A Braided History in a Time of Resistance
Arts writer Sheila Regan offers an embodied meditation on family, storytelling, and the strength and fragility of the body, following her experience with Kerel Kroul’s exhibition at the Rochester Art Center.
As I walked across Rochester, I felt bemused by the atmosphere created by having one of the world’s most prestigious, and expensive, hospitals plopped down into a small Midwestern city. It felt like wandering through a weird utopian health spa bubble.…
From Topographies of Loss and Longing by Keren Kroul. Image courtesy of the artist.
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.…
Trauma is a Time Machine: Art and Healing in Troubled Times
Recent exhibitions at Public Functionary and Macalester College's Law Warschaw Gallery address two sides of a question that haunts this place: how to shed the awful weight of trauma and rekindle a utopian imagination.
Iyapo Repository"Unimagine this."…
Songs From a Room
Music writer Youa Vang talks with Nicole Breidel on the roving underground concert series, SoFar Sounds, and carving out a career in the music business.
“My greatest fear is that no one will show up,” Nicole Breidel ruminates as she readies water bottles and snacks for guests in the currently-empty home of a Minneapolis resident.…
A recent venue for SoFar Minneapolis. Photo by Youa Vang.
Kevin Obsatz on his education as an artist, both as a student and teacher of filmmaking, and in his experiences outside the classroom.
The school system today performs the threefold function common to powerful churches throughout history.…
All stills from the author's student films made for "290," his class in Super 8 during his time at USC.
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.
Together in the Dark
At a screening of experimental films at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, things go wrong in fascinating ways.
In April of 2017, Cellular Cinema curated two screenings of short experimental films and videos for the Minneapolis St.…
Melissa Haviland & David Colagiovanni, Pike Puht. Film still courtesy of the author.