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.…
Getting Out Letter 1: Gurumaan, hello
Incoming guest editor Moheb Soliman introduces the series Getting Out: a series of letters sampling varied perspectives on the outs, and ins thereof, of art.
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.…
The Trauma Question
Writer and cultural strategist Lisa Marie Brimmer responds to the May 2019 event Mn Artists Presents: Anat Shinar and Amal Rogers as “surreal immersion theater", untangling the complex relationships between artists, institutions, and audiences, and calling for new stories to be made possible.
Untitled installation by Maggie Thompson, 2019. Photo by Galen Fletcher, courtesy Walker Art Center.…
Comedy Is Like a Fuckboy
Comedian and improviser Monika Hetzler recounts how comedy—while it is still often inaccessible—allowed her to shift her relationship to the “confused mixed kid” narrative, discover her own agency, and embrace the awkward.
Alex D. Araiza, The Cheerful Crowd, 2017.…
How Comedy Unmasked My Inner Queen
Community organizer May Esperanza Losloso details the lead-up to her comedy debut, considering how everyday humor and a space without censorship brought her to remove some of her masks and claim her place as a Filipinx Humorist/Miss Universe Impersonator.
May Esperanza Losloso. Photo: Tori Hong.I wear many masks throughout my day, depending on the space.…
Experience Is Expertise
Artist, poet, and scholar Simi Kang reframes the notion of expertise, examining which stories we are allowed to retain from our ancestors, what qualifies as a “valid” story, how institutions tell stories for us, and how we tell stories about and for ourselves.
When Saymoukda asked me to write for this incredible series, I struggled to find a center for the piece. While I make visual art and poetry, my primary art these days is writing in service to my Ph.D.…