I recently returned to Minnesota after spending some time, first, abroad and then in California, and so it seems only fitting that my “best of” choices for 2012 are rather displaced and eclectic. As the newest member of the mnartists.org team, I am still familiarizing myself with the local arts scene. It seems like most of the Minnesota shows and exhibitions I loved last year cropped up in unexpected spots, and all of them share that element of whimsy that tends to thrive in small spaces.
Poor Nobodys/Battleship Potemkin/Trylon
The Big String Thing/Open Field
The Big String Thing brought together strangers with the under-appreciated and family-friendly fireside activity of string figures.
Taja Will/Playing the Building
Among the ghosts of the Warehouse District’s Aria in the old Theatre of the Jeune Lune, Taja Will and her troupe of dancers interpreted, echoed, and responded to David Byrne’s jarring interactive musical piece Playing the Building.
AMTK/Modern Times Café
Wall-to-wall creatures and priests, psychoses and séances, mixed with vibrant vegan food? Works by Tynan Kerr, Andie Mazorol & Lauren Roche of art collaborative AMTK at Modern Times Café in Powderhorn made me feel like I was grabbing breakfast in the tree house I never had.
Art Shanties/Medicine Lake
Perhaps it is because I hail from the Golden State in which my hometown has never seen snow, but the idea of an art fair on ice is absolutely exhilarating to me!
The Giant Sing Along/Minnesota State Fair
The Giant Sing Along at the Minnesota State Fair gave passersby the pleasure of performance with unregulated, unsupervised karaoke as a platform.