I started in , in a six-month, half-time The Walker-sponsored web site Mnartists. I was relieved some of the art-press famine, and weekly papers dopart an expression of the national mood recession, Rea- hired permanently only because I agreed to do restaurant their bit. But just try making your living writing about art;gan. But though the state of the country might have been reviews half the time.
I learned how to ask hard questions and to write fast while I continue to seek work that fulfills me as much as Mary at the Walker, along with Karen Gysin, was and accurately. I finagled time with big dogs like Richard writing about art did, in fits and starts, during the s andgood to me, the fledgling arts writer.
I am still proud of my work there. Later, The newspaper, while it often valued glibness over Diane Hellekson is a landscape architect living in St. During my ture wars of the s. Note: Perhaps this is an opportune moment to agree. I was buoyed by studio visits with Walter Jost and Nicollet Mall. It was exhilarating. Indear Frank Gaard. Art finances, paid pockets of two year-olds who thought it was some- blockbusters and acquisitions seemed more important than thing Minneapolis needed—again.
Hethe latest generation of a local artistic dynasty that stretches ward—or his daughter, Barbara Peet, a portrait artist also wrote a book called Trails of a Paintbrush. The sublime is whatSaint Paul. Patronage still out a generation ago. With thehelp of his wife Rose, Nicholas begat six sons; three—Adri-an, Ruben, and Edward—became artists.
Clarence took upframe-carving. We resemble each other physically. And the way. Most were Canto al Pueblo, a week-long gathering of artists, poets, With enough funding to rent a modest space in the Bazaarsecond- or third-generation Americans—many with English musicians and cultural workers from Minnesota, Colorado, International E. Lake St. Most veterans returning home New Mexico and other states, celebrating the identity of La to over 30 artists.
Through the Cold War in Other mural collaborations followed with the sup- corporate venues, the ad-hoc group disbanded after its leasethe s, activism within the community generally took the port of long-time West Side activists like Gilbert de la O, art- expired. Since the mids, Mexicanos like Gustavo they had cleaned, cleared junk, painted and lit an under- Gradually, in the former Mexican territories of Lira and Jose Luis Soto have joined with established local ground space christened ArTrujillo Multicultural StudiosCalifornia, Texas and the Southwest—inspired in part by Af- artists to continue the rich muralism of the Twin Cities.
Founded in the late s as Centro Cultural Chicano gallery and museum exhibits, workshops, murals, com- by Irene Gomez-Bethke and others, Centro transformed its munity art events and all-night dance parties. Finally, at the end of , an erraticIn the summer of , empowered by the Chicano Move- from Latin America brought more pressing issues of health, landlord caused ArTrujillo to close only to re-open in Augustment, Twin Cities students of the Latin Liberation Front education and legal aid to the fore.
Now in the heart of the Minneapolis Artsbegan a dialogue with the U of M administration regarding District, ArTrujillo Gallery has a more refined presentationreform of educational issues. Gutierrez G. JoAnna Villone. Dozens of othersZamora Research Institute. Beginning in , CreArte had a wide em- would be easily recognized as contributors to any or all of these arts brace, offering varied art exhibits, large-scale annual events groups.
Chicano Mural Movement. Handbook of Texas, University of ganization was an essential partner in founding El Colegio tently stepped forward to offer invaluable praise, funds, materialsTexas at Austin. He has been an enthusi Department of Chicano Studies: About Us. University of Min- tors in after nearly 10 years of intense activity.
Mira astic participant in ArTrujillo and a frequent collaborator withnesota. Thomas ter for Independent Artists, with a multi-cultural mission of Michael Fallon. Arts Feature. Canto al Pueblo IV. Source: interview with Ray Roybal August 10, Holly Bridges Elliot. Arts 15, no. Source: email from Maria Cristina Tavera August, The organization continues to provide support andnized as part of the Ad-Hoc Women Artists Committee in which was a series of lectures and programs discussing community for local women artists. The goal was to create a collection of artwork feminist subjects.
On a national level, a new direction was For further information on the history of WARM, please read the ex-by women so curators could no longer claim ignorance of beginning to take form within the feminist movement; Dia- hibition catalogue from WARM: A Feminist Art Collective in Minne-their work. Her point, of sexual orientation, or disability. Established to provide guid- September: member presentationstorical memory. Gal- grant opportunities, as well as how to challenge themselves comic installation.
These galleries, program still in existence today. Exhibit at the Minnesota Museum of Art. Schupbach was calling on WARM photographyestablished at the College of St Catherine as a curriculum members to address a diverse range of issues surrounding mixed mediaoption within the Visual Arts Department. This insurgence women artists including color, disability, and sexuality. The follow- Visual Arts, a large, interdisciplinary conference held at theing year, the College of St.
Catherine presented the exhibit Plaza Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. A board of di- In Judy Chicago was invited to teach an in- rectors, largely made up of financial experts and a few art-terim-term workshop at the College of St. Catherine and her ist members, was established to safeguard their funds.
