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Alicia Eler

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In Chris McDuffie’s 2020 photograph “Don,” Don Colbert of Maplewood poses outside of his suburban home.

Being Black in Minnesota's suburbs and farmlands: a new exhibit tells the stories

A new exhibition shines light on Black stories from rural and suburban Minnesota.
A panel of The Great Migration series by African-American artist Jacob Lawrence.

10 great Black moments in the history of American art

A chronological list of culturally significant work, from 19th-century landscape paintings to Black riffs on Western art.
Ice sculptor Chris Swarbrick makes a famous Dali artwork, “Aphrodisiac Telephone,” entirely out of ice. Photo provided by Mia.

An icy surprise awaits art lovers in Minneapolis parks

Fashioned in an ice sculptor's freezer-like studio, five works from the Minneapolis Institute of Art make their debut in parks.
An image from Moira Villiard’s “Madweyaashkaa: Waves Can Be Heard,” which will be projected onto the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam Feb. 1

Two outdoor events will help Twin Cities art lovers beat the cold

See an "invisible concert" Saturday and Indigenous projections next week.
The QAnon movement has found a surprising foothold in the yoga and alternative-medicine community.Illustration by Mike Rice * Star Tribune

How QAnon conspiracy theories found their way into the Twin Cities yoga world

QAnon's conspiracy theories have taken root among yogis and other adherents of natural medicine.
Part of the new exhibit “Papier” at the American Swedish Institute. Photo by Jon Dahlin

American Swedish Institute reopens Saturday with exhibition of funky paper artworks

The exhibition "Papier" showcases haute couture-style sculptural paper fashion artworks.
Sheila Dickinson curated the 2017 exhibition “Andy Warhol: MN Goes Pop” for the Rochester Art Center.   Photo by Kalianne Morrison

Facing a budget crunch, Rochester Art Center lays off its artistic director

"We're not the Walker Art Center," says its new executive director, who aims to diversify programming.
Artist Marlena Myles with her print “Massacre at Refuge Rock.”

Dakota artist Marlena Myles brings Native culture into the future

Through art and children's books, Marlena Myles illuminates old stories for generations to come.
Gary Fink, founder of Louvre It or Leave It , in the museum’s  Jewish Holocaust exhibit.  Photo by David Joles, Star Tribune

A longtime Minneapolis landmark, Louvre It museum abandons downtown for Eden Prairie

The quirky four-gallery storefront was damaged during rioting last August.
Jessica Bergman Tank used a grinder to finish a community-created cast bronze piece at Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center in Minneapolis.

Steps from George Floyd Square, this arts center was forged in community

Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center may be the least visible big arts organization in Minneapolis.
Len Schmid checked out cave man Zug Zug at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis.

A caveman encased in ice? The story behind this viral Mpls. park sculpture

Plus, the hunt is on for his companion Zarah, the "mother huntress" icewoman hidden somewhere in Minnesota.
“Red Exit” by Andrea Carlson.

Minnesota artist Andrea Carlson pops up on New York billboard

Whitney Museum is placing a work by the famed Ojibwe artist outside the museum, along the High Line.
Minnesota History Center launches 'Black Voices' initiative with discussions this week

Minnesota History Center launches 'Black Voices' initiative with discussions this week

Starting at 4:30 p.m. Monday, "Black History, Black Voices" highlights contributions by Black Americans.
“Cayambe” by Betsy Ruth Byers. Kolman & Pryor Gallery

5 gallery shows to brighten January for Twin Cities art lovers

The Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center won't reopen until Jan. 28, but galleries are already welcoming art lovers back. Here are…
The Museum of Russian Art is reopening Monday with an exhibit of Soviet-era paintings from the collection of the late Ukrainian-American lawyer Jurii

Twin Cities museums begin welcoming back visitors for second time

Six museums are reopening this week, starting Monday.
"Balloon" by Alec Soth.Provided

Bringing Minnesota art to Chicago art lovers is this woman's mission

Through a prominent gallery, Jennifer Armetta stays in touch with her Minneapolis roots.
Jerry Holt • Visitors followed social-distancing procedures when the Minneapolis Institute of Art reopened July 16 after

Pandemic leads MIA to suffer first budget loss in nearly 3 decades

Declines in contributions and earnings caused the $1.2 million shortfall.
A University of Minnesota archaeological team discovered ancient items during a 1928 dig.

