Posted at 11:00 AM on October 7, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Museums
James Rosenquist, The North Dakota Mural, 2010, oil on canvas, 13 x 24 ft., Gift of an Anonymous Donor in honor of Dr. Jovan Brkić, a world-renowned scholar of philosophy, gentleman, and friend; and made possible by an in-kind creative gift by James Rosenquist, © James Rosenquist.
As I write this, folks in the Fargo-Moorhead area are getting their first look at a new mural adorning the Plains Art Museum. The North Dakota Mural is a 13 x 24 ft. work by pop artist and North Dakota native James Rosenquist.
The completion and hanging of the Rosenquist mural completes a major leg of the Museum's capital campaign, "There's a Little Artist in All of Us." Another major goal of the campaign is the construction of the Center for Creativity and Lifelong Learning, a proposed central location for arts education for the entire community.
Rosenquist, who attended the University of Minnesota, worked alongside the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Barnett Newman in the 1960s. Now 76, Rosenquist will be in Fargo on October 20 to talk about the mural and the story of its creation.
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Betsy Maloney, a dance teacher at the Main Street School of Performing Arts, will be taking her students to see "not so good at standing still" by ARENA Dances. The company gets its name from the intersection of athletics and arts, and this is evident in their physical, kinetic style. There will three performances this weekend at the LAB Theater in MInneapolis, with a Q&A following Friday night's show.
For writer John Jodzio, there is no funnier man in Minneapolis than Brian Beatty. His very dry sense of humor is showcased in his "one-liners with line breaks." Beatty is a performer as much as a writer, sometimes showing up to readings in a bear costume. Beatty will be reading at Magers and Quinn this Saturday, along with poet John Tottenham.
Looking for a truly frightening experience to get you in the mood for Halloween? Videographer Ben McGinley highly recommends you pay a visit to the Haunted Basement at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis. This artist-designed haunted house contains shocks, but plays with your mind more than anything else. And don't worry -- you can always cry uncle if it gets to be too much. It's open every weekend through the end of the month.
And you can get an early sneak peek at the Art Hounds' picks every week by texting the word ART to 677-677.