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  • Fabulous photographic ephemera
    Photographers make photographs. They also make a lot of other stuff - press releases, brochures, business cards - things that aren't meant to last. But if they do survive, they can become quite interesting.May 6, 2005
  • Restoring Harvey Dunn's legacy
    A major restoration of Harvey Dunn's paintings is underway. The South Dakota born artist is famous for his depictions of pioneer life on the prairie.April 22, 2005
  • Archiving Memory documents victims of Nazi persecution
    Archiving Memory, at the University of Minnesota's Elmer L. Andersen Library through June, is a collection of photographs of Holocaust survivors and Nazi resistors. The Current's Mary Lucia talked with photographer Nancy Coyne about the project.March 16, 2005
  • Repainting art history
    If you could insert yourself into a famous painting, who would you be? How would it feel to see yourself hanging on a wall in a museum? A new exhibit at Franklin Art Works in Minneapolis takes young men from Harlem and puts them front and center in art history.March 11, 2005
  • Photo exhibit captures immigrant stories
    A Fargo artist captures images and stories of immigrants and refugees.February 17, 2005
  • Group setting
    Group pictures are probably the most ubiquitous form of photography around. We take them mainly for commemorative rather than artistic reasons. "Rite of Assembly," a new exhibition at the Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, explores the roots and evolution of group photography as an artistic genre.January 28, 2005
  • Differing views of "Girl Culture"
    The Minnesota Center for Photography is running two exhibits that take viewers inside the world of women and girls. Lauren Greenfield's "Girl Culture" shows a spectrum of femininity from little girls to showgirls. Some Minneapolis girls didn't think their lives were well-represented in those images, so they took some photos of their own.January 14, 2005
  • "Visions from America" on display in Rochester
    When you say the word America it can conjure an image. It's something photographers know all too well. This weekend, the Rochester Art Center begins showing images of America -- a survey of American photography drawn from the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.January 14, 2005
  • Remembering artist Charles Biederman
    Artist Charles Biederman, who died Sunday at his Red Wing home, leaves behind a legacy unknown to many people in Minnesota. Biederman is best known for his three-dimensional painted aluminum sculptures, which attempted to capture the "structural processes" of nature.December 28, 2004
  • Kinetic art a hot commodity
    A Fergus Falls artist sells his work as fast as he can create it.December 13, 2004
  • How a camera changed photojournalism
    The photos are graphic and captivating. Former St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Larry Millet has unearthed more than 200 images of car accidents, murders and suicides for his book, "Strange Days, Dangerous Nights," which chronicles the sensational press photography of the 1930s, '40s and '50s.December 10, 2004
  • Working his pictures hard
    John Jarpe works hard as a painter, and he works his paintings hard. He usually labors for several months on each piece in his St Paul studio.December 10, 2004
  • Dali lives on in Wayzata
    Spanish painter Salvador Dali has become synonymous with the style known as surrealism. This year is the 100th anniversary of Dali's birth. But there are modern surrealists still carrying on the Dali tradition, including one in Wayzata, Minnesota.December 3, 2004
  • Minnesota's abstract art tradition
    Say abstract art to most people and they think New York, California, or Europe. But Minnesota has a well established if not well known tradition of abstract art running all the way back to the 1930s. Now the first show ever tracing the evolution of abstract painting in Minnesota is opening at the Rochester Art Center.November 12, 2004
  • Art that's stuffed and mounted
    A gallery exhibit in Minneapolis is giving new life to the lifeless. The Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists uses dead animals and stuffed toys to create wild displays of impossible beasts. The work is imaginative, but not for the faint-hearted.October 22, 2004

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