This week's featured articles take on the cult of Frida and explore the tangled psychological intrigue lurking behind Jade Townsend's recent installation at the ART OF THIS.
By Susannah Schouweiler, editor
November 27, 2007
Thorn Necklace and Hummingbirds
Frida Kahlo, "Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird", 1940,oil on canvas 24-5/8 x 18-7/8 inches. Nikolas Muray Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin.

Thorn Necklace and Hummingbirds

You've likely seen all the splashy national coverage on the new Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Walker. Or, maybe you saw the Salma Hayek flick a few years ago? Whether you're a bona-fide member of the "cult of Frida" with your own commemorative t-shirt, or you are simply a bystander to all the hoopla, wondering what the fuss is about, poet Lorena Duarte offers some historical and artistic context for the Frida phenomenon and reflects on her own Frida-fication. Read her lyrical essay on the cult of Frida here. And while you're at it, check out the new featured collection devoted to Nuestra Frida (Our Frida): Interpretations, Explorations, Exploitations, a new exhibition by Grupo Soap del Corazon featuring work by local artists responding to the cultural phenomenon surrounding Frida.

Sean Smuda takes on another great cultural icon in his deconstruction of Jade Townsend's recent installation at the ART OF THIS. Trust me, after you've read Smuda's take on the show, you'll never think of Mom the same way again.

We've got new listening material for you this week, too. In the new installment of Some Assembly Required, host Jon Nelson interviews Steve McQuillan; higlighted tracks include offerings from DJ Pantshead and Carl Stone. Listen to the new podcast from Some Assembly Required here.

And don't miss the new Radio mnartists profile: this week KFAI's Marya Morstad interviews the founders of Exposed Brick Theatre. Listen to Suzy Messerole and Aamera Siddiqui, founders of the new theatre company, here.

Check out the featured collections this week: for tips on buying local, affordable art as you do your holiday shopping, we're highlighting one of the many appealing art sales in the offing over the next few weeks: Fox Tax Gallery's Mini-Art by MN Artists. Artist and writer Andrea Carlson offers a revealing glimpse into what you'll see at James Denomie's new exhibition, Brown-Eyed Rabbin. Read her show preview and browse through a collection of some of Denomie's provocative new work on display from December 1-29 at the Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis.

And finally, we're finishing up our fall round of What Light winning poets this week with Margaret Hasse's winning submission: SECRETS. What Light will go on hiatus for a few weeks while the new round of poetry submissions are considered by our judges, but stay tuned--the contest will return later in December.

Later this week: lend your ears to Allison Herrera's interview with Minnesota filmmaker Coleman Miller, one of the featured artists in this year's Festival of Appropriation. You can see a screening of his film, Uso Justo and attend an artmaking workshop led by sound art duo Beatrix*JAR later this week, on Thursday, November 29, at the Walker Art Center.




MN Artists