Art Hounds: Jay Gilligan, I Self Devine, and masterpieces in Winona

iselfdevine-mic-daniel-yang.JPGI Self Devine (Photo credit: Daniel Yang)

This week’s hounds lead us to a rapper who always has the disadvantaged on his mind, a master juggler and a mind boggling permanent art collection at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona.

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damianjohnson.jpgFor Minneapolis improv artist Damian Johnson, the term “juggler” doesn’t go far enough in describing performer Jay Gilligan’s skills and talents. Juggler Jay Gilligan’s “Shoebox Tour” is coming to Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church on Friday, May 4, at 7pm. Damian says expect nearly unimaginable bowling pin, ball, ring and other object manipulation and maneuvers.

erikaholmquist.jpgWhen Minneapolis Institute of Arts Paintings Curator Erika Holmquist-Wall is astounded by a collection of paintings, you need to take notice. The collection that blew Erika away is housed permanently at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona. It contains works from the Hudson River School, American Modernism, French Impressionism and Post-Impressionism that rival almost any major museum in the country.

zachmccormick.jpgZach McCormick calls I Self Devine a godfather figure in Twin Cities hip hop. Zack, who co-hosts the local music show “Off the Record” on KUOM/Radio K, says I Self Devine has heightened awareness of the underclass with his rhymes, and has gone out of his way to mentor young emcees. I Self Devine will be at the 7th St. Entry on Friday May 4, to celebrate the release of his new album “The Sound of Low Class Amerika.”

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