Visual Arts

  • The art of taking someone's picture
    In these days of digital cameras that can fit in your pocket, photographer Alec Soth still likes to take photos the old-fashioned way. A collection of portraits taken by Soth is currently on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.June 16, 2005
  • "Barns of Minnesota" pays tribute to vanishing rural icons
    The old, wooden barns that once anchored family farms across Minnesota are slowly vanishing. The rise of agribusiness has made barns nearly obsolete. The new book "Barns of Minnesota" pays tribute to those rural icons.June 10, 2005
  • Apartment for rent
    Anyone who's ever moved out of an apartment knows there's a special, poignant look to the empty space they leave behind. A Minneapolis photographer has captured that moment in a new show called "Apartment for Rent."June 3, 2005
  • The moment before the storm
    A Sioux Falls artist pays tribute to the tenacity of the people and the drama of the tornado that struck Spencer, South Dakota seven years ago.May 30, 2005
  • Adventures of a nature photographer
    He's come eye to eye with a deadly cobra and lived to tell about it. International photographer Mattias Klum talks about how he captures images of animals all over the world.May 18, 2005
  • 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

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