August 2010 Archives

Architecture at the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is full of interesting architecture, so MPR's Morning Edition's Cathy Wurzer took a tour of the fair and the buildings that make up its unique history.  Take a listen and view photos, here:

Rosalux gets 'continued'

When Rosalux Gallery closed shop in downtown Minneapolis last year, the local art community bemoaned the loss. Fortunately, under the direction of Terrence Payne, the cooperatively run gallery is reopening this weekend in northeast Minneapolis with a group show ("To Be Continued ...") and a revamped lineup of member artists. Rosalux vets Tara Costello and John Diebel are back, as are regulars Shawn McNulty, Toni Gallo, Nick Howard, David Malcolm Scott, Rebecca Krinke [of the U of MN Landscape Architecture department], John Largaespada and Bob Roscoe. Notable additions include sculptor Amelia Biewald and plush designer Asia Ward, as well as Laura Stack, Anna Tsantir, Dave Whannel and James Wrayge. As before, expect an eclectic mix of work, with media ranging from painting, drawing and sculpture to mixed media and digital photography. Based on the solid returning talent and heavy-hitting additions, it should be worth the wait. Rosalux Gallery, 1224 NE. 2nd St., Mpls. New hours: 4-8 p.m. Thursdays & Fridays, 2-6 p.m. Saturdays.

mn original cameras are capturing the creative process in arts studios all around the Twin Cities. We take viewers behind the scenes to meet the elders and the emerging talents in all of the arts disciplines - musicians, visual artists, poets, writers, dancers, filmmakers, architects and designers - all of whom make up the vast array of creative talent living and working in Minnesota.

Warren MacKenzie has made a huge name for himself as a master of functional pottery from the Midwest and beyond. mn original spends an afternoon with Mackenzie in his Stillwater studio as he fires pots and prepares for an exhibition in New York. Produced by mn original:

The Arboretum will provide the setting when TigerLion Arts theater troupe presents Nature, a mythic telling of Emerson and Thoreau's mutual love affair with the natural world, Thursdays through Sundays, Aug. 19-Sept. 5. 

Performances are scheduled as follows: 
Aug. 19, 20, 26, 27 at 6 p.m.
Aug. 21-22, 28-29 at 3 and 6 p.m.
Sept. 2-3 at 6 p.m.
Sept. 4-5 at 3 and 6 p.m.

For more information go to

Updated ARTstor subject guides now available

There are now twenty-two updated subject guides available on ARTstor's website, at In addition to highlighting relevant collections in each subject, these one-page handouts highlight unique interdisciplinary content in ARTstor, search strategies, and search terms that greatly aid discoverability across disciplines in the Digital Library.

Arts and Architecture subject guides:


This handout highlights ARTstor content related to architecture and the built environment, including monuments, buildings, drawings, models, plans, and QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) panoramas.
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artstor chair.jpgDESIGN

This handout highlights ARTstor content related to western and non-western design, which include images of drawings, models, posters, advertisements, appliances, furniture, and cars from a variety of periods.
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artstor costume.jpgFASHION AND COSTUME

This handout highlights ARTstor content related to fashion and costume, including images of historical fashion, costumes, designers, and fashion shows.
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artstor photo.jpgPHOTOGRAPHY

This handout highlights ARTstor content related to the history of photography, including works by significant photographers chronicling people, events, and places of our time, as well as images documenting the development of landmark processes and technologies, from early daguerreotypes to contemporary prints.
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artstor dance.jpgTHEATER AND DANCE

This handout highlights ARTstor content related to theater and dance, including images of costumes, venues, and staged performances from around the world, as well as portraits and performance shots of notable playwrights, theater directors, choreographers, set and costume designers, actors, and dancers.
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Colonnade Row- Architectural Mystery Solved!

Whatever happened to the other half of Colonnade Row- a 200 foot long row of white marble columns built in downtown Manhattan in 1833?  70 years later, half of the building was torn down.  Where did those beautiful marble columns go?  To find out, take a look at this video from the New York Times:

For more information on New York City's historic buildings visit the Architecture/Landscape Architecture Library to look at these books:

landmarks.jpgThe landmarks of New York : an illustrated record of the city's historic buildings/ Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel

guide 3.jpgGuide to New York City landmarks/ New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission ; text by Andrew S. Dolkart, Matthew A. Postal ; foreword by Michael R. Bloomberg

great city.jpgBuilding New York : the rise and rise of the greatest city on Earth/ Bruce Marshall

"We thought some of the ideas were crazy. We know some of them are," Architecture undergraduate Daniel Carlson tells Jenna Ross, writing for the Star Tribune. "But the more we designed them, the more they took root and really felt like they belonged there, to us." Carlson is referring to the design visions he and three of his fellow students have for the Mississippi riverfront -- everything from a steam plant spa to terraces that lead to the water's edge. Those design visions are compiled in Imagining the Mississippi: 30 Ways to Transform the Riverfront, a book and exhibition currently on display at the Mill City Museum.

"The four architecture students had seen enough uninspired 'master plans,'" writes Ross. "They wanted their vision of the Mississippi riverfront to take more chances, going beyond better signs and brighter lights."

Ross also cites Pat Nunnally (River Life program), who advised the students after Carlson came back from a trip to northern Europe to study 10 accessible waterfronts. "He came back and asked, 'Why can't we do some of this stuff here?'" Nunally recalls for Ross. "If you unlock yourself from the traces of institutional thinking, you say, 'Hey, why not?'"

Goldstein named Small Museum of the Month

The Goldstein Museum of Design has been named Small Museum of the Month by the Small Museum Association.  Each year, the Goldstein presents three or four exhibitions in McNeal Hall and six to eight in Rapson Hall's HGA Gallery. The Goldstein's collection is a major design resource for local practitioners.