Scott Seekins Presents: 'Modern Drawing, the Lost Art'
In an art world that has become increasingly technology-based, multimedia and multi-media, the quieter art forms of drawing and illustration often get lost in the shuffle. Now "the lost art" of drawing gets its showcase, thanks to this new exhibition curated by iconic local artist Scott Seekins. Although he's made self-promotion an art form all its own, Seekins is taking an opportunity to shine the spotlight on artists ranging from established to unknown -- and he plans to include a few of his own new drawings. (Free opening reception 7 p.m.-midnight Fri. Ends Oct. 19. Cult Status Gallery, 2913 Harriet Av. S., Mpls. www.cultstatusgallery.com.) JAHNA PELOQUIN
The Film and Visual Artistry of James R. Bakkom
In his half-century career, designer James R. Bakkom has helped shape some of the Midwest's greatest theater and film productions. Recruited from Yale in 1965, he worked as property master at the then-new Guthrie Theater and collaborated with famed designer Tanya Moiseiwitsch. He designed for other regional theaters in the 1970s and for television in the '80s. He worked on acclaimed films by Ali Selim ("Sweet Land") and Patrick Coyle ("Detective Fiction" and "Into Temptation"). The show will include a film clip from a new documentary on Bakkom's life, "Getting Lost in My Own Art," plus production drawings, film stills and video documenting his long career. (Free opening reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fri. Free. IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts, 2446 W. University Av., St. Paul. Ends Nov. 21. 651-644-1912 or www.ifpmn.org.) M.A.
Jerome Emerging Artists Exhibition
The newest crop of Jerome artists, each of whom got $10,000 from the St. Paul foundation, is voraciously inventive with material and ideas. Richard Barlow offers a sequin-mural inspired by a 19th-century photo, and rust drawings alluding to SUV ads. Gregory Euclide has produced sculptural assemblages of stuff (cigarette butts, leaves, styrofoam) plucked up and assembled from long walks. Lauren Herzak-Bauman combines porcelain shards and light strings, while Alison Hiltner concocts artifacts and environments inspired by artificial life. And Jehra Patrick produces paintings ripe with allusions to art history and photos that reference historic documents and museum behavior. (Daily through Nov. 6. Free. Artists' roundtable 6:30 p.m. Wed. Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Av. S., Mpls. 612-874-3700 or www.mcad.edu.) MARY ABBE