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Associate Professor Chris Larson Opens "Second Shift Studio Space"
Second Shift is an artist-led effort to provide better resources to working artists and build communities of arts appreciators. Second Shift is a space for making, for gathering, for listening, and for experimenting. At the core of Second Shift’s philosophy is the belief that what artists need more than anything else is the time, space, and energy to develop their practice, outside of the constraints of financial influence. Despite how fundamental these needs are, they often go unmet through traditional residency and fellowship models. This difficulty is compounded by the noticeable disappearance of affordable studio space in the city. To address this, Second Shift will offer free, year-long studio residencies to four artists/makers/thinkers who identify as women or who are gender non-conforming. Second Shift operates under the belief that helping one artist can help an entire community. When artists are provided the resources they need to fully engage their practice, they produce more relevant and challenging work, art that has the capacity to promote conversation, generosity, and engagement with the world around it.
Professor Mathew Zefeldt Presents Customizable Realities
An immersive site specific painting installation with eight new paintings based on screenshots from the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V. The Hole- 312 Bowery/ New York, NY January 3rd – February 3rd, 2019 OPENING: Thursday, January 3rd, from 6-9pm
Behind the Scenes with Xavier Tavera
A behind the scenes look at the creation of On Purpose: Portrait of the Liberal Arts captured by student art assistant Seth Dahlseid.
Lamia Abukhadra (BFA18) Profiled in MN Daily
Lamia Abukhadra is many things: smart, savvy, creative and politically aware. She is one of few Palestinian-American artists in Minneapolis — something that gives her pride and has helped shape her identity. Abukhadra’s thought-provoking art explores her family history and dissects structures of colonialism that eventually forced her family out of Palestine.
Grad Student Rini Yun Keagy Reflects on Residency
Working with archival materials in quiet reading rooms for many hours during my spring residency at the UMN Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections was a contemplative, productive, at times intense, surprising, and overall gratifying experience.
Tamsie Ringler at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
Tamsie Ringler’s MAEP exhibition explores the duality of the still life, the venerable art genre that celebrates pleasure even as it warns about the brevity of life. In traditional still-life paintings, human-made or natural objects are placed in a composed space, preserving them for time immemorial. Ringler’s compositions place familiar objects (a car, a canoe, a buffet) alongside natural forms rematerialized, like the Mississippi watershed cast in iron, to form a sculptural still life in the gallery. Placed within the context of the museum, Ringler’s exhibition speaks to the human need to preserve objects, protect moments of fragility, and illustrate our deepest potential for compassion.
Professor Paul Shambroom in Conversation with Frederick Wiseman
As in many of his earlier works, Frederick Wiseman takes a long, slow, immersive look—without commentary, without interrupting—in his newest documentary, a portrait of life in a rural town, population 1,083, in central Indiana. In anticipation of the November 2–3 screening of Wiseman’s Monrovia, Indiana, we turned to another master of the slow look, Twin Cities–based photographer Paul Shambroom. A Walker collection artist, Shambroom has offered nuanced views of some deceptively banal-seeming topics, from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve to domestic nuclear weapons facilities to, most fitting for an examination of Wiseman’s documentary films, municipal meetings in small-town America. Here, their recent conversation.
Alum Lamia Abukhadra (BFA'18) Jerome Print Residency
Alum Lamia Abukhadra (BFA'18) is one of three fellows awarded the 2018/2019 Jerome Emerging Printmakers Residency at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. During her residency, Lamia's work will challenge the harmful, dominant narratives which perpetuate acts of violence and ethnic cleansing in Palestine and the Middle East. She will investigate the events, ecologies, architecture, recipes, photographs, maps, and other archival materials associated with important figures and events in Palestinian history and their connection to her experience. She is excited to expand her concept of matrices and the power of the multiple.
Professor Paul Shambroom Interview with Gizmodo
Paul Shambroom, Associate Professor in Photography and Moving Image, discusses his Nuclear Weapon series (1992-2001), which he spent hours each day researching weapons policy and navigating government administration to get the clearance needed to take his photographs. The images from this series picture bunkers and weapons that had previously been classified.
Alum Brittany Kieler (MFA '18) Solo Show @ Porch Gallery
Alum Brittany Kieler (MFA '18) presents her solo exhibition Female Reader. The show will adjoin two meanings of the term spread, referring both to the anatomy of a book and to the anatomy of a female. Various forms of printed matter will engage with the history of information gathering, propagation, and circulation. Join Brittany for the opening reception on Saturday, September 15th from 8-11pm. On view through October 14, 2018.
Alum Erin Paradis (MFA'15) @ Franconia Sculpture Park
Ceramics Lecturer and Alum Erin Paradis (MFA'15) is a 2018 recipient of the Jerome Franconia Sculpture Park Fellowship and recently completed her large scale sculpture, "Steadying pause." Join Erin for Fraconia's Art and Artist Celebration on Saturday, September 22nd from 11am-7pm, celebrating all of the new art works installed in the park this summer.
Laura Stack Exhibition at Circa Gallery
LAURA STACK’s colorful organic ink paintings are featured in CIRCA GALLERY’s Summer Salon show. This group show highlights Circa’s gallery artists including Barbara Kreft, James Holmberg and others. Stack is both a member of Rosalux Gallery artist-run collective and is represented by Circa Gallery in Minneapolis.
Associate Prof. Christine Baeumler Publishes "Pollinators at the Plains"
"Pollinator Garden for Plains Art Museum" is a work of environmental, socially engaged art on the museum campus, led by artist Christine Baeumler in collaboration with museum staff, youth interns, and a host of community and regional partners. Essays by Colleen J. Sheehy and Iain Biggs place this project and Baeumler’s work within the wider context of contemporary art.
