by Susannah Schouweiler
November 10, 2008
This month's featured articles include: one artist's obsessive accounting of the human face of the Iraq war, drawings by Frank Big Bear, Jon Ferguson's take on "Animal Farm," and much more.
For November our coverage runs the gamut: with reviews of the show by internationally acclaimed Minnesota artist Chris Larson at the Rochester Art Center, the Tweed's collection of new drawings by Frank Big Bear, movement-theater up-and-comer Jon Ferguson's ambitious new production of Animal Farm
, a fresh collection of poetry by Margaret Hasse, and the MInnesota Museum of American Art's lavish exhibition celebrating the state's comics artists.
Also, keep your eyes out for this month's artist profiles. First up, an in-depth examination of the provocative wartime artwork of painter Megan Rye, as written by noted author Marya Hornbacher. Later in the month, look for profiles of cult font designer Chank and Superpowers
author David Schwartz.
New for the week of November 24, 2008:
VISUAL ART: Birchbark Boxes, Bandolier Bags, and Modern Art
Ann Klefstad reflects on the new Nelson collection, a gift to the Tweed: artwork and craft by Native artists, from historic pieces to kitsch, side by side with work by lauded contemporary artists. She finds the whole thing an odd, but revelatory mix.
What Light: This Week's Poem: Amy McCann
This week's poem, "Loving the Evangelist" by Amy McCann, was selected by Deborah Bernhardt.
miniStories: "The Boy Who Did Not Like Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches" by Clarence White
This winning story written by Clarence White (selected by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl) offers an understated but affecting little tale about the love between fathers and sons and the power of peanut butter and jelly.
mnSPIN: Military Special, Guerilla Blue, and Chicane Theory
This week, listen to a playlist of three winning tracks by Military Special (chosen by Melisa Rivière), Guerilla Blue (chosen by Dana Raidt), and Chicane Theory (chosen by Andrea Myers).
"Superpowers" by MN author David Schwartz, review and profile by Britt Aamodt