It's true that outlets for art criticism around town may be dwindling, but that doesn't mean that art itself is, nor does it mean that there is a dearth of art critics. "The Critics' Show" demonstrates precisely that where there is art, there also a critic ready to expound on it in the most poetic and enthusiastic way possible. For this Hopkins Center for the Arts show, well-known Twin Cities writing talents were given the task of finding artists they adored (who had been given relatively little ink) to share with the gallery-hopping world. The participating critics, who will defend and explain their choices (as any good critic should) on opening night, include Susannah Schouweiler, editor of mnartists.org's email zine access+ENGAGE; Kate Iverson, an arts editor at Secrets of the City; mnartists.org project director Scott Stulen; and vita.mn writer Gregory J. Scott. Selected artists of intrigue include Chilean-born wood-sculpture artist Alonso Sierralta, photograpers/sound artists Beatrix*Jar, trippy painter Erik Ullanderson, and many more. Opening reception and panel discussion with artists and critics 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 15.
image: Kao Lee Thao, Dragon Princess
Jan. 15-Feb. 22, 2009