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By Melissa Harris, Aperture Foundation Choreographer Merce Cunningham was adventurous, interested in working with new technology, and always thinking and acting ahead of his time. Toward the end of 1989, as part of his choreographic process, he began to use a computer program developed for him, then called LifeForms. His 1991 piece Trackers (the title inspired […]

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Ben Bunk is a local working artist. Having grown up in New York, he left home at the age of 18, bouncing around the country before landing in Detroit a few years back. I caught up with Bunk at his home, which is also his studio. Over an afternoon of beer and coffee, our conversation […]

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One of our more exciting Detroit projects has been to fund Live From Orchestra Hall: The digital live simulcast of performances by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The energy is amazing and you feel like you are there. The next simulcast, French Masters: Franck, Saint-Saëns and Debussy, is Sunday, Jan 22 at 3pm EST- click here to register and […]

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This past weekend, people all over the country celebrated the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (a Knight arts grantee) also offered several days of activities to commemorate this significant American leader. Monday’s day-long free admission with performances, presentations and discussions throughout […]

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Jake Yeager

Napoleon is the tiny, but powerful gallery (see also: the Napoleon Complex) located on the second floor of the building housing Knight Arts grantee Vox Populi, Marginal Utility and Grizzly Grizzly, among others. The one-room gallery keeps the shows predictably concise and, as is the case with its current show, this is definitely a benefit of […]

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By Beth Rutkowski, GroundWorks DanceTheatre Northeast Ohio’s premier dance company has announced the dates and locations for the world premiere of new work by choreographer Ronen Koresh. The piece was commissioned with generous support from Toby Devan Lewis through her contribution to the GroundWorks New Works Fund and will premiere in Cleveland and Akron in […]

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“SpeakOut” with Lenelle Moise

Published on January 19, 2012 by in Miami, Poetry

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“Tell a truth on purpose. Tempt with exactitude. Make the work you need. Risk being loved.” These are wise words from Haitian-American poet, playwright and spoken word artist Lenelle Moïse, who returns to Miami Feb. 6 through 10 for Knight Arts grantee Tigertail Production’s “SpeakOut” spoken

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The fight against Islamophobia

Published on January 18, 2012 by in Detroit

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By Matthew Jaber Stiffler, Arab American National Museum In early December 2011, I spent two days meeting with Muslim American groups in Grand Rapids, Michigan. First, I met with the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) to learn about their programs and events. Every February they hold an Islam Awareness Week on […]

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Since the big holidays, I’ve been going through my calendar, scouring event listings for art exhibitions to see and write about here. But as a lion’s share of St. Paul’s notable visual arts venues reside in the city’s colleges and universities, I’ll be sitting on my hands a couple of weeks more, it looks like, […]

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When music doesn’t bite

Published on January 18, 2012 by in Miami

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By Sebastián Spreng, Visual Artist and Classical Music Writer They have never met, but conductors Pablo Heras Casado and Patrick Dupré Quigley share some curious coincidences. They use three names, the first beginning with “Pa.” They are the same age. They are both local heroes in their communities and pioneers who blaze new trails. They are fast-rising […]

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