SOTA: State of the Arts is a podcast exploring contemporary art of the Twin Cities and beyond! We discuss international art news, critical topics affecting the art world today, and interview local artists. Hosted by art historian Sarah Kuenzler and curator Jasa McKenzie.
Hello SOTAns, We have some fun things for you this week! In the news we talk about artists participating in the Aichi Trienniale who asked for their work to be taken down, in reaction to a closure of a gallery in the exhibition alleged as censorship. We then talk about the Andy Warhol retrospective exhibition at SFMOMA and if the most famous figures in art history can be presented in a fresh way or, if they even need to be. Then, we have a fabulous interview with local artists Regan Golden!
Artists Demand Removal of Work from Aichi Triennale Following Censorship Controversy – ArtNews
Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again – SFMOMA
Regen Golden’s Website
In the news, we discuss how the artists of the Whitney Biennial leveraged their very presence in protest of Warren Kanders (of Defence company Safariland) continuing to sit on the Board of the Institution. Kanders officially resigned his position at the Whitney in late July.
We discussed how Museums can better equip themselves to appeal to a neurodiverse audience, and what the benefits are for institutions who make small changes to be more inclusive.
Finally, Sarah interviewed the talented and dynamic sculptor Kelly O’Brien.
‘It’s Just the Beginning’: Art World Responds to Warren B. Kanders’s Resignation from Whitney Board
Warren Kanders Quits Whitney Board After Tear Gas Protests
Kelly O’Brien Sculpture
Greetings SOTAns! This week we highlight ways you can engage in physical activity at some of your favorite local art museums! Take advantage of these while the summer still lasts! We also discuss Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists at Mia and why it is both important and timely. Sarah wraps things up with an interview with local multimedia artist Jacob Aaron Schroeder.
SculTours at the Walker
Yoga at the WAM
Hiking with ASI
Yoga at Des Moines Art Center
Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists
Jacob Aaron Schroeder
Hello SOTAns! This week, we give you a little blast from the past in the news when we talk about former a Mia curator leading the charge to return Nazi-looted art! We then discuss local mental health and art resources–who are they and what services do they provide to the community? Sarah wraps it up with an excellent interview with local illustrator, Christi Furnas.
“After 75 Years, Germany Will Return a Nazi-Looted Old Master Painting to the Uffizi in Florence” -ArtNet News
ARTS PROGRAMS in Minnesota for Adults with Disabilities
Christi Furnas’s Website
Hello SOTAns! This week, we are bringing you the special Pride Program we made in collaboration with KFAI Minneapolis. This aired live on Pride Sunday and features an interview with local, queer artist Christine Furnas, a discussion on local, creative, queer spaces, and a review of the Stonewall at 50 event at Mia! We hope you all had a happy Pride!
SOTA: State of the Arts on KFAI
A Conspiracy of Strange Girls
Ritual Print Co.
Feminist Video Quarterly
Stonewall at 50 at Mia
Hello SOTA listeners!
This week in the news, we discuss the Arts + All Museums Salary Transparency 2019 spreadsheet where thousands of cultural workers are anonymously presenting their locations, position, and pay. Hopefully, the results can help lead to closing economic gaps in the art world.
Next, Jasa helps to demystify the question, “What is Digital Art?” Sure, you may get the concept, but we go into detail about some popular denominations and particularly highlight the realm where digital and sound art meet! This is inspired by our upcoming SOTA Projects launch, Terraforming by Danelle Cloutier, who works in digital sound art.
Finally, Sarah presents an interview with Amy Rice, a local artist and printmaker who uses nontraditional print-making methods, often with wet media on natural-based surfaces. She aims to make a tangible or visceral connection between the materials used and the image rendered.
Don’t forget to join us TONIGHT, June 16th at 9pm in Boom Island Park for a community star-gazing experience titled Terraforming, by Danelle Cloutier! Details HERE.
