Arts

Arts and culture

The Duluth Art Institute offers a workshop on that "most excruciating" task: writing an artist statement. (It's not recommended that you actually use one of these, but they are a lot of fun to read).

Hannah & David Lippert / Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance

Inspired by the work of Dr. Khalil "Haji" Dokhanchi, both in the public schools and at UWS (In 2009, Dokhanchi was awarded a fellowship from the Genocide Intervention Network), playwright and director Kathy Laakso undertook to write a work about the children of the Holocaust.

Twin Citian Daniel Lancaster and his family fell under the spell of John Beargrease over ten years ago when they began traveling north on vacations.

Anxious to learn more about the man behind the legend, Lancaster says he ended up writing the book he wanted to find, but couldn't.

A record-breaking 182 artists entered the Duluth Art Institute's Member Show this year, and Annie Dugan has her eye on some new artists to watch.

Friday is Paint Night with Karen Savage-Blue at Gimaajii - and since it's her birthday, it will technically be Paint-and-Cake Night ...

©Nichole Modeen/The Duluth Playhouse Childen's Theatre

"We as a community and a culture have a
great responsibility to model what we'd like our
children to become and provide them with
opportunities to see the best of us." ~ Kate Horvath

Essayist and artist Andy Sturdevant joins us in the studio to weigh in on hotdish like a Rothko,  Ralph's Corner Bar and the poignance of the Minnesotan's long memory for the way things were.

Coffee House Press

Annie discusses a few events of interest this week:

On Wednesday, January 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the Duluth Art Institute is holding its annual Member Meeting at the Lincoln , although the general public is invited to attend.  Minneapolis artist and writer Andy Sturdevant will be the featured speaker.  His first book, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, was published by Coffee House Press in 2013.  In honor of his book, the Institute welcomes attendees to bring their own hot dish to pass.

Mueez Ahmad

For the 12th time (they average this about once every three years)  UMD Theatre is off to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, this time to perform playwright/director Tom Isbell's One River.

Author Mary Casanova has spent 35 years looking at Rainy Lake and its iconic lift bridge to Canada out of her living room windows.

So it's not surprising that weather plays a central role in her novel Frozen, and it's new companion book, Ice-Out, nor is it surprising that ice-out itself is a metaphor for her central character.

Gordon Coons 2002

Ojibwe Artist Gordon Coons continues with his Catalyst series at Intermedia Arts, Dimensions of Indigenous with Cultural Identity Politics.  Teamed up with Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra of Xinka-Lenca, El Salvador, together their work has focused on indigenous identity, storytelling and the impact of colonizastion.  Through collaborative art and public events, they move the conversation forward in and out of the gallery setting.  You can see their current work,  up through February 4, 2017 at Intermedia Arts at 2822 Lyndale Ave S.

Former St. Paul Pioneer Press outdoors reporter Chris Niskanen provides a playful, insightful, surprising guide to all things Minnesotan, the perfect read for newcomers and life-long residents alike.

(pg 114-155 have great ideas for Fun With 30 Below Wind Chills: everything from pounding a nail with a frozen banana to the ever-popular tossing-a-cup-of-boiling-water-in-the-air-to-watch-it-freeze)

Anne Labovitz

Minnesota artist and Duluth native Anne Labovitz is on a 5-year artistic journey celebrating Duluth sister cities.  Through conversations with people and leaders in our five sister cities and in Duluth, Labovitz has created works in paint, words and video that include, reflect and are inspired by these personal interactions.  In 2017 the exhibit will finish its travels to all the Duluth sister cites, culminating in a show at the Tweed Museum of Art in May, 2018.

Cecilia Ramon

Annie Dugan will don her deerstalker hat and investigate the visual artists we may or may not have lost in 2016 - could there be reason to celebrate after all?

And Cecilia Ramon hosts a talk Thursday about ecological design and her time spent at Schumacher College in England.

MN Historical Society Press

Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Duluth author Margi Preus, whose new picture book, Storm's Coming! (2016, Minnesota Historical Society Press, with illustrations by David Geister) tells of a young girl who reads nature's signs to tell of a change in the weather.

Minnesota Reads is produced at KUMD with funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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