Walker Wide Open, Part Three

Growing up I remember regularly being told how modern art was supposed to challenge the sensibilities of mainstream society. It was the artist’s job to make us look at things from a different perspective, even if it made us uncomfortable. Peruse the collection of any modern art center and you will find works that will…

Walker Wide Open, Part Two

In part two of Walker Wide Open, a report about my visit to the Walker Art Center’s newly-refurbished Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, I’ll share some more photos of the sculptures and a little about the garden features of this must-see attraction. The gift shop at the Walker Art Center has plenty of items emblazoned with images…

Walker Wide Open, Part One

When the folks at Wikipedia came up with this definition of  “sculpture garden” – “several permanently sited works in durable materials in landscaped surroundings” – perhaps they had the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in mind. When it opened in 1988, it was one of the first urban sculpture parks of its kind. After almost 30 years…

Blind Lady Justice

Imagine if someone dressed like this showed up on your doorstep. Would you be intrigued? Would you want to know more? Would you wonder how in the world the person was walking around with a blindfold over their eyes? Chances are good that if you’ve ever been in a courtroom you’ve seen an image called…

Still Fresh and Amazing

Many museums pretty much always stay the same. One visit is all that is necessary unless you are really into the subject to which the museum is dedicated. That is never the case with MIA, aka, the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Yes, it is filled many favorite pieces that are “can’t miss” whenever I go…

Annual Rite of Spring – Art in Bloom

“Rite – a religious or other solemn ceremony or act.” (Dictionary.com) Art in Bloom is a four-day festival of floral arrangements and fine art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art that features 165 floral designs that interpret works of art from the MIA’s collection. My selected samples below show why Art in Bloom has become…