Arts + All Museums Salary Transparency 2019 spreadsheet
Museum Workers Share Their Salaries and Urge Industry-Wide Reform – Hyperallergic
What is Digital Art? Definition and Scope of the New Media – Medium
Danelle Cloutier on SoundCloud
Amy Rice’s Website
Hello SOTAns!! This week, in a special mini-episode, Sarah talks to Dustin Steuck (see the episode “Dustin Steuck and Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum” from October 7th, 2018) to discuss the history of the Stonewall Riots, their impact on the LGBTQ+ Rights movement, and the (FREE!!) Stonewall@50 event at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts happening on Friday, June 14th from 6 – 9 pm.
Thanks for listening, and Happy Pride Month!
We are thrilled about this episode! We are switching it up this week, with Sarah serving up the critical discussion while Jasa presents an exciting interview. In the news, we dive right into addressing the budget the Democratic party has recently unveiled, benefitting the NEA and proposing to raise their funding significantly! Unsurprisingly, there are rough waters ahead in this budgetary debate.
Sarah presents a segment that we’ve dubbed Getting Wiley with Gauguin! She highlights painter, Kehinde Wiley’s, new portrait series, depicting subjects of people in the community of Tahiti’s third gender. She contrasts Wiley’s powerful portrayals from the well-known paintings of Tahiti by art historical figure, Paul Gauguin, and the related, sordid history.
In conjunction with the first edition of SOTA Projects, Jasa interviews Canadian audio engineer and journalist, Danelle Cloutier. Danelle’s work blends captured audio with music and experimental sounds. The sound art experience she is presenting to the public with SOTA, titled Terraforming, uses NASA audio recordings from space to explore the feeling of existential loneliness.
Remember to join us on June 16th, beginning at 9pm for the Terraforming experience! The location is TBD so, follow our blog and social media for updates! We will be gathering, lying on blankets, and gazing at the stars while listening to the sound art. Feel free to bring a blanket, headphones, and friends!
“Dems boost National Endowment for Arts funding after Trump proposes eliminating it” – The Hill
National Endowment for the Arts Website
Getting Wiley with Gauguin:
Detailed portraits of Tahiti’s Third Gender…
Artist Kehinde Wiley’s Latest Paintings Are a Progressive Riposte to Paul Gauguin’s Primitivist Portraits of Tahitians
Kehinde Wiley’s ‘Tahiti’ Exhibition Confronts the Legacy of Paul Gauguin
Kehinde Wiley’s website
‘The art world tolerates abuse’ – the fight to change museum wall labels
Rare Photographs Could Show Paul Gauguin in Tahiti
Paul Gauguin Receiving Fresh Spotlight In Two Widely Varying Exhibits
Is it wrong to admire Paul Gauguin’s art?
Hello SOTA listeners! It’s SOTA-nice to see you. Just kidding! We are always ecstatic for you to be joining us.
The news this episode is about US! We have a Big Announcement! Next month, SOTA Projects will be launching! SOTA will be infiltrating the physical dimension, bringing pop-up exhibitions and happenings around the Twin Cities. Be sure to add your email at the bottom of this page to get notifications for when we announce programs to the public! Also, follow us on Instagram and Facebook to get the latest announcements as well. Please, visit our new SOTA Projects page for more information and check back at our calendar below for event listings.
Now, onto the art–why we’re all here. You can look forward to Jasa dealing out the DL on biennials and art fairs–What are they? How do they function in the art world? What’s the difference between them? All shall be answered, friends! Sarah gives a lively review of the exhibition ‘Ardkore, A Thing Like You and Me by local multimedia artist Christopher Corey Allen at Hair and Nails gallery in Minneapolis.
Go, and be artful!
International Biennial Foundation Website
Christopher Cory Allen’s Website
Hair + Nails
Hello SOTA listeners! We have some delicious ‘sota-flavored offerings this week! In the news, we’re heading back to our beloved Midwestern neighbor, Iowa, as we talk about a statue in the prison system that forbids portrayals of nudity, even in arts and medical educational materials. We then delve into the issue of privilege in the arts, and specifically how coming from wealth increases one’s likeliness of entering the arts field. (No one is surprised.) Then, we present an interview with local artist Alex Peterson, whose color-rich, flat paintings may fool you as prints at first impression!
