David Byrne: Playing the Building

Updated 11/8/2012

Monday: The music icon is in town to transform Aria into a giant musical instrument.

David Byrne: "Playing the Building" at Aria at Jeune Lune
Star Tribune


'Drive-by Shooting: New Photos by Sid Kaplan'

Chutzpah, chance and a 1955 Leica stocked with black-and-white film are photographer Sid Kaplan's tools. Plus a car driven by a pal. The Bronx-born photographer specializes in street photography that involves taking "snaps," as he calls them, from a moving auto. Since he doesn't own a car, Kaplan, 74, relies on friends to drive while he shoots through the windshield or holds the camera out the window, its strap tightly bound around his wrist. With a 1/25th-of-a-second shutter speed, he gets the blur of movement and, when things go right, a crisp centerpiece. His win/loss ratio is about one good picture out of every 75 or 100. Not bad, considering. His second Icebox show is a mini-retrospective spanning the past 40 years. A traditional darkroom maven, Kaplan will give free talks about his "snaps" this weekend. (Free opening reception 5-10 p.m. Fri. Free talks 9 p.m. Fri., 3 & 7 p.m. Sat., 5 p.m. Sun. Icebox Gallery, 2401 Central Av. NE., No. 443, Mpls. Through Feb. 2, free. 612-788-1790 or www.iceboxminnesota.com.) MARY ABBE


David Byrne: 'Playing the Building'

With his latest project, electronic music pioneer and Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has unveiled his most experimental feat to date: transforming a building into a large-scale musical instrument. The traveling interactive installation, which comes to Minneapolis after stops in New York, London and Stockholm, will fill the 17,000-square-foot, raw interior of Aria for 30 days. The installation includes devices attached to the building structure that are activated by wind, vibration and striking, controlled by a retrofitted antique organ that visitors are encouraged to "play." While not producing sounds themselves, these devices cause the building elements (beams, electrical conduits, plumbing, heating and water pipes) to vibrate so that the building actually becomes an instrument. Monday's VIP opening reception, benefiting nonprofit bicycle shop Full Cycle, includes an auction (with two bicycles autographed by Byrne) and an appearance by the iconic musician. (VIP reception 7-10 p.m. Mon., $75. Open to the public beginning Tue. Hours: noon-7 p.m. Sun.-Wed., noon-10 p.m. Thu-Fri., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. $10; pay-what-you-can Thursdays. Aria, 105 N. 1st St., Mpls. 612-643-0575. http://www.ariampls.com/playing-the-building/.)JAHNA PELOQUIN


'Here I Am/Not'

What is it about a particular place that takes hold and won't let go? Is the psychological glue triggered by familiarity, strangeness, beauty, the light, alienation or whatever? Six regional artists -- Beth Dow, Meg Ojala, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Cameron Zebrun, Jay Isenberg and Pete Sieger -- answer the question with photos and, in the case of Pezalla-Granlund, a futuristic city-model installed in a loft-like niche. Most of the images are coolly minimalist, ranging from Dow's silvery solarized vistas of the Badlands to luminous images of grain elevators and rail lines by Isenberg and Sieger. Zebrun's postcard-sized color snaps of desert horizon lines suggest nature's chilly indifference, while Ojala's portraits aestheticize mud-spattered industrial sites. The resulting show is handsome but so intellectually restrained as to be hermetic. (Noon-6 p.m. Thu.-Sat. Through Nov. 24. Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. 2nd St., Mpls. 612-436-1151 or www.formand content.org.) M.A.