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Opening: Party Party in a Tweety Land b/w This Republic of Suffering

by mediachef at 5:56 pm 2008-09-06
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Opening Reception

Group exhibition at Form + Content Gallery in Minneapolis.
Saturday, September 6th, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Form + Content Gallery
Whitney Square Building
210 North 2nd Street, Suite 104
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Adopting the A/B side structure of a 45 rpm pop record of years past Party Party in a Tweety Land b/w This Republic of Suffering contemplates the tensions between suffering and denial, grief and self-absorption, and the real losses buried under the flotsam of a consumer and celebrity obsessed culture.

In a world where the human suffering inflicted by wars, natural disasters, hunger, drug addiction and other natural and manmade causes feels ever-present, people are increasingly becoming numb to the plight of others. Overwhelmed by the enormity of suffering and mired in frustration with how to alleviate it, some retreat into private worlds. Others distract themselves with celebrity infatuation or indulge in decadent behavior to keep the world at bay. Some find transcendence and meaning for their own suffering through religious models.

The exhibition was co-curated by Colleen Sheehy, director of education at the Weisman Art Museum, and Camille J. Gage, a Minneapolis artist and co-founder of Form + Content Gallery,

Sometimes it’s not the squeaky wheel that gets the oil.

Revolutionary Table at the UnConvention

“MINNEAPOLIS, MN — They weren’t carrying signs. They didn’t have loud speakers. They didn’t even need a group of guards in riot gear to make sure they didn’t get out of hand.

Call them the non-protesting protesters. About 14 or so of them gathered — many coming and going and some just stopping by for the free food — at the “Unconvention” to take a different approach to protesting the Iraq war: talking it out.”

Read more
Mark Bieganski, Sometimes it’s not the squeaky wheel that gets the oil. Protesters gather for quiet, yet ‘effective’ demonstration, Chicago Sun-Times

American Politics Sideshow

American Politics Sideshow

No, not the RNC. On the way to Peace Island Picnic, stop at the Weisman Art Museum for a day of the American Politics Sideshow. Mingle with giants, hoola hoopers, and musicians. Expound on any subject on THE AMERICAN SOAPBOX. Take a citizenship challenge and win fabulous prizes. Hear discussions with ethnic media covering the RNC. Buy food from the upscale chef shack. Hear lectures on art and politics, and see Presidential reenactments and films reflecting America today. In the galleries, view Luke DuBois’s exhibit “Hindsight is Always 20/20,” which muses on presidential vision and rhetoric in presidential State of the Union speeches. Also view “Who is a Citizen ? What is Citizenship” featuring American art of the last century. Events occur from late morning until after dark.

Where: Weisman Art Museum, inside and outside
When: Thursday, September 4, 11 am — 9 pm