A Fashionable Fall Arts Preview
35 must-see shows! Plus: 10 artists to watch (and why we love them) in the season’s most dramatic new looks.
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After three years of exile, the Minnesota Museum of American Art is moving into the Pioneer-Endicott Building in downtown St. Paul and opening a new exhibition this fall. • The Walker Art Center reshuffles its permanent-collection display with The Living Years: Art After 1989, opening September 6 and sampling the global-art scene post-Cold War. • What are those zeitgeisty Scandinavians up to now? The new Nelson Cultural Center at the American Swedish Institute, with its gallery and gift shop, is perhaps Minnesotans’ best way to find out, offering quirky, clean-lined design to make us feel like the fuddy-duddy Americans we are.
It takes vision to fill the 12,000-square-foot Soap Factory gallery, as DuCett will do by September 8 when he opens Why We Do This, a series of installations playing off shared memories and myths. (Visitors can play a giant game of Battleship or glimpse Sasquatch through a cabin window.) It also takes cojones. In fact, DuCett may be the Twin Cities’ most amiably ambitious artist right now, balancing exhibitions with commissions, like a deal with the Walker Art Center gift shop to design pint glasses. It’s his art, we just live in it.
When his MAEP exhibition, Coming Out Party, opens at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on October 19, Blegen will be one of the youngest artists ever chosen for the honor. But he’s no novice. Four years ago, while still at the University of Minnesota, he erected an inflatable monument of President George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., and founded 1419, a notorious Minneapolis art space since closed by the city. He’s now copying artworks by Jenny Holzer and other artists he could never afford to collect, a commentary on the art world itself.
Top 7 Picks
9.29 Graphic designers parse politics in We the Designers at the Goldstein Museum of Design. goldstein.design.umn.edu
10.5 The Weinstein Gallery summarizes a local legend’s career in Charles Biederman: 60 Years of American Modernism. weinstein-gallery.com
10.13 The Weisman Art Museum shows Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba, a collection of Tillim’s coolly composed photographs of Africa. wam.umn.edu
10.28 China’s Terracotta Warriors features eight of the famed artifacts and many contextual objects at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. artsmia.org
11.3 Contemporary landscape artist David Malcolm Scott and architectural designer Bob Roscoe open Space is the Place at Rosalux Gallery. rosaluxgallery.com
11.10 Cindy Sherman opens at the Walker Art Center, featuring 170 photographs of—who else?—Sherman. walkerart.org