Visual Arts

  • Founder of MIA's photography department has died
    Minnesota has lost a champion of great photography. Ted Hartwell, who founded the photography department at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, died Tuesday at the age of 73. Hartwell belonged to the first generation of photography curators in American museums.July 11, 2007
  • Northern landscapes reflect Nordic identity
    A new exhibition of paintings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts explores the importance of the landscape to Nordic cultural identity.June 22, 2007
  • American artists had an answer for Picasso
    Some of America's foremost painters tried to beat the great Pablo Picasso at his own game, creating works that heavily referenced Picasso's images. A new exhibition at the Walker Art Center reveals how the American response to Picasso spawned a whole new artistic movement.June 18, 2007
  • Minnesota teen wins national photo contest
    Joelle Linhoff, 18, of Minnetonka, snapped the winning image of a fog-shrouded valley in New Zealand to win Smithsonian Magazine's fourth photography contest.June 13, 2007
  • The art of pottery
    Warren MacKenzie's pottery has won widespread acclaim and a place in museums like the Smithsonian Institution. He talks about his deceptively simple art form from the Rochester Art Center.Midmorning, May 24, 2007
  • We are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe people
    Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer talks with historian Bruce White, the author of "We are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe people."May 22, 2007
  • Will controversy be Mapplethorpe's lasting image?
    Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is best remembered for the controversy that surrounded some of his work. A new exhibition of his photographs at the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis explores his more traditional side.May 10, 2007
  • New African bronze sculpture on display at the MIA
    The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is now featuring a newly acquired bronze sculpture as the focal point for its African art collection.May 8, 2007
  • Strassheim views the familiar through a distant lens
    Minnesotan Angela Strassheim has shown she's a photographer to watch since last year when she was selected as one of the artists featured in New York's Whitney Biennial, a major contemporary art show. A new exhibition of her work is now on view at Chambers Art Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.May 7, 2007
  • Lost Boys inspire local art
    The Sudanese refugee crisis has become a very personal story for some Minneapolis high school students. Their art is hanging alongside works by Sudanese refugees in an exhibit that accompanies the Children's Theatre production of "The Lost Boys of Sudan."April 17, 2007
  • Africa's beauty, a photographer's view
    A National Geographic photographer says tourism can save conflict-ridden countries like Uganda. David Pluth talks about his experiences documenting the wilderness and the people who live in and around wild places in Africa and around the world.Midmorning, March 2, 2007
  • Art sale recalls Middle America's brush with painting
    Painting by numbers was a fad in the '50s. Now these paintings are becoming collectors' items. One local artist is putting part of his collection up for sale in Minneapolis.February 23, 2007
  • Kara Walker's art traces the color line
    Kara Walker may be the only artist to tackle racism, slavery, sexual abuse or oppression in a way that at first seems beautiful, poetic and even witty. The Walker Art Center is currently presenting the first-ever survey of the 37-year-old artist's work.February 20, 2007
  • Cecilia Ramon deals with fear through art
    Cecilia Ramon spent many years afraid. She grew up in Argentina during the "Dirty War" in the late 1970s and early '80s. She says she was afraid for so long that it's become a way of life for her. Now, living in Duluth, she's dealing with that fear through her art.February 18, 2007
  • Thinking about Fatimah in America
    An Arab artist examines her religion in an exhibit at Gustavus Adolphus College.February 12, 2007

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