Art Hounds: Tetsuya Yamada, A Klingon Christmas Carol, Irvine Arditti

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Tetsuya Yamada

Commuter, 2009

Multimedia installation

Image courtesy of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Run free and wild with this week’s hounds as they track down an oversized optical illusion at the M.I.A., the Klingon translation of a Christmas classic, and a new music champion who’s bringing his internationally renowned quartet to the University of Minnesota.

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RubenNusz.jpgRuben Nusz is an artist and arts writer from Minneapolis who enthusiastically endorses a new installation by University of Minnesota ceramics professor Tetsuya Yamada at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Yamada’s “Commuter,” on display at the M.I.A.’s Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program gallery through January 24th, is an installation that transforms mundane repetitive movement into an oversized optical illusion.

HeidiBerg.jpgHeidi Berg is an actor in the Twin Cities. Heidi can think of no better way to celebrate Christmas then to see Commedia Beauregard interpret Dickens the way a Klingon would in “A Klingon Christmas Carol.” Don’t worry if you’re not fluent in Klingon. The dialogue will be translated back into English on a screen. The production is on stage at Mixed Blood Theatre through December 13th.

Jessica.jpg Jessica Narum is a graduate student in music theory at the University of Minnesota. Jessica says one of new music’s best known and adventurous performers will be making a relatively rare visit to the “U” this weekend. British violinist Irvine Arditti specializes in the compositions of today, from composers around the world. Arditti will perform a guest recital on Friday, Dec. 4th at 7:30pm at Ferguson Hall. He’s expected to play works from student composers. He’ll perform again on Sunday, Dec. 6th at 7:30pm, at Ted Mann Concert Hall, accompanied by pianist and visiting “U” professor Noriko Kawai.


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  • Michael

    Hmm. According to the press release, linked above, the Friday performance features Irvine Ariditti only and the Sunday performance sees the addition of Noriko Kawai on piano. No mention of the quartet. It would seem that the above caption is a little misleading, as the quartet is not performing.

  • Marianne Combs

    Good catch Michael! I’ve corrected the entry.

  • Kristin Dittmann

    These were excellent tips today. I do notice, however, that the Art Hounds program seems to be abandoning its original mission to send artists out of their comfort zone, which for me was a source of interest. Today we heard from an art writer on an art installation at the MIA, from an actor about a play, and from a music theory student about a concert. What happened to the original concept?

  • Chris Roberts

    Hi Kristin,

    Thanks much for your observation. As creator and producer of “Art Hounds,” I wanted to respond. The segment’s original and ongoing intent is to engage MPR listeners who are also members of Minnesota’s art scene, and draw from their wealth of knowledge and expertise in their own disciplines. Occasionally, an art hound will talk about something outside their own artistic arena, but that’s not the segment’s design.

    We also make it clear in the introduction that the hounds are “stepping outside their own work” and not engaging in self promotion.

    Hope that clears things up a little. Thanks again for listening!