In an age of keywords and tags, identifiers matter. A panel of artists and critics discuss the blending of, and distinctions between, categories of art-making, artistic identities, modes of production, taxonomies, and genre-bending, across and within artistic disciplines—if, that is, there still are disciplines.
About the Panelists
Pao Houa Her was born in Laos and moved with her family to Minnesota in 1986. She studied photography and received a BFA at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and an MFA in 2010 from Yale University, School of Art. Her currently lives and works in Minnesota.
John Fleischer studied art and educational psychology at the Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota. His multidisciplinary investigations engage concurrent themes such as transition, contradiction, and conditioning through practice, play, culture, and ritual. Fleischer is a two-time recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. Most recently, his work was shown the Bielefelder Kunstverein in Bielefeld, Germany, and at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis.
Dustin Yager, a Minnesota-based artist, received a BA in studio art from Carleton College, and an MA in visual and critical studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited his work most recently in the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction’s juried art show in Bloomington, Indiana, and in the solo exhibition Waste Not, Want Not at the Ledge Gallery in Minneapolis. Yager is Northern Clay Center’s head of education and artist services programs.