Bly and Rowan Pope's Drawings Collected & Exhibited at MIA
Mia celebrates the pleasure of pure, virtuosic draftsmanship with the first museum show of Minnesota artists and twin brothers Bly and Rowan Pope. They have worked side by side their entire lives. Their focus on drawing and meticulous, painstaking process sets them apart. Each dedicates hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of hours to a single work, drawing skillfully, obsessively, until pencil has transformed paper into a provocative image rendered with photographic precision.
Reb Limerick Interviewed by Altered Esthetics
What is The Cloud made of? Water molecules or pixels? Where does it reside? The sky or the ground? Last summer, HomePaige (ongoing artistic collaborator Paige Carlson) and WurldWideReb (my primary digital alter-ego) explored these questions through the creation of a 9 episode web series. Hard Drive chronicled our 18 day road trip around the western half of the US in search of a more intimate connection with our data. We visited Google data centers, an iCloud storage facility, and a supercomputer center, finding ourselves overwhelmed by the level of secrecy and the amount of resources needed to power these monuments. As a video and performance artist, the resources I use to create my artworks are often more abstract, harder to quantify or ethically analyze. I find myself placing trust in physical hard drives to store my files, finding power in my embodied acapella voice to tell stories and inspire catharsis, feeling more present when I’m offline. Yet, I stay up to date on Climate Change data and policies by endlessly scrolling Twitter, a company known for lack of transparency around their own carbon emissions. As caring individuals in love with blooming Lilacs and obsessed with our smartphones, how do we hold these contradictions?
Kate Drakulic Awarded Guggenheim Internship
We're pleased to announce that student Kate Draculic will be a family programs intern at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City this summer, as part of their education department.
Sean Connaughty's Lake Hiawatha Project Featured on MPR
Sean Connaughty goes back to Lake Hiawatha almost daily. The lake is near his home, and he loves how it offers him the chance to find quiet, peaceful spots in the middle of a city. And he likes to see wildlife like eagles and otters. But the thing that really keeps him returning lately is the trash. "Over time, I began to notice mass quantities of trash accumulating on the shore," he said. "So I started picking up trash." He'd spend hours collecting things like straws, cigarillo tips, Styrofoam containers. Diapers, plastic water bottles, syringes. But he noticed that his efforts weren't making much of a difference. After any rainfall, trash would cover the shore yet again.
Mathew Zefeldt Interviewed in Metal Magazine
Painter Mathew Zefeldt brings the digital language to the physical canvas. Through brush strokes, he represents computer-generated elements, from video games to smartphone displays, Photoshop icons and special effects. But his work goes beyond canvases when he extends his paintings to the walls, ground and ceiling, and the exhibition space becomes an immersive installation difficult to escape. Do you dare to enter his fascinating universe?
Priya Thoreson on the Cover of Ceramics Monthly
Contemporary abstract sculpture meets decaying grocery store shopping basket and the result is avant-garde function. The proportions of these functional forms/sculptures are in direct correlation to everyday objects, allowing them to be visually accessible to the common shopper and the perfect marriage between discarded urban trash and an upscale farmer’s market tote.
Chris Larson Awarded 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship
For the past two decades, Minnesota–based artist Chris Larson has developed a multimedia practice that is rooted in sculpture and incorporates film, video, photography, drawing and sound. His work focuses on building and reproducing spaces, objects and specific architectural sites that look familiar but have been severely affected, disfigured, or transformed through relocation, replication and distortion. His most recent works examines specific architectural sites that are deeply connected to history and location.
Jordan Rosenow Exhibition at the Rochester Center for Art
Amid Structure is a multimedia installation which looks closely at minimal gestures and the subtle intimacy between objects and architecture. Raw building materials, typically used to solidify permanent structures such as 2x4s, pipes, and steel are the foundation for both domestic and industrial spaces that house/shape the body and its experiences. These materials are created and used in mass quantities where uniformity is expected and they remain hidden in the interior of walls.
Subtle Experience and Voices of Stones
Visiting artist Diane Willow reflects on the last twenty years of her artistic career.
Can "The Invisible" Be Pictured?
One snowy afternoon in December, several women gathered in artist Mary Simon-Casati’s southwest Minneapolis home for a little lunch and a lightweight chat about astrophysics and art. The firelit living room crackled with energy; conversation sparked and flared, bouncing from philosopher to art historian to physicist and back, traversing the cosmic terrain of dark matter, energy, quarks and their quasi-poetic names. “The thing about particles,” the artist said offhandedly, “is that none of us can see them, ever. We don’t know what they look like. Science can figure out what sort of spin they have and what it interacts with. But otherwise, we’re dealing with the unknown.” Her latest paintings and sculpture explore, in visual terms, phenomena that are largely intangible, ineffable and unseen. The result of three years of research and an intensive yearlong exchange of ideas with University of Minnesota astrophysicist Liliya Williams, her solo show “Smashing the Invisible” is on view at the university’s Regis Center for Art through Feb. 10.
Ana Mendieta Exhibition Travels to Berlin in Spring of 2018
Ana Mendieta (1948-1985) represents one of the most outstanding artistic positions of the 1970s and 1980s. From 20 April to 22 July 2018, the Martin-Gropius-Bau will present her multi-layered film work, which has been recently restored and digitised, the result of several years of research work. Ana Mendieta’s work moves freely between disciplines such as body art, land art and performance art, without adhering to any particular medium or movement. The common element is the recurrent use of the abstracted shape of the female form in dialogue with the surrounding environment of nature—not least in order to question the separation between nature and the human body. Her artistic work transcends many boundaries, including those of artistic disciplines, geographic and political spaces, and research into history, gender and culture.
