A Chicago foundation for artists of color is funding new works by a professor and a choreographer.
Last update: January 25, 2010 - 8:40 PM
Galleries are great, but every artist itches to take over a whole building. That's what University of Minnesota art professor Ali Momeni and a team of artists will do next year at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), thanks to Chicago's Joyce Foundation.
The award is among five $50,000 Joyce grants to arts organizations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. Each will support new work by an artist of color.
St. Paul's Ordway Center also got a grant to commission a new dance from St. Paul-based choreographer Uri Sands, top right, inspired by the paintings of black artist Ernie Barnes. TU Dance, a troupe headed by Sands and his wife, Toni, will perform the piece in the Ordway's 2010-11 season.
Momeni, bottom right, an Iranian-born musician and technology artist, working with colleague Jenny Schmid and a team of Minneapolis artists and teens, will project images about war and its global effects onto the exterior of the MIA. The performance will include original music, computer-manipulated drawings and audience participation. A signature element in the museum's new contemporary art program, the event also will be documented in a multimedia gallery show linking current events to historic material in the museum's collection including Persian textiles and 16th-century Mughal paintings.
Three other Joyce grants went to organizations in Chicago and Milwaukee. In Chicago the Old Town School of Folk Music will commission a vaudeville-inspired multimedia performance from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a black string band, and Steppenwolf Theater will do a new play based on the biblical book of Job by