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Pétunia: Passages

As part of the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis Goethe in the Skyways, a year-long program of artisinal interventions in the city’s skyway system, Europe-based feminist art and culture magazine Petunia has created Passages, a weekend symposium of performances, screenings, readings, and discussions taking place at co. (company projects)/The Third Rail and at the Goethe Pop Up Minneapolis Goethe in the Skyways in the city’s iconic skyway system.

–with Jennifer Newsom/Dream the Combine, Elsa Dorlin, Interesting Tactics, Cameron Gainer, Brandon Hundt, Bill Lindeke, Alexandra Midal, Matt Olson/OOEII, Sarah Petersen, Emilie Pitoiset, Daniel Shinbaum, Emily Stover, Sandra Teitge, Susana Vargas Cervantes, Ramaya Tegegne, and many others.
Passages, of course, refers to the skyways as physical passageways. It also, in this case, refers to passing the baton in a relay race. This handoff, or passage, is an apt metaphor for several of the contributing spaces, organizers, and magazines who are participating in the symposiums and are themselves transitioning to up-to-date manifestations, handing over their own legacy. Finally, Passages refers to a book written by Walter Benjamin dedicated to the famous 19th-century urban Parisian arcades, one of the direct forerunners of Minneapolis’s skyways. Benjamin used those urban features as a pretext to discuss other subjects, just as this symposium will use the skyways to think about legacy, traces, private and public spaces, and more.

Valerie Chartrain is a curator, editor, publisher, and writer focusing on art, spirits, and probable futures and one of the co founders of Petunia. When not in the art world, she writes about spirits and curates knowledge in the wine and spirits industry while working as a strategic researcher for companies imagining their futures. She will lead the Passages Symposium.

This project is supported by Etant Donnés Contemporary Art, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with lead funding from the French Ministry of Culture and Institut Français-Paris, the Florence Gould Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Chanel USA, the ADAGP, and the CPGA.