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.
NEMAA Artist Series: The Romance of the West
The Old West lives on in Kate Hartfiel’s paintings: silhouettes of horses and ranch hands at work, caught in a moment’s graceful gesture and set against wide open spaces rendered in swaths of rich crimson, ochre, and cyan.
The Old West lives on in Kate Hartfiel’s paintings: silhouettes of horses and ranch hands at work, caught in a moment’s graceful gesture and set against wide open spaces rendered in swaths of rich crimson, ochre, and cyan.…
Kate Hartfiel, 8 Seconds, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Wendy Red Star: Reservation Pop
One could be forgiven for making the visual connection between Andy Warhol’s candy-colored pop art and Wendy Red Star’s rez cars and houses series, but where Warhol created his images from a place of privilege, Red Star's vivid works celebrate the rural, lived material reality of some of the least-celebrated communities in the US.
Single, cut-out images of objects draw the eye first to their color and shape, and then to the arresting contrast with their matte colors.…
Wendy Red Star, Documenting the Rez Cars and HUD Houses of Pryor, Montana (Crow Indian Reservation). At Bethel University's Olson Gallery through May 27, 2017. Photo: Reid Harer.
Minnesota Goes Pop
Suzanne Szucs on Rochester Art Center's "Minnesota Goes Pop" exhibition, which takes Andy Warhol's work as a starting point from which a wide array of contemporary Minnesota artists run, offering a fresh, distinctively regional spin on 20th-century Pop ideas.
The Andy Warhol: Minnesota Goes Pop exhibition, currently on display at the Rochester Art Center, uses two bodies of work by Andy Warhol as the starting point to explore contemporary Pop Art.…
Andy Warhol screen prints, 1986. Installation view from Andy Warhol: Minnesota Goes Pop at Rochester Art Center.
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.
The Believing Game
Filmmaker and educator Kevin Obsatz on art experiments, the freedom in making "unmarketable" work, exercises in belief, and practicing porousness in an impermeable age.
In the believing game we return to Tertullian’s original formulation: credo ut intelligam: I believe in order to understand. We are trying to find not errors but truths, and for this it helps to believe. […]…
Amy Halpern, still from Falling Lessons, screened recently at Cellular Cinema. Courtesy of the artists and Cellular Cinema.
An impassioned poem by artist and activist Camille Gage, after her experience at the Women's March in Washington DC on January 21, 2017, where more than a million people gathered to march for women's rights.
I said I’d write an article about my DC tripabout the Women’s Marchbut I don’t have TIME to writeBarely time to rememberNot a moment to luxuriate in I drove 18 hours tostand with a millionfeminists…
At the Women's March in DC on January 21, 2017. All photos courtesy of the author