance man William Kentridge. His prints, filled with both movement and tragically absurd imagery hint at his other talents - film, theater and opera. Currently a retrospective of his artwork is up at the MOMA in New York. Included in the Highpoint exhibition are works Kentridge created for the staging and design of Dmitri Shostakovich's "The Nose" at New York's Metropolitan Opera this past March.
"L'inesorabile Avanzata: Massacre of the Innocents" (1 of 5 in a series)
by William Kentridge
Aquatint, drypoint and engraving, 2007
On April 16th, South African print master Jillian Ross will speak at Highpoint about the exhibition, and some of the cultural references in the imagery that might be lost on a local audience.
Aside from the black and white, there is one color that makes a stark appearance in this show: red. It's a disturbing reminder of the legacy of violence in South Africa, but also a splash of life and passion that hints at a return to a full sprectrum of color in the future.