Monthly Archives: February 2014

Glory Days: Six Gen X men revisit their adolescence

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SOUTH BEND — How are the boys of Generation X doing now that their adolescence is over? Based on the works in the exhibition “Arrested Development,” adolescence isn’t necessarily a distant memory for some of them. Nor is it a cause for nostalgia. The exhibition, which continues through Friday in the Little Theatre and Sister Rosaire Galleries in the Moreau Center for the Arts on the Saint Mary’s College campus, contains works by six male artists whose teenage years encompassed the 1980s and ’90s. In one way or another, all six artists appropriate pop culture images in their work, some at an ironic detachment, others more warmly and intellectually.

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The Internet is Cats: A Dispatch From The Chicago Internet Cat Video Festival

Illustration by Emily Haasch.

Illustration by Emily Haasch.

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There is something inherently voyeuristic about watching the cat videos that populate our social media feeds, YouTube favorites and email chains. Cats are private creatures by nature, but to show their antics (or lack thereof) can be a budding filmmaker’s chance to courageously tackle the trickiest kind of film: home movies.

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ARTINFO/IN THE AIR: IMA Names Scott Stulen as First-Ever Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance

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The  Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) has tapped Scott Stulen to be the museum’s first-ever curator of audience experiences and performance. Created by IMA Director and CEO Charles Venable, the position “will develop a strategic vision for innovative public programming” in the museum’s galleries, theaters, and nature park.

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INDYSTAR: Scott Stulen’s love of cat videos made him an art museum sensation, but he’s no one-trick kitty.

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Scott Stulen’s love of cat videos made him an art museum sensation, but he’s no one-trick kitty.

Newly hired as the first-ever curator of audience experiences and performance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Stulen’s assignment is to attract attendees to the museum’s galleries as well as 100 Acres art and nature park, Tobias Theater, outdoor amphitheater and Lilly House and gardens.

His track record at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis includes the surprise success of the Internet Cat Video Festival, which brought 10,000 people together in a field in 2012 and then 11,000 paying customers at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair.

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Scott Stulen Appointed as Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

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Newly Created Position at the IMA Will Create New Programming in Collaboration with Curators Across Departments 

February 10, 2014, Indianapolis, IN— Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, announced today that Scott Stulen has been named the Museum’s first curator of audience experiences and performance—a brand new position at the IMA developed by Venable to foster innovative and expanded opportunities for audience engagement. Stulen will begin on March 17.

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The Internet Cat Video Festival

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Isn’t not about watching cat videos, it’s about watching cat videos together

The world’s first Internet Cat Video Festival at the Walker Art Center in August of 2012 was an unparalleled and unexpected success. Crowds flocked to the lawn of the Walker to watch a curated selection of Internet felines with fellow cat lovers. The New York Times reported: “You could hear the meows nearly a block away, and also the “awwws.” The laughter too…An estimated 10,000 people turned out for an event that was, from its inception to its closing credits, an online meme made flesh (and fur).”  Since its stunning debut, the festival has inspired hundreds of news headlines worldwide, launched international tour and has become the premiere festival for Internet Cat Videos. The second edition of the Festival, in August 2013, drew over 11,000 to the Minnesota State Fair and launched a second tour including sold out stops in Brooklyn, Chicago, Oakland, Portland, Memphis and overseas to Vienna, Athens, Jerusalem and Northern Ireland. 

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DESK: Revolver + Paper Darts at Soo Local

Scott Stulen: Desk

Ten artists and writers attack the same desk*. One attack per hour. Each a construction/deconstruction/reconstruction/resurrection & palimpsest. Anything goes**.

It is a place of toil: bills paid, taxes prepared. Across the desk people are hired, fired, told they have cancer. The lives of millions have been signed away on desks.

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WACTAC: Don’t Sleep on It

Eight groups of artists in a 24-hour art-making marathon surrounded by Minneapolis Art-A-Whirl madness. Participating artists include Burlesque Design, Erik Burke, Mike Fitzsimmons, Andy Ducett, John Grider, Hardland/Heartland, Liz Miller, Kristina Mooney, Chris Pennington, Brett Smith, Erin Smith, and Scott Stulen.

Co-presented by the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council and mnartists.org.

Every Hole’s a Piece of Art In This Mini Golf Course

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In their own way, a lot of miniature golf courses—with their twisting layouts, devious obstacles, and over-the-top designs—can be considered art. Even if their sole purpose is to encourage tourists to pay to knock a ball around. But this spring the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden decided to join forces to take the idea of minigolf as art even further by hiring artists, architects, engineers, and students to design the museum’s annual artist-made minigolf course, Walker on the Green.

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mnartists FIELD DAY

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After last year’s rousing success, mnartists.org Field Day returns!  This year promises a fresh slate of events and activities celebrating local artists and art supporters. Join the fun after work, or better yet, take the day off: Everyone is welcome, and mnartists.org members receive free gallery admission all day. In a summer bursting with exciting, intriguing and unexpected events on the Walker Open Field…..Field Day is sure deliver something for everyone.

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