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Paul Schmelzer
Paul Schmelzer is web editor at the Walker Art Center. Former editor of the Minnesota Independent, he's the first online journalist in Minnesota history to win either a Society of Professional Journalists Page One Award or the University of Minnesota's Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award. His writings on art, politics, and activism have appeared in Adbusters, Alternet,, Cabinet, City Pages, Ode, The Progressive, Utne Reader, and on his own blog, Eyeteeth. Twitter: @iteeth

Entries by Paul Schmelzer

Laugh At Death: Kris Martin on Mortality, Silent Bells and the Skeleton He Buried in an Art Museum's Front Lawn

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 5:22 PM


As spring again sputters into being and we witness another revolution of the life/death/life cycle, a recently installed artwork in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden stands as a marker of this type of transition. In tandem with the hourly chiming of bells...

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Towards Home: Michael Pollan and Fritz Heag on Reviving the Domestic

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 3:18 PM


Artist Fritz Haeg and author Michael Pollan are on parallel trajectories these days: both food activists and gardening enthusiasts, they're pursuing the next steps of their work--going from the garden into the home. For Pollan, that shift is manifest in...

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The Nine Lives of the Internet Cat Video Festival

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 5:57 PM


The world's first Internet Cat Video Festival was an unparalleled and unexpected success. A viral sensation online, sparking news headlines worldwide, the festival itself saw the convergence of 10,000 people -- some in costumes, others cradling kitty companions, all feline fanatics --...

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Wild Man, Iconoclast, Dreamer: 60 on John Zorn at 60

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Categorizing John Zorn is next to impossible, as many of his friends know. Celebrated cellist Fred Sherry dubs him "a big subject: friend, composer, wild man, confidante, connoisseur, dreamer, idealist. One cannot categorize Zorn, as...

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Forecasting Change: Art's Window Into the Climate Crisis

(11) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 1:13 PM

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Paul Douglas considers himself an "albino unicorn." A moderate Republican, he's also a meteorologist who believes climate change is real. That position was met with scorn by some of the right, who called him a "RINO [Republican In Name Only] climate poser," a "global...

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