Critic / reporter | Visual art

Alicia Eler is the visual art reporter/critic and author of “The Selfie Generation.”

The New York Times said, "Eler's book alights on the source of the selfie's power ... perhaps our much-fussed-over narcissism is not a flaw but a survival tactic."


Fuji Ya, one of Minneapolis' first Japanese restaurants, closes after 60 years

Pioneering riverfront sushi spot later moved to Lyn-Lake, where it has been a mainstay since 2000.


When COVID-19 canceled summer trips, Minnesotans jumped into learning new languages

Minnesotans are learning new languages in quarantine for fun or familial purposes.


Minnesota museums envision a 'touchless' future as they reopen

As Twin Cities venues begin to reopen, they're rebooting the visitor experience.


Larger-than-life Soviet art marks the first reopening of a Twin Cities art museum

The Museum of Russian Art reopens with paintings from Soviet-era Ukraine.


Keegan's Irish Pub and Red's Savoy in Northeast are permanently closed

Facing losses from the virus, the Irish bar and the pizza restaurant have closed their doors


Minneapolis Institute of Art cuts staff in response to pandemic

Citing "economic uncertainty" due to the pandemic, the museum cut 39 jobs and reduced leaders' pay by 15%.


Two young artists create a 'cemetery' in Minneapolis to honor victims of police killings

Art installation serves as community gathering space.


Twin Cities museums aim to reopen as soon as next weekend

Bakken plans to open June 20 while Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center are aiming for mid-July.


His work ruined in rioting, a 90-year-old Minneapolis artist starts anew

Minneapolis artist Aribert Munzner lost a lifetime of work in the aftermath of rioting, but kept his sense of humor.


George Floyd murals, graffiti across the Twin Cities spread a message of pain ⁠— and hope

Artists waste no time spreading messages of hope, healing and social change on boarded-up buildings in the Twin Cities.