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."…
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.
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 Illusion of Encounter
Kevin Obsatz on his experiences as a PA working on a documentary about the 2004 campaign season and, specifically, the show business behind the spectacle of both art and politics.
An everyday life in thrall to the spectacle […] should be understood as the systematic organization of a breakdown in the faculty of encounter, and the replacement of that faculty by a social hallucination: a false consciousness of encounter, or an “illusion o…
John Kerry campaigning in Durham, New Hampshire in 2004. Photo: William B. Plowman/Getty Images