After decades, U of M is finally on track to return Native burial objects dug up in 1920s

Weisman and university officials were accused of "resistance" and "failure to comply with the law."
Photograph from “MMIW Minnesota 4 Directions Awareness Gathering” series by Ne-Dah-Ness Rose Greene. All My Relations Gallery

Artists confront the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous women

Third edition of "Bring Her Home" at All My Relations Gallery focuses on resistance.
Al Milgrom in his office in 1994  Photo by Tom Sweeney, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Godfather of Twin Cities film scene Al Milgrom dies at 98

An unstoppable force, Film Society founder built an audience for adventurous cinema.
Walker Art Center was closed by the pandemic in April when Matthew McNeil of Hopkins took a snowy selfie in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. (photo b

Walker Art Center balances budget with help from federal PPP funding

But the next year will be a bigger challenge, given cuts in revenue and programming.
“Comforting Climate” by Aaron Dysart and Amanda Lovelee.

Rocks, raindrop and a hug: Nine outdoor art gems in the Twin Cities

Itching for an art fix? Take this tour of Twin Cities public art treasures.
Jenny Lion

Macalester professor takes home $50K Creative Capital grant

St. Paul-based artist Jenny Lion is one of 42 artists to receive this year's honor
“1.5: A Southeast Asian Diaspora Remix” was supposed to be an exhibit inside the Minnesota Museum of American Art, but due to the pandemic it will

St. Paul museum opens its windows to Southeast Asia's 'generation 1.5'

The Minnesota Museum of American Art finds a creative way to make this show happen.
Shopping at Gamut Gallery.

Holiday gift ideas for the art lover in your life

A host of holiday ideas for the art lover in your life.
Steinzeit (Stone Age), acrylic, oil, lacquer, graphite on pleather. 2015 Michaela Eichwald, Private collection, Minneapolis

German artist makes painting weird again in solo debut at the Walker

Attraction meets repulsion in Michaela Eichwald's solo debut at Walker Art Center.
Title page of “Legends and Myths of Ancient Minnesota,” an “exhibition-in-print” by artist Brooks Turner.

Artist digs into Minnesota's forgotten history of fascism

Weisman-sponsored project draws parallels between 1930s and the present era.
American Swedish Institute’s outdoor “Nordic Story Trail” and the Turnblad Mansion in the background as part of “An extra/ordinary Holiday in

Bundle up! American Swedish Institute's holiday events are moving outdoors this year

Holiday market and story trail will open Saturday.
From the opening night of “Stadium” by Jasper Marsalis.

Closed by pandemic, Minneapolis art center takes its shows on the road

Closed by pandemic, Midway Contemporary Art launches an ambitious "Off-Site" series.
Visitors viewed "Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition" during a 2016 tour stop in Dallas. (Photo by John H. Parker/SEE Attractions/Bridgema

'Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel' exhibition coming to Mall of America

The finger of God reaches out to a reclining Adam in Rome’s Sistine Chapel, a painting by Michelangelo that people travel thousands of miles to…
A ceramic piece by Pepper Pepperwolf.

More than 2,000 Minnesotans are showcased in Mpls. Institute of Art's 'Foot in the Door'

More than 2,000 Minnesotans are featured in a virtual version of the popular show curated by the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, curator of African art at MiaAmallina Mohamed, curator at the Somali Museum of Minnesota

Minneapolis Institute of Art enlists a Somali partner to display Islam's highest art form

Calligraphy show called for a unique collaboration between Mia and Somali Museum curators.
Artist Gustavo Boada created a piece called “De Colores,” inspired by the migrant farm workers' labor movement.

Grieving for Minneapolis, BareBones reinvents Halloween as an art event

Art installations take the place of its annual puppet show to mark this year of grieving.
GIving back: Ty Taylor and Emmy Shanley raised $2,600 for JXTA Arts.

South Minneapolis teen and his former teacher find their voices through racial justice art

They came up with the "Black Lives Matter Collection," a series of four prints, each with powerful messages about fighting back against racial injustice.
Vesna Kittelson’s Young Americans installation at Weisman Art Museum (WAM). Photo: Rik Sferra, courtesy of WAM.

Immigrant artist ponders American youth through portraits at the Weisman

A portrait show at the Weisman examines democracy and youth.
ELIZABETH FLORES • Star Tribune An 18th century ritual crown from China or Tibet, typically worn by a Buddhist priest or monk, is part of Mia’s re

With a bold splash of color, Mpls. Institute of Art reimagines its South Asian galleries

MIA reinstalls its South and SE. Asian galleries, casting a bold new light on Asian art.
Andrew Hilger, a family program coordinator at the Bakken Museum, and Anika Taylor, associate director of education, created kinetic art through movem

Minnesota's quirky Bakken Museum reinvents itself with $4.5M face lift

The Bakken Museum hopes to expand its reach as it reopens this weekend.
From the John Steitz photo exhibition at MAAHMG.