Avigail Manneberg Receives 2018 Grant from the Human Rights Initiative
"A Contested Home: Memory, Commemoration and Rights around Forced Migration of Palestinians in the Galilee" will use artistic representation to engage with issues of forced migration and displacement. It explores how visual and theatrical storytelling can redress historical amnesia by seeking to foster dialogue between two groups who have a long and contentious history, Palestinians with Israeli citizenship and Jewish Israelis. Professors Kuftinec and Manneberg will work with eight local artists to develop an interdisciplinary body of work culminating in an exhibition and public art installation.
Shaping Molten Metal with Tamsie Ringler
Ringler has been a full-time, Term Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota for the last three years, and she has been in charge of the Foundry program since Professor Emeritus Wayne Potratz retired. She received recognition for her work with metal in the form of a McKnight Fellowship in 2017, and there are no signs of her slowing down. Her recent work explores the energy of landscape through mold-making and casting, and she has an ambitious project in mind that involves casting every mammal on earth – some 5600 species – as part of a broad conservation effort.
Elise Armani and Lexi Herman Guest Curate at the Walker Art Center
“The experience was pretty amazing. We were able to explore the Walker archives and work with Walker curators, installation staff, and archivists to design the installation and interpret the materials,” says Armani, who after recently graduating now begins a new role as a fellow with the Dallas Museum of Art.
Nooshin Hakim Javadi Takes Flight
MFA candidate Nooshin Hakim Javadi is just finishing her degree, but she is already getting international attention and accolades. This summer she is a Jerome Foundation Fellow at the Franconia Sculpture Park, and just received the prestigious Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award from the International Sculpture Center.
Trauma is a Time Machine: Art and Healing in Troubled Times
Trauma collapses past and present. It suspends the passage of time. Not only does trauma alter the experience of the past: it steals the capacity to imagine a future. Since the logic of trauma asserts that the worst already has happened, life seems over; impossible to plan, dream, and believe in wild possibilities, in change. The literature on trauma calls this "a foreshortened sense of the future." To tempt the mind into unruly speculation, Iyapo Repository, a project in residence at Macalester College's Law Warschaw Gallery in St. Paul, asks for participation in creating an archive of the future. Envisioned by two New York-based artists, Ayodamola Okunseinde and Salome Asega, Iyapo Repository pays homage to Afrofuturism's Octavia Butler and the heroine of her Xenogenesis trilogy, Lilith Iyapo, but charts its own path into a complex not-yet: an archive of what might come to be that holds the imaginary residue of an even more distant future.
Clarence Morgan Exhibition at University of Tennessee, Knoxville
This exhibition of drawings and paintings explore linear patterns that operate in a pictorial space. Utilizing random shapes and biomorphic forms within an intricate network of drawing, collage elements and subtle color, Morgan's work ranges from highly patterned organic painting compositions to meticulously articulated and somewhat minimal collage-drawings. This exhibition is dedicated in memory of Arlene Burke-Morgan (October 13, 1950 - December 16, 2017), the artist's wife and artistic partner of 46 years.
Professor Andréa Stanislav: Cosmist Reconstructions
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present Cosmist Reconstructions, the first solo exhibition with artist Andréa Stanislav. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery Publications will publish a catalogue of the artist’s work with an exhibition history and bibliography. For this exhibition, Stanislav uses sculpture in concert with her collage and text constructions to tap into the utopic philosophical and cultural phenomenon of Russian Cosmism. Cosmism’s widespread reemergence is virtually unknown in the west, this early 20th- century Russian philosophy included diverse thinkers such as Nikolai Fyodorov, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and Vladimir Vernadsky amongst others, who formed ideas of active approaches to space exploration and colonization, personal immortality, and a resurrection of the dead.
Asia Ward - Artists in the Kitchen
Beginning December 27, 2017, 50 all-women artist/chef-restaurateur teams met to join forces in an innovative partnership whereby chefs are inspiring the artists to produce new artworks, culminating in the exhibition. ]To honor the mission of Textile Center, each of the artists is incorporating a textile process, material, or sensibility in their completed work. Recognizing the abundance of local culinary and visual art talent of Twin Cities-area women, “this invitational exhibition forges a new partnership that celebrates the work of women artists in both the art studio and culinary worlds.”— Artists in the Kitchen Organizers.
Street Life: Photographing the City
It’s far too easy to spend the day sucked into the screen of your phone or laptop, essentially oblivious to the details of the world around you, whether that means the cracks in the sidewalk, the faded signage on corner convenience stores, or the quotidian rhythms of pedestrians and commerce on a given city block. Both Grant and Hoolihan are inspired by the cityscape right outside the doors of the University of Minnesota, and have treated this summer workshop course as an opportunity to inspire and encourage their students to explore their immediate surroundings with a sense of intention, awakeness and awareness.
Frankie Yu's School of Rock - 2018 SOFA Residency
The SOFA Residency is a program initiated in the Spring of 2018 at the Regis Center for Art that provides two undergraduates per semester an opportunity to create a Sculptural Object of Furniture Art with the assistance and funding of Art Department Personnel and Facilities. One of the first two SOFA Residency fellows was Frankie Bingxin Yu, in her final semester as an undergraduate, before finishing her degrees in the Spring of 2018, with undergraduate majors in Psychology and Art, and a minor in Design.
Alum Beth Dow (MFA'15) MAEP Show @ Mia
The Valley is a series of photographs that use regional terrains and simple interventions to tread cautiously into that gray area where we waver between attraction and repulsion. These large, dark photographic landscapes confine viewers and challenge our fears, asking us to confront what we think we understand.
Gustavo Germano’s 'Ausencias/Absences' brought to the Quarter Gallery at...
