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August 31, 2009 // UPDATED 8:59 am - August 31, 2009
By: Cristof Traudes
Cristof Traudes
When the Edward Larrabee Barnes-designed portion of the Walker Art Center opened in 1971, its original exhibition was “Works for New Spaces.” Included was a temporary installation by Robert Irwin, an important artist in the West Coast Light and Space movement.

The untitled piece was brought back a couple of times, but it’s been gone since 1989. Now it’s up through fall 2010.

The piece is simple but huge, plain but illuminating. An unsentimental description would call it what it is: a large sheet of synthetic fabric lit up with fluorescent lights and floodlights. But Irwin wanted it to be more than that, to create the most pure, direct moment in front of a work of art.

Try it out.

Thru Nov. 21, 2010
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.


Sopranorama is billed as “an evening of musical bon-bons.” While that description gets me hungrier for chocolate than for music, it is apt for a show that’s known for blending voices and musical stylings in exceptional, entertaining fashion.

The three sopranos — Maria Jette, Janis Hardy and Molly Sue McDonald — will burst out classics and standards and prove, through occasional silliness, that they are “divas of a different feather.” It’s the eighth edition of an obviously successful show.

Aug. 28–30, Sept. 4–6
Southern Theater
1420 Washington Ave. S.