Truly "Public" Art is Messy Business
Sheila Regan looks into the gaps inherent in public art—between concept and execution, neighborhood need and the possibilities for funding, and the sometimes controversial distance between residents' aspirations and artistic vision.
It’s a warm summer day in July, and a group of boisterous teenagers and young twenty-somethings are hard at work making art at In Progress, a community art space in the North End neighborhood of St. Paul.…
Students working on murals for the Trout Brook public art project. Photo courtesy of the author.
Envisioning an Art Ecology
Writer and landscape architect Diane Hellekson outlines a dynamic model for thinking about cultivation of the arts in Minnesota -- specifically, she makes the case for seeing the health of state's arts and artists in ecological rather than economic terms.
START PONDERING THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ART AND ECOLOGY, and you find yourself confronting a complex web, which, depending on your point of view, could look like a stairway to heaven (where art and the rest of life seamlessly connect) or a deathtrap, where good work goes unreward…
Photo courtesy of the author
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.