Argentine photographer Gustavo Germano’s exhibition “Ausencias/Absences" opened at Regis Center for Art on Friday night. Brought to the University largely on behalf of Spanish and Portuguese Studies Professor Ana Forcinito, the photographs confront the state-enforced disappearances that took place during the 1960s to 1980s dictatorships in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.
Professor Emmett Ramstad Interviewed by Hyperallergic
Artist Emmett Ramstad, a trans artist living in Minneapolis, sees public bathrooms as contested spaces emblematic of how the United States functions. Ramstad’s inquiry into the current politics surrounding bathrooms begins with their formal aspects — the stall “legs,” the space underneath, the ubiquitous beige color — to open a dialogue about privacy, vulnerability, mundanity, serviceability, shame and pleasure, segregation, and access. Ramstad’s sculpture, installations, and participatory actions unpack the architecture of social and moral codes that organize the physical space of the bathroom. He is currently working on an artist book called Quasi-Public, Semi-Private that will be released in November. When debates about bathrooms occupy the Texas legislature and tweets dictate the fates of transgender people in the military, Ramstad’s query is especially timely and relevant.
Chris Larson and Sean Connaughty Awarded McKnight Fellowships
Designed to identify and support outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists, the McKnight Fellowships for Visual Artists provide recipients with $25,000 stipends, public recognition, professional encouragement from national visiting critics, and an opportunity to participate in a speaker series. The fellowships are funded by a generous grant from the McKnight Foundation and administered by MCAD. The 2018 McKnight fellows were selected from a group of 229 applicants by a panel of arts professionals of varying backgrounds whose careers intersect with the visual arts in different ways. This year’s jurors were Janet Dees, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; Nancy Marie Mithlo, associate professor of art history and visual arts at Occidental College and Chair of American Indian studies at the Autry Museum of the American West, California; and Sohrab Mohebbi, curator at the SculptureCenter, New York.
Magical Re-Thinking with Ginny Sims
Welcome to the uncanny world of artist Ginny Sims. Whether due to the ubiquity of registry culture or the dual rise of the HSN and QVC, domestic ware would hardly seem to be objects of resistance—and that’s where Sims seeks to shake things up. Mining the history of English pottery, she infuses traditional forms with allusions to contemporary exigencies. Hers is an art of quiet upset—an urn that yearns, a kettle that unsettles, a vase effaced of figurative clarity. A monolithic wall appears on a commemorative plate; on another, a comic bubble simply reads “No.”
A New Plasma Cutter for the Regis Center for Art
Professor Tamsie Ringler Receives Academic Innovation Grant for CNC Plasma Cutter
Asia Ward Featured in Wilson Quarterly
The work of Asia Ward also evokes a sense of connection and responsibility and is concerned with themes of animacy and life, renewable energy, and the environment. Her aims, however, may not be immediately transparent upon introduction to the interactive robots that she describes as “little, digital Frankensteins.”
Professor Diane Willow Presents Tune-able Atmosphere
The Department of Art is proud to annouce the recent participation of Assistant Professor Diane Willow in the International New Media Art Triennial Exhibition in Beijing, with the piece Tune-able Atmosphere - a large-scale interactive light sculpture. With exhibitions in four venues across the city, Willow presented Tune-able Atmosphere at the 798 Enjoy Art Museum in the 798 Art District in Beijing. Willow also gave a presentation at the related academic symposium held at the Beijing Film Academy and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. This international symposium and exhibition was attended by artists, theorists, and curators from China, Japan, France, and Germany as well. Lucky for us here in Minnesota, a related work, titled Horizon, is currently installed at the Institute for Advanced Study on the 2nd floor of Northrop Horizon is a pair of tune-able atmospheres, one that can be tuned from each side of the glass window.
Laura Stack: "Flux" at the Rosalux Gallery
Rosalux Gallery is pleased to present two solo shows, Flux: Laura Stack and Originally: Elaine Rutherford opening in March. In Flux, Stack’s abstract ink paintings allude to an artificial world that is fluid, organic, and otherworldly.
Rachel Breen Exhibition at Perlman Teaching Museum
NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Exactly 1,281 white garments hang from the ceiling of the Perlman Teaching Museum’s Braucher Gallery. The collared shirts, knit sweaters, tights, and other items of clothing glow with an eerie luminosity. The 1,281 garments represent the number of Bangladeshi garment workers killed in the Rana Plaza building collapse in 2013, as well as the New Yorkers killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911. Both incidents, which happened 102 years apart on different continents, tragically illustrate the dangerous conditions workers who make cheap clothing have faced and continue to face.
Melissa Borman Curates East African Student Photo Exhibition
“Photography allows people to tell their stories that might not be able to tell it any other way,” said Borman. “It lets them know their voice matters, that what they have to say about their culture, about their lives, about their identities, is important.” To help East African high school students tell their stories, Century College collaborated with Somali-born photographer Mohamud Mumin to facilitate the Youth Outreach and Engagement Project, an educational program in photography funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Rose Von Muchow Curates Iron-Casting Women
Rose Von Muchow approached professor Tamsie Ringler about putting together a show to celebrate all of the strong women I had met through foundry. She was hesitant at first because she had no curatorial experience, but in talking with Tamsie, it soon became clear that she already possessed the relationships and tools necessary to successfully curate and install a show – she realized that all she needed to do was ask. The duo applied to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), which provides some funding and structure for projects created by undergraduates with mentorship by faculty.
