Nov 5, 2013
Being Karen Sherman
Lightsey Darst interviews polymath artist and dancemaker Karen Sherman whose show, "One with Others," makes a Twin Cities stop on its national tour this week.
Oct 4, 2013
Farm Accident: A Secret History
Andy Sturdevant investigates the elusive history of Farm Accident, an ephemeral art gallery which lay at the center of the disco era's elite Minneapolis contemporary art scene, notorious for illicit, star-studded exhibitions in the IDS building downtown.
Sep 19, 2013
You Are Hear: Schooled
This month's podcast features a new bit on the worst day of school ever, by comedy improv duo Ferrari McSpeedy (Mike Fotis and Joe Bozic).
Aug 20, 2013
Reach Out and Touch Someone
On the boundaries of community, both intangible and concrete, the lonesome freedoms afforded by 21st century phone culture, and one deceptively simple question: What, exactly, constitutes a dance?
Aug 15, 2013
You Are Hear: Get Together
This month's state fair-themed edition of the podcast features Paper Darts editor Courtney Alego, with a story about the "idiots she hath loved."
Aug 1, 2013
Why Venus DeMars' Art Matters More Than Her Audit
An artist becomes a cause célèbre, and it's easy for that cause to eclipse her art. It would be tragic if the strong work by Venus DeMars and Lynette Reini-Grandell became a footnote to the story about “those artists who got audited.”
Jul 1, 2013
How is a Dance Film Different from a Movie Preview?
The template - beautiful people, beautifully filmed with a sketch of a story or character - is identical. In feature films, what is all that flying, tumbling and artful fighting among superheroes if not dance? What ground does dance film claim for itself?
Jun 13, 2013
Reverse Engineering a Poem
Frank O'Hara famously asked, "What's the point of a poem if I have a phone?" Elizabeth Murphy reframes the question: What's a love song for if you can tweet? What's the value of "real" art spaces when there are online outlets like Artsy and Google Art?
Jun 6, 2013
The Geekhouse Always Wins
Sam L. Landman
Sam Landman treats the not-for-kids-anymore world of comics conventions like a casino: Enjoy the cosplay and meet & greet, take a set amount of cash to buy books and then leave while you've still got the "Nien Nunb is my co-pilot" shirt on your back.
May 24, 2013
Digital Culture and Art(ists) on the Verge
Sheila Dickinson reviews the latest "Art(ists) on the Verge" exhibition at the Soap Factory, featuring five Minnesota artists whose work addresses new media and technology: Chris Houltberg, Sarah Julson, Mad King Thomas, Asia Ward, Anthony Warnick
May 22, 2013
Dancing Naked in Public
New York mag's art critic Jerry Saltz describes what artists and critics do as "dancing naked in public," when they produce, present and publish. And, he added at a recent appearance at Minneapolis' Public Functionary, it’s also why we need each other.
Apr 22, 2013
Contemporary life blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy - we're accustomed, even numb to that fact. "More Real?" at the MIA takes a direct dive into this murky territory, where such questions and conundrums abound.
Apr 13, 2013
Hip-Hop and Race: 4 Things and 5 Things
Toki Wright and Peter Scholtes
Toki Wright, producer, musician; and Peter Scholtes, writer, think about hip-hop--which has been a delightfully complicated meeting ground for a score of cultures and subcultures. This piece ran originally in spring of 2006--have things changed?
Mar 27, 2013
Lies Like Truth
Nathaniel Smith explores the illusions and play on perspective in the two shows up in the MIA's MAEP Galleries through March 31: Brett Smith's cinephilic "Superimpostor" and David Bowen's trippy simulation of Lake Superior waves, "underwater."
Mar 22, 2013
Warhol and the Art of Making Money
Inspired by 'Andy Warhol in Minneapolis,' with a medium at his side and a bunch of questions about art, funding and politics, Nathaniel Smith peers into the hereafter to get the Prince of Pop Art's take on how work is bought and sold, in his own words.
Mar 21, 2013
You Are Hear: Madness (March 2013)
This month's episode of our podcast features an autobiographical short, "Idle Hands Could Unsaddle a Mind" by Janice Pettit.
Mar 6, 2013
Currents of Memory
Writer Sheila Regan reviews Nina Canell's exhibition, "Stray Warmings," at Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis through April 6.
Feb 12, 2013
A Dispatch from Publishing's Digital Underground
Author of two mid-list books, David Oppegaard set out to publish his sellout novel, a foray into the hugely popular YA fantasy genre. Caught between traditional and e-book publishing, he offers a field guide to the shifting sands of the books business.
Feb 6, 2013
Why is the College of Visual Arts Closing, and What Comes Next?
Camille LeFevre digs behind the official talking points, speaking to CVA's interim president, faculty and alumni about the college's money troubles, sinking enrollment, and community concerns about management, plus grassroots efforts to save CVA.
Jan 31, 2013
Good Music for Bad Times
Music columnist Jeremy Walker offers a playlist for unsettling times: "The noise of division and cynicism, exploitation and condescension, and oligarchical finger wagging are silenced by this music's sound and beauty, at least for a moment."
Jan 31, 2013
Why Is Cindy Sherman Making Faces?
Lightsey Darst says the Cindy Sherman show is one of the most important bodies of feminist art today, but not for any of the reasons cited on the wall in didactics accompanying the artist's retrospective (at the Walker through Feb. 17).
Jan 14, 2013
(Re)Making a Better World: A Conversation with Charles Campbell
As a founding member of Skewed Visions, Charles Campbell has been bringing innovative theater to the Twin Cities for 16 years. In this far-ranging conversation, writer Jay Orff and Campbell hit on creativity, collaboration, and the limits of language.