A body / a sign : On Black subjectivity / interiority / finding tenderness: beyond political meaningfulness
Through voice and matter, artist-writer Mara Duvra considers possibilities for black subjectivity beyond the representation of otherness, making manifest calm, interiority, and gestures of tenderness.
In order to speak a truer word concerning myself, I must strip down through layers of attenuated meanings made an excess … over time, assigned by a particular historical order, and there await…
Feminizing the Axe
Jess Hirsch, founder of Women's Woodshop in Minneapolis, calls for a reworking of craft practices and the gendering of tools.
Photo credit: Studio Zu.…
This Thing This Home: Stevie Ada Klaark In Conversation with Tia-Simone Gardner
Stevie Ada Klaark talks with visual artist, educator, and Black feminist scholar Tia-Simone Gardner about her tiny home turned mobile residency, The Inhabitation Project, and the balance between stability, mobility, and intimacy in artists' connections to place.
Tia-Simone Gardner and I met on a Wednesday morning at a local café in Northeast Minneapolis.…
The Inhabitation Project, photo courtesy of Tia-Simone Gardner.
A Memeorial: To Lay a Hate Symbol to Rest
Responding to Mn Artists Presents: Eric Larson’s Meme Town, Jordan K. Thomas considers the corruption of memes, anonymity and racism in digital space, and what it means to lay a hate symbol to rest.
Photo by Emmet Kowler, courtesy of Walker Art Center. Meme by Chris Cloud.…
The Weather Diaries
Mixing Icelandic fashion, arresting photography, video, and lush installation, a new exhibit at the American Swedish Institute challenges viewers to rethink fashion as an art form and the relevance of designers geographically isolated from Western couture.
Look at her. Return her gaze. It’s difficult, in fact, to look away, so intriguing are the possibilities for narrative and discourse layered into her image.…
The Fifth Daughters, 2014, designer: Bibi Chemnitz, © Cooper & Gorfer. On view at the American Swedish Institute through July 2, 2017.
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.
An Exquisite Preeminence of the Body
In the Walker's expansive exhibition, "Merce Cunningham: Common Time," artistic disciplines effortlessly traverse conventional boundaries, in much the same ways the influential choreographer did with his many collaborative partners.
When does a ragged leotard become a work of art? A silver mylar balloon? An inflated plastic box? A freestanding industrial floor fan? When they were created or re-contextualized by visual artists Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Bruce Nauman, respectively.…
Merce Cunningham and company performing TV Rerun at Westbeth, January 1975. Photo: Jack Mitchell. Copyright Jack Mitchell/Getty Images