Bonus Episode: Erin Sandsmark on Body Image Extended Interview

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.

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Erin Sandsmark and Dear 1968,…

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.

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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

Great Things on the Way!

Hello SOTA listeners! SOTA is on a break this week. But, never to fear! That’s just because we have some really exciting things coming up! We don’t want to spoil it but…we have an artist interview in the works from someone who is IMMENSELY talented and you will not want to miss it! Also, we have a pretty sweet review coming up that has a surprise to it! We’ll resume our regular posting, which will be on September 9th. Looking forward to bringing you up to speed on the State of the Arts!

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appointment of Klaus Biesenbach as director of MOCA in LA despite being involved in a legal case where a curator was revoked a job offer at his previous institution, MoMA PS1 after she let it be known that she had recently had a child.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