This blog covers everything except sports and gardening, unless we find a really good link about using dead professional bowlers for mulch. The author is a StarTribune columnist, has been passing off fiction and hyperbole as insight since 1997, has run his own website since the Jurassic era of AOL, and was online when today’s college sophomores were a year away from being born. So get off his lawn.

Lost art, stone & paint edition

Posted by: James Lileks under Architecture, Photos, Praise Updated: November 19, 2013 - 12:36 PM

At least the cow will survive.

A local preservation group is asking the city not to demolish the Star Tribune's building on Portland Avenue ahead of a Tuesday night meeting on the topic.

In a letter to the heritage preservation commission, a citizen board focused on historic buildings, Preservation Minneapolis wrote that the building could be reused rather than torn down. The non-profit group is made up of architects, architectural historians and others in the development community.

May have something to say about it in a column later this week, although perhaps I should wait until the inevitable destruction. At best they’ll save the medallions, and place them in the park, just like the eagles from the old Convention Center. Such as:

I’d love to see the old building saved, of course; I like to joke that it’s the only example left downtown of Italian Fascist architecture. But it has a stern, clean beauty, and the new towers could take their cues from its stone and black brick. Pigs could also, given sufficient genetic modification, fly.

As the day towards demolition draws near, I'll run a few photos from the archives. I found this old slide in an envelope in a filing cabinet in the morgue; don't know if it's ever been seen before.

MST3K As you may have heard, the old tradition of a Thanksgiving MST3K Marathon returns this year. As they say, I went to the comments at io9 ooking for Classic Krankor Laugh, and was not disappointed:

In related news, here’s a movie for the Rifftrax crew to eviscerate in 2016. Variety reports:

Star Partners and Hummingbird Prods. are collaborating on production of a sequel to Frank Capra’s iconic 1946 movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which starred Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.
Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey’s daughter “Zuzu” in the original, will return for the “Wonderful Life” sequel as an angel who shows Bailey’s unlikeable grandson (also named George Bailey) how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.

Well, that’s a switch. And then he jumps off the bridge and dies? While I’m not going to judge it without seeing it - for once in my life - it does darken the story of the first one, doesn’t it? George and Mary’s descendent ruins lives. Sigh.

HOW NOT TO QUIT The Daily Dot copy says this is an "epic" note that "throws shade." Oooh, shade-throwing. Something tells me it was greeted by management with great relief.

ART For years people had been painting pictures on the walls of a building they didn’t own, without the owner’s permission. Naturally, they were indignant when the owner painted over their work.

The building, which is owned by developer David Wolkoff of G&M Realty, is slated to be replaced by a pair of luxury high-rises, in a controversial move that sparked outrage in the artists' community.

If there’s anything that will derail a massive real-estate deal, it’s controversial outrage in the artists’ community. Sorry: this has nothing to do with the quality of the work, or whether spray-can painting on someone else’s wall is art. It is. Some of it is quite brilliant. But if you’re doing it on someone else’s property the art lives at the whims of the owner.

Wolkoff and his father, Jerry Wolkoff, have pledged to include the local art community in their future plans for the site, and have promised to provide artists' studios, as well as "art walls" where taggers can continue to do their work.

I suspect this won’t be the same. It’ll be a petting zoo. There won’t be the same thrill of painting where you’re not supposed to paint. Here’s the takeaway quote:

”In 10 years from now, when the art form is fully accepted, [they] won't be remembered for any individual real estate property [they] built. [They'll] be remembered for the greatest art murder in history. That will be [their] legacy," Five Pointz curator Jonathan Cohen, whose tag name is Meres One, said at the building Tuesday morning.

Oh, please. A pre-whitewash tour of the work can be seen here. Some great pieces, and if you don’t think that’s art, well, what else would it be?

PURPLE SNOW That’s what the archivists call the Minneapolis music scene pre-Prince:

In the late 1970s, a peculiar sound began bubbling up from the land of 10,000 lakes. Buried beneath 50 solid inches of annual snow, Minneapolis made a Sound quite different than what the pop world foresaw. It issued forth as a slick, black, technologically advanced fusion, poised to storm the charts.

You can hear excerpts of the album here.

That's it for today -  there would be a video, but it's not embedding. Well, let's try again . . .  Hey! It works. 

As they say: wait for it.

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