Art Hounds: Punk rock choreography and music-inspired art

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Stripe Tease by Chris Schlichting with Jennifer Davis and Alpha Consumer (Jeremy Ylvisaker, Mike Lewis, JT Bates). Photo by Gene Pittman.
Courtesy of the Walker Art Center

This week the Art Hounds journey to an intimate gallery in Marshall, rave about Chris Schlichting's "punk rock" choreography, and take in an exhibition of music, and the art it was inspired by.

Choreographer and performer Morgan Thorson is thoroughly impressed by Chris Schlichting's dance creations, especially by how he transforms mundane, even grotesque movements into beautiful patterns. Schlichting regularly combines dance with visual art and music; this weekend he performs with the band Alpha Consumer and painter Jennifer Davis at the Walker Art Center.

Concordia College art teacher Alonso Sierralta is a big fan of McNally Smith's "Art Inspired Music" project, in which the music school's staff and students create music in response to paintings, sculpture, photography and video by local artists. Sierralta says he's looking forward to experiencing the visual art and music simultaneously, and seeing how they respond to each other.

Music teacher Bryan Maurer has become a big fan of the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council gallery in Marshall. The intimate space is currently presenting the linoleum block prints of Nan Karr Kaufenberg. Maurer likes how Kaufenberg uses bold lines and warm colors to evoke the Midwestern landscape. Her show runs through February 27.