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Alicia Eler

Critic / reporter | Visual art
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Alicia Eler is the Star Tribune's visual art reporter and critic, and author of the book “The Selfie Generation. | Pronouns: she/they ”

Recent content from Alicia Eler
Ben Johnson, Minneapolis' first director of the new department of Arts & Cultural Affairs, looks at the sculpture "XOXO" by Karl Unnasch in northeast

Minneapolis launches a Cultural Districts Arts Fund grant program

The Minneapolis Arts & Cultural Affairs Department expects to award about $690,000 in grants each year.
Jim Denomie's painting "Custer's Retreat," 2009, is on view at Walker Art Center's permanent collection exhibition "This Must Be the Place."

5 not-to-miss artworks in Walker Art Center's reinstallation of its permanent collection

Wild blue horses, Native revisionist stories, abstract gems and more offer a peek into the 12,000+ works in the permanent collection.
Artist Liz Schreiber with her 2023 Minnesota State Fair commemorative artwork.

Minnesota State Fair ends popular commemorative art program

The program has run for 20 years and featured 19 artists.
The Larsson family in the boat and garden. Their former family home in Sweden is now a museum dedicated to Carl and Karin.

Karin Larsson: The new focus of the American Swedish Institute's exhibition

Karin Larsson, an artist in her own right and wife of popular Swedish artist Carl Larsson, finally gets her due.
Minneapolis Institute of Art passed on an exhibition of work by Kehinde Wiley after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced. Wiley denies the claims

Minneapolis Institute of Art declines show after artist is accused of sexual assault

Mia was considering the show for its 2025 exhibition schedule.
The production "Cthulhu: the Musical!" by the Oregon-based troupe Puppeteers for Fears is coming soon to Minneapolis. It's one weird art event to chec

3 Twin Cities art events that get weird with it

A puppet murder play, an ode to the chair and a cabaret-style show devoted to weird art are among the strangest things to do in Minnesota this month.
Harvey K. Littleton 
American, 1922–2013 
Double Arch, 1982 
Cased, hot-worked, cut, and assembled glass

New American studio glass exhibit at Shoreview museum goes beyond Dale Chihuly

A new exhibit at the Cafesjian Art Trust Museum offers a broader look at the artists who shaped the art glass movement.
Keith Haring poses in 1984 with the orange-and-white mural he painted at the Walker Art Center to commemorate the completion of the then-new undergrou

Artist Keith Haring painted a mural for the Walker Art Center. Where did it go?

The internationally acclaimed artist and activist made the artwork while an artist-in-residence in Minneapolis in 1984.
Artist Matt Moberg, who is the Timberwolves' co-chaplain, examines his painting "The Drunkard's Wife."

Timberwolves co-chaplain Matt Moberg finds healing through art

Matt Moberg, who has a solo show at Douglas Flanders & Associates gallery, got into painting in rehab.
The Minnesota Historical Society consulted with the Dakota Tribal Nations about the sacred object.

Minnesota Historical Society will return 'Mankato Hanging Rope' to Prairie Island Indian Community

The tribe filed a claim under the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and has won its case.
9 Twin Cities summer art festivals to check out

9 Twin Cities summer art festivals to check out

From June to August, get outside and enjoy the warm weather and hot art while they last.
People played with bubbles at Indeed Brewing at last year's Art-A-Whirl.

6 ways to make your own art at this year's Art-A-Whirl

There are 32 hands-on art-making opportunities to check out Friday through Sunday.
Mia's former associate curator of Native American Art Jill Ahlberg Yohe.

Native American Art curator departs Minneapolis Institute of Art

She is the second Mia curator to leave this year.
The artist Keith Haring, whose pulsating lines and figures became an inextricable part of New York City life in his brief but intense career, with one

Walker Art Center debuts major exhibition by 1980s art star Keith Haring

Former Walker curator Adam Weinberg brought Haring to Minneapolis for a residency in 1984.
Exterior of the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.



Photo by Rebecca Studios, courtesy Minnesota Historical Society

Prairie Island Indian Community requests the return of 'Mankato Hanging Rope'

The noose, owned by the Minnesota Historical Society, was used to hang an ancestor of the community at Fort Snelling during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
People enter the gallery, walking past “Monument for Parents” by Sunkoo Yuh, at the entrance to “The Shape of Time: Korean Art after 1989” at

Korean art at Minneapolis Institute of Art spans issues of gentrification, memory, identity

This is the first exhibition of contemporary Korean art in the United States in 15 years.
"The Doryphoros" (120-50 B.C.): One of four surviving Roman copies of a bronze sculpture by the legendary Greek artist Polykleitos, this handsome 6½-

Italy halts loans to Minneapolis Institute of Art following dispute over 'Doryphoros' sculpture

In 2022, the Italian court demanded Mia return the ancient sculpture. Mia did not comply.
Bartender Keila Saucedo serves visitors as they mingle at The Eagle Creek Saloon," an art installation/bar that reimagines the San Francisco gay bar o

On Thursday evenings, there's a 'Black gay bar, for everyone' at Walker Art Center

Artist Sadie Barnette created an artwork and functional bar celebrating her father's first Black-owned gay bar in '90s San Francisco.
Zoran Mojsilov, a Serbian sculptor who has been in Minnesota for nearly 40 years, pictured in his northeast Minneapolis studio.

