Building a House for the Twilight of the Gods
There are weird buildings all around us. They are our megachurches and art musuems, our sports stadiums and soaring centers of commerce. What cultural myths do we encode in the architecture of these landmarks-by-design?
A strange building is rising in downtown Minneapolis. Or at least it seems strange given the skeleton currently in place. Weird buildings are nothing new for the city.…
Sketch rendering the Vikings’ stadium in situ. Courtesy of vikings.com
When once-hidden details of Native heritage eventually come to light for later generations, people so assimilated they have come of age mostly oblivious to those roots, is there way to reconnect with that history and culture that doesn't feel false or, worse, like appropriation?
Mary Lethert Wingerd's history tome, North Country: The Making of Minnesota, is a thorough chronicle of the state's territorial era, with the Dakota War of 1862 as a tragic, defin…
Dylan Miner, print. Courtesy of the artist's website.
Why Is It So Difficult to Talk Critically About Socially Engaged Art?
Definitions of terms for work loosely designated as "social practice" is contentious business. Critical review of the diverse range of work in this field is even more slippery. So, how can we begin to carve out a space for serious evaluation and analysis?
Why is it so hard to talk critically about socially engaged art? One of the immediate challenges of reviewing the Nash Gallery’s group exhibition, thinking making living, or any show that presents…
Amanda Lovelee, Elevated Structure for Elevated Thought. Photo: Ashley Duffalo
"Beaverdance" Returns to Bedlam
The irreverent "Marxist Fur Trade Holiday Musical" has been revived with a new cast, sharp direction, a snappier script and higher production values. So, why do we still pine for the scrappy shtick of the original?
I still long for the old Bedlam, the one on 6th Street and 15th Avenue in the West Bank with that awesome deck that provided a beautiful view of the Minneapolis skyline. For about two years, until it closed in 2010, I found a second home there.…
Photo by Soren Olsen, courtesy of Bedlam Theatre
Haunted by the Zeitgeist
Why is it that we can talk at length about the personal, psychological, formal and material qualities of art, smartly discuss art historical and pop cultural reference points -- but not "the political"?
"The leaves are falling, falling as from faras if distant gardens wilted in the skies;They are falling with a gesture that denies"…
Michael Kareken, Auto Salvage Series: Engine #4, 2014. Acrylic, acrylic ink and charcoal on collage. Courtesy of Burnet Gallery at Chambers.
What's So Funny? - With Jenn Schaal
In this month's podcast on the craft of comedy, comic Jenn Schall on the competitive side of stand-up, rape jokes and why audience pity is poison for comedians.
About this month's featured guest in our monthly podcast on the craft of comedy:…
Jenn Schaal. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Dressing for la Dolce Vita
Camille LeFevre browses the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' new exhibition devoted to the glamour, luxury and business sense behind post-war Italian fashion design.
Let's go right to the dictionary, shall we? There, glamour is defined as “the attractive or …
Simonetta, Evening Gown of Embroidered Silk. Published in Harper’s Bazaar, October 1952. Genevieve Naylor/courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery New York