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Carefully arranged ceramic cups, bowls, and plates on a floor.

Tetsuya Yamada's city of hand-thrown pottery pieces takes a poke at two of our favorite daily activities: drinking and eating.

Cities within U walls

Nash Gallery exhibit offers new ways to look and think about a city

By Pauline Oo

February 3, 2006

Letters--though, a little skewed--take form as you stroll past Stuart Klipper's 40-foot-long collection of color photographs. A "T" butts up next to a "H," a "Z" sits atop an "X," and an "I" points to an "L." Klipper's "letters" are the result of him pointing his camera upwards between narrow streets in Genoa, Italy. The letters in the 30 square photos of architectural features are, he says, "geometric follies defined by the adjoining buildings' upper edges and cornices."

Klipper is one of 10 Twin Cities artists featured in "Cities," the current multimedia exhibit at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery on the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis. The exhibit, which runs through February 16, offers the artists' takes on the urban landscape.

"As a city dweller, much of my interest has been in the evolving city, how it has changed, how its past and present and evolution into the future are portrayed by artists," says exhibit curator and U lecturer Rochelle Woldorsky. "This [exhibit] involves a wide range of interests, from familiar places that no longer exist or are next in line for the wrecking ball to the excitement of changing architectural forms."

A photo from Stuart Klipper's Genoa series.

Twin Cities residents will experience a sense of recognition while perusing the exhibit. There are Mike Lynch's night-time paintings of the Gold Medal Flour sign overlooking the Mississippi River; Paulette Myers-Rich's black-and-white photographs of St. Paul's Dale Street; Eric Erickson's rich oils of the skywalk system in downtown Minneapolis, and Mike Melman's photographs of the remaining grain elevators in the Minneapolis Mill district.

This free exhibit is worth a visit not only to admire the use of traditional media to capture place, time, or a feeling, but to marvel at the use of unconventional art material and to wonder what you would have created had you been asked to capture a city.

"What is a city?"

Ann Forsyth, the U's Dayton Hudson Chair of Urban Design and director of the Metropolitan Design Center, will moderate a panel discussion on cityscapes and life in a metropolis on Thursday, February 9, at 7 p.m. in the In-Flux room adjoining the gallery.

Would you, like sculptor Aldo Moroni, mold clay into a mini cityscape? Or would you use waste products such as corrugated cardboard and Styrofoam packing inserts, like David Lefkowitz, to suggest a consumer-driven city or a city that should reuse its refuse?

The Nash Gallery is located at street-level in the Regis Center for Art on the West Bank Arts Quarter. Gallery hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.