Modern in Minneapolis

June 1st, 2012

This weekend, head over to the MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) for an exhibition on modern art. Two Sides of the Modern: Maverix ReMix looks at the two major movements of modern art on both sides of the Second World War. Twenty three selected works of art from the collections of Myron Kunin and Gordon Locksley reveal the individual approaches to modern art, as well as recurrent themes that run through the years. A particular favourite of mine is the works of Ralston Crawford. He often painted the mundane industrial side of America that architects like Corbusier traveled to Minnesota see firsthand. Using simplified forms, contrasting, seemingly flat colours and bright light, he created beautiful paintings that glorified an America of production and hard work.

 Ralston Crawford  
Vertical Buildings and Lights in an Aircraft Plant, by Ralston Crawford

Looking to purchase some art? Altered Aesthetics in NE Minneapolis is holding the Bike Art VII, the 7th annual sale of bicycle inspired art. The Opening reception runs from 7-10p this Friday, June 1. Artist discussions will be held on Saturday from 1-3p. The show features work from 22 local artists in a mix of mediums. As always, this event is free and open to the public.

Ghostly Reminder, by Michelle Lee

While in the NE neighborhood, stop bay Danish Teak Classics for the last weekend of our annual Memorial Day Sale. Discounts range from 15-50% on everything. 


Grand Ol' Day kicks off its annual celebration this Sunday, June 3rd on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. After contemplating the masterpieces of the modern greats and our local heros, head to The Current's stage at Dixies on Grand for some great local musical talent. From noon to 5p, the line-up features Solid Gold, The Soviettes, Blind Shake, and the lovable Charlie Parr. Along the 3 mile stretch of Grand Ave, you'll find fantastic state fair-style foods, hand-made goods, music and of course gardens of adult beverages. Let's hope the weather holds out!

Solid Gold performing at Grand Ol' Day in 2009

Caroline Engel for Danish Teak Classics

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