Wendy Red Star: Reservation Pop
One could be forgiven for making the visual connection between Andy Warhol’s candy-colored pop art and Wendy Red Star’s rez cars and houses series, but where Warhol created his images from a place of privilege, Red Star's vivid works celebrate the rural, lived material reality of some of the least-celebrated communities in the US.
Single, cut-out images of objects draw the eye first to their color and shape, and then to the arresting contrast with their matte colors.…
Wendy Red Star, Documenting the Rez Cars and HUD Houses of Pryor, Montana (Crow Indian Reservation). At Bethel University's Olson Gallery through May 27, 2017. Photo: Reid Harer.
Minnesota Goes Pop
Suzanne Szucs on Rochester Art Center's "Minnesota Goes Pop" exhibition, which takes Andy Warhol's work as a starting point from which a wide array of contemporary Minnesota artists run, offering a fresh, distinctively regional spin on 20th-century Pop ideas.
The Andy Warhol: Minnesota Goes Pop exhibition, currently on display at the Rochester Art Center, uses two bodies of work by Andy Warhol as the starting point to explore contemporary Pop Art.…
Andy Warhol screen prints, 1986. Installation view from Andy Warhol: Minnesota Goes Pop at Rochester Art Center.
Why Does Minnesota Still Go Crazy for Prince?
Ira Brooker made a 2 a.m. pilgrimage to Paisley Park recently (and paid $50 for the privilege) on the off chance he might hear Prince play. It got him to wondering about the Purple One's enduring (maybe irrational) appeal for the hometown crowd.
I PULLED UP TO THE CURB OUTSIDE A NONDESCRIPT OFFICE building around 1:15 a.m., happy to have found parking within a quarter-mile of Paisley Park.…
Photo: 3rd Eye Girl website
What's It Like to be a Young Black Artist in the Twin Cities?
Writer Lara Mimosa Montes sits down with emerging artists from MCAD's Black Artist Student Union, who presented the recent group show "Navigate," to talk about their experiences putting the exhibition together and, more generally, navigating the Twin Cities art scene as people of color.
On March 24th, 2017, Black Artist Student Union (BASU) celebrated the opening for their group show, Navigate, at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design’s Gallery 148.…
Maria Robinson, Quality Time (detail), oil on canvas, 2016.
The Illusion of Encounter
Kevin Obsatz on his experiences as a PA working on a documentary about the 2004 campaign season and, specifically, the show business behind the spectacle of both art and politics.
An everyday life in thrall to the spectacle […] should be understood as the systematic organization of a breakdown in the faculty of encounter, and the replacement of that faculty by a social hallucination: a false consciousness of encounter, or an “illusion o…
John Kerry campaigning in Durham, New Hampshire in 2004. Photo: William B. Plowman/Getty Images
Where Paths Cross
Fresh from a winter biking trip through the North country, musician Ben Weaver returns to the political and cultural fray, asking: What do we value? How do those values define our culture? How could we cultivate systems of value that stem from being in relationship to things, rather than consuming, extracting, and taking from them?
I’d rather build a fire. Rather have cold hands from gathering wood. Rather sleep in the dirt, wake up with frost and coyotes, confuse the day moon for a fish eye or scale.…
Into the woods. Photo courtesy of the author.
Killing the Choreography
Camille LeFevre reviews the latest incarnation in Morgan Thorson's "Still Life" series, this time made for the Cowles Center in Minneapolis: an inventive choreographic amalgam, punctuated by simple, gorgeous movement.
"Everyone exit but KVL," calmly intoned the voice, as audience members took their seats on the Cowles Center’s stage.…
Still Life for the Cowles Center, presented by Morgan Thorson. Photo: Mena Burnett