Professor Mathew Zefeldt Exhibits HUNTER/KILLER
It had been speculated that the world would end in 2012, or at the very least mankind would enter a new eon. While the date came and went without a bang, unbeknownst to most humans on earth it may have actually happened, as we replaced our own minds as the smartest things on earth with quantum computing. This form of computing has led to the rise of Artificial Intelligence, and the last 5 years have seen major leaps towards creating machines smarter, stronger, and potentially more powerful than mankind. AI has now even crossed into the home with smart speakers, TV’s, and phones that have first names and know yours. What AI fundamentally means for us is impossible to calculate but we can’t deny its here and growing smarter every day. Having something on the planet that can think for itself, invent its own language, and gain access to our most secured networks is troubling enough in fantasy films, but this is increasingly closer to the truth of our reality. In Mathew Zefeldt’s installation we are confronted by the frightening side of AI, with the image of terminator painted on all surfaces of the gallery. The floor and all the walls are covered with repeating grey scale images of it. Zefeldt has then installed 4 painted canvases with pink and red terminators on top of this motif. Being inside of Zefeldt’s installation one can’t escape the feeling of being overwhelmed and in the midst of something both awe inspiring and frightening.
Art as Invitation
Iranian-born artist Nooshin Hakim Javadi grew up in war. When she was a girl in the city of Qazvin, two hours northwest of Tehran, Iran’s capital, she was terrified by air raids. “My mom would pull my three siblings and me to her belly and sing a lullaby for us,” she says. “I could feel my mother’s fear—the tension in her body, the pounding of her heart—yet her singing voice would vibrate through her body into mine, and that soothed me so much.”
Teréz Iacovino, Emmett Ramstad and Mara Duvra in "Living Together"
Living Together is an exhibition featuring the work of six artists – Betsy Alwin, Mara Duvra, Teréz Iacovino, Haley Prochnow, Emmet Ramstad, and Jen Sonibare – whose practices analyze our encounters with interior environments, the objects we live with, and spaces we live in, and do so often by marrying materials and disciplines in unexpected ways. The collective works form a range-y still life or a Period Room of a conceptual parlor. Exhibitions are living arrangements; objects and artists are gathered in a room and co-habitate for months. The exhibition asks us to consider what does this living arrangement look like? How do exhibition spaces feel like home and not a showroom? What art do we choose to live with, and what artifacts do we inherit? How do we create spaces for ourselves, as artists, not only to live safely and comfortably, but to show our work publicly and form a livelihood? As art spaces adapt to changing support structures and economies, how will we change our living arrangements to continue our work
Jeff Millikan Exhibition at the Bell Museum
For the past six months, as the Bell Museum has moved to its new home in St Paul, Jeff Millikan has been investigating the galleries and collection rooms, exploring the museum’s vast reservoir of objects, artifacts and scientific specimens. As the museum has worked to preserve, move and re-interpret its dioramas and other displays, Millikan has discovered and captured unexpected views and connections. A polar bear and snow geese peer out from their translucent wrappings. Small dioramas are freed from their confining windows and float as if in space. As an artist-in-residence, Millikan has also explored the museum’s scientific collections. Expect to see preserved snakes, fish, insects and birds in contexts that will make us question our relationship to nature. As a participant in the Bell’s Resident Artist Research Program, Millikan has worked with both the public and research collections of the Bell. He has taught photography at the University of Minnesota for the last 35 years and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Art Department.
Nels Shafer Gleams the Cube - 2018 SOFA Residency
Nels says the Department of Art has been a great place to explore because of the focus on learning by doing – he can experiment with CNC routers, laser cutters, and 3D printing, exploring art but also engineering without the constraints and prerequisites of other routes. He enjoys creating things that move, interact, or serve some function in addition to being aesthetically pleasing – taking courses in Experimental Media and 3D Modeling and Digital Fabrication only deepened his belief that art doesn’t have to be a static, pretty object you can’t touch as in traditional art museums. He prefers works that the audience can experience physically and conceptually at the same time, akin to those found in children’s or science museums.
Lorena Molina (MFA '15) Exhibits at the 621 Gallery in Tallahassee
Nothing Hurts like Home explores my complicated relationship with homemaking as a refugee who has experienced displacement.This project is a fragmented visual diary/Study of the challenges and markers of making a home in the between. Home has always been a battlefield. Home is where I was taught to fear. How do you make home when going home is too dangerous? What do you do with the pain that home brings? This work was influenced by my move to rural central NY as I simultaneously became a US citizen. It deals with the dislocation, otherness, and white washing caused by the process of making home in the unwelcoming. This work explores the ways I hold on to my cultural roots as everywhere I go demands adaptation and assimilation. The performances and photographs were made in El Salvador and Sauquiot, NY. They are my attempts to make sense of and connections to a state I did not choose. In 2017, I returned to my homeland after 14 years of being told it is a place I should not be. I visited my childhood home that now is ruled by gangs and I reconnected with my father. The photographs and videos aim to make a visual map of the interconnections between the land I was forced to leave, my place here, and what remains of the memory I once called home. This work is my reconciliation and acceptance of a reality that it is part of the immigrant experience to never truly be there nor here; while at the same time I aim to find the possibilities of existing in a state of liminality to create a space where my brown body can thrive and exist.
Kate Casanova Solo Exhibition "Underbelly"
Underbelly is a selection of sculpture and video that explores the materiality of human and non-human bodies. The work uses materials such as plaster, carpet padding, plastic, resin, silicone, fabric and LCD screens to create abstract forms that bulge beyond borders, slide over edges, and seep through cracks. This exhibition holds tension between the bounded form of a body’s perceived exterior and an unknowable interior world; between control and unruliness. From newfound knowledge of the bacteria that lives in our gut, to medical devices implanted in bodies, to the phones in our pockets, our experience of the world is increasingly hybrid. The contemporary body is a liminal entity; a cyborg, a chimera, a network. It may be thought of as a site of marvel, anxiety and contestation because it blurs categories of human and non-human, inside and outside, organic and synthetic, singular and multiple, sensing and non-sensing. This exhibition reflects Casanova’s ongoing engagement with the Posthuman body as she creates an expanded view of corporeal experience.
