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
After Symbols and on to Lawlessness
Critic and curator Nathan Young on the "catalytic flag-making" project, "Bleed&Burn," (ongoing now at the Soap Factory) and pushing the momentum of art for social change beyond symbolism and into action in the civic sphere.
The Soap Factory’s Bleed&Burn: Catalytic Flag Making shows a crossroads of activism, where the momentum of art for social change is pinned bet…
Bleed&Burn is on view at the Soap Factory January 14 - 21, 2017. Bark flag image courtesy of the artists.
How to Watch the Sky
Though all of Christopher Baker's latest installations rely on clever use of new technologies, there’s something old-fashioned and deeply humane just under the surface of these works, examining the proliferation of images we create and the machines we use to watch them.
Before Christopher Baker began his art practice in earnest, he studied computational neuroscience at the University of Minnesota.…
Crowdsourced images of the skies above Tel Aviv (part of the collaborative project, Picture Sky), courtesy of HowToWatchtheSky.com.
Botanical Facts and Fictions
Artists blend, twist, and re-envision elements of "nature that transfixes" in a sprawling indoor/outdoor exhibition at Banfill Locke Center for the Arts.
When considering art and nature, invariably the large-scale land art or earth works of American sculptors such as Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty) and Michael Heizer (Double Negative and City) com…
Presley Martin, Above the Clouds, installation view at Banfill Locke Center for the Arts. Photo: Camille LeFevre