1. Event Horizon and Benches & Binoculars: The much anticipated reinstallation of the permanent collection opens on Saturday. Previews of the exhibition are in the local media today, but I suggest reading them after visiting the exhibition…it’s more fun that way, personally. You can get a jump on general public tonight at the always fun (and packed) Walker After Hours party. Lookbook will be playing upstairs in Gallery 8, screenings of Scorpio Rising in the Lecture Room, special performances at 10 pm and 11 pm by Dafnis Prieto and Judith Sanchez Ruiz in the Burnet Gallery and I will be DJing in Cargill (shameless plug). I plan on a mix of Mos Def, The XX, Carl Sagan and T.I. for my set….it should be a great night.
2. Susannah Bielak at Bethel University: Bethel University continues a string of strong exhibitions with new work by Susannah Bielak titled Quake/Temblor: A Forensics of Interior Life and Natural Disaster. The work combines formica table engravings, text, sound and videos of conceptual experiments conducted on seismic shake tables to explore ideas of unpredictability and social systems. The exhibition is up through January 16, 2010.
3. Michael Kareken: Scrap and Tetsuya Yamada: Commuter at the MAEP: This is a very interesting pairing of Micheal Karekan’s huge paintings of industrial recycling plants and an installation by Tetsuya Yamada that explores commuting by train in his native Tokyo. The two exhibitions make for combined commentary on issues of craft, repetition and industry. The exhibition is open through January 24, 2010 and is free and open to the public.
4. MCAD Annual Art Sale: Do you think you can scout emerging art talent or do you just want to add to your collection…or maybe both. This annual event at MCAD features students and recent graduates offering their work for sale. According to MCAD more than 7,000 pieces will be hung. Everything is under $1000 and most are under $100. The preview party and sale begins Friday, Nov. 20 at 6pm and I would suggest arriving early. The sale continues (for free) on Saturday, Nov. 21. All the proceeds go to benefit the artists. Also new this year you can preview the works available for sale by becoming a fan of the event on Facebook. Very cool.
5. 2010 Fringe Festival Applications are now being accepted. You have until January 29th to submit your project. The 2010 festival takes place Thursday, August 5, 2010 through Sunday, August 15, 2010.
6. ArtORG Projects: OnSaturday November 14, 2009 ArtOrg opened its biggest show ever “Going to California (Building) with a Boatload of Art” at the expanded California Building Gallery in Northeast in Minneapolis. The event features a showcase of five years of ArtOrg’s work including 58 artists from five ArtOrg projects, 2000 printing blocks from kids the Minneapolis premier of nine steamroller prints from Plains Art Museum Day of Dead Project and a celebration of recent “Twenty Views of Dundas” accession to Weisman Permanent Collection. A lot to see and but is limited as everthing comes down on November 29th. Also check out local artist Aldo Moroni’s event in collaboration titled “ART BAR”. Located just 20 feet from the ArtOrg Gallery Exhibit is the Mill City Cafe, location for the ART BAR gathering of all artists and patron, great and small. The ART BAR is open Friday, November 20 from 5pm to 1am.
7. Artist Jeanne-Claude dies: Best know for work with her husband Christo, including the 2005 Central Park installation The Gates and other large scale “wrapping” projects around the globe. She was 74.
8. Lightsey Darst: Writes about dance for mnartists.org and does so in such an engaging and eloquent manner. We are really lucky to have her as part of our roster. Check out her most recent piece about The Good Dance: Dakar/Brooklyn, a Walker commissioned collaboration between Brooklyn’s Reggie Wilson and Senegal’s Andréya Ouamba.
9. Gallery Gray: is an new Minneapolis based online gallery founded by Dustin M Price who serves as Curator/Director. The goal of Gallery Gray is to have international online juried competitions, supplemented by group and solo shows for emerging to mid career artists interested in utilizing a digital gallery format. The current exhibition titled Tilting at Windmills opens at 11.23.09 7:30 MST. According to the gallery website “We can all agree that viewing art is at its finest in the presence of the artwork itself. Gallery Gray in no way wants to eliminate or discourage the tactile gallery or museum space experience, only to accompany and encourage it. The digital format of Gallery Gray allows for a number of interesting opportunities that might not be available otherwise.” Interesting idea and project to watch or virtually patron.
10. And finally here is the greatest thing I have found on You Tube in months. And yes its in my DJ set.