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.
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.
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.
This week, The Culturator chats with Jaime Carrera about the newfound fame of his cats Henri & Beau, what we can expect from “Dummies” and why our nation is cat-crazed.
The Bindery Projects, a conceptually-driven alternative exhibition space, closes their first group show, ’4 Fragments’ this weekend. L’etoile arts columnist Nathaniel Smith talks to the group’s lone MN-resident, Pam Valfer, to get a better understanding of her motivations, process, and how it connects with the exhibition’s other 3 Fragments.
In this week’s The Culturator, Juleana Enright chats with spoken word artist & Friction Collective member Maggie Danger about the collective’s commitment to queer artist visibility and their participation in this weekend’s The He(art) Show.
In her latest photo project, Serene Enloe introduces us to an eclectic mix of local creatives and attempts to produce a permanent record of a transient scene.
Nathaniel Smith explores the illusions and play on perspective in the two shows up in the MIA’s MAEP Galleries through March 31: Brett Smith’s cinephilic “Superimpostor” and David Bowen’s trippy simulation of Lake Superior waves, “underwater.”
Artist John Snyder sorts through many cultures to depict eternal themes in “HELLO,” which runs through Saturday, April 6 at Bockley Gallery.
This week, we expand our cultural repertoire with Content Curator Gunnar Kauth of the new, artist-centric site, Culture Castle, and share our first ever l’étoile mixtape inspired by the site’s weekly playlist series, CULT CAST.
Inspired by “Andy Warhol in Minneapolis,” with a medium at his side and a bunch of questions about art, funding and politics, l’étoile arts columnist Nathaniel Smith peers into the hereafter to get the Prince of Pop Art’s take on how work is bought and sold, in his own words.
Minneapolis-based painters Joe Smith and Ruben Nusz sit down for a far-ranging conversation, about self-help and primal gestures, blankets and childhood, making and seeing things in the unfixed, unnamed moment before language.
Writer Sheila Regan reviews Nina Canell’s exhibition, “Stray Warmings,” at Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis through April 6.
In anticipation of “Andy Warhol in Minneapolis” at Aria opening tonight, arts columnist Nathaniel Smith collects the 5 Best & Worst depictions of the famous artist on the silver screen.
For in-depth look into the project and the latest exhibition, we caught up with OverExposure’s Susan Boecher to chat about the project’s impact on the community and what viewers can expect from Saturday’s opening reception.
Joe Sinness’ newest work, a triumphant triptych titled “Shining Indiscretions,” is more than “Enough” at Soo Visual Art Center.
This week, The Culturator chats with gallery owner, Erin Sayer, for a look into Cult Status Gallery’s past, present and future, plus scores some deets on her solo show happening this Saturday.
Back after a brief organizational shuffle and hiatus, CO Exhibitions reconnects to its design and respect-for-technique roots in “Sign Related,” which closes this Friday.
This week, Rob Callahan forgoes his usual analogy-drenched style to review Ten Thousand Things Theater’s latest show, “The Seven,” a hip-hop retelling of “Oedipus” sequel “The Seven Against Thebes.”
The Walker questions the current state of the painting medium in its newest exhibition, “Painter Painter,” and unfortunately uses too many words and not enough paintings to answer them.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a mushy bore! This week, Juleana Enright shares a few local love-themed events sure to stimulate your creativity…and whatever else.
This week, The Culturator chats with Nastalie Bogira, curator for seasonal performance series “Pleasure Rebel” at the Bryant-Lake Bowl on Thursday.
Intrepid gallery owner David Petersen hosts Joe Smith’s new exhibition, “Softside,” which opens this Saturday, February 2. L’étoile columnist Nathaniel Smith analyzes the space between the art and the questions arising from the work.
Camille LeFevre reviews “Rural Design,” architect Dewey Thorbeck’s innovations in “design thinking” about sustainable rural planning, based on an exhibit at HGA Gallery in the U of M and Thorbeck’s book by the same name.
Emily Cain reviews avant-garde puppet theater In the Heart of the Beast’s latest production, “Kid Enkido,” a whimsical trip through a mythical world that subtly explores very real social issues.
Twin Cities multidisciplinary artist Jaime Carrera and l’étoile guest contributor offers up a review of last weekend’s exciting production “(M)imosa” as part of the Walker Art Center’s Out There 25 performance festival.
Bockley Gallery embraces a seemingly untrained but powerful aesthetic in “Edge of Camp,” a group show of locally-based 2D and 3D visual artists, which opens tonight.
In this week’s The Culturator, Juleana Enright chats with Paper Darts co-founder Jamie Millard about the mag’s art/lit union with Third Thursday at the MIA set to rock your socks off tonight.
In anticipation of his forthcoming exhibition in the MAEP Galleries at the MIA and his appearance in this week’s Paper Darts-hosted edition of the MIA’s Third Thursday, Paper Darts’ Amina Harper interviews Twin Cities artist Allen Brewer on perception, narrative and the importance of making work.
In the final installment of a three-part series examining the health of the Twin Cities visual arts culture, Nathaniel Smith offers some theories on encouraging more local arts criticism and a culture of collectors as well as a few ways we all can help the arts this year.