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In the Twin Cities, Double the Art

Sunday, April 17, 2005

WHAT: "Quartet: Johns, Kelly, Mitchell, Motherwell" and "Quartet: Barney, Gober, Levine, Walker," parallel exhibits at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

WHEN: Today through July 3 and Nov. 13, respectively.

HOW MUCH: $8 adults. Free on Thursday nights from 5 to 9 p.m. and on the first Saturday of the month.

WHY GO: Featuring hundreds of works by both pioneers and current stars of American avant-garde art -- Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Matthew Barney, Robert Gober, Sherrie Levine and Kara Walker -- the "Quartet" shows are inaugurating one of the year's most anticipated museum-expansion projects: a new Walker building by the Pritzker Prize-winning architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron. The five-story addition -- a silvery, angular building outfitted with the latest interactive museum technology -- is the first U.S. structure designed by the celebrated Swiss pair, who masterminded London's Tate Modern.

DON'T MISS . . . Johns's "Flashlight" (1960), which presents an everyday object cast in bronze and literally placed on a pedestal. Also check out "Posted" (1977), Mitchell's refracted, disassembled landscape that was painted in France, near Claude Monet's famous Giverny gardens. Barney's site-specific installation, which the artist assembled for this show, incorporates film and sculpture from his splendidly bizarre and much-touted "Cremaster" cycle from the 1990s.

EXTRAS: Also opening today at the Walker are "Shadowland : An Exhibition as a Film," an installation of photos and films by such artists as Bruce Nauman and Jeff Wall, and "Elemental," which showcases minimalist works by Donald Judd, Richard Serra and others. "Shadowland" runs until Sept. 11; "Elemental" wraps up on July 9, 2006.

For another round of modern art and architecture (for free), go to the Frank Gehry-designed Weissmann Museum (333 E. River Rd., 612-625-9494, http://www.weisman.umn.edu ). The shimmering, disjointed funhouse displays works by Georgia O'Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Andy Warhol and others.

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