Visual Arts

  • Changes in 'The Quick and the Dead'
    The Walker Art Center's exhibition of conceptual art entitled "The Quick and the Dead" is unusual - not least because several of the exhibits are designed to change over time. The show has been open for three and a half months and some of the pieces are now markedly different.August 14, 2009
  • Minnesotan spots doctored photos in New York Times Magazine
    MPR's Tom Crann asks Adam Gurno of Rosemont to describe the image from Sunday's New York Times Magazine that raised suspicions of photo doctoring.July 8, 2009
  • Author bases novel on grandmother's life in 1907 Winona
    Jane Kirkpatrick had a unique resource writing her latest historical novel: photographs her grandmother took a century ago around Winona.June 17, 2009
  • MIA's 'Sin and Salvation' gives glimpse at pre-Raphaelite master
    A new exhibit opening Sunday at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts offers a rare glimpse into the complicated life of a pre-Raphaelite master. William Holman Hunt's paintings of religious scenes were enormously popular in the late 19th century.June 12, 2009
  • Artist takes steps toward floating cities of the future
    Tomas Saraceno doesn't just dream of floating cities in the air, he's actually working toward building them. The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is currently showing "Lighter than Air," his first large scale exhibit in the US.June 10, 2009
  • Cherry to return to the Walker
    The Cherry returns to Minneapolis later this morning. For the last two months the red steel fruit from the iconic Spoonbridge with Cherry sculpture has been in a workshop in Hugo undergoing refurbishment.May 1, 2009
  • 'The Quick and the Dead' brings concepts to the Walker
    The words 'conceptual art' are enough to get some people running the other way. However, the Walker Art Center hopes to change that with its huge new show "The Quick and the Dead" opening this weekend. With almost a hundred works by 53 artists, the show presents some very different takes on the world where we live.April 24, 2009
  • Pecha Kucha arrives in Minnesota
    A new kind of party designed to cause cross pollination of ideas, arrives in the Twin Cities this week. It's like a salon, but the pace is much quicker. The first challenge may be agreeing on how to pronounce the event's name.April 14, 2009
  • Grown ups come out to play at Studio Bricolage
    Tomorrow evening, a group of adults will gather in a workshop in South Minneapolis just to make stuff. Studio Bricolage caters to grown-ups who have taken their children to crafts classes and alwys felt an urge to join in. This Friday's theme is paper, and visitors will be able, amongst other things, to learn how to make full-size paper suits.April 2, 2009
  • Photographer turns animals into art
    Photographer Frans Lanting wasn't content with capturing stunning images from nature. He decided to imagine a time before both photography and humans. His latest project strives to show the history of planet Earth through photography and music.Midmorning, March 19, 2009
  • The cherry takes a trip
    A Twin Cities icon heads off on a restorative vacation today. The cherry from the Walker Art Center's famed "Spoonbridge with Cherry" will be lifted off its mount in the Sculpture Garden and sent away to get a little work done.February 23, 2009
  • New book of photographs celebrates life in Minnesota
    Minnesota native Tom Arndt has been taking pictures all over the world for over forty years. His new book "Home: Tom Arndt's Minnesota" focuses on the people of his home state. Arndt is a street photographer who captures moments in the lives of ordinary people. He spoke with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the pictures and his approach to photography.February 20, 2009
  • Professor teaches students the art of living
    This weekend the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is celebrating one of its most cherished teachers, Kinji Akagawa. Over the past four decades Akagawa has taught students not just how to make art, but how to live their lives.February 5, 2009
  • The Walker Art Center celebrates the book as art
    The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is celebrating the book as an art form with it's exhibition "Text/Messages." It features books from the Walker's library, created by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Kara Walker among others.January 30, 2009
  • Winter exhibition offers a 'Holiday in the Sun'
    The irony in Andrea Stanislav's artwork is evident even in the title of her latest show. It's called "Holiday in the Sun," and it's opening on the coldest week in Minnesota in over five years.January 16, 2009

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