Anna Johnson and the FAR Beyond

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recent appointment of Klaus Biesenbach as director of MOCA in LA despite being involved in a legal case where a curator was revoked a job offer at his previous institution, MoMA PS1 after she let it be known that she had recently had a child.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


Jasa’s photos of Salvation Mountain:

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Jes Reyes and Kim Simonsson

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”

Art News and Northern Spark

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!

Reference Links:

Jasa’s Exhibition, Absences, in Japan

Desert X

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”


SOTA: On the Way!

Hello SOTA listeners! We hope you all had a fantastic 4th of July! We apologize for the delay in the latest posting of SOTA. Due to Jasa’s international travel and the holiday, we are postponing the latest episode until next week. But, do not despair! We have some really interesting things ahead for you all, so stay tuned until next week!

Marit Block and the South Dakota Art Museum

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.

You know what to dom SOTA listeners- subscribe, review, contact us!


Reference Links:

Marit Block’s Website

South Dakota Art Museum

Rabbett Before Horses Strickland

Gisela Colon

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