ICY: Clear Views 02

Last year MCP inaugurated this annual exhibition “exploring linked portfolios of work” by a few selected photographers. We’re not sure how that makes it different from a small group show—the four photographers in this year’s ICY show share an affinity for psychology—but it may have something to do with the presentation of the work, which […]

Revision, Reiteration, Recombination: Process and the Contemporary Print

Printmaking has a history as a medium that renowned painters and sculptors turn to when they want to experiment; locally, our own Highpoint Center for Printmaking and the erstwhile Vermillion Editions have hosted artists from around the world as they explored etching, monotyping, and lithography. This show is curated by Leslie Wayne, a New York […]

With Liberty and Luxury for All

Luxury is big business these days, and not just because the world of the rich is more prosperous and populous than ever. The rest of us are also becoming avid consumers of goods and services that were once exclusive to the super-wealthy. Obviously your definition of “luxury” depends on where you reside on the economic […]

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Stupidity on Two Wheels

So, it sucks to park the car on Hennepin Avenue in the winter – scaling the piles of snow hardened into ice, trying not to fall against (or under) the filthy auto, hoping that busses and SUVs will not take the car door off (or at least slow down if they do) when you get […]

Functional Sculpture: Furniture from the Upper Midwest

When IKEA opened here a couple of years ago, critic Glenn Gordon contributed a fine piece to this magazine that carefully and wittily assessed the design quality and craftsmanship of the Swedish behemoth’s furniture. Now Gordon has put together (with co-curator Laurel Bradley) his own showroom of sorts, with furniture makers, sculptors, and industrial designers […]

Arts of Japan: The John C. Weber Collection

This show was organized by the National Museums in Berlin, and comes to Minneapolis via Boston. Weber, for his part, is a New Yorker-a doctor who’s no doubt made a splash among collectors of Japanese art, having assembled what we’re told is a world-class collection of objects-ranging from the twelfth century to the twentieth-in just […]

Paul Shambroom: Picturing Power

Shambroom, our fellow Minneapolitan, is not a trendy name in contemporary photography, but he’s revered by insiders: In one recent book surveying 121 heavy hitters in this medium, more space is devoted to him than to any other. One reason for that might be his dedication. Shambroom doesn’t just address a topic, be it nuclear […]

Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes

Just as the Ash Can School turned to burgeoning cities for subject matter in the early twentieth century, suburbia has proven captivating to artists over the past few decades. But while many of them have tended to look outside city limits with a skeptical, ironic, or even condemning eye, this exhibit, organized around homes, stores, […]

RE: Generations, Legacy & Tradition

Don’t let the title fool you. This exhibit showcases innovative, contemporary takes on traditional American Indian art forms. It’s a chance to see work by Kevin Pourier and Dwayne Wilcox, whose horn carvings and ledger drawings garnered attention at two earlier, similarly themed exhibits, Impacted Nations and Changing Hands II: Art Without Reservation; included as […]

The All-Seeing Eye

If you had to pick one person as the ultimate observer of the past, present, and future of design—from cereal boxes to sneakers to web architecture—it’d be hard to go wrong with Steven Heller. His name is on more than two hundred books as author, co-author, editor, or contributor; he produces a continual flow of […]