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Walker Art Center's design and "New Media Initiatives" departments have produced a new website for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden along with a free mobile app. The web app enables visitors to tour the garden using GPS location technology, to view audio and video information about the sculptures, check up on the Garden's history, and hear short interviews with artists and local luminaries including Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak. The MSG, which opened 25 years ago, is a joint project of the city of Minneapolis, which owns the land, and Walker, which owns the sculpture displayed there.
Hundreds partied at the American Swedish Institute this spring. Star Tribune photo by Jeff Wheeler.
Everyone loves a party, especially arty types eager to celebrate in style. Three of Minneapolis' leading arts organizations are staging galas this summer either as fund-raisers or to celebrate their heritage.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts leads off June 1 with a simple "summer party" theme to raise money. It promises "sunset cocktails" followed by a "celebration of the Minneapolis music scene" with Doomtree and Morris Day and the Time. Pick your price range: General tickets: $85 per person for nibbles, 1 drink, 2 tickets to the special exhibition "More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness." VIP tickets: $175 per person including all of the above plus valet parking and more drinks. Gala tickets: $750 and up for 6 p.m. dinner, etc. (8:30 p.m. to midnight, June 1. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls. 612-870-6323 or www.artsmia.org)
Next up on June 15 is the American Swedish Institute with a traditional, day-long Swedish Midsommar Festival. The family-friendly event includes singing, dancing, fiddling, "flower head-wreath making," glass-blowing, a flea market and a mini-golf course. Yep, just when Walker Art Center seemed to have a lock on mini-golf with its artist-designed course, the Swedes try to muscle in. The glass blowers will be giving demos in conjunction with the opening of ASI's new "Kingdom of Crystal," exhibition of Swedish glass art. Be advised that the festival food will include pickled herring as well as the usual hot dogs, ice cream and lemonade. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 15, $7 adults. American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Av. S., Mpls. www.ASImn.org)
Walker Art Center will round out the season September 21 with its annual fund raising gala in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Dubbed "Avant Garden," the event promises music, art, gourmet food, specialty cocktails, an auction and dancing. How long you can stay depends on what you pay: Silver Key, 8:30 to 11 p.m., $100. Gold Key, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., $500. (6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Walker Art Center, 175 Hennepin Av., Mpls. 612-375-7600 or www.walkerart.org)
Over there is Marlon Brando in "Apocalypse Now" (1979) and John Belushi in "The Blues Brothers," (1980). And Johnny Depp in "Sleepy Hallow," 1999 and Nicole Kidman in "Australia," 2008.
The name dropping is inevitable in Mark's first solo show at Weinstein in more than a decade. The gallery persuaded the photographer to sift through 40 years of her behind-the-scenes shots taken on film sets over the decades. The photos are, for the most part, candid and casual snaps made during rehearsals or while the cameras are rolling --but taken from a different vantage and without a story line to drive a narrative. So we'll see Sean Penn in his New York dressing room and Woody Allen adrift on his Manhattan balcony, and even the "Lone Ranger" (Clayton Moore) at home in Los Angeles.
Mark herself will be on hand for the opening party, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, free. Weinstein Gallery, 908 W. 46th St., Minneapolis. "Seen Behind the Scene/ Forty Years of Photographing on Set," runs through July 27, free. 612-822-1722 or .www.weinstein-gallery.com/
Aaron, Andrea, Catherine and John Schoenherr are standing in front of their Woodbury home on what will become a big organic garden after being chosen for artist Fritz Haeg's "edible estate" project. Photo by Gene Pittman.
The Schoenherrs have just "hired" what could be the coolest landscape service ever.
The Woodbury family of four was chosen by artist Fritz Haeg from more than100 applicants to transform their front yard turned into an "edible estate" of organic produce. Haeg is doing a six-month residency at Walker Art Center.
"I think we were chosen because of the location of our yard, getitng good sunlight, lots of open space and because our family loves to garden," said Catherine Schoenherr.
Haeg, who is based in Los Angeles, is a Minneapolis native. This will be his 15th and last installment in his Edible Estate project.
Catherine Schoenherr, and artist and massage therapist, says she's not worried about being too conspicuous in Woodbury, a place she "affectionately" calls "Beigeville," but she is "looking into" city ordinances to make sure they won't be running afoul of any.
Her husband John, an engineering manager at 3M, hopes they can make a community bread-baking oven part of the deal. Look in the Star Tribune's Home & Garden coverage later this summer for a report on their progress.
Former Walker Art Center director Martin Friedman was never shy in talking about art with museum visitors, on the radio, during interviews, in the board room or anywhere else. Always well informed, witty and self-deprecating, Friedman was a champion promoter of the new and the avant garde throughout his 30 year tenure at the helm of the Walker. His voice was never silent.
So it's no surprise that the institution is honoring him in June with a new sculpture on the 25th anniversary of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, whose design and construction he oversaw.
But why a silent, voiceless bell? The sculpture, by Belgian artist Kris Martin, consists of a large clapper-less bronze bell suspended from a 16 ft. tall steel saw horse. Originally cast for the tower of a German church, the bell in the sculpture will be "swinging continuously without emitting a sound," according to a Walker statement.
It's name "For Whom" alludes to English poet John Donne's famous celebration of human fellowship and mourning: "any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
In the Walker's interpretation a tolling bell "alludes to the preciousness of life and its endless cycles from birth to death," but because the bell-sculpture is silent, "all of these associations come to life in the viewer's imagination."
So maybe they just wanted to keep peace in the neighborhood and avoid antagonizing nearby residents with a potentially noisy sculpture that teenagers and other art enthusiasts could ring at all hours?
"For Whom," will be the second bell sculpture in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, joining Barry Flanagan's 1983 "Hare on Bell," which consists of a lanky bronze hare leaping over a big bronze bell.