Exhibits at Minnesota African American museum keep George Floyd's spirit alive

Art reflects the moment in four exhibits at Minnesota African American Heritage Museum.
"Intimate Strangers" by Andre Jacque

The future is now, in Walker Art Center's visionary new design exhibit

A design exhibition offers visions that range from optimistic to apocalyptic.
Aldo Moroni, sketching in his Minneapolis loft in July 2020. Though he was dying of pancreatic cancer, he was still hard at work.

Aldo Moroni, beloved Minneapolis artist who created tiny civilizations, dies at 67

Moroni's thing was creating and destroying "mock civilizations" as a commentary on humanity's relationship to the built environment.
Walker Art Center’s exhibit “Designs for Different Futures” opened on schedule this month.

'Desire to create' drives the gradual reopening of Twin Cities art scene

Alicia Eler Star Tribune Twin Cities art aficionados are living in a pandemic upside-down world. Some museums and galleries are re-emerging, while others remain…
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“Cracked Justice,” by artist Carolyn Crump, is part of a group show of quilts opening next Tuesday at the Textile Cente

Minneapolis quilting shows offer 'a soft place to land' on a hard topic – racism

Quilters tackle racism in a new series of Twin Cities exhibitions.
A drawing of George Floyd hung at the site of his death at the intersection of E. 38th Street and S. Chicago Avenue.

As murals of George Floyd fade, Minnesotans are working to keep their message in the public eye

Grassroots effort has collected nearly 200 boards thus far.
“Untitled (blonde business man),” 1970, by Frank Gaard Provided by Minneapolis Institute of Art

Museum exhibit illuminates the making of iconic Minneapolis artist Frank Gaard

Exhibit at Mia shines a light on the beginnings of Frank Gaard's manic, mystical style.
Siah Armajani

Artist Siah Armajani, who built bridges from Minneapolis to the world, dies at 81

A decade after Siah Armajani settled in Minnesota as an artist-in-exile, he noticed a newspaper ad offering a chance to buy property for cheap in…
Tasheka James, owner of Chubby’s Catering, prepared food at the Black Entrepreneur State Fair at Father Hennepin Bluff Park in Minneapolis.

Black Entrepreneur State Fair aims to create healing space amid pandemic, social unrest

A response to pandemic and social unrest, the fair continues through Saturday in Minneapolis.
A detail from "Canis Lupus" by Erik J Fremstad at the Minnesota State Fair Art Show. GLEN STUBBE •

While State Fair was canceled, the show goes on at its Fine Arts hall

While the State Fair was canceled, its Fine Arts show is alive and well.
The Science Museum prepares to reopen with social-distancing markers.

Science Museum of Minnesota welcomes back visitors with big changes for safety

Hit hard by the pandemic, the St. Paul hands-on museum set to reopen.
ArtReach St. Croix’s annual Mobile Art Gallery will travel to Afton State Park next weekend and Lake Elmo Regional Park Preserve Sept. 5-7.

Twin Cities galleries cautiously open their doors: 'We have to be ready for anything'

The job is more janitorial than curatorial: "We have to be ready for anything."
Once a fixture of summer in the Twin Cities, most art fairs and festivals canceled or went virtual.

A staple of Minnesota summer, art fairs like Uptown have hit the pause button

But as art lovers mourn all the pandemic-forced cancellations, a Minneapolis fest bucks the trend.
Aldo Moroni, in his Minneapolis loft.

Facing terminal cancer, Minneapolis artist Aldo Moroni is fighting to finish one last epic work

Facing terminal cancer, Minneapolis artist Aldo Moroni is still trying to finish one epic work.
Monte Carlo restaurant in Minneapolis.

Landmark North Loop restaurant reopening after first closure in 100-plus years

Plus, the Hewing Hotel reopens its rooftop patio.
“The Temptation of Saint Antony” 1635, Jacques Callot

From the Black Death to the coronavirus, pandemics can also yield powerful art

What kind of art might come from the current crisis? Two Mia curators point to the lessons of history.
Nancy B. Miller, 92, of Minneapolis was happy that Minneapolis Institute of Art was open again. "This is one of the places that I come to, to refresh

Twin Cities museum lovers rejoice as Walker, Mia reopen: 'It's emotional to be back'

The Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center reopen after four months of coronavirus closures.
Kristin Makholm was the director of the Minnesota Museum of Art in St. Paul.

Minnesota Museum of American Art fires its longtime director

In her decade-plus there, Kristin Makholm led the once-homeless museum into a landmark St. Paul venue.

Fuji Ya, one of Minneapolis' first Japanese restaurants, closes after 60 years

Pioneering riverfront sushi spot later moved to Lyn-Lake, where it has been a mainstay since 2000.
When COVID-19 canceled summer trips, Minnesotans jumped into learning new languages

When COVID-19 canceled summer trips, Minnesotans jumped into learning new languages

Minnesotans are learning new languages in quarantine for fun or familial purposes.
Walker Art Center will begin its reopening with its galleries, where it’s easier to control flow.

