Posted at 4:49 PM on September 13, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Culture
I have to admit, when I hear the phrase "sister city" my brain immediately adds "chamber of commerce." Sister city relationships are nice, but who - other than the city officials and a few local businesses with international prospects - really cares?
Well, it turns out, artists do.
This week officials from the city of Tours, France are on tour (pun intentional), visiting their sister city Minneapolis on a cultural and trade mission.
Tonight they will be checking out art that will be travelling to the Chateau de Tour in 2012. Artist Sean Smuda organized the exhibition, which is the culmination of his serving as "Artist Liaison" to Tour (you can read about his time in France here).
Each artist I have chosen from Minnesota has their French counterpart. Frank and Pam Gaard will be working in their acerbic portrait art hitorical style with Rémy Chabréyrou a young topical, pop surrealist. John Schuerman an artist who uses natural processes to create his work, such as melted slush drawings has been paired with sculptor Peter Briggs who counts melting mirrors among his experimentations. The wry and profound mark making of painter Daniel Kaniess dovetails into Yveline Bourquard's dancing and flying figures. Janet Lobberecht's conceptual and graphic grids approach the idea of space and its finitude in a similar yet opposite way to Sammy Engramer's investigations of the White Cube. The graffiti duo Broken Crow will be working with Tours's Mathieu Plume who uses crushed cars as his canvas. Alexa Horochowski's conceptual approach to representation and abstraction finds a great twinning with Diego Movilla and his Pinocchio's nose intrusion into 3D space.
Chateau de Tours
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Robert Corrick, Vice President of Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities says his organization is looking for other types of artistic exchange and partnership, including dance and music.
Currently the museum is touring some of the finer pieces from its extensive collection to different galleries around the state. First stop: the Tweed Museum of Art on the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota. The exhibition is titled "Our Treasures" and features work by everyone from sculptor Paul Manship and muralist Thomas Hart Benton to potter Warren MacKenzie and photographer Wing Young Huie.
"Indian Hunter and His Dog" by Paul Manship
Along with the touring exhibition, the MMAA has published its first ever catalog of highlights from the collection, also named "Our Treasures." Selected works of art are accompanied by essays by museum curators and other scholars. MMAA Director Kristin Makholm says the publishing of the catalog marks an important step for the museum.
Minnesotans need to recognize what a significant collection the MMAA has so they understand the need to get it back into the public eye. Most people have no idea of the riches this museum holds. For the first time, we've opened a panorama on the history of the MMAA and its collection, confirming our long-time commitment and dedication to the visual arts in St. Paul and to showcasing the best in American art since the 19th century. This is part of the message we need to deliver to bring people back as supporters (and lovers!) of a permanent and sustainable Minnesota Museum of American Art.
"Our Treasures" in on display at the Tweed Museum of Art through October 23. From there it travels to the Hillstrom Museum of Art in St. Peter and then to the Perlman Teaching Museum on the campus of Carleton College.
Martin Sheen in "The Way"
Martin Sheen and his son Emilion Estevez are on a journey across America promoting their new film about a different kind of journey.
Called "The Way," the movie follows the father (played by Sheen) as he retraces his dead sons steps on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The son is played by Estevez, who also directed the film.
On Midmorning today, Estevez says in his mind "The Way" is in some ways loosely based on "The Wizard of Oz." Like Dorothy, Martin Sheen's character meets a series of characters on his journey along the yellow-marked camino.
Making this movie was a personal journey for the actors, who have family history in Northern Spain.
The conversation was wide-ranging, including the nature of pilgrimages and personal discovery, Sheen's family history, acting, and of course Estevez and Sheen's father-son relationship.
What didn't get discussed? Mention of Sheen's other son, Charlie, was noticeably absent from the conversation.
You can hear the hour by clicking on the audio link below:
One of the highlights of the Walker Art Center's performing arts season this fall was to be a mini-festival of new Congolese music and dance.
Unfortunately the music-half of the festival has had to cancel, due to "visa-related issues."
Staff Benda Bilili
Staff Benda Bilili, a group of street musicians who live in and around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, has had to cancel its entire North American tour.
The documentary of their story, however, will still screen at the Walker on Thursday, September 22, for free.
The dance-half of the mini-festival, Faustin Linyekula and Studios Kabako's presentation of "more more more ... future" is set for September 23 and 24.