VISUAL ARTS | “Painting Zombies” at the University of Minnesota’s Katherine E. Nash Gallery

A visit to an art gallery has the power to make people feel uncomfortable. There’s complete silence, save for the noises of hushed exchanges among patrons, the hum of video projectors, the cranking of heaters, and the like. Here the visitors are, ready to be enlightened by multiple perspectives on life showcased by paintings hanging on walls, or sculptures mounted atop blocks, or murals placed high up by the ceiling. Why is all of this intimidating? Because viewers feel they’re not “getting” it, that they don’t know what there is to take away from an exhibit. This is not always the case, but when it is, it is a disappointment.

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