Getting Out Letter 4: TO: Where It May Concern, 514 2nd St SE Minneapolis, MN 55414
Following the announcement that the Soap Factory will close for good, the former Gallery Director Kate Arford pens a letter to the building itself: a love letter, a breakup missive, and a reflection on the loss of the art spaces that shape not only the landscape of the cities, but ourselves.
TO: Where It May Concern 514 2nd St SE Minneapolis, MN 55414FROM: Me Outside…
As part of Mn Artists Presents: CarryOn Homes, a multidisciplinary program reimagining the museum as experimental classroom, writer and scholar Christina Schmid unpacks the deep structures that give rise to how knowing, learning, and teaching unfold in various cultural contexts, and suggests how we might reach beyond the model of mastery in order to embrace listening and the possibility of not knowing.
Tou SaiK Lee. Photo: Shun Jie Yong.…
An Exercise in Sensing Emotions Through Plants
Jess Hirsch, artist and founder of the Women's Woodshop, explores the power of plants to reveal our intentions and transform our emotions through meditation.
Image courtesy of Jess Hirsch.…
Plants, A Key to Creativity
Textile designer, public artist, and field botanist Sarah Nassif traverses the overlap between her work in urban forestry and socially engaged art, facilitating transformative encounters with plants and inspiring the public to notice nature everywhere.
Photo: Sarah Nassif.…
The Green Behind the Glass: Collecting and Protecting Plants from Around the World
Guest editor Regan Golden interviews Lisa Philander, the Director and Curator of the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences Conservatory, about the intersection of curatorial practice and biology, the shifting cultural awareness of plants, and the strategies she uses for boosting the visibility of plants and educating the public to inspire conservation efforts.
Photo: Regan Golden.…
Seeing Plants: Vision and Botany in Contemporary Art
Visual artist and writer Regan Golden, the incoming guest editor of Mn Artists, introduces Seeing Plants, a series of writings by artists, designers and botanists questioning the role that plants play in our everyday lives: as material for our artwork, as inspiration, as medicine, as a reminder of our own mortality.
I rush across the gallery towards a vibrant patch of grass and small flowers thriving atop a pedestal in the harshest of conditions: a white-walled gallery in January in Minnesota. I pace around the pedestal, eager for greenery, my heart sinks: the green grass is made of glass.…
Regan Golden, Spring Ephemerals.
Here to Make NICE and Changes to the Asian American Canon
Writer, actor, and filmmaker Naomi Ko expands the conversation on representation in media, asking what it means to create a TV show about your home and community when the world doesn’t believe you’re from there—and what it means to create for your community when parts of your community do not accept your work.
Naomi Ko. Photo: Katherina Vang.…