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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

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Fionn Meade

There Are Many Ways to Destroy a Piano

Burning, sawing, toppling: “There are many ways to destroy a piano,” says Andrea Büttner of Piano Destructions (2014), a video installation that presents interventions by (largely male) artists alongside footage of women pianists performing Chopin, Schumann, and Monteverdi—at once complicating the… 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

Fionn Meade

There Are Many Ways to Destroy a Piano

Burning, sawing, toppling: “There are many ways to destroy a piano,” says Andrea Büttner of Piano Destructions (2014), a video installation that presents interventions by (largely male) artists alongside footage of women pianists… More

Patricia Olson

Statistical Salvos: Feminism, WARM, and the Guerrilla Girls

When black-and-white posters boldly announcing statistics about inequality in the art world started appearing in 1985, Patricia Olson took note. A decade before the Guerrilla Girls began using New… More


Haley Ryan

Image Ubiquity and the Ordinary Picture

Not your ordinary photography show, Ordinary Pictures surveys the work of some 40 artists—from Steve McQueen and Sturtevant to Amanda Ross-Ho and Elad Lassry—who question, critique, and exploit the materials and methods of… More

Olga Viso

First Look: Announcing 16 New Artworks for the Expanded Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Katharina Fritsch’s giant blue rooster. Commissions by Nairy Baghramian, Theaster Gates, Mark Manders, Philippe Parreno, and others. Sculptures by Sam Durant, Kcho, and… More

Coco Fusco

Taste as a Political Matter: Coco Fusco on the Guerrilla Girls

Exploring NYC’s “nocturnal underworld” at age 24, Coco Fusco stumbled upon her “first encounter with a full-on feminist art intervention”: a show at the Palladium curated by the Guerrilla Girls. “This… More