Laying in Wait with Emmett Ramstad
Laying in Wait examines what it feels like to wait. The unpunctuated, endless time of physically being in one place and mentally miles away/nowhere. The dentist asks how your day is while your mouth is wide open and you stare at a waterfall on the ceiling. You check and recheck your email while going pee. The hold music on speakerphone becomes your breakfast soundtrack. Can this space of non-presence or stasis be a place of potential? In this time of political turmoil, which is actually all times, is it possible to have productive waiting?
Paul Shambroom Completes MassMoCA Residency
"During my residency I have been photographing a Disney World Main Street Play Set, circa 1988. The attached image is based on a painting (also attached) of the same subject by American artist Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012). I am also photographing a jigsaw puzzle of the same Kinkade painting. “Past Time: Troubled Visons of the Good Old Days” explores the political and cultural embrace of an idealized America that never existed for many. It contrasts popular imagery of our past with photographs of contemporary life taken in locations that helped form the notion of the “good old days.” My time at MassMOCA includes a recent studio aspect- photographing puzzles and other material depicting idealized American scenes."
"Art Fair" at Mark Schoening's Porch Gallery
On a busy, tree lined street in South Minneapolis, one house stands out. On the lawn is a sculpture of a line drawing of large a white cube; welcoming passers by on to the front porch of the old victorian home, after which The Porch Gallery takes its name. Housed in the living room picture window is the exhibition Art Fair. The window has hosted a variety of exhibitions which, in some way shape or form, have inhabited the front room of Mark Schoening and Dawn England’s home since the galley opened three years ago. Art Fair, however, is unique in its scale, both figuratively and physically.
Lukkas and Oransky Take Mendieta Exhibition on World Tour (Video)
“In Berlin, at the opening there were people lined up down the block for blocks to see this exhibition. It’s been really spectacular... it’s kind of taken on a life of its own," says Lukkas.
Regan Golden Interview in Minnesota Women's Press
Regan Golden uses drawing and altered photographs to represent ecological change in the American landscape. Most recently she has been working with urban plant life to offer a unique take on the green spaces around the Twin Cities.
'After the War' with Xavier Tavera - Lecturer and MFA ('17)
When Xavier Tavera (M.F.A. ‘17) moved to the Twin Cities in 1996 from Mexico City, he swapped a future law career for life as a photographer. But he also underwent an even more profound personal transition. “In Mexico, I’m nothing,” he says, referring to the fact that he can’t easily be labeled in a society where so many of his fellow citizens look like him and speak his native tongue. “But here, I’m Mexican and an immigrant and a person of color.” Understanding how that experience has impacted his fellow Latinos and their Minnesota subcultures has become a guiding force for his work. His most recent show, “AMVETS Post #5,” which is at the Minnesota History Center through April, includes 35 portraits of Mexican and Mexican-American military veterans who have returned home to St. Paul’s West Side from the battlefields of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Many of Tavera’s subjects enlisted in order to become U.S. citizens, only to see their rights undercut when they returned home. Some felt abandoned by the country they fought to protect.
Tamsie Ringler Pours Iron in Ireland
From its source in the Shehy Mountains on the Cork-Kerry border to where it empties into the Irish Sea at Cork Harbour, the River Lee embodies over 5000 years of human habitation and experience. Tamsie Ringler’s River Lee Project focuses on the importance of the River Lee to the daily life and heritage of Cork City and its surrounding areas. Iron is an elemental metal that signifies our connection with the world on a primal level. It runs through our bloodstream in much the same way as rivers run through our landscape. With the looming threat of flood-walls around Cork City, the River Lee Project represents our physical and emotional connection to our rivers and the importance of maintaining that connection.
MFA Areca Roe Featured in National Geographic
In her new book Housebroken, Minnesota photographer Areca Roe juxtaposes exotic pets against tranquil, domestic settings. The tension “between the fur, the claws, the scales and that very domestic background” of quilts and fabrics intrigued Roe—animals that seem wild to many of us, even though they’re not, in settings that couldn’t be more familiar.
The Voyage of Voice to Vision with Professor David Feinberg
The Voice to Vision collaborative art project went international to showcase their artwork and collaborate with the Mothers of Soacha in Colombia, as they continue to connect with Holocaust and genocide survivors and explore their experiences through art.
Bianca Pettis Exhibition at High Point Center for Printmaking
Bianca Janine Pettis’ prints are playful, colorful, and indeterminate. She approaches her printmaking practice as a performer - opening herself up to the moment, allowing the work to unfold before her. Through the processes of monoprinting and screenprinting, she brings to life idiosyncratic characters inhabiting a world of courageous anxiety. Pettis holds a BA in Theatre from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and an MFA in Art from the University of Minnesota.
Alum Beth Dow (MFA'15) Talk @ Minneapolis Institute of Art
Photo and Moving Images Faculty and MFA'15 Alum Beth Dow will discuss her MAEP exhibition "Prediction Error," a series of photographs that use regional terrains and simple interventions to tread cautiously into that gray area where we waver between attraction and repulsion. On view through October 28, 2018.
Alum Christopher Selleck (BFA'13) Solo Show @ SooVAC
Alum Christopher Selleck (BFA' 13) presents his presents a solo exhibition of photographs, installation, sculpture, video, and polymer photogravure exploring gay representation, local cruising culture, and gay/queer connection in the age of social media. Join Chris for the opening reception on Saturday (9/22) from 6-9PM at SooVAC. On view through October 27, 2018.
