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Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art


Minneapolis Institute of Art / Minneapolis / Art

The supernatural has always been part of the art world, from early religious relics to the present day. In the 19th and 20th centuries, a group of Spirit Artists viewed their own bodies as mediums for the immaterial, and believed that they were being directed by the dead. “At its heart, this exhibition is about the imaginative capacity of humanity to consider what lies beyond tangible existence,” explains Robert Cozzolino, the show’s curator, “and how this is reflected in visual culture.” On view are works by Betye Saar (the artist known for Black Girl’s Window, made in 1969), Dorothea Tanning, and Howardena Pindell, as well as the remarkable Spirit Artists. The show is organized into four themes: America as a Haunted Place, Apparitions, Channeling Spirits/ Ritual, and Plural Universes. —E.C.

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