Martha Graham Revisited
Camille LeFevre on the raw violence and emotional candor of Martha Graham's dance, on view in the repertory and new works presented by the Martha Graham Dance Company recently in Minneapolis.
Spring always brings to mind the almost unfathomable amount of cellular force necessary for plants—from the tiniest crocus bulb to the towering, leafless trees—to defy gravity and grow upward, out of the ground and toward the sun, toward life.…
Martha Graham's Ying Xin in Diversion of Angels. Photo by Hibbard Nash Photography.
In Heavy Rotation
Art historian Sheila Dickinson grapples with art, transformation and ethics-in-action, inside the studio and out, by way of Chris Larson's mind-bending work.
I recently heard a story on the radio about a man who realized he was stuck in his life, crippled by a fear of failure. Determined to make a change, he set out to fail, every day at least once. One day he might approach a stranger in a store and ask that person…
Chris Larson, Heavy Rotation, still color video, 14:29 minutes, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.
Wunderkammer Redux (Or, An Unnatural History)
In the most elegant possible way, Kate Casanova's work across media sets out to make our habits of perceiving the boundaries between human-made environments and the so-called "natural world" a whole lot messier.
Kate Casanova's Aftereffects: A Natural History, on view at Kolman and Pryor, is an elegant show.…
Kate Casanova, Dispersion #9. Archival pigment print of oyster mushroom spores, 2015. Courtesy of Kolman and Pryor Gallery.
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
The Seventh Daughter
Pao Houa Her's experimental, spare new installation work, combining sound and photographic collage, offers understated but potent commentary on the intersection of desire with notions of culture and authenticity.
When I arrive at The Bindery Projects, I think I have gotten the wrong time or location.…
Pao Houa Her, The King's Seven Daughters (detail). Courtesy of The Bindery Projects.
Farm Accident: A Secret History
Andy Sturdevant investigates the elusive history of Farm Accident, an ephemeral art gallery which lay at the center of the disco era's elite Minneapolis contemporary art scene, notorious for illicit, star-studded exhibitions in the IDS building downtown.
"IT WAS SLUMMING IN REVERSE," says Rachel Haselbauer over email, recounting her days as a gallerist in the art space she ran with her husband for four years, between 1979 and 1983.…
Jim Schobers reassembled Lifter Puller, pictured here with Schobers son, at his studio in Afton, 1983. Photo by Ansik, reproduced under Creative Commons license.
Imagine, Mr. Speaker, a World Without Balloons (Part 1)
Americans have always seen civic life as happening on a stage, each citizen performing democracy. But too often we forget to act, to perform our roles - we think of democracy as a noun instead of a verb. Sam Gould offers the first of a two-part essay on the art of purposeful disruption.
"Any real change implies the breakup of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety.…
Chunk 666 Bike Club, Portland, August 2003. Photo: Angela Scrivani