Edina Art Center presents arts and crafts show, debuts ‘The Exquisite Corpse’


EDINA, MN – Edina Art Center is presenting its arts and crafts show and sale this holiday season, featuring one-of-a-kind gifts handcrafted by regional artists. And at the start of the new year, the art center will present The Exquisite Corpse, a parlor game invented in the 1920s by French surrealists.

The art sale continues through December 23 at the center, located at 4701 W. 64th St. Normal gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

"The Exquisite Corpse" will be on display in the Foss Gallery at Edina Art Center opening Thursday, Jan. 5, with an artist’s reception from 5-8 p.m., and running through January 24. The exhibition, featuring 35 drawings by seven artists, will display examples of a parlor game designed to explore the possibilities of collaboration, chance, revelation, and the rich storehouse of the unconscious and in making art.

Each work in this exhibit is a collaboration of four artists, each adding a part to the "corpse" starting at the head, then shoulders to waist, then waist to knees and finally knees to feet. The paper is folded into four equal parts such that each artist must add their part without seeing what has already been drawn. Only marks where the previous artist completed his/her work guided the collaboration. Not seeing other parts of the drawing was critical to working from the unconscious. Each artist tapped into their own imagination, humor and intuition for the work and when the completed corpse was finally revealed, it was almost always "exquisite."

The artists hope the viewer will be amused and engaged and in wonder at the power of the unconscious as revealed by these drawings.

For more information, visit www.EdinaArtCenter.com or call (612) 915-6600.

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Tim Miejan is a writer who served as former editor and publisher of The Edge for twenty-five years. Contact him at [email protected].


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