Sculptor Zoran Mojsilov has rocked the Twin Cities for more than 40 years

The Yugoslavia-born, Twin Cities-based artist, who works with big natural materials, has a solo exhibition at the Museum of Russian Art and a short film in the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
Gordon Parks captures Ella Watson at home with her three grandchildren and adopted daughter in Washington D.C., circa 1942.

6 Black art exhibitions in the Twin Cities highlight artists to know

From the Walker Art Center to the Minnesota African American History Museum and Gallery, Black history, culture and joy thrive.
Visitors watch an oral history video in the "Many Voices, Many Stories, One Place" exhibit on Thursday at Historic Fort Snelling in St. Paul. The exhi

Where the rivers meet, a new exhibit offers fresh approach to Historic Fort Snelling

The exhibition "Many Voices, Many Stories, One Place" tells 10,000 years of the site's complicated history, shining light on under-represented stories
People picketed outside of the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Thursday over a toxic work environment and the firing of curator

Firing at Mia sparks union accusations of toxic work environment

Jan. 9 firing of Bob Cozzolino was the last straw for the union and the art community, but Mia said he was fired for cause.
Sámi artist Tomas Colbengtson & Swedish artist Stina Folkebrant stand in front of Folkebrant's drawing of reindeer at the American Swedish Institute.

Three Indigenous art exhibitions signal a shift in the Twin Cities

Concurrent shows at American Swedish Institute, the University of Minnesota and All My Relations Gallery point toward Indigenous futures in art.
Pedram Baldari's "Walling Talks – Talking Walls," 2023.

Don't look at the art: Taste it, touch it, smell it or just listen at the Weisman Art Museum

The exhibition "The Other Four" considers art that focuses on every sense but sight.
Art Shanty Projects celebrated one weekend of fun on ice before closing early because of warm temps, deteriorating ice.

Art Shanty Projects close after one week because of warm temperatures, melting ice

The annual winter art event was postponed for one week because of weather conditions.
A University of Minnesota archaeological team discovered ancient items during a 1928 dig.

New rules on the display of Native objects don't affect Minnesota museums and historical societies

Recent updates to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) accelerate returns of any human remains
A snowy picture of the art shanty village in 2018. This year, Art Shanty Projects celebrates its 20th anniversary on ice.

Art Shanty Projects celebrates 20 years on ice

Delayed a week because of unsafe ice conditions and construction woes, the project celebrates huge growth since the early days on Medicine Lake.

Tetsuya Yamada draws on skateboarding, punk rock, Japanese tea ceremony for Walker Art Center show

Yamada moved to Minneapolis more than 20 years ago and is a professor at the University of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Wild Native American Heritage mask designed by Cole Redhorse Taylor for Wild goalie Marc-André Fleury. Courtesy of Minnesota Historical

Minnesota Historical Society acquires Minnesota Wild goalie mask designed by Native artist

Mask designer Cole Redhorse Taylor was a Native American Artist-in-Residence at MNHS in 2018.

Art Shanty Projects delays opening one week because of lack of ice and construction woes

The 20th anniversary of the beloved annual winter event will kick off Jan. 27.

Art Shanty Projects delays opening one week because of lack of ice and construction woes

Review: Gordon Parks' 'American Gothic' still resonates in Minneapolis Institute of Art exhibit

An art critic and a theater critic walk into a museum...

Review: Gordon Parks' 'American Gothic' still resonates in Minneapolis Institute of Art exhibit

Review: Explore the huge Native photography show 'In Our Hands' at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Review: Explore the huge Native photography show 'In Our Hands' at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Spanning more than 100 years and around 150 photographs, the show offers a starting point for learning about Native photography.

Top 10 art events in the Twin Cities in 2023

Top 10 art events in the Twin Cities in 2023

Art from Central and South America, beloved Ojibwe artist Jim Denomie and Filipina-American artist Pacita Abad are among the best in visual arts this year.

The St. Paul cathedral that Capecchi helped build

A look into the archives at the Cathedral of St. Paul uncovers more about the art inside made by Italian immigrant Joseph A. Capecchi.

