Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

History always has an agenda, says author Annette Atkins.

Many of us grew up in a time when the agenda was to teach patriotism.

But now, she says, we want to take pride in a bigger story.

Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out is published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Social commentary is not foreign to Prøve Gallery shows, and their new exhibit brings a fresh voice inviting the audience to examine their cultural constructs and social discomfort that create and sustain disparity and inequality. Duluth Artist Carla Hamilton returns to the space with a solo show called “Minnesota Nice” with collage, film and more. 

Jonathan Thunder

Jonathan Thunder's Suspension of Disbelief is open at the Duluth Art Institute

You can take a look at the video here

Marlene Wisuri's The Cost of Living is at the MacRostie Gallery in Grand Rapids through the end of the month

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Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Michael Schumacher, the author of The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America's Soul, published in 2018 by the University of Minnesota Press.

Carl Gawboy

Niiyo-wiij-anishinaabeg or four friends, a new show in The Depot Great Hall, has opened and is up through July 24.  Minnesota artists George Morrison, Joe Geshick and Carl Gawboy each took different artistic paths with their work but their journeys as leading Ojibwe artists in the 20th century brought them together. They welcome you on this journey with them, as the fourth friend.

Chholing Taha

Where's the best art opening this week?  What shows are closing?  Are there any calls-for-entries anywhere?  Annie Dugan brings you a comprehensive look at Where's Art every Monday morning at 8:20am on Northland Morning.  This week:

Two openings at the Duluth Art Institute on Thursday, Chholing Taha: Every Spirit Tells A Story, and Payton MacDonald: Sonic Divide.

©Lisa Johnson

This week,  what's in a name?

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The Superior Shorts series is billed as "short fiction on a theme read live on stage by local performers."

But, as usual in this town, some of the most fun is had after the show.

Bob King loves to share stories.  Which might explain his work as a photojournalist and editor for the Duluth News Tribune and his writing and photography about the night sky.

And another thing: darkness matters.

Chholing Taha

Chholing Taha brings her work to the Duluth Art Institute this month in a show called “Every Spirit Tells a Story.” Her bright and vibrant paintings inspired by Great Lakes tribes opens with a reception and artist talk on Thursday, July 12, from 6-9 pm

Painter and ceremonial shawl maker Chholing Taha is a Cree First Nations artist is originally from Quebec and New York state but now is based in Minnesota.  You can hear more from her at the artist talk on July 12, the exhibit is on display through September 2, 2018.

Taha shares her journey with us here on Radio Gallery.

Courtesy of Cai Studio/Netflix

What do you value most about the Iron Range?  If you  have or want to express it art-wise, there's an open call for it as part of the Annual Iron Range Exhibit.  Here's more information:

UMD theater professor Tom Isbell was a darling of television producer Burt Metcalf (M*A*S*H) and went on to work in movies with the likes of Anne Bancroft and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Then he left a career most young actors can only dream of ... because of an earthquake.

Seriously?

Maija Jenson

CHOICE Unlimited has partnered with St. Louis County to share a new public art project, a beautiful Lake Superior mural.  We hear from contributing artist Cody and Maria Brown, the lead artist of the recently installed mural. With the participation of over a dozen artists, the Lake Superior shore scene was developed by committee and created one piece at a time by those involved in the ARTS program at CHOICE Unlimited.

MN Reads: Savory Sweet

Jun 28, 2018
University of Minnesota Press and Mette Nielsen

What do you do with another pile of beets form your CSA?

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