Theexhibit, Metamorphosis, was displayed in the art department following year, WARM made every attempt to gain financialgallery. Feeling bolstered by their prog- spring. Their first exhibit was a collection of work by their its fiscal downfall, and in the spring of the board wasmembers, and later that year they developed The American dissolved. The organization struggled As the Art Registry grew, the gallery developed through the remaining years, eventually settling all theirother programs, including the development of their annual debts, but the members were left exhausted and ready tojuried show of Minnesota women artists.
That same year move on to other ventures. Like many other national artists that WARM members of the past and present. The beginning of the new decade brought re- Art Museum. The exhibit brought together several of thestructuring to the WARM organization, and their member- original members of WARM for a retrospective of their workship grew to Today, the Mentornewsletter into a quarterly periodical of high quality contain- program is the only remaining WARM program still in op-. The prints and drawings within are re- in the UN, the Famine Chorus gallery later simply Chorus you he started it all single-handed , were both MCAD gradu- ferrential to comic books and make fun of everything from addressed the hunger of the soul from approximately ates Kilbride on a borrowed portfolio who, after returning art, metaphysics, and religion, to women, colors, politics, Far from the popular first-impression, none of the I was brought on to tech and tape video for Wire mother, anschool, saw a need for exhibition space.
The audience observed thework of the wave of recent GI bill grads. In response to this, casionally lewd subject matter and imagery Miro, Dali, actors on closed circuit monitors and pre-recorded mono-they started up a small studio gallery in the spring of Magritte, and many other calendar-dwelling artists have logues. Light Fuse and Get Away and Planet of the Apes Christened after their own last names, the Kilbride- made their share of obscene and derrogatory paintings and played in the background along with punk and MPR. ActorsBradley Gallery showed work by many of their friends as drawings , a culmination of all sorts of pre-P.
The novice gallerists also start- an Artpolice installation at the 10th anniversary show in the lic. The installation was publicly ac- its will to provoke and explore elements of the liminal andpiece of art. I felt this when Shawndesigned campaign posters for politicians John F. What started as a one-sheet mimeographed tion in some bookstores.
Most writers responded with fear ofal Gallery. They also ran a regular section featuring rather censorship and solidarity towards the artists of Artpolice. After having garnered enough notoriety to boundaries and perhaps having broken down old ones. Forhave been written up in both TIME and Life magazines Artpolice, and especially Frank Gaard, the vitriolic criticism and , respectively , the Kilbride-Bradley gallery was a hard blow—but as a collective, they were embold-came to a close in The art-supply store, run by Erick- ened.
There was an overall feeling Artpolice ceased regular production in Fund-that the fine arts was getting treated to the short end of the ing was harder to come by, and after two decades, perhapsstick which led to various forms of student protest.
Artpolice, they were tired. Contrary to the impressions given by hisheaded up by artist Frank Gaard, then teaching at MCAD, drawings, Frank Gaard is a thoughtful and well-consideredwas one such forum that began that year. Though it began man. Behind his words lie the sarcasm and rigor found inas a project with unpredictable reception, Artpolice became his work, and these qualities, combined with practical leftistsomething of a more regular irregularly published effort ideals, are what Artpolice was bound together with.
Artpoliceas students and other contributors, as well as audiences, not only gave a voice and an audience to many artists, it alsogrew fond of the compilations. Regularly contributing artists pressed its viewers to confront their own ideas on feminism,included Chris Woodward, Andrew Baird, Fritz Wolfmeyer, politics, religion, and art by covering every other page withRobert Corbit, and Gregory Miller. If you need a venue, create a venue.
All volumes are for reference only. The burgeoning arts scene in the WarehouseThere have been dozens of exceptional arts spaces in the the Warehouse District was going strong, and artists were District had inevitably attracted the unwanted attention ofTwin Cities since the s, both well-known and unknown, able to eek out a modest living selling their work. This number fails who had not yet been able—or willing—to carve out a niche to cover the cost of uprooting and relocating—a feat thatto include the many remarkable spaces you could visit right in the Warehouse District scene.
The tone was younger, and would have been impossible if the gallery had not incorpo-now, such as Midway Contemporary, First Amendment, more in spirit with the punk rock-ethos that was dominating rated as a non-profit. Rifle Sport was not a non-profit, and their emphasis on twenty years. No Name continued to mount forward-look-fully chosen three that represent, more or less, the scope installation and performance art over sales assured they ing performances and installations during the mids.
Inand geography of alternative arts spaces in our cities over were not beholden to the market—pressures of that would , after an impressive rehabilitation process, the gallerythe last 20 years. No Name took the nameI. This marked the end for Rifle Sport. The foot space. Shortly thereafter, Rifle Sport was gone. They were instead crossing the river to Northeast Min-es that, according to one source, accounted for one quarter II.
