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  • For as much 21st century technology as is employed in the collaborative exhibition Uneasy Syzygies at the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s MAEP galleries, an aura of ancientness looms over the artwork. Perhaps it’s the use of ceramics, one of the world’s oldest art forms, or the pile of bones sitting in a bed of sand, that makes the show feel like a portal to some other past era. The nods to archaic superstitions and an exploration of one of the world’s great mysteries, dreams, also serve …
  • For as much 21st century technology as is employed in the collaborative exhibition Uneasy Syzygies at the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s MAEP galleries, an aura of ancientness looms over the artwork. Perhaps it’s the use of ceramics, one of the world’s oldest art forms, or the pile of bones sitting in a bed of sand, that makes the show feel like a portal to some other past era. The nods to archaic superstitions and an exploration of one of the world’s great mysteries, dreams, also serve …
  • For as much 21st century technology as is employed in the collaborative exhibition Uneasy Syzygies at the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s MAEP galleries, an aura of ancientness looms over the artwork. Perhaps it’s the use of ceramics, one of the world’s oldest art forms, or the pile of bones sitting in a bed of sand, that makes the show feel like a portal to some other past era. The nods to archaic superstitions and an exploration of one of the world’s great mysteries, dreams, also serve …
  • The Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) set about the task of creating a show asking, "What is American art?," and emerged with an exhibition as messy as the question itself. With five different curators selecting work, the response couldn’t help but be chaotic, but perhaps the frenzied, loose structure of the exhibition is a fitting tribute to a country that’s composite and contradictory by nature, with a history stained with genocide and slavery, but also a national character that’s…
  • The Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) set about the task of creating a show asking, "What is American art?," and emerged with an exhibition as messy as the question itself. With five different curators selecting work, the response couldn’t help but be chaotic, but perhaps the frenzied, loose structure of the exhibition is a fitting tribute to a country that’s composite and contradictory by nature, with a history stained with genocide and slavery, but also a national character that’s…
  • The Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) set about the task of creating a show asking, "What is American art?," and emerged with an exhibition as messy as the question itself. With five different curators selecting work, the response couldn’t help but be chaotic, but perhaps the frenzied, loose structure of the exhibition is a fitting tribute to a country that’s composite and contradictory by nature, with a history stained with genocide and slavery, but also a national character that’s…
  • The Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) set about the task of creating a show asking, "What is American art?," and emerged with an exhibition as messy as the question itself. With five different curators selecting work, the response couldn’t help but be chaotic, but perhaps the frenzied, loose structure of the exhibition is a fitting tribute to a country that’s composite and contradictory by nature, with a history stained with genocide and slavery, but also a national character that’s…
  • Outreach. Inclusion. Engagement. Equity. Diversity. These are all words thrown around a lot in the nonprofit world, but what do they really mean? For arts organizations, in particular, especially arts organizations that aren’t culturally specific, saying you’re going to engage with communities of color isn’t necessarily the same thing as having an equitable relationship with diverse communities. But what about those organizations that are going beyond aspirational talking points and taking…
  • CAITLIN KAROLCZAK IS NOT AFRAID OF CONTROVERSIAL subject matter. Taking on taboo subjects such as physical deformity, violence, and death, Karolczak's work provokes a visceral reaction in viewers that has led to both praise and hate mail. Her exquisite yet grotesque paintings (and one sculpture) are currently on view, along with Michael Thomsen's sculptures in Science & Wonder at Rogue Buddha Gallery through June 12.   Karolczak says that she is "strangely compelled" by her material: she fe…
  • WHEN BAIN BOEHLKE WAS A YOUNG ACTOR, he was sure that he was going to have a chance to play Hamlet. He was blond, after all, and felt an affinity for the role; it was a part he felt he was meant to perform. He had a copy of the play with him when he was in Berlin, serving in the army from 1959-1961. He was in Germany when the Berlin wall went up. "The challenge of being an actor," Boehlke says, "is that the opportunity must arise."  The chance to play the prince of Denmark is rare -- and Boehlk…