“Can Iowa Prevent Prisoners from Accessing and Creating Nude Art?” – Hyperallergic
“A Study Says High Family Income Significantly Increases Likelihood of Becoming an Artist” – Hyperallergic
Alex Petersen’s Website
Hello SOTAns! This week in the news, we talk about how the Met Museum has hired Marie Kondo to deaccession objects in their collection. Presumably, only that which sparks joy may remain. Jasa took a recent trip to the lovely city of Des Moines, Iowa and recounts the pleasantly surprising art world there. Sarah presents an interview with local artist Alison Hiltner whose work, often mechanical or biological in nature, presents the viewer with an in-depth, organic experience.
“Art Industry News: Metropolitan Museum of Art Hires Marie Kondo to Deaccession Works That Don’t ‘Spark Joy’ + Other Stories” – Artnet
Des Moines Art Center
Alison Hiltner’s Website
Greetings SOTA listeners! This week, the news and critical topic are combined in the wake of the disappearance of an installation Desert X exhibition. Vandalism and theft of public art is no uncommon occurrence when objects are placed in the public sphere and the Twin Cities has encountered these issues in recent history as well. Why even put up public art, especially temporary installations, if they’re vulnerable? We then bring you an interview with local artist, Sophia Songmi, whose work approaches difficult dichotomies: the artists’ identity as both Chinese and Korean, subversive media messaging and patriarchal power, and self-sacrifice versus self care.
“Desert X Sculpture by Eric N. Mack Vanishes Under Mysterious Circumstances” – Artnews
Sophia Songmi’s Website
Hello SOTAns! We’re playing it fast and loose in this episode. First, in the news, we discuss how the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland has gone admission-free, how Twin Cities institutions make that work, and also the affects free admission has on the community. We also discuss the Without Boundaries: Fiber Sculpture and Paintings by Women, on view at Mia. Here, we discuss the intersection of media hierarchy, generated disparity, and fine art vs. craft in museum representation. Sarah brings us a gem of an interview with local artist Teresa Audet, who is also working at the intersection of fine art and craft. Tune in for all this good stuff, plus our gratuitous banter!
“Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland Will Become Free as Part of Inclusivity Initiative” – Art News
Without Boundaries: Fiber Sculptures and Paintings by Women
Teresa Audet’s Website
Hi SOTAns! In the news, we give a verbal high-five to the NEA for coming through with their 2019 grants on time, despite the government shut down! We are also so happy to bring you a discussion this week centered around the importance of programming in the arts. Jasa talks about her experience viewing a screening of City of Joy at the Hammer. We then tackle the personal impact of this experience, how programming in the arts works, and why it’s important. Sarah presents an interview with local artist, Tiffany Lang , who explores idea of gender roles while questioning the tradition of painting.
“Week in Review: Amazon Cancels Queens HQ2, NEA Awards Grants Despite Shutdown” – Hyperallergic
“Government Shutdown Jeopardizes Major Exhibition Celebrating Women’s Suffrage Centennial” – Hyperallergic
City of Joy film
City of Joy Hammer event
Tiffany Lange’s Website
Salutations SOTAns! In the news, we discuss the findings of the recently published Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey 2018, which notes that diversity in art museum staff is *marginally* increasing. Then, the big moment is here for the project Jasa has been working on, Desert X! After two years in the making, the opening week is here. Jasa relates the experience about working behind the scenes on a biennial and highlights the unique experience of the exhibition in the desert. Sarah brings us a wonderful interview with local artist, Dakota Hoska.
Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey 2018
“Diversity in Museum Leadership Has Marginally Increased Since 2015, New Survey Says” – Hyperallergic
Dakota Hoska’s Website
MN Original special on Dakota Hoska from 2017
Hello SOTAns! We have exciting stuff for you this week! We dive in with a discussion on how to curate art exhibitions that involves communities which you do not represent. It’s a multifaceted conversation where be both bring personal experiences to the table. Relatedly, we talk about the nudity ban on Tumblr and how it affects specific communities, particularly in the art world. Lastly, we present an interview with local artist, Justin Nelson, whose work was directly affected by this ban. We hope you enjoy! We sure did.