Laura Stack & Jeff Milliken Group Show @ Carleton College
Faculty Laura Stack and Jeff Milliken are exhibiting work in Pulchra Scientia: The Aesthetics of Discovery: a nationally juried exhibition of works by contemporary artists that communicate current scientific developments. Join Laura and Jeff for the opening reception on Saturday, September 14th from 5-7 pm. On view through January 20, 2019.
Katayoun Amjadi (3rd Yr MFA) Solo Show @ St. Thomas
Katayoun Amjadi, current 3rd Year MFA in Sculpture and Ceramics, presents In Your Backyard at the University of St. Thomas. Featuring work from her Domestic Affairs series, this solo exhibition investigates the idea of home in body, structure, and land. It explores the culturally embedded promise of security and hope engendered in the archetypal house. Join Katayoun for the opening reception on Friday, September 14th from 6-8pm. On view through December 20, 2018.
Professor Paul Shambroom's Work in the Getty Collection
LOS ANGELES – The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today the donations of two groups of photographs from collectors Leslie and Judith Schreyer and Michael and Jane Wilson. The gifts include works by artists not previously in the Museum’s collection, as well as photographs that enhance the Museum’s existing holdings. “These generous gifts complement and strengthen our holdings of important photographers from Los Angeles, New York, Europe and Asia,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “Both Les and Judy and Michael and Jane are longtime and enthusiastic supporters of the Museum and our photographs department. Their donations will provide a rich trove of images from which we will be able to organize future exhibitions.”
Q&A: Lecturer and Visual Artist Sam Hoolihan
Wednesday night, Trylon Cinema quickly sold out as University of Minnesota alumnus and adjunct professor Sam Hoolihan presented “Silence with Sound,” a collection of Super 8 and 16-mm films. The highlight of the evening was Hoolihan’s most recent work, “Stasis & Motion,” a 16-mm film consisting of three black and white projections, as well as live vocals and music by local artists John Marks and Crystal Myslajek.
31st Fall Iron Pour Sparks Teamwork
A group of students, faculty, and visiting artists get together annually to pour hot iron into sculptural art within the foundry at Regis Center for Art. Tamsie Ringler, an assistant professor in the art department, comments on this year's iron pour, along with senior BFA student Stephen Edstrom and senior studio art major Rose Von Muchow.
University of Minnesota MFA graduate’s 'To allow for breath' exhibit...
Photographs, hung sparsely on the gallery walls of The White Page, depicted natural light in bare settings, gentle ripples in still water, lines of poetry and intimate portraits of women of color. The photographs belong University of Minnesota MFA graduate Mara Duvra. Part of The White Page’s one-month residency program, the opening reception for Duvra’s exhibit “To allow for breath” took place at the South Minneapolis gallery Friday night. “This is really only the beginning. ‘To allow for breath’ is the first visual chapter of a wider project that I call ‘Tending,’” Duvra said.
Porch, Hair & Nails and Yeah Maybe Galleries Profiled in Star Tribune
Mark Schoening and his wife, Dawn England — transplants from Los Angeles — opened Porch Gallery in May 2016 at their ornate Park Avenue home as a way to contribute to Minneapolis’ creative economy. “Living in a space surrounded by art and running this small art space has brought a creative energy to the house that I wouldn’t have imagined,” said Schoening, a Minnesota native. He applied the skills he once used to design storefront displays for Forever 21 to create an inviting exhibit area in their front window. Four months out of the year, the front room is blocked off and artworks can be viewed from the porch.
Professor Christine Baeumler Installs High-Rise For Pollinators
The nonprofit arts organization Public Art St. Paul will soon unveil the first pollinator “sky rise” — a 4-feet-high, 3-feet-wide bee tower, elevated on a pole — near Como Lake walking trails, by the intersection of West Como Boulevard, Nagasaki Road and Horton Avenue.
Sonja Peterson Presents "The Nature of Paper" at the MN State Fair
The exhibit title is “The Nature of Paper: Cuts and Folds.” All of the work speaks to the natural world and questions where we locate ourselves within, through narrative or general visual references. The Creative Arts Building has a long history of housing a wide variety of exhibits, and is a perennially unique, visual cornucopia for the senses. It is the first building on the left at the main entrance to the State Fair and across the street from the University of MN Driven to Discover building.
Jess Hirsch Opens the Women's Woodshop
What does it mean to have a feminine approach to woodworking, and to a shared woodshop? Hirsch clarifies that the space is not focused on the absence of men (there are some co-ed classes), but on the presence of women and non-binary arists, teachers, craftspersons and amateurs. "It's really all about supporting makers in the learning experience. It's about giving people space and time to learn at their own pace, not interjecting immediately when someone is struggling. They're able to either come to me and ask for help, or take the time to figure it out. Other situations I've experienced with woodshops, I've been corrected immediately and unable to learn at my own pace."
Remembering Katherine E. Nash
Surveying her body of work in bronze casting and welded metal, the depth of her curiosity, experimentation and playfulness quickly become apparent. Almost 50 years after her initial entry into the University of Minnesota as an undergraduate, and fifteen years after she began teaching there, Katherine E. Nash retired in 1976. Though she had been the only female faculty member of the art department for more than a decade, she lived to see the impact of her hard work over the years, as women slowly began to play a larger and larger role in the composition of the faculty.
"We Move Still" at Franconia Sculpture Park
Rosenow and Martin were excited about the opportunity to create something on a much more monumental scale than they had ever worked before. They were inspired by the projects of Félix González-Torres, Ann Hamilton and Roni Horn, who use everyday materials in unfamiliar ways. For their giant blue curtains they settled on debris netting fabric, made of knit polyethylene, which is commonly used in the construction of skyscrapers. For the height of the piece, they decided upon 34 feet because that was the upper limit imposed by the logistics of constructing the steel support frame.