Noof all crimes reported downtown. Smallerthat characterized the Minneapolis art scene located around mer furrier warehouse. Muir and Tittle wanted to use the spaces like Icebox, Art Is Not A Sacred Object, the Space adjoining storefront as a gallery space, and through a clever Gallery, and the International Gallery also found homes in series of negotiations with the landlord, the pair were able cheap storefronts that had previously housed ethnic retail- to have the rent waived by installing a sprinkler system.
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A rotating cast of characters, Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, which organized both established Warehouse District artists and University Art-A-Whirl, the first gallery hop in the cities since the end of Minnesota art students, began to turn up to serve as a of the Warehouse District era. The feel for Northeast was regular volunteer corps—designing fliers and gallery sit- more utilitarian—painters and sculptors mixed with graphic ting.
This multi- gallery was open and generous, extending opportunities to media approach was perhaps best reflected by a space like a wide range of artists in any medium. No Name quickly Creative Electric, which was run by designer Dave Salmela, established itself on the vanguard of contemporary arts in photographer Karl Raschke, and musician Kurt Froehlich, the city, showing emerging and unknown young artists and, from to last spring, in a storefront space and apartment under the direction of performance curator Morgan Thors- formerly belonging to an electric wiring business.
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Thus, the group has a stake in the same community as the people about whose work they make deci-Troy Douglas Pieper sions. Each year a general assembly is held to elect new pan- el members. The panel, elected from the pool of Minnesotan art-managed a victory that remains unmatched anywhere else to local artists. It is, as current panelin the country. They would call it the Minnesota Artists Exhibition popularity and in participation, from artists on the firstlocal artists could show their work—were just beginning to Program.
It was agreed the experiment would last one year, mailing list to 4, today. In Minneapolis, a major but the public received the project with such enthusiasm five shows chosen from the or so proposals received an-institution was persuaded to devote an entire gallery to the that it continues today. However, every ten years the space is opened up towork of living artists within the state. Its duration is impressive, but what sets the pro- any artist statewide that wishes to exhibit.
Foundations like that is controlled by artists. Program Director Stewart Turn- nesota. But thetion space for their work. The muse- Minnesota. But that is not the case here. Truth and Activism and to simply be. A retraction, however, can- four days spanned several avenues of hip-hop culture. The not erase the impact of the feature. Do your thing. Besides the but they often turn to the cover article first.
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Meanwhile, aerosol artists are the very ills are they were fighting against. I was appalled to discover a respected local me-sual art exhibit associated with B-Girl Be—showcased work women, it definitely ranks high on the list. I believe journalists should strive to open minds,camouflage, paisley, plaid, wallpaper, and mosaic motifs— B-Girl Be centered around the City Pages article on the fes- not close them. Allegations of misrepresenta- City Pages—where investigative reporting is the empha-book illustrations of women fighting; a housewife serv- tion and defamation came from b-girl Amy Sackett.
What weing a apple-stuffed pig on a silver platter, with the phrase stated that quotes in the article were wrongly attributed to document is what we hold as truth at this point in time. Niz stenciled female highlighted in a manner that tokenized the B-girls; ironi- Hip-hop creates a dialogue. The dialoguesrecords, establishing them as makers of music, not simply Essentially, Scholtes heard and saw something that arose from the City Pages article provided anotherthe subjects of it.
A piece by Stef Skillz resembled chalk sexual, and had to showcase it: hastily pasted into a descrip- learning experience to everyone involved with B-girl Be. The b-girls had other things on No other genre of music can both empower and their plates. I understood the connection between the text and the art- Neighborhood, Rebecca Silus work, even if it needed a bit more finesse. Callie Clark-Wiren I am not saying that none of these artists have po- Although this exhibit is a good opportunity for the tential—many do—however, I question whether this work is students to gain exhibition experience, I worry some of theirGet stARTed ready for the public eye.
Some of the work is promising, but bad habits may stick. I enjoyed ments?
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Although there are positive attributes in this oppor-recent show, Get stARTed, broke the formula—showing the his perspective on the private and personal, however I was tunity for all parties, there are also dangers—let them treadwork of current MFA students from MCAD. Though this disappointed in how much it looks like the work of Angela forward with caution. Both photographs allude to the in-MFAs. They have the occasional star, such as Andrea Carl- nocence of youth, but with the darkness that can lie belowson, but for the most part I am left dissatisfied with the re- the surface.
I wantat Burnet is no different. Their artist of memory often are. They are emotional, hazy and on thestatements typically add insult to injury—they use plenty of verge of being lost. The images are personal, and her artistlarge art terms, but rarely are those qualities reflected in statement actually reflects the work. She does not put onthe work. Take, for example, the works of Hyun Kim and airs about her work—as some of her classmates do—by us-Timothy Abel. If they continuea great deal more meaning, assisted by his artist statement. I liked feeling that there was always August 4 - October 7, just a little more history around the bend.
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