Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes artist and writer Andy Sturdevant.
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Andy Sturdevant is an artist, writer and arts administrator living in South Minneapolis. He has written about art, history and culture for a variety of Twin Cities-based publications and websites. His essays have also appeared in publications of the Walker Art Center and the Jerome Foundation. Andy writes a weekly column on neighborhoods, art, history and architecture in Minneapolis-St. Paul for MinnPost. His first book, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, was published by Coffee House Press in 2013.
He also makes art and creates public projects. You can also look at projects taking the form of performances and interactions, or that are related to history or place. Some of this work has been exhibited at The Soap Factory, Art Of This Gallery, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, as well as in galleries and spaces in Chicago, Philadelphia, Austin, Milwaukee, North Carolina, and Kentucky. He was born in Ohio, raised in Kentucky and has lived in Minneapolis since 2005.
The Via Northfield
February 19 – April 17, 2016
Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College
Opening Reception: Friday, February 19, 7–9 p.m., remarks at 7:15 p.m.
Artist-led walk to Waterford: Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m., departing from Flaten Art Museum
Note: The museum is closed March 19 – 28, 2016 for Spring Break.
Andy Sturdevant’s installation The Via Northfield, commissioned by Flaten Art Museum, builds on the artist’s ongoing exploration of history, place, and walking in Minnesota. In September 2015, Sturdevant walked from Minneapolis to Northfield over the course of two days. The forty miles between the two cities crosses nature trails, industrial corridors, suburban developments, cornfields, dirt roads, strip malls, six-lane county highways, historic sites, soybean farms, cemeteries, freeway interchanges, and several Target stores – quintessential southern Minnesota sights.
With its wall-sized map, interpretive publications, and specimens of interest, the gallery functions not only as an archive of Sturdevant’s singular journey, but as a waypoint and visitor’s center for the pedestrian experience. Visitors will also have the opportunity to contribute their own pedestrian reports to the exhibition – stories of travel on foot up and down the Via Northfield corridor, from south Minneapolis to Eagan to Greenvale Township.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Glen H. and Shirley Beito Gronlund Annual Exhibition Series Fund, and is organized in conjunction with Carleton College’s Festival of Walking & Art.