Created by Matt and Heidi Hoy, this lovely video captures the creation of a bronze sculpture they made at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. Music by Cloud Cult.
Merce Cunningham Dance Company performing Minutiae (1954) against the backdrop of Rauschenberg's work of the same name
Photo by Herb Migdall, 1976, courtesy Cunningham Dance Foundation
Meanwhile the Walker is launching a series of exhibitions of sets and costumes designed for Cunningham's company by some of the great visual artists of the 20th century.
MPR's Euan Kerr reports Cunningham was at the center of a dynamic arts scene from the start of his career.
Cunningham was working with Martha Graham and developing his own movement style based on rigorous discipline in combination with chance elements, such as like rolling dice or flipping coins to determine how a dance would play out.
His creative and life partner John Cage was to soon redefine musical composition. Others in the group, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, were about to launch their own assaults on the visual arts world. Sage Cowles had a career dancing on Broadway and television before moving to Minneapolis to become a huge supporter of dance. The new Cowles Center is named for her and her husband John.
But this was before any of them were famous and it was only natural that they would share and collaborate. As Cunningham prepared a dance, Cage might write the music, and Rauschenberg, who became Cunningham's stage manager, might design the costumes and sets.
Dance Works I: Merce Cunningham/Robert Rauschenberg runs through April 8, 2012 at the Walker Art Center. You can hear more about the exhibition and the collection by clicking on the link below:
Stepping into the College of Visual Arts gallery in St. Paul, it's hard to know which way to look.
The room is covered with images and words all designed to grab your attention, and then intrigue, persuade, educate or seduce you. The show is titled WOMN: Women in Minnesota Design, and it celebrates the rather formidable community of female designers here in the state.
Target Team Member Communications
Cynthia Knox is the president of Kilter, a marketing and communications firm with a strong design edge. She says while most people get what they know about the advertising industry from Mad Men, the past 20-30 years have seen some real changes, especially in smaller design firms.
Ad agencies have to be more aggressive, and as a result they tend to to reward the people who are putting the long hours. In design firms it's less of a day to day battle for women. It's what you bring to the table, not how late you stay at the office.
Knox says the Twin Cities, populated with such retail and food-oriented companies as Target and General Mills, created opportunities for women to take on positions of leadership in marketing departments. She says you'll also find many independent design firms runs by women.
Now we have more women in senior roles - we have a bigger voice in bigger companies. There's a way for women to keep their careers and be flexible. We're seeing more real women and real scenarios in advertising, versus the idealized and glorified images of what women should be, according to men.
Knox says women create a more sensitive, nuanced message to give a portrait of a brand or product experience.
Werner Design Werks
Mrs Meyer's Clean Day, Packaging and Catalogs
Looking around the gallery, the Target brand logo pops up repeatedly. Knox says the company has an unusual amount of power and influence on the local design scene.
Without them the warehouse district would be a bit of a ghost town. Because Target pushes designers to do creative work and embraces it, it ends up in a lot of our portfolios. However I know there are lots of changes going on in Target, so this might not continue, which would have a huge impact on the local design scene.
There's also a distinct Minnesota design style, Knox says, which she can often pick out of a line-up of ads.
It's sensitive, detail oriented, with layers and subtext. There's a crafted quality that you don't see in New York. We're closer to San Francisco in terms of the level of sophistication.
Hurricane Katrina Poster
This is the 7th year the College of Visual Arts has put on a design-based show, and the first year it chose to focus on women in design. Out of the 25 designers it invited to attend, 23 participated in the show. Knox says she's not that surprised:
It's a large and yet closeknit group. I've lived in some other cities, and we have a large proportion of female designers here. NYC is more competitive; here we network more, support each other more.
Still, Knox says, woman have a long way to go to be on an equal stance with men in the advertising industry.
It's really funny working for cosmetic companies and hearing male execs talk about what women need, as though we're from a different planet. They rely heavily on research, not on their own women designers.I think it's absurd for men to be telling women what they want.
WOMN: Women in Minnesota Design runs through November 13 at the College of Visual Arts gallery on the corner of Selby and Western in St. Paul.
Mayor R.T. Rybak and the Minneapolis City Council today approved the new design for the revitalization of Peavey Plaza.
View of Peavey Plaza looking south, summer
Artist rendering courtesy of Oslund & Associates
"The new, revitalized Peavey Plaza retains the most beloved aspects of the current Peavey Plaza and dramatically improves upon it," said Mayor R.T. Rybak. "We could not, and would not, build today the Peavey Plaza that we have loved for 40 years, but we are getting the best of both: we are honoring the modernist history of the original and making it safe, accessible and sustainable for the 21st century."
Last month a group of architects and preservationists - including the original architect of the plaza, M. Paul Friedberg - expressed concerns that too much was being lost in the renovation.
The new design calls for more efficient fountains and meets the American Disabilities Act requirements.
The $8-$10 million project is supported by $2 million in state bond funding, with the balance to come from private contributions that the Mayor and representatives of the Minnesota Orchestral Association have committed to raising. The City and the Minnesota Orchestra are collaborating in the revitalization of Peavey Plaza, which is adjacent to Orchestra Hall, in conjunction with the Orchestra's $50 million renovation of Orchestra Hall.
Groundbreaking is tentatively set for spring 2012 with a grand opening in summer 2013.