Weekend picks: the first-ever Twin Cities Arts Week; events in Penumbra, the Capri
It’s Twin Cities Art Week this week, a new festival of sorts where all kinds of galleries and museums are spiced up with special events. We’ve highlighted a few here. In addition to these events, the Cafesjian Art Trust museum, which Artscape spotlighted over the summer, opens its first-ever exhibition featuring glass artist Dale Chihuly. Also this week, Penumbra opens a new work by local playwright Harrison David Rivers, and the Queen of Norway visits Norway House. Also this week, Legends @ The Capri returns with tunes from historically black Broadway shows, and VocalEssence sings the music of brother and sister Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Mendelssohn Hansel.
Twin Cities Art Week
This is the inaugural year of Twin Cities Art Week, where more than 20 galleries across the Twin Cities will host special events throughout the week and weekend. In addition to gallery visits and vernissages, there will be artist talks, artist demonstrations, dance parties, snacks, participatory activities, and more. Some highlights:
- There’s a special one-night performance-only event taking place during “After Hours: Jannis Kounellis in Six Acts” at the Walker Art Center. Explore the exhibition featuring the Greek-Italian contemporary artist and enjoy spinning DJ Yonci, live music from Lady Midnight, late night snacks and specialty cocktails. Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8:30 p.m. at the Walker Art Center, free for members, $20 for non-members. More information here.
- Reception for R Yun Matea’s solo exhibition, “They Got Sick and Their Pages Were Left Blank,” a two-channel video installation that brings together different sources from Oaxaca, Mexico. The reception takes place Friday, October 14 from 5-8 p.m. at Papa Projects in St. Paul, with additional Matea films screened Sunday from 4-5 p.m. at Dreamsong, followed by a Q&A. information here.
- Art Soup with second team resident artists: Cameron Downey, Jocelyn Suzuka Figueroa, Stephanie A. Lindquist and Zoe Cinel. Second Shift is an exciting space in St. Paul that helps women and non-binary artists take their art to the next level. The current cohort includes artists who have already made waves with innovative interdisciplinary forms. The conversation should be lively and you can also see the exhibition. The Conversation takes place Friday, October 15 from 7-9 p.m. at Second Shift (free). More information here.
- Pancakes and mimosas while admiring contemporary art? Yes please. Head to the David Peterson Gallery to see new works by New York artist Rose Marcus. Saturday October 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (free). More information here.
- Roshan Ganu’s multilingual multi-media installation ruminating on space, “पौर्णिमा: Gazing Into The Full Moon Night” launches with an opening reception on Saturday, October 15 from 7-10 p.m. at SooVAC (free). More information here.
- Brunch at Dreamsong. Allison Baker, whose work is currently on display at Dreamsong, is a special guest at Dreamsong with resident artist Maria Kozak. Sunday, Oct. 16 from noon to 2 p.m. at Dreamsong (free). More information here.
Cafesjian Art Trust Inaugural Exhibition
Cascading clouds of glass, luminescent sculptures that move with the wind, and other magnificent works of art by Dale Chihuly, Andrew Carson, and Lynn Chadwick are ready for you. Starting this week in Shoreview, the Cafesjian Art Trust Museum opens its first-ever exhibition. Along with the museum’s permanent works of art, including exterior and interior pieces, the first exhibit, titled “A Lasting Friendship: Gerard Cafesjian & Dale Chihuly,” highlights the friendship between the museum’s namesake, the Armenian businessman, philanthropist and art lover Gerard Cafesjian, and the infamous glassblower Chihuly. The exhibition is free and open by appointment, and the first exhibition is open until March 23. More information here.
Penumbra hosts the world premiere of Harrison David Rivers’ latest play, about generations of women supporting a grieving couple. It is the first work Rivers has commissioned for the company, which also staged his work, “This Bitter Earth” in 2018. On the heels of Penumbra’s announcement of its decision to become a national center healing, the play is presented in partnership with HealthPartners and Regions Hospital, and amplifies an under-reported issue of systemic racism in healthcare, particularly as it relates to black birth rates. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m., through November 6 in Penumbra ($45). More information here.
The Queen’s Visit
The Queen arrives in the Twin Cities. Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway, that is, on her first visit to Minnesota since 2011. Her whirlwind tour includes a visit to St. Olaf College and a meeting with Governor Walz, and she will stop at Mindekirken, aka the Norwegian Lutheran. Memorial Church, one of two churches still holding Norwegian services in the U.S. You better spot the Queen on Saturday, when Queen Sonja visits Norway House, Norway’s center for arts, business and culture in America for the inauguration of the new extension of the centre. Events begin at 10 a.m., with a program beginning at 11 a.m. in the outdoor plaza, when the Queen will attend the unveiling of a 16ft mirrored steel sculpture in the shape of a pine cone, titled ‘Seeds’. It is a complementary piece to the artist’s earlier work “Konglo”, exhibited on the island of Sotra, outside Bergen, Norway. Afterwards, an outdoor block party takes place until 2 p.m. with food trucks, a raffle, and live entertainment. More information here.
Since you’re already in the Norwegian mood, head to the Ordway on Saturday night for the US premiere of ‘The Stranger’, a musical work for choir and orchestra by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen. Commissioned by The Together In Hope Project, in partnership with the United States for UNHCR (the United Nations Refugee Agency), the play incorporates poetry and religious texts by authors from different faith traditions that highlight highlight the refugee experience. The queen will be present. It takes place Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 16 at 3:30 p.m. ($42). More information here.
Legends @ Le Capri
Local jazz treasure Dennis Spears returns to The Capri with the Legends series. This week’s show is called “Broadway En Noir,” featuring music from historic Black Broadway musicals, including “Ain’t Misbehavi,n'” “Dreamgirls,” “Stormy Weather” and more. Featured singers include Kennadi Hurst, Ashley Commodore and John Jamison. Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Capri ($25). More information here.
Before Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal, before Richard and Karen Carpenter, brother Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn and sister Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel tore it apart in the romantic era. This weekend, tenor Nicholas Chalmers, soprano Maria Jette and pianist Mary Jo Gothmann team up with the VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble with an honor choir made up of Minnesota high school singers, along with the VocalEssence student band, VocalEssence Singers Of This Age, for a concert that showcases 19th century siblings. The child prodigies have remained close all their lives. Even as Felix’s career soared and Fanny, due to patriarchal limitations, had a less public but still lingering trajectory. Philip Brunelle and G. Phillip Shoultz, III will conduct. Saturday, October 15 at 7 p.m. at Benson Great Hall at Bethel University ($25-$45.) www.vocalessence.org.