“Tumblr’s nudity ban removes one of the last major refuges for pornography on social media” – Washington Post
“Tumblr’s ban on adult content is pushing artists and sex workers to other sites, such as Twitter and Patreon” – CNBC
“What Tumblr’s Porn Ban Really Means” – The Atlantic
Justin Nelson’s Tumblr
Hello SOTA listeners! We are excited to bring you our first episode of 2019! We are beginning to implement a lot of changes and improvements starting this new year. We hope you enjoy some of our experiments and as always, enjoy the content as we bring word on our local arts community!
This week in the news, we discuss the government shut down and how it affects workers in the arts. Last week, workers officially starting missing their paychecks and many museum remain closed. We also scarped the surface on unpaid labor in the arts, an issue that perpetually plagues the art world. Finally, we bring you an interview with Christopher Selleck, who you may remember from our episode where we reviewed his exhibition This is a Record!
Thank you for tuning in, SOTAns! We are so delighted to be with you in the new year!
Gallery 427’s Website
Only Human Opening Event Page
Government Shutdown and the Arts:
National Gallery of Art Closes to the Public, Latest Victim of U.S. Government Shutdown – ArtNews
Federal art institutions For more details on current and upcoming shows
Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound – closes Jan. 6 – National Museum of the American Indian
City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign – closes Jan. 6 – National Museum of American History
Trail of Tears: A Story of Cherokee Removal – closes Jan. 31 – National Museum of the American Indian
Unpaid Labor in the Arts:
The Art World Plague of Unpaid Internships – Hyperallergic
Women’s invisible labor and the art world – E-flux
Salutations, SOTAns! This week Sarah interviews Jonathan Aller who is an illustrator turned oil painter who blends his background in animation drawing with classical painting approaches to create works based off conversations with the sitters.
Jasa reviews the exhibition From Non-Conformism to Feminisms: Russian Women Artists from the Kolodzei Art Foundation at the Museum of Russian Art of Art in Minneapolis. She touches on some history behind the collection, exhibition design, and highlights some favorite projects such as The Museum of a Woman.
In the news, we discuss how the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire has made a free community program that focuses on engaging with those whose family and friends are afflicted by addiction–particularly as an effect of the opioid crisis.
Jonathan Aller’s Website
From Non-Conformism to Feminisms: Russian Women Artists from the Kolodzei Art Foundation at the Russian Museum of Art
The Kolodzei Art Foundation
Tania Antoshina Website
Museum Creates Program for Families Suffering from the Opioid Crisis- Hyperallergic
Greeting SOTAns! This week Sarah catches us up on what past SOTA interviewees have been up to recently. Many exciting things have been going on so, listen in for the inside scoop! Jasa addresses the Egypt’s Sunken Cities exhibition at Mia and leads a discussion on the art museum vs. the history museum experience. In the news, we talk about the cutest story we have covered yet! Two cats have been attempting to enter a museum in Japan, prompting a friendly relationship with a museum guard.
ps. We apologize for the belated post! We experienced some unexpected technical difficulties. Please enjoy this episode nonetheless!
Larsen Husby’s Website
Marit Block’s Website
Jes Reyes’s Online Store
Dustin Steuck on MNartists
Egypt’s Sunken Cities at Mia
Denied Entry, Cats Try to Paw Past Japanese Museum Security Guard – Hyperallergic
Happy Thanksgiving, SOTA listeners! This week Sarah gives us an insight into the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowships Series XIV exhibition at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. She also provides some extra content from her live experience at the opening! Jasa is coming back to the Twin Cities for Thanksgiving! So, she has provided her list of must-see art exhibitions for Thanksgiving weekend. Need some places to take the family? Need some places to escape from immense family time? We have suggestions for you!
Info on the MCBA exhibition
– http://cargocollective.com/pengwu and http://www.mnartists.org/peng-wu
Egypt’s Sunken Cities @ Mia
Walker Art Center Exhibition Calendar
Adam White @ Augsburg Art Galleries
Selected Works: Fall 2018 @ Bockley Gallery
Material Futurity @ Law Warschaw Gallery
*due to our researcher’s not-so-thorough research, this university gallery will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. However, we thought it was still worth promoting because it’s an excellent show! The researcher had to be let go.
