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November 9, 2009 // UPDATED 10:11 am - November 9, 2009
By: Cristof Traudes
Cristof Traudes

Well, if The New Yorker likes it …

Those who’ve been to the Sculpture Garden know Dan Graham’s work. He’s not the guy behind the Spoon and Cherry, no, but he is the one who put up those bizarre window-slash-mirror sculptures. Now his entire body of work is on display.

Graham is billed by the Walker as
“one of contemporary art’s most innovative figures.” The New Yorker called him “a strange paladin of the post-minimalist generation” and the exhibit “pleasantly perturbing.”

To us, he’s just intriguing. He had his hands in all sorts of art, bringing minimalism to video and showing strong rock-and-roll culture influences.

For those who want to take contemporary several choreographed steps further, a free movement-based tour through the exhibit will be led by the BodyCartography Project at 7 p.m. Dec. 3.

Dan Graham: Beyond
Thru Jan. 24
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.


Osmo, directed

Usually the one with the baton, Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä for a night will instead sport a clarinet as he performs with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Not that that means he’ll be any less the center of attention.

The concert will mark Vänskä’s first soloist appearance in at least six years — and his first since moving to Minneapolis. Although he hasn’t been a professional clarinet player in many years, it’s unlikely he’ll sound rusty.

Vänskä will be further featured with a performance of his 2008 orchestral composition, “The Bridge.” The piece was his response to the I-35W bridge collapse.

The concert also will feature the world premiere of composer Stephen Heinemann’s “Metropassacaglia.” Heinemann, an associate professor of music at Bradley University, is a longtime friend of Symphony Orchestra Director William Schrickel.

‘Vänskä Plays Mozart / MSO Plays Vänskä’
Nov. 22, 4 p.m.
Central Lutheran Church
333 S. 12th St.