Visual Arts

  • The complex portraits of photographer Robert Bergman
    Minneapolis photographer Robert Bergman believes in taking his time. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts offered him a show in 1968. It was a great honor for an artist in his early 20's, but he said no. His new, critically acclaimed exhibit is coming to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.June 16, 2010
  • The Stickworker returns to Minnesota
    Patrick Dougherty calls himself a 'stick worker.' He makes huge, twisting sculptures out of branches and other natural materials he finds at the site of each piece. This week, with the help of dozens of volunteers, he began construction on a work at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.May 7, 2010
  • Fine arts move to the mall
    The latest experiment in Minnesota's malls is underway at Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka, where they are creating and displaying art in the shopping complex alongside storefronts and food courts.March 8, 2010
  • MIA scores a coup with Titian exhibit
    The Minneapolis Institute of Arts will host an exhibit of Venetian Renaissance paintings and drawings which have never been to the U.S. before.February 26, 2010
  • Photography without a camera
    Marco Breuer is a photographer who usually doesn't use a camera. A show of his pictures opened this weekend at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. They appear to be abstracts, but there can be a lot going on in the images which you don't expect - and Breuer may not want you to know.February 24, 2010
  • Minnesotans flock to get a 'Foot in the Door' at the MIA
    If you have ever dreamed of having your artwork displayed in a major art museum, you might want to cart something over to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This weekend the MIA is accepting entries for its "Foot in the Door" show, which it mounts every 10 years.February 5, 2010
  • Ice sculpting made easy (and colorful!)
    In these austere times, some people, looking for cheap art materials, are turning to ice. This weekend Studio Bricolage is holding a family ice sculpting party in Griggs Park in St Paul. There are no dangerous tools involved - but deep belief in the value of fun.February 3, 2010
  • Study finds untapped potential in Native American art
    A new University of Minnesota study suggests that if helped, Native American artists could become a major economic asset to the state.January 21, 2010
  • Mom Culture blends high art with little ones
    When many people become parents, they say goodbye to going to the concerts, plays, and other cultural events. It's not just for lack of time. It's also that highbrow audiences and the pre-potty trained mix like oil and water. Now an organization in the Twin Cities, called Mom Culture, is changing that.December 13, 2009
  • Images from the Arctic
    Paul Nicklen's curiousity about animals in the Arctic has led him to lots of close encounters. One of those encounters was with a sharp toothed leopard seal, an animal he says is both aggressive and playful.Midmorning, December 4, 2009
  • Weisman paintings may be forgeries
    Staff at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis say they're waiting to hear from the FBI about allegations some of their paintings may be fakes.October 30, 2009
  • Minnesota potter makes art at 2,400 degrees
    Making art can be a delicate, quiet process; but when Minnesota potter Pete Landherr spends four straight days firing his pottery, the rolling ball of flame from his kiln can be seen for miles on the prairies of southwest Minnesota.October 21, 2009
  • The relic hunter
    From the mountains of Nepal to the rain forests of Suriname, Ian Grant travels the world in search of unique and meaningful objects. He joins Midmorning to talk about his business, his belief in sustainable and ethical commerce, and his new Travel Channel series.Midmorning, October 14, 2009
  • 'Nobody' comes to Minneapolis
    It's a big week for Minnesota movies, and not just because of the Coen Brothers. Tonight in Minneapolis the stars will walk the red carpet for the world premiere of "Nobody," a new comedy shot in and around a well known Twin Cities art school.October 1, 2009
  • The art of books
    He's known for his innovative book covers, yet even he says a great cover can't sell a book. Midmorning speaks with graphic designer and author Chip Kidd.Midmorning, September 16, 2009

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