On View: June 17 – September 10, 2023 Weisman Art Museum presents Doug Argue: Letters to the Future, which will be on view through the summer from June 17 – September 10, 2023. Doug Argue emerged onto the Twin Cities art scene in the early 1980s. At the age of twenty-two, he had ﬁlled a studio with sensational, larger than life paintings made on a scale for museums. Their enormous size aside, these gnarly, expressionist images stood apart from current art…
Edith Carlson Gallery
This summer, Meghan Considine–the 2020-2021 O’Brien Curatorial Fellow–returns to WAM via the exhibition Why Look at Animals? Through a selection of varied images from the Weisman’s collection, Considine challenges the conventionally romanticized and infantilized perspective of animal life in order to reveal a millennia-old intimacy between “us” (humans) and “them” (animals).
The exhibition takes its title from the critic John Berger’s essay, now nearly fifty years old, which compellingly argues that the alienating qualities of modern capitalism render emotive and spiritual proximity between humans and animals unrecognizable. Although industrialization has distanced us, humankind remains transfixed by the array of animals with whom we share planet Earth and by whom we continually chart the contours and limits of our own humanity.
Take Berger’s titular question seriously via Why Look at Animals?–and, consider how human actors have used (and misused) the figure of the animal to delineate the bounds of their own subjectivity and to explore what the all-too-human fixation with animals actually illuminates about ourselves, our modern world, and our place in it.
Image credit (top): Ricardo Block, Untitled (Isanti County Fair) (detail), 1979. Photograph, image size: 15 1/4 × 15 3/16 in., sheet Size: 19 3/4 × 15 7/8 in. Gift of the artist. 1984.2.1.