Seeing Plants: Vision and Botany in Contemporary Art
Visual artist and writer Regan Golden, the incoming guest editor of Mn Artists, introduces Seeing Plants, a series of writings by artists, designers and botanists questioning the role that plants play in our everyday lives: as material for our artwork, as inspiration, as medicine, as a reminder of our own mortality.
I rush across the gallery towards a vibrant patch of grass and small flowers thriving atop a pedestal in the harshest of conditions: a white-walled gallery in January in Minnesota. I pace around the pedestal, eager for greenery, my heart sinks: the green grass is made of glass.…
Regan Golden, Spring Ephemerals.
Arriving In Between Homecomings and Liberation
Visual artist Tori Hong depicts the tension between process and profession, personal and public that weaves throughout their collection of self-portraits exploring homelands and homecomings.
Tori Hong, Dis/Connected, 2017.…
does this mean i’m a real artist now?
Artist-educator heather c. lou documents a year of transition from Oakland to Minneapolis, illuminating how artistic process is intimately affected by personal and professional lives, and sharing the search for voice and healing in a white supremacist environment.
summeri moved from Oakland to Minneapolis in 2016. everybody in my life seemed concerned with this life decision:“Are you sure this is a good idea?”“Isn’t it…cold…there? The weather and the people?”…
Even "The Smallest Cell Remembers": Notes on Research
Mn Artists guest editor Chaun Webster considers the precariousness of research, evidence and memory in black geographies.
I am a researcher. I work outside the university, have no degree affirming my qualifications to interpret or produce knowledge. Insurgent. I am nobody (see June Jordan, see Alexis Pauline Gumbs). My work involves a kind of listening—echo—in order to recover abbreviated lives.…
Photo courtesy of Chaun Webster.
Are We Black Yet?: On Blackness as Art
Drummer, composer, writer and professor of African American literature and culture Davu Seru explores a body of ideas belonging to a kind of "un-finishing school" from Coltrane and their excavated recording, Both Directions at Once, to the seminal sermon in Invisible Man and perhaps black literature which asserts "black is...an' black ain't", asking us along the way: "Are we black yet?"
“If we had not survived and triumphed,there would not be a Black American alive.” —James Baldwin "Black people have…
Ad Reinhardt, Painting, 1960. Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
Black Convivial: On Blackmospheres and Sci-fi Social Work
Poet and educator Keno Evol explores Sci-fi Social Work, black sociality, and where “wreckage meets possibility.”
“I hear the storm.”—Aimé Césaire, Discourse On Colonialism“I can always hear somebody running”—Fred Moten…
Photo Credit: Uiphotographic.
A Body of Art Subverts the Ban
Writer and performer Nusaiba Imady investigates translation, trauma, authorship, and the body in her response to the four collaborations created for Mn Artists Presents: Essma Imady, held at the Walker Art Center in August 2018.
Leila Awadallah and Asma Ghanem, My Garden Is a Security Threat. Photo by Galen Fletcher for Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.…