Minnesota museums envision a 'touchless' future as they reopen

As Twin Cities venues begin to reopen, they're rebooting the visitor experience.
Measures to promote social distancing are evident throughout the museum. This includes a directional path for viewing, distance between groups, and re

Larger-than-life Soviet art marks the first reopening of a Twin Cities art museum

The Museum of Russian Art reopens with paintings from Soviet-era Ukraine.
The bar inside of Keegan's Irish Pub Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN.

Keegan's Irish Pub and Red's Savoy in Northeast are permanently closed

Facing losses from the virus, the Irish bar and the pizza restaurant have closed their doors
Staff at the Minneapolis Institute of Art installed an Egyptian statue for a 2018 exhibit.

Minneapolis Institute of Art cuts staff in response to pandemic

Citing "economic uncertainty" due to the pandemic, the museum cut 39 jobs and reduced leaders' pay by 15%.
“Say Their Names Cemetery,” at 37th Street and Park Avenue S. in Minneapolis, includes 100 headstones representing African-Americans who have died

Two young artists create a 'cemetery' in Minneapolis to honor victims of police killings

Art installation serves as community gathering space.
Eager to get back into your favorite Twin Cities museums? You won't have to wait much longer.

Twin Cities museums aim to reopen as soon as next weekend

Bakken plans to open June 20 while Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center are aiming for mid-July.
Aribert Munzner in his studio last week. Much of his work there was water-damaged after the Ivy Arts Building caught fire in rioting May 29.

His work ruined in rioting, a 90-year-old Minneapolis artist starts anew

Minneapolis artist Aribert Munzner lost a lifetime of work in the aftermath of rioting, but kept his sense of humor.
Local artist Leslie Barlow, left, and Ryan Stopera painted a mural on the boarded-up front of Fall Out Arts Initiative in Minneapolis’ Whittier neig

George Floyd murals, graffiti across the Twin Cities spread a message of pain ⁠— and hope

Artists waste no time spreading messages of hope, healing and social change on boarded-up buildings in the Twin Cities.
Juxtaposition Arts was boarded up after being damaged during the protests.

3 minority arts organizations damaged by rioting in the Twin Cities now look to the future

Juxtaposition Arts, the Somali Museum and Hmong Cultural Center all suffered damages.
With social distancing in effect, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has become more popular than ever.

With museums and galleries closed by coronavirus, Minnesotans swarm outdoor sculpture parks

Minnesota sculpture parks are seeing a surge in visitors as people look for a break from crisis.
“Morning Walk in Como for St. Genevieve,” by Genevieve Desotelle, is part of a University of Minnesota BFA exhibit that wound up moving online.

For Minnesota art graduates, the senior show is another casualty of coronavirus

End-of-year exhibitions at Minnesota colleges have moved online, or will wait until winter.
Carla Rodriguez poured developer on the exposed plate under the red glow of a safelight. The image has to be developed within a minute of being expose

Discover fresh art and inspiration at these 5 Minnesota Instagram accounts

Minnesota artist Instagrammers bring a dose of inspiration, provocation to the social media platform.
Palette knife in hand, and face mask at the ready, plein-air painter Jacob Docksey worked on a small painting of the 1906-vintage Loring Community Art

For these Minnesotans, painting in the great outdoors is the perfect socially distant art

Painting in the great outdoors is a perfect antidote to this socially distant moment.
Alan Shestack

Former Minneapolis Institute of Art director Alan Shestack dies at 81

Former Minneapolis Institute of Art director Alan Shestack stayed in the Twin Cities for only 21 months, but during that time he shook things up.…
Fonts by Chank Diesel, Mark Simonson, Anne Ulku and Carolyn Porter.

Little-known fact: The Twin Cities is a hotbed for type designers

Meet six Twin Cities designers, several of whom make a living designing fonts.
Hattie Ball’s virtual “Visit Earth Odyssey.”

5 Minnesota artists whose work is perfect for the virtual world

This is the perfect moment for new-media artists. Here are five you should know.
Minneapolis-based artist Eric William Carroll has taken to Instagram to broadcast his show “Studio Time” live during quarantine. “Everything the

How Minnesota artists are staying creative and beating the coronavirus blues

From connecting via Instagram Live to fine-tuning drawing skills, artists are being forced to get more creative.
Caricaturist Tom Richmond’s self-portrait.

Minnesota cartoonist for Mad Magazine keeps busy with 'Coronacatures'

Burnsville-based Tom Richmond has parodied "Mad Men," drawn for Marvel and done caricatures at Valleyfair. With Comic-Cons canceled, he's inviting fans to draw with him on social media.