The St. Paul cathedral that Capecchi helped build

6 places to buy holiday gifts for the art lover in your life

From artist studios in northeast Minneapolis to high-end artworks in Edina, there's an art gift for everyone.

6 places to buy holiday gifts for the art lover in your life

Evan Maurer, who made the Minneapolis Institute of Art free to all, dies at 79

A scholar of Surrealism, African art and Native art, Maurer transformed Mia.

Evan Maurer, who made the Minneapolis Institute of Art free to all, dies at 79

Optical illusion art on display at Cafesjian Art Trust Museum in Shoreview

An exhibition "Fooling the Eye: Optics of Vasarely and Kuhn" features two artists with work that twists perceptions of reality.

Optical illusion art on display at Cafesjian Art Trust Museum in Shoreview

Walker exhibition defrosts stereotypes about art from the Eastern bloc

Walker exhibition defrosts stereotypes about art from the Eastern bloc

Nearly 250 artworks from Central Eastern Europe circa 1960s-1980s fill galleries.

Photographs from South Africa and Nigeria shine light on the rapid growth of megacities

Nine international photographers capture the pulse of Johannesburg and Lagos in Weisman Art Museum exhibit.

Photographs from South Africa and Nigeria shine light on the rapid growth of megacities

A fish tells the story of global capitalism in Allan Sekula's 'Fish Story' at Walker Art Center

Curator William Hernández Luege discusses the exhibition.

A fish tells the story of global capitalism in Allan Sekula's 'Fish Story' at Walker Art Center

10 great galleries to visit during Twin Cities Art Week

10 great galleries to visit during Twin Cities Art Week

Get to know Minneapolis and St. Paul's gallery scene.

Artists of Latino descent on the rise in the Twin Cities

Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Weisman Art Museum have Latina women in leadership roles.

10 must-see Twin Cities art exhibitions coming fall 2023

From Native photographers to optical illusions, there is a lot to see this fall.

Longtime Hillstrom Museum of Art director retires; museum's future in flux

Donald Myers had been director since 2000.

Longtime Hillstrom Museum of Art director retires; museum's future in flux

10 must-see Twin Cities art exhibitions coming fall 2023

Artists of Latino descent on the rise in the Twin Cities

Ben Johnson, right, Minneapolis' first director of the new department of Arts & Cultural Affairs, talks with Clash Drums owner Jeremy Krueth in th

Minneapolis Arts & Cultural Affairs Dept. director Ben Johnson wants to claim the city's 'crown jewels'

The native Minnesotan moved here from Beverly Hills to direct Minneapolis' first-ever Arts & Cultural Affairs Dept.

Minneapolis Arts & Cultural Affairs Dept. director Ben Johnson wants to claim the city's 'crown jewels'

Alex Legeros calls his new job as executive director of the Franconia Sculpture Park Board “a chance of a lifetime.”

Franconia Sculpture Park names new executive director

Minnesota native Alex Legeros is the nonprofit's third leader since its founding in 1996.

A visual art critic's take on top 10 crop artworks at the Minnesota State Fair

More than 400 pieces of crop art are in the show.

A visual art critic's take on top 10 crop artworks at the Minnesota State Fair

Top 10 artworks at the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition

More than 2,600 artworks were submitted. Only 332 made the cut.

Top 10 artworks at the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition

Artist Tia Keobounpheng weaves together familial threads of Finnish, Sámi histories

The artist took a research trip back to Sápmi, part of present-day Sweden and Norway.

Artist Tia Keobounpheng weaves together familial threads of Finnish, Sámi histories

The dress takes center stage in Laura Youngbird's prints at All My Relations Arts Gallery

Her solo exhibition includes 35 works of art.

The dress takes center stage in Laura Youngbird's prints at All My Relations Arts Gallery

Gülgün Kayim

Longtime Minneapolis arts leader Gülgün Kayim departs for Seattle

In 2011, Kayim founded the city of Minneapolis' Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.

Works of 'Peanuts' comic creator Charles Schulz come home to Minnesota History Center

Works of 'Peanuts' comic creator Charles Schulz come home to Minnesota History Center

MNHS added more than 150 objects to the traveling exhibition of the Minneapolis native's work.

Minnesota-born artist Doug Argue returns for retrospective at Weisman Art Museum

The artist is best known locally for his iconic painting of chickens in a factory farm.

Minnesota-born artist Doug Argue returns for retrospective at Weisman Art Museum

] MARK VANCLEAVE • Minnesota artist Jim Denomie works in his Shafer, Minn. studio Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

Show celebrating Ojibwe artist Jim Denomie opens at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Planning for the show began in 2019; it includes 60 works from the late artist.