“Native American group denounces Met’s exhibition of indigenous objects” – The Art Newspaper
“Metropolitan Museum of Art reclassifies status of Native American art for new exhibition” – The Art Newspaper
other things aaia has been up to:
Welcome SOTA listeners! This week Sarah talks about her experience at the Minneapolis Art Lending Library’s lending hours. She highlights the benefits MALL has to our community and artists!
Jasa recalls her recent experience at the Austin City Limits music festival and the ACL art market. This brings to mind all the fantastic, local art fairs around the Twin Cities! Want to learn about more about some fun art fairs you can check out? Listen in!
In the news, we talk about how the Art Institute of Chicago recently released thousands of images of their collection in high resolution online. We address the accessibility this brings but also touch on how this may affect the art viewing expereince.
Minneapolis Art Lending Library’s Website
ACL’s Art Market
Art Attack – Northrup King Building
California Dreamin’ – California Building
Twin Cities Art Fairs – Live and Love MN
American Swedish Institute – Julmarknad
Soo VAC’s Website
Gamut Gallery’s Website
Art Institute of Chicago Offers Thousands of Free, High-Resolution Images – Hyperallergic
Explore Mia’s Collection!
This is one of our favorite episodes yet! We had so much fun talking about The Haunted Basement. Jasa did her best to give a little insight to the experience and pump Sarah up to give it a try! Sarah talks about visiting This is a Record, an exhibition by Christopher Selleck at the Soo VAC, which was both highly enjoyable and deeply impactful. In the news, we cover the Banksy stunt at Sotheby's. As a product of this discussion, Sarah invents the term Trollism as the next movement in contemporary art. Please, remember to use #trollism as often as possible!
This is a Record at SooVAC
Christopher Selleck on MN Artists
The Haunted Basement turns the lights off for one of its scariest years ever – City Pages
Collector Moves Forward with $1.3M Shredded Banksy, Artist Renames Work – Hyperallergic
Sarah’s interview with Dustin Steuck was so delightful for us all that SOTA brings you a bonus episode with even more from the interview! Check out this podcast extra for more insight into this artist’s amazing work!
Music by The Von Tramps!
St. Sebastian wikipedia link
Narcissus by Caravaggio
Ganymedes and Zeus from the Queer Culture Collection at Penn State
The Carters: Apes**t
Info about the architecture of the Minnesota State Capitol here, and info about the “Progress of the State” sculpture here
Dustin Steuck “Being” clip on youtube
This week Sarah has an exciting interview with local artist Dustin Steuck. Jasa reports on the Noah Purifoy Outdoor Museum. In the news, we discuss the recent denial of filmmakers and actors to the Arab Film Festival, held in the Twin Cities.
Music by the Von Tramps!
Dustin Steuck Website
Noah Purifoy Website
Wild West Dada Article
“For the first time in 13 years, Arab Film Festival filmmakers and actors denied entrance to the U.S.” – CityPages
This week we reverse our usual roles and Jasa will be presenting an interview with artist Jacob Allers Hatlie, who creates unexpected, yet meaningful combinations of drawing and text. Sarah addresses an opening she attended of Humanize My Hoodie and also speaks further about other awareness and activist exhibitions around the Twin Cities. In the news, we talk about the discontinuation of the Art Shanties Project, which will not be making an appearance in 2019 and what we can do show our support. And, as always, our music has been provided by the wonderful The Von Tramps!
Jacob Allers Hatlie Instagram
Humanize My Hoodie
“Minneapolis’ Art Shanty Projects aren’t happening in 2019” – City Pages
Give to the Max Day
SOTAland, we have a treat for you! Sarah’s interview with Erin was just so full poignant conversation, a bonus episode begged to be released! This mid-week treat features a clip of Erin speaking to body image in relation to her art practice. Please enjoy this more in-depth look into the artist’s practice! Don’t forget to check out her work on Instagram- @erinsandsmark.
