This past Thursday we hit up the MCAD Art Sale — and bring you a few of our favorite emerging artist discoveries.
The Rogue Epicurean chats with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts about their collaboration with American-manufactured mobile market Northern Grade and explores the evolving role of the modern museum as a community space.
Jaime Carrera surveys the landmine of emotion presented by Jérôme Bel/Theater HORA’s thoughtful, provocative “Disabled Theater,” showing at the Walker Art Center this weekend.
The Culturator chats with visual artist Ash Marlene Hane about her astounding array of upcoming projects, including Saturday’s debut exhibit PUSHED, plus ruminates on how she manages to stay so impossibly ambitious.
The Walker Art Center’s newest exhibition “9 Artists” presents an attitude which can’t be bothered to take a singular position, give definitive answers, or even accurately report the number of artists involved. It’s also one of the institution’s conceptually strongest shows in years.
From flash cooking tiny birds, Samhain rituals, collapsed lungs and the supernatural, The Culturator highlights four creative locals whose craft leans toward the macabre. BONUS: a l’étoile-exclusive Halloween mix from The Nightstalker.
The Culturator catches up with Public Functionary’s Tricia Khutoretsky to chat about what attendees can expect from next week’s Great Pumpkin installation.
The Culturator chats with Springboard for the Arts’ Access to Healthcare Director Nikki Hunt about what artists can expect from Saturday’s Artists’ Health Fair and why it’s so important to get involved.
L’étoile’s Nathaniel Smith speaks to artists Nick Howard and Terrence Payne about systems, social hierarchies, and how they can be summed up by the deceptively sweet nature of “Cake.”
The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement is back, with the welcome addition of a Spooky Speakeasy. Beth Hammarlund rings in the Halloween season by allowing herself to be thoroughly creeped out, and then drinks craft cocktails to soothe her shattered nerves.
Actor Stephen Tobolowsky will be in person talking about his approach to storytelling at the Walker this Wednesday, October 9, preceded by a screening of his collaboration with David Byrne, the 1986 comedy “True Stories.”
Rob Callahan reports back on Monday night’s Ivey Awards, a celebration of the Twin Cities’ vibrant, varied theater community.
While “Avant Garden” was going on, the Walker had another party inside. Todd O’Dowd recaps.
Minneapolis-based artist Noah Harmon has been steadily making a name for himself with his trademark drawing style, repeating cast of characters and phrases, and his vaguely-familiar sense of humor. l’étoile visits the artist’s studio for an interview and drawing session as Harmon prepares for his first solo exhibition, the one-night-only FUN PARTY.
On the eve of the 3rd Minnesota Biennial, l’étoile arts columnist Nathaniel Smith collects conversations with the Soap Factory’s Program Manager Lillian Egner, curator David Petersen, and artist Broc Blegen to collectively reveal how this large-scale exhibition came together, from three unique perspectives.
The MIA continues to delve into the connections between science and art in their most recent MAEP Exhibitions by Ryuta Nakajima and Trever Nicholas. l’étoile arts columnist Nathaniel Smith reviews before the Official Artists Talks this Thursday.
While our Weekend What’s What always attempts to present the best weekend events, it focuses mainly on music concerts, art openings and theater openings. With this special edition, we’ll feature ongoing art and culture events that are ongoing – and highly recommended by the l’étoile staffers.
We’re in the midst of the Fringe Festival, and Rob Callahan has seen close to 30 shows. He reviews his top 5 so far, which include a rhythmic tap show and a “Human Centipede” musical.
An artist becomes a cause célèbre, and it’s easy for that cause to eclipse her art. It would be tragic if the strong work by Venus DeMars and Lynette Reini-Grandell became a footnote to the story about “those artists who got audited.”
The Culturator chats with Yadin Dickstein, founder and project leader of Oh, dip! Labs, a project that aims to connect artists and designers to technology in the Twin Cities by providing a collaborative studio space with affordable access to hi-tech tools and classes.
Columnist Rob Callahan offers up his best bets for this year’s indie theater smorgasbord Fringe Festival, which kicks off this weekend.
This week, The Culturator dives feet first into the hottest art festival of the summer. Red Hot Art & Music Festival project coordinator and local event organizer, Matt Barthelemy, fills us in on what to expect.
Nathaniel Smith offers a new perspective on the 2012/13 McKnight Fellowship Exhibition, after the fact, with featured artist Ruben Nusz.
If there are no labels on the wall, no readily available didactics, how does a viewer navigate oblique, conceptual art to figure out what they’re seeing? A new sculpture show at the Soap Factory aims to find out (with mixed results).
TC Pride wouldn’t be the same without the annual queer love, art celebration Queertopia. This week, The Culturator checks in with the show’s curators Jeffry Lusiak and Nastalie Bogira for some of the celebration’s highlights and to chat about queer community involvement.
Brooklyn-based artist Jessica Dickinson returns to the Twin Cities with the first-ever collection of her conceptually-driven and subtly striking visual recordings reminiscent of her painting process.
The Culturator chats with local artist and Howling for Wolves advocate, Genevieve Gabor Mariani about tonight’s HFW benefit which features live outdoor music, food and drink and chances to win artwork and prizes from local artists and business.
The Minneapolis Art Institute questions reality with their incisive “More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness,” and does what most museums do not by presenting work that examines dozens of complex perspectives, including the disturbing.
In an in-depth parley, Michael Thomsen chats about his techniques and his array of influences, plus drops hints about a hushed chapter of artist-held invite gatherings and cues us in on what we can expect from him during his open studio event at this weekend’s Art-A-Whirl.
Minneapolis-based artist Jesse Draxler brings his mixed-media fusion of photography, typography, the internet, found images and fashion to the already fashionable HAUS Salon in a can’t miss show, opening this Saturday, May 11th.