'Re Mix' Reactions Like hip-hop DJs who swirl together tunes from different musicians and eras, "Art Re Mix" makes connections across time and cultures.
It also "makes manifest our collection philosophy, which is connecting contemporary and historical, bridging past and present," said Elizabeth Armstrong, the museum's curator of contemporary art.
Modernism moves in In borrowing art for "Until Now," Armstrong drew on her previous experience as contemporary curator at museums in San Diego and Newport Beach, Calif., and at Walker Art Center, where she worked from 1982 to 1996. But isn't it time to try a new sweet treat this year?
"Recuperation" features recycled and collaged pieces by Jim Dine, John Chamberlain and a young New York street artist, Swoon.
The "New Poetics" section embraces abstractions and collages by Ross Bleckner, Richard Pousette-Dart, David Reed and a major sculpture by Mona Hatoum.
All this may seem a radical departure for a museum sometimes perceived as stodgy and traditional, but it's all part of a strategic plan, said museum director Kaywin Feldman.
In 2006 the museum opened a million addition designed primarily for 20th-century and contemporary art.Sprawled on a rocky ledge, two muscular black guys stare right into the eyes of visitors strolling through the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' baroque painting gallery.Dressed in T-shirts and mod pants, they're contemporary urbanites, one with an earring, the other with dreadlocks.The black guys also set off a curious imaginary dialogue with the gallery's 17th-century depictions of white gods and goddesses, saints and sinners, and even Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead."They're the first thing that popped out in this gallery," said a recent visitor to the museum, Nancy Giles, a senior at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.Love it or hate it, but really care." What: A show of more than 85 contemporary works plus installations throughout the museum.