Culture Wars and Culture Gaps
Lauren DeLand looks back at the Culture Wars of the 1990s and, specifically, the facts and apocrypha surrounding a 1994 performance in Minneapolis by Ron Athey that galvanized the country's conservative backlash against government funding for artists.
It is mid-March 2010, and I am deep in the belly of the Walker Art Center archives, settling in to watch a videotape retrieved for me by the archivist.…
Ron Athey, Solar Anus (1998). Photo: Regis Hertrich
Ramble Ramble: Flock to the Tree Tops
Musician, poet, and bike activist Ben Weaver offers a new poem on fatherhood, art, biking, and being present in the moment for all the above while interrogating the world around us.
Fatherhood is an incredibly challenging, awakening, satisfying, alienating, tiring, and joyful endeavor.…
Riding through the woods with the family. All photos courtesy of the Ben Weaver.
Conversations on Misogyny and the Music Scene, Pt. 1
Musician Kat Fox speaks up about battling dudebrah culture in the music scene in the first of two candid conversations with local artists about their experiences with misogyny in the industry.
Misogyny, the discrimination toward or oppression of others solely over their apparent lack of a Y chromosome, is everywhere. For some, dismissal of a term like “misogyny” comes easily.…
Musician Kat Fox. Photo courtesy of the artist
Perchance to Dream
For all its media-rich elements, there's an air of the ancient, an uncanny, old-as-time tension between dreaming and waking life, that pervades the collaborative new installation by Dave Ryan and Mika Negishi Laidlaw, on view this spring at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
For as much 21st century technology as is employed in the collaborative exhibition Uneasy Syzygies at the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s MAEP galleries, an aura of ancientness looms over…
Ryan/Laidlaw, Epidemagogue (detail). Photo courtesy of the author
2016 Art-A-Whirl: A Cheat Sheet
Mn Artists editor Susannah Schouweiler introduces a new series of profiles of NEMAA artists and offers a handpicked selection of Art-A-Whirl happenings from which to launch your exploration of the culture-rich neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis during the 2016 open studio tour and festival, May 20 - 22.
Now in its 21st year, Art-A-Whirl expects more than 30,000 visitors to turn out for the 2016 festivities.…
NEMAA's 21st Annual Art-A-Whirl takes place May 20 - 22, 2016. Visit the website for a full schedule of events and detailed information.
Making It: Comic Molly Glover
Rob Callahan chats up improv performer and insult comic Molly Glover: the conversation meanders from comedy and vilification to board games, life on the spectrum, and the occasional perils of cosplay.
Some things worth knowing about comic Molly Cathryn Glover, in no particular order:…
Molly Glover. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Ramble Ramble: Shall We Cross, Beer and Water
Ben Weaver reflects on the last of "30 Days of Biking," and on the tangled questions of water, beer, and the how and why of what we "consume" in the world around us.
On the last day of April, I led the concluding ride for 30 Days of Biking.…
The Mississippi River, taken during the last of 30 Days of Biking. Photo: Chris Dolan, courtesy of the author