Art spotlight: The Film and Visual Artistry of James R. Bakkom

  • Updated: October 4, 2012 - 2:59 PM
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James Bakkom, in his studio in 2007.

 

Opening: In his 50-year career, this designer has helped shape some of the Midwest's greatest theater and film productions. Recruited from Yale University in 1965, he worked as property master with Sir Tyrone Guthrie at the recently opened Minneapolis theater and collaborated with famed designer Tanya Moiseiwitsch. He designed for other regional theaters in the 1970s and for television in the '80s. He was an executive designer at Northwest Teleproductions for 15 years and worked on acclaimed films by Ali Selim ("Sweet Land") and Patrick Coyle ("Detective Fiction" and "Into Temptation"). Organized by photographer/filmmaker Mark Wojahn in collaboration with Matt Bakkom, the artist's son, the show will include a film clip from a new documentary on Bakkom's life, "Getting Lost in My Own Art," plus production drawings, film stills and video documenting his long career. (Opening reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fri. Free. IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts, 2446 W. University Av., St. Paul. Ends Nov. 21. 651-644-1912 or www.ifpmn.org)

MARY ABBE

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