We Are Better
Davu Seru on the state of the Twin Cities jazz scene—on its competing mythospheres and various hustles, its labor given and co-opted, and ways we, audiences and artists alike, might all do better.
I’m the winin’ boy, don’t deny my name.—Jellyroll Morton, “Winin’ Boy Blues” …
Aaron Douglas,"Song of the Towers" from the mural Aspects of Negro Life. Oil on canvas, 1934. Courtesy of The New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Art and Artifacts Division.
Misogyny: Hip-Hop's Problem Child
Rob Callahan talks with three women in the local hip-hop scene — Desdamona, Royalty, and JaysoCreative — in the second of two candid conversations about the persistent obstacles facing women working in the music business.
Last time we approached the topic of misogyny in the music scene, we checked in with rapper Kat Fox about the general and specific ways she's seen women treated during her time as a mus…
Desdamona. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Arranging More Than Flowers
Pao Houa Her's collection of photographs of young Hmong women and silk flower arrangements offer subtle commentary on both desire and beauty through images that are alluring and, at the same time, rife with imperfection.
Pao Houa Her's My Mother's Flowers at Bockley Gallery is a thoughtful examination of the intersection between…
Pao Houa Her, untitled, 2016, 20 x 16 inches, archival digital ink jet prints, On view at Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis through August 6, 2016.
Stephanie Fox profiles some of the Pagan artists collaborating to show the art and living practice of this increasingly visible, influential Twin Cities religious community.
For the uninitiated, the opening night of Modern Pagans/Ancient Realms at the Vine Arts Center in South Minneapolis might have looked like any other gallery event.…
Rmay Rivard, Daughter of Oz, mixed media chair. On view at Vine Arts Center through July 29, 2016.
Into the Heart of Darkness
Black steers all varieties of brightness into the shade, darkening and deepening lighter hues. Likewise, we can begin to see—through a glass darkly, so to speak—the random and formless as virtues. It is from this dark formlessness that Caroline Kent’s paintings emerge.
Darkness is our first reality, the looming riddle of our becoming. Throughout our lives—in the circadian rhythms of sleep and waking, in the creative imagination waiting for emergence out of the depths of the unconscious, in encountering the transpersonal at the horizon of…
Caroline Kent, Omni, acrylic on paper, 2014. On view in Joyful is the Dark at Public Functionary in Minneapolis through July 23, 2016.
Well Beyond Lake Wobegon
Tim White surveys the variety of works and artists currently on view at the newly reopened Tweed Museum in Duluth, noting the subtle, refreshingly surprising questions the mix of shows raises about Northland identity.
When the Tweed Museum closed its doors to replace an outdated HVAC…
Vance Gellert, Encyclopedia with bullet holes and hematite, Coleraine. On view in the exhibition Iron Country, at the Tweed Museum in Duluth.
Let's Talk About the "Universal" (White, Male) Artist
In a sprawling essay meandering from Joseph Beuys and George Morrison to recent MFA thesis work by MCAD graduate Nick Rivers, artist Andrea Carlson unpacks the tangled, Eurocentric assumptions inherent in art historical notions of Abstract Expressionism as a bastion for universal, "pure" artistic expression.
I visited Nick Rivers while he was in the throes of pulling together his ideas and materials for his MFA thesis work at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in April. He surprised me.…
Nicholas Rivers, 5 Day Fast. Photo documentation courtesy of the artist's website.