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Featured Exhibition


Ordinary Pictures

Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. Despite its apparent throwaway status, the stock image is the primary commodity of a $1 billion global industry with far-reaching… More

Featured Article

By Jack Whitten

Jack Whitten: Art in Times of Unspeakable Violence

In celebration of Jack Whitten being honored with a 2015 National Medal of Arts on September 22—and in light of recent events in Charlotte, Falcon Heights, Tulsa, St. Cloud, and elsewhere—we revisit the painter’s 2015 Artist Op-Ed, a powerful personal… More

Gordon Hall

Reading Things

North Carolina’s discriminatory transgender bathroom bill, the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, police killings of African Americans across the United States, and the soaring murder rate among transgender women of color: artist Gordon Hall responds to… More

Doug Benidt & Siri Engberg

The Fuse Merged with the Firecracker

“It was the pen hitting the paper, the fuse merged with the firecracker.” Grant Hart recalls the August night 35 years ago when Hüsker Dü took to the tiny stage at Minneapolis’s 7th St. Entry to record Land Speed Record. Today, as… More

Siri Engberg

Live Then, Live Now

On August 15, 1981, Hüsker Dü ran through a blistering set at downtown Minneapolis’s 7th St Entry, recording 17 songs in 26 minutes to create the punk trio’s debut album Land Speed Record. Thirty-five years later, artist Chris Larson channels that energy in an… More

Eva Respini

“Why Can’t Women Time Travel?”

Digital technology enables us to create, duplicate, alter, disseminate, and appropriate images like never before. In this “somewhat arbitrary, and decidedly personal, lexicon of how we might navigate the unruly landscape of ordinary… More

Fionn Meade

Petrified Unrest: Paul Chan on Trump, Violence, and Sade for Sade’s Sake

In Paul Chan’s installation Sade for Sade’s sake, jittering figures, silhouetted on a wall of pallets and toy guns, perform violent and sexual acts. Created in the wake of revelations of abuse at… More

Haley Ryan

Beyond Repair: Art, Community, and an Expanded Notion of Publication

Tucked between a taco stand, an Indian fusion restaurant, and a microbrewery in south Minneapolis’s Midtown Global Market is a booth that at first glance appears to be a print shop and bookstore… More