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The Curator Is In, April 5, 2012

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MIA: Our curators are now online and ready for your questions.

Christopher Atkins: In the spirit of sharing some favorite exhibitions and artworks…I just got back from a trip to NYC where I saw TONS of art, from galleries to museums to studio visits. One of the shows I remember, which will only be up until Saturday is Donald Moffett’s new work at Marianne Boesky gallery. This was my first time seeing so much of his work but I really enjoyed the combination of ready-made objects with raw materials, bright colors and sensual textures. Awesome.

Corine Wegener: Hi everyone. I wanted to share with you a recent exhibition I attended at the Arthur Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution. Masters of Mercy: Buddha’s Amazing Disciples  (through July 8th) is a fantastic must see! Kano Kazunobu (b. 1816) produced more than 100 paintings of the superhuman feats of the five hundred followers of Buddha. It’s hard not to make comparisons to modern day Anime and Manga.

Alethea J.D.: Teehee—it’s rough having these pretty boys–do we have to put masculinity on them already? C feels the same as Dan wondering when I’m going to cut off the ‘fro.

Phil F.: It probably would have helped if I know “the stories” that the paintings’ referred to. Gapgic novels are an interesting comparison though. I preferred the Views of Mt Fuji collection.

Jennifer Olivarez: If anyone is planning on visiting Finland this month, the Ateneum Art Museum has a great exhibition of one of Sweden’s most beloved artists–Carl Larsson. Called “In Search of the Good Life,” the exhibition brings together oil paintings as well as many of Larsson’s meticulous watercolors of his own family in genre scenes. The detail is astounding! Also, the exhibition (which unfortunately can’t travel to the US) features some “home movie” footage of the artist and his family–including him painting! (Kind of art history geek stuff, I admit). But if you’re interested in Larsson, check it out.

Lynne M.: His work is jaw-droppingly gorgeous and pulls us into his world.

Thomas Rassieur: There is a remarkable show in Cleveland–”Rembrandt in America” AND it’s coming to the MIA this summer! It’s largest group of Rembrandt paintings ever gathered together in this country. Many of them are amazing masterpieces. They come from two dozen museums from coast-to-coast, plus some outstanding private collections. You may want to catch it in Cleveland, but DON’T MISS IT at the MIA!

Christopher Atkins: Oh yeah, I remember hearing something about this show!

Emily H.: Wish I was in Minnesota to see it :-(

Carissa G.: So excited for this. It will probably be my only “vacation” this year. -cg

Jody H.: Fantastic, We are so lucky to have people to via/push for beauty and good things here, Minneapolis has some grand people.

Joe Horse Capture: There is an exhibition that is in the final stages of touring Minnesota that I think is very important to Native American art in our state. “Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place” will open at the Mille Lacs Museum tomorrow (until May 18, 2012) and then to the Tweed Museum (May 28th – June 30, 2012) in Duluth.

Jean E. H. J.: Thank you for sharing all of the dates and places, as well as the link!

Christopher Atkins: What about the show “everyone loves to hate?” Has anyone seen the 2012 Whitney Biennial?

Carl A. S.: This iteration of the Biennial doesn’t seem to be hated on so hard as some past versions, in fact, it seems to be doing really well critically and I’m totally jealous that you got to go see it. The Hilton Kramer obit in the NYT had a great quote about the ’75 Biennial, though- “The Whitney curatorial staff has amply demonstrated its weakness for funky, kinky, kitschy claptrap in recent years, and there is the inevitable abundance of this rubbish in the current show.”

Dennis Michael Jon: Seems like there are always so many marvelous exhibitions of contemporary art at galleries and museums across the country, but several recently caught my eye as must-sees. First up is Kehinde Wiley’s “The World Stage: Israel,” and exhibition of new paintings, textiles, and papercuts now on view at the Jewish Museum in New York City. Based on photographs of men of various religious and ethnic backgrounds that Wiley took while visiting Israel, the exhibition is one in a series of similar shows by Wiley exploring the global diaspora.

Annie D.: Loved this exhibition. Got the chance to see it 2 weekends ago. Stunning.

Jennifer Olivarez: Thinking about artworks in other cities rather broadly, how about some historic house museums if you’re traveling to Chicago? The top on my list is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, perhaps the most avant-garde, sculptural Prairie School house and a landmark of 20th-century architecture. It’s run by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust and is well worth the trip to Hyde Park.

Carissa G.: I LOVE house museums. From period homes like you describe to mansion-galleries like the Frick and the Gardner, to old houses filled with people’s donated antiques in tiny rural towns. A minor obsession of mine. Someday I hope to see some of the Wright houses in the Chicago area. -cg

Jennifer Olivarez: Carissa, you can also visit the Charnley-Persky House, a Louis Sullivan house that is the home of the Society of Architectural Historians…one of the first houses Wright is strongly associated with while in Sullivan’s office.

Patrick Noon: I recommend a fabulous exhibition of the paintings by the Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela. This retrospective, with a large number of works from private collections and therefore not often seen in public, is at the Musee d’Orsay, Paris. You will have the exhibition to yourself since all the tourists are crammed into the exhibition on the ground floor: Degas and the Nude.

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