Remembering Professor Emeritus Warren MacKenzie
Professor Emeritus Warren MacKenzie passed away recently at age 94, prompting an outpouring of remembrances in the media that highlighted both his importance to the art world and his impact on individual artists.
Claytopia: NCECA Conference comes to Minneapolis
Claytopia, NCECA’s 53rd annual conference will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota March 27-30, 2019. Since the 1960s, the Twin Cities region has played a pivotal role in shaping a renaissance in studio pottery and craft as cultural forces. Adaptation of Mingei-inspired ideals within the American heartland drove a vision of artfulness in daily life. Claytopia will engage regional, national and international artists, thinkers, curators, educators, and students to produce an array of exhibitions and experiences that build on, respond to, celebrate, and push against ceramic art’s diverse legacies. Together, we will expand critical discourse on teaching, learning, aesthetics, social impacts, design thinking, and artistic production.
Danny McCarthy Clifford (MFA18) Presents The Section of Disapproved Books
Why would a prison ban a book about Chicano art? Or military history? Or computer programming? Or an autobiography of Malcolm X? After all, such books are readily available to anyone not in prison for purchase or through one’s public or academic library. Visual artist Daniel McCarthy Clifford has his own theories, and he’s doing additional research and using his art to raise awareness of what seems to be an arbitrary process of deciding what can and can’t be read by inmates in prisons across our nation. “It’s injustice,” he says. “History is being withheld [from inmates].”
Teréz Iacovino (MFA '14) in Shifting Baselines Exhibition
Form and content presents an exhibition of visual works by printmaking rooted artists Ruthann Godollei, Teréz Iacovino and Michael Marks. In their own ways Godollei, Iacovino and Marks point out protracted degrading, ongoing changes our lives and world.
Grad Student Katayoun Amjadi Featured in Wintertide Exhibition
Wintertide is a bi-annual juried exhibition produced by Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), facilitated by Public Functionary, and graciously supported by the Cedarwoods Foundation. Wintertide was created in 2015 to highlight NEMAA member artists’ high level of professional artistic capability. Goals for the exhibit include: connect artists, NEMAA, and Public Functionary to a wider range of arts patrons and buyers, support artists professionally, and build the reputation and recognition of Northeast Minneapolis as a premier, respected visual arts community in the region. Juried Biennial Exhibitions are an important instigator in the discovery of exceptional work of emerging, mid-career and established artists based on a competitive jury process.
Hyperallergic Reviews Exhibition Curated by Mara Duvra (MFA15)
“Yes, and the body has a memory. The physical carriage hauls more than its weight. The body is the threshold across which each objectionable call passes into consciousness — all the unintimidated, unblinking, and unflappable resilience does not erase the moments lived through, even as we are eternally stupid or everlastingly optimistic, so ready to be inside, among, a part of the games.” ― Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — With Yes, and the body has memory, Minneapolis-based curator Mara Duvra has put together a challenging group show of women photographers, who are all grappling with notions of trauma, family, and ancestral connections, and the female body.
Prof. Jenny Schmid Receives McKnight Fellowship
The Highpoint Center for Printmaking is excited to announce the recipients of our inaugural McKnight Printmaking Fellowship: artists Jenny Schmid (left) and Justin Quinn (right). Beginning in February 2019, the McKnight Printmaking Fellows receive awards of $25K, extensive access and support at Highpoint’s workshop, as well as conversations with local and national arts professionals. Their fellowship will conclude with an exhibition at Highpoint in January 2020 and will feature discussions with the community about their work.
Lecturer Laura Stack’s Paintings Featured In 10011 Magazine NYC
Laura Stack‘s hyper-color ink collages are featured in 10011 Magazine vol. 04 along with an interview. An Emerging Artist Magazine published by Claudia Eng Gallery in New York City. See Stack’s Fluere ink collages on her website at https://www.laurastackart.com/fluere-painting-series/
Lecturer Melissa Borman, Alumna Areca Roe and Breck Hickman in La Mese delle Donne VI
The mission of this exhibit is to showcase, promote, connect, and collaborate with Minnesota creatives who identify as women. Together we are all stronger. We want all women to have a voice.
Sayge Carroll (MFA21) and Prof. Lamar Peterson in "How to become lost"
How to become lost is an exploration into the ways artists escape into the content and method of their work as a means to process, heal, and liberate–and to get closer to a truth about life in ways that cannot necessarily be seen or framed through ordinary language or experience. This exhibition invites you to be transported into the complexity and humanity of each artists’ work and world, but also poses the question of why and what motivates someone to create: asking viewers to consider the tensions of making work in a painful, traumatic, accelerated and angering climate while holding desire for artwork to be slow, pleasurable, and meaningful. Is this process futile? Are we allowed to enjoy our work? What privileges come with escapism? How important is it, or detrimental? How do we reclaim our space, our work, our joy?
Brooklyn Rail Reviews Assistant Professor Mathew Zefeldt Exhibition
Isolated to a vault-like inner room, Customizable Realities reeks of an experience: With the exception of the ceiling, Zefeldt’s super-graphic paintings of GTA stillscover every surface. Step inside! Photograph yourself disappearing into a vortex of macho images a la Lichtenstein cycled repeatedly in Warhol’s iterative style! But, unlike Pop exhibitions, there’s nothing hokey or manufactured here: No prints. No duplicates. No silkscreens. Zefeldt painted the 256 greyscale panels by hand, which elevates them from the Pop-Art rip-offs they could easily have been. They’re also distinct from one another. Each one combines with its neighbors to form larger matrix-like paintings—the rear-end of an Annis Elegy RH8, the fictive GTA version of the speedy Nissan GT-R—which are also repeated, and then fused again into a large tiled fresco fit for the 21st century.