The Fall 2013 Arts Guide to Culture, Museums, and Entertainment
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American Swedish Institute
The innovative world of glass-making is on display as part of a cutting-edge exhibit at the American Swedish Institute, Pull, Twist, Blow—Transforming the Kingdom of Crystal from now through Oct. 13.
Presented in partnership with The Glass Factory of Sweden, Pull, Twist, Blow makes its U.S. debut by showcasing innovative pieces by 11 Swedish artists: Fredrik Nielsen (morphed pitchers), Åsa Jungnelius, Simon Klenell, Helena Kågebrand (pickled tongues and glass dentures), Peter Hermansson (Graal objects), Karl-Magnus Nilsson (lost-wax castings), Charles Stern, Matilda Kästel, Ingalena Klenell (“Homeland,” a glass forest), Ludvig Löfgren and Annika Jarring (combs and suitcase). Each work will be presented side-by-side with more traditional glassworks from The Glass Factory’s extensive collection that served as a reference point for the modern creations.
Also highlighted in the show are eight Minnesota artists who are impacting the craft of glass making right here in the Twin Cities: Michael Boyd, Eoin Breadon, Todd Cameron, Spencer Cleland, Christopher Gray, Fred Kaemmer, David Royce, and Rich Schneider.
ASI seeks to engage the community with the medium of glass through events outside the traditional exhibit halls this fall, including “A Night of Social Wonder” on Oct. 9 (in partnership with the American Craft Council), and “Cocktails at the Castle: Hel’s Halloween Bash” on Oct. 31.
The American Swedish Institute, founded in 1929, serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden.
The American Swedish Institute is located at 2600 Park Ave. in Minneapolis.
For more information about exhibits or events, visit www.asimn.org or call 612-871-4907.
James J. Hill House
Late artist Paul Kramer’s paintings are a lesson in history; an example of how the more things change, the more they stay the same. A highly respected teacher, gallery director, and award-winning artist, his iconic scenes in and around St. Paul—of the High Bridge, Fort Snelling, Mickey’s Diner, and the Cathedral (among others)—“pay tribute to the artistic legacy of the state,” says Brian Szott, head of collections and art curator for the Minnesota Historical Society.
From now through Oct. 13, people can see Kramer’s paintings on display in “Other Realities: The Art of Paul S. Kramer,” in the gallery of the James J. Hill House mansion, operated by the Minnesota Historical Society located in the heart of St. Paul. Featuring more than 30 paintings—many from the Kramer family’s own private collection—the exhibit coincides with the release of a book by the same name, written by art historian Julie L’Enfant and published by Afton Press.
Art gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Visitors can see the exhibit as part of the regular house tours or with a gallery-only admission of $2. Admission to tour the house is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and college students, $6 for children 6-17, and free for MHS members.
The Minnesota Historical Society values artwork that interprets Minnesota in colorful and unexpected ways. MHS owns a permanent collection of fine art, totaling more than 6,000 paintings, prints, and drawings relating to Minnesota and its history.
For more information, visit www.mnhs.org/hillhouse or call 651-341-7555 to make a reservation.
Science Museum of Minnesota
The Maya created one of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world. Learn about the rise and eventual decline of this fascinating society through Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed at the Science Museum of Minnesota, now through Jan. 5, 2014. At 15,000 square feet, this is the largest touring exhibit ever built by the Science Museum. It includes dozens of hands-on activities, hundreds of never-before-seen artifacts and immersive environments that let visitors explore and experience a temple room, an ancient tomb, a starry night sky and more.
Maya is designed to give visitors a glimpse at a cross-section of Maya life —from divine kings who ruled powerful cities to the artisans and laborers who formed the backbone of Maya society. Visitors will also get a close look at the scientific work being carried out at key Maya sites across Central America to understand exactly how we know what we know of the once-hidden ancient Maya culture.
Admission is $21 for adults and $12 for kids and seniors (ticket price includes admission to Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed and the Science Museum’s permanent exhibit galleries).
A perfect complement to the exhibition—Mystery of the Maya—will run in the museum’s Omnitheater. The film takes viewers on a journey back in time with the explorers who unearthed this majestic ancient civilization in the jungles of Central America in the early 19th century.
Detailed ticket information is available at www.smm.org/maya.
The 2013-14 season of Northrop MOVES at the University of Minnesota reflects a 95-year tradition of presenting world-class artists and a dedication to work that is fresh, exciting, and new.
The season launches Sept. 21 with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performing influential Swedish choreographer Mats Ek’s Casi-Casa.
The first Women of Substance event kicks off Oct. 12 with the physically explosive piece Blush from Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance. On Oct. 30, after wowing Minnesotan audiences with Snow White, Ballet Preljocaj returns with the U.S. premiere of And then, one thousand years of peace. On Nov. 12, the Minnesota debut of Shanghai Ballet brings to life the storybook ballet The Butterfly Lovers, complete with the company’s trademark precise classical movement. On Dec. 5, the final Women of Substance performance from Kate Weare Company showcases excerpts from a brand new work, Dark Lark, as well as the visually austere and flirtatious Garden. On Jan. 14, Wayne McGregor|Random Dance returns with FAR, exploring ideas of the mind-body relationship through cognitive science and movement. On Feb. 8, the Minnesota debut of Royal New Zealand Ballet will include an impressive sampling of this classically trained ballet company’s repertoire. The season closes March 12-15 with Trisha Brown Dance Company in a copresentation with Walker Art Center. Her uncontested legacy as a pioneer of postmodern dance is celebrated with this farewell tour of works made for the stage.
Northrop performances will take place in the State and Orpheum Theatres in Minneapolis, The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, and Walker Art Center, until they move back to their revitalized space on April 4, 2014. A full schedule of grand reopening events will be announced in the fall.
To order tickets to any of the performances, call 612-624-2345 or visit www.northrop.umn.edu.
In celebration of 26 years of magnificent, magical ballet, Ballet Minnesota is pirouetting off their season with a free Fall Concert Oct. 25-26 at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine’s University, where all of Ballet Minnesota’s concerts will take place during the 2013-14 season. The free October concert will feature Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” with spellbinding choreography by Andrew Rist.
From Dec. 18-22, Ballet Minnesota will perform the full-length, traditional Classic Nutcracker, a brilliant, moving performance from beginning to end. The German fairytale, written in 1816 (and first performed as a ballet in 1892), still appeals to audiences nearly 200 years later thanks to the timeless storyline, classic music, and graceful dancing. Ballet Minnesota’s Classic Nutcracker includes original choreography, a cast of more than 130 talented dancers, incredible set design, colorful costumes, and fun special effects that bring Clara’s dream to life. It’s the perfect festive holiday show for families of all ages.
During the weekend of May 3-5, Ballet Minnesota dancers will perform at the 26th Minnesota Dance Festival, showcasing the original choreographed work of Ballet Minnesota as well as the work of other regional dance companies.