Greetings SOTA listeners! We have some major power ladies to discuss this episode. Sarah presents an interview with body-positive Twin Cities figure painter, Erin Sandsmark. Jasa continues to cover the “beyond” by delving into the exhibition Dear 1968,… by artist Sadie Barnette, which was presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. In art news, we discuss the New Orleans Museum of Art’s new mobile museum, NOMA+ and speculate on how a similar model could be applicable to the Twin Cities. This episode also features a special guest, Sarah’s cat, Kitty. We apologize for his outlandish interjections.
Erin Sandsmark’s Website
Dear 1968,… at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
“A New Orleans Museum Is Now Mobile, Transforming How People See Art” – Hyperallergic
Art Adventure at Minneapolis Institute of Art
Welcome SOTA listeners! This week, Sarah interviewed Twin Cities artist, Anna Johnson who works in puppetry and music. Jasa brings to the table a folk art installation from the FAR beyond. Many adventures were had. In the news, we discuss the recent appointment of Klaus Biesenbach as director of MOCA in LA despite being involved in a legal case where a curator was revoked a job offer at his previous institution, MoMA PS1 after she let it be known that she had recently had a child.
There is lots to love in this episode so, don’t miss out!
And as always, music provided by the infallible The Von Tramps!
Anna’s band, Bella Yaga
Salvation Mountain Website
“Curator Says MoMA PS1 Wanted Her, Until She Had a Baby” – New York Times
“Debate Ignites in L.A. Over MOCA Hire” – New York Times
Hello SOTA listeners! This week we have a very moving interview with local artist an cultural producer, Jes Reyes. Thank you, Jes, for an amazing session!
We also cover the recently closed The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson exhibition at the American Swedish Institute. Never been to ASI? It’s an absolute gem which you should put on your immediate to-visit list!
In the news, we cover New York’s new museum passes which come with library cards. Could the Twin Cities implement the same?
Jes Reyes’s Website
The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson at the American Swedish Institute
Kim Simonsson’s Website
Velázquez, Las Meninas – Museo Del Prado
Elihu Vedder, Etruscan Girl with Turtle
The Dark Crystal – Movie, Jim Henson, 1982
Hyperallergic – “New Yorkers Booked 9,500 Free Museum Tickets in Four Days, New Passes Arrive August 1”
This episode has a double-feature on art news! We catch up with the developing story of the Sacklers from episode two and discuss a story on the erasure of legal graffiti in Moscow for World Cup advertisement. Jasa talks about her review of this year’s Northern Spark. We have a couple exciting announcements to make in this episode so give it a listen!
Jasa’s Exhibition, Absences, in Japan
Northern Spark 2018
The Art Newspaper – “Moscow erases legal graffiti to allow for World Cup advertising”
New York Times – “Large-Scale Art Protest Outside OxyContin Maker Ends in Arrest”
We are very delighted to present this episode! Sarah spoke with writer and artist, Marit Block. Jasa took a trip to the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, SD and reviewed two widely different exhibitions held there. In the news, we talk about the controversial Sackler family, who have been major donors to the arts and the ethics of accepting large-scale donations in public institutions.
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Marit Block’s Website
South Dakota Art Museum
Rabbett Before Horses Strickland
Apollo Magazine, “Have museums been too generous with naming rights?”
The Guardian, “Opioid lawsuit targets rich family behind drug that fueled US crisis”
Jasa’s exhibition Absences in Nagoya, Japan
Hello SOTA listeners! In this episode, we interview local artist, Larsen Husby, reviewed the Altered Esthetics Film Festival, and discussed the recent acquisitions of works by women artists at the Brooklyn Museum. See the links below for more info!
As always, please subscribe to SOTA, write us a review, and feel free to reach out to us!
Larsen Husby’s Website
Altered Esthetics Homepage and Film Festival Info
GalcierHub article on Scaling Quelccaya by Meredith Leich
Altered Esthetic interview with featured artist, Sami Pfeffer
Facebook page for band, Inside Voice
Featured artist, Reb L. Limerick
ArtNews article on Brooklyn Museum Acquisition
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Whitney Museum 2017 Biennial Artists
Crystal Bridges Museum, State of the Arts Exhibition
Music by The Von Tramps
School of Visual Arts, MACP
University of Saint Thomas, MA Art History