Art Hounds: A bicycle built for film & time traveling photos

timp.jpgImage courtesy Timothy G. Piotrowski

This week’s hounds hunt down a fashion photographer who travels back in time, top-notch Middle Eastern dance from Minneapolis, and a bicycle built for music and cinema.

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StuartKlipper.jpgTwo-time Guggenheim fellow and photographer Stuart Klipper doesn’t normally traipse into beauty salons seeking art. But Stuart recently went to Rue48 Salon on 48th and Chicago in Minneapolis to see photographer Timothy G. Piotrowski’s vintage fashion shots and, needless to say, was extremely impressed. Piotrowski employs young women who wear vintage clothing in his pictures.

carstenssmith.jpgOne of Carstens Smith’s favorite dance groups in the Twin Cities is Jawaahir Dance Company, which specializes in Middle Eastern dance. Carstens, who’s development coordinator for the St. Paul Art Crawl, says she lives vicariously through Jawaahir’s dancers, who are performing a piece called “The Dark Nightingale” through September 5 at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis. It focuses on the music of the late Egyptian vocalist Abdel Halim Hafez.

jennyjenkins.JPGJenny Jenkins is a photographer and textile artist in Minneapolis who often uses her bike to get around. A few weeks ago she was riding on the Midtown Greenway when she ran into Andrea Steudel and Luke Anderson of “Urban Caravan.” Steudel and Anderson ride on a specially equipped bike with turntables and a projector, creating soundtracks on the fly and screening films on the sides of buildings and bridges. Cool, eh?! You can ride along and catch Urban Caravan’s next ‘performance’ this Saturday night, Aug. 28. They’ll be meeting at 9:45pm at the Martin Olaf Sabo bridge on the Greenway.

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