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Matisse Meets March Madness at Minneapolis museum

Posted by: Mary Abbe Updated: March 10, 2014 - 2:45 PM

Matisse's "Large Reclining Nude," 1935

Break out the berets and head over to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for a free stroll through the popular "Matisse: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art," show. Adult tickets for the special exhibition are normally $16 weekdays, $20 weekends, but for one night it will be free. Tickets are timed and limited in number, however, so savvy art fans will arrive early for the 6 p.m.-9 p.m. event March 20.

For this "Third Thursday" program the museum is embracing all things French. The Alliance Francaise Mpls/St. Paul will offer informal French lessons in the galleries. Arty types can "draw with scissors" as Matisse did when nipping out his famous and very colorful cutouts of dancers cavorting in space. Museum visitors will be encouraged to confine their cutouts to post cards or collages, however.

And everyone will be encouraged to indulge in a selfie with a life-sized cutout of Matisse in the MIA photobooth. Or visitors can take self-portraits in a life-sized replica of one of the artist's paintings. Music wiil be provided by the Atlantis Quartet, a modern jazz group.

The "Matisse" show features paintings and drawings from the collections of Claribel and Etta Cone, wealthy Victorian-era Baltimore women who were introduced to Matisse at the Paris salon of writer Gertrude Stein. Over 40 years, the sisters bought more than 500  paintings, drawings and sculpture by Matisse that they later bequeathed to the Baltimore Museum of Art. The Institute's show is on loan from the Baltimore institution through May 18.

MCC Plaza public artwork chosen

Posted by: Kristin Tillotson Updated: March 10, 2014 - 10:56 AM

 

This rendering depicts "Balancing Ground," this summer's temporary art installation for MCC Plaza.

 

Last summer, it was MIMMI, a giant inflatable sculpture that hovered over the Minneapolis Convention Center plaza like a giant mood ring, allegedly changing colors along with the emotional ebb and flow of passersby. This year's Creative City Challenge winner is "Balancing Ground," a series of wooden benches interspersed with teeter-totters and surrounded by a canopy of prisms that will cast constantly changing shadows, patterns and colors.

The interactive artwork by Amanda Lovelee, Christopher Field, Kyle Waites and Sarah West was one of several finalists the public could vote for online.The foursome will get $75,000 to build and install their project in early June. They intend it to be a "space without walls, open to all."

Begun last year as a way of attracting more people to hang out on the underused plaza and interact with both the art and each other, Creative City Challenge is now a collaboration between the the city of Minneapolis, the MCC and Northernlights.mn, which puts on the annual dusk-to-dawn Northern Spark festival.

"Balancing Ground" will be unveiled at 8:30 p.m. on June 14 as part of this summer's Northern Spark event.

Bringing the war home: Tom Hiddleston onscreen as Shakespeare's tragic hero Coriolanus

Posted by: Colin Covert Updated: March 6, 2014 - 10:31 AM

Attention Tom Hiddleston fans! If you can't wait for Loki's next appearance in the Marvel universe, maybe some live theater will tide you over. He stars as the noble yet reckless general fighting a private war between personal integrity and popular acclaim in the National Theatre Live production of Shakespeare's Roman epic "Coriolanus." The performance, recorded live in late January, shows at 11:00am on Sunday, March 9th at the Edina Cinema.

Courtney Lewis named assistant conductor at New York Philharmonic

Posted by: Claude Peck Updated: February 26, 2014 - 7:15 PM

Courtney Lewis, who joined Minnesota Orchestra as associate conductor in 2009, has been named assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic.

Lewis will depart the Minnesota Orchestra after his current contract ends this summer. He will conduct Mahler here on June 12 and will lead two Sommerfest concerts before leaving, said Gwen Pappas, orchestra spokesperson.

His New York post begins in the 2014-15 season, it was announced by the Philharmonic on Feb. 26. Lewis and associate conductor Case Scaglione will assist Alan Gilbert, music director, as well as guest conductors, and will lead educational events and Young People's Concerts.

“We discovered Courtney Lewis after an extensive audition process, and he emerged as a very promising future colleague as our next Assistant Conductor,” said Gilbert in a statement.

Lewis, 29 and born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, made his subscription debut with Minnesota Orchestra with a fully staged production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel during the 2011–12 season.

He has also served as a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; he made his debut there in the fall of 2011.

Mr. Lewis is the founder and music director of Boston’s Discovery Ensemble, a chamber orchestra dedicated not only to giving concerts of contemporary and established repertoire but also to bringing live music into the least privileged parts of Boston with workshops in local schools.

Best Picture nominees reviewed

Posted by: Claude Peck Updated: February 26, 2014 - 11:34 AM
Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave," nominated for nine Academy Awards. Photo by Francois Duhamel/Fox Searchlight.

All nine movies up for a Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday night got 4-star reviews from Star Tribune movie critic Colin Covert, except for "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Her," which each received 3.5-star ratings. Click titles below to read Covert's original reviews. Complete Oscars coverage is here. Best Picture poll is here.

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Her

Nebraska

Philomena

12 Years a Slave

The Wolf of Wall Street

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