In Practice: Curator Sarah Schultz
Lightsey Darst and curator Sarah Schultz on work vs. jobs (and what lies between), the vagaries of chance, and balancing a sense of agency with acceptance in dealing with both.
Sarah Schultz is an independent curator and formerly Curator of Public Practice and Director of Education at the Walker Art Center. She lives in New York City and Minneapolis.Choose one: prairie, coast, mountain, hillside, sea.…
Sarah Schultz, photo courtesy of the author
Burn the Maps
The demographics and economic realities of rural America are shifting. The dividing lines between country and city spheres are increasingly fluid. Art of the Rural founder, Matthew Fluharty, makes a case for rejecting calcified notions of “rural art” and redrawing a geography of the cultural center (and periphery) accordingly.
It is significant that the common image of the country is now an image of the past, and the common image of the city an image of the future. That leaves, if we isolate them, an undefined present.…
Illustration by Emmet Byrne for Mn Artists and Walker Art Center
Time Enough for Dance
Anna Marie Shogren unpacks the ideal of “evening-length” dance, the quirks of audience attention and institutional prestige, and what it means to make fully realized work.
We humans are fascinated by time. It is a cause for much wonder and preoccupation. We attempt to gauge it, worry we’ve lost it, watch it go by. The artist who works in time tries to balance audience engagement through energetic features and rhythm, in an att…
Photo by Sonja Langford, courtesy of Unsplash
Lost Voices Found
Linda Shapiro on the upcoming concert paying homage to the promising Minnesota jazz dance choreographers lost in the 1980s to AIDS.
Lost Voices in Jazz: The Choreographers of the Minnesota Jazz Dance Company concert coming soon to the O’Shaughnessy promises to deliver a syncopated blast from the past.…
Vintage Minnesota Jazz Dance Company, 1983. Pictured (l to r) Jody Berg, Greg Thul (lost to AIDS), Tony Vierling. Photo: Ken Lau
"Still Life" Moving
Camille LeFevre reviews Morgan Thorson's new "endurance-based dance work," happening in the Weisman Art Museum galleries all summer long.
As usual, the title of choreographer Morgan Thorson’s current work, Still Life, is as layered with meaning (served up in feints and asides) as her eminently watchable and surprising choreography.…
Still Life (performance detail at Weisman Art Museum during Northern Spark), Morgan Thorson choreographer, 2015. Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp
Diversity, Equity, and Engagement in the Arts: A Case Study in Change
Intermedia Arts has spent the last year aiming to turn talking points about diversity and community engagement into action. They've changed how they select and program their offerings, who's at the table when organizational decisions are made. It's progress, artists say, but we're not there yet.
Outreach. Inclusion. Engagement. Equity. Diversity. These are all words thrown around a lot in the nonprofit world, but what do they really mean?…
Collage detail courtesy of Intermedia Arts.
LISTEN: What's So Funny? - With Elizabeth Ess
Stand-up comic Elizabeth Ess on working clean vs. working dirty, one-liners vs. storytelling comedy, and trying to fit in with non-comedians.
About this month's featured guest in our monthly podcast on the craft of comedy:…
Photo courtesy of the artist.