From June through August, 2022, the inaugural 4Ground: Midwest Land Art Biennial features over 25 contemporary artists working at the intersection of art and ecology. With a feminist, Indigenous approach, 4Ground draws on the more than 10,000-year tradition of Native land art created in the Upper Midwest of the United States. Visitors will experience the Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin, the scenic bluffs of the St. Croix Valley dividing Wisconsin and Minnesota, and the sprawling prairies, fertile farmland, and glacial lakes dominating most of the region.

The biennial serves as a fundamental and radical interrogation of place through a rural perspective and an experimental, collaborative approach to art-making and curating through co-creation and authorship. Central themes that will be explored in 4Ground include waterways as critical channels for communication and exchange, the re-creation of and education around Native land art that no longer exists (including burial mounds), raising awareness of areas of historic and Native significance, and education around crucial environmental issues, particularly in regards to Line 3 Pipeline expansion in the region.

Developed by Franconia Sculpture Park Director and Curator Ginger Shulick Porcella, 4Ground celebrates the art, land, and history of the rural Midwest while boosting tourism of the region through suggested road trips to experience site-specific land art. The festival also includes more than 30 free public programs and performances this summer.

To learn more, visit 4groundbiennial.org or follow @4groundbiennial on Instagram.


UC Davis Humanities Grad Show Shines Light on Art, Music, Political Science, and More

Back in person after two years, this exhibition at the Manetti Shrem Museum showcases work from 27 arts and humanities students. On view from June 2 to June 19.


Required Reading

This week, abolishing recommendation letters, Kim Kardashian opens up about eating poop, the queerness of Wonder Woman, and a lot more.


Shahzia Sikander’s Radical Take on Traditional Arts

Sikander’s retrospective Extraordinary Realities gathers together themes of female multiplicity, queer desire, capitalist exploitation, and decolonial aesthetics.


Onassis Stegi Returns to Pedion Areos Park With Plásmata: Bodies, Dreams, and Data

These site-specific installations in Athens invite visitors to explore how technology continues to shape, affect, and impact the human experience.


The Prodigal Son of Spanish Baroque Art

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s deftly painted canvases are filled with earthy, convincing characters that even the most secular viewer will appreciate, if not relate to.


The Golden Era of Cape Cod’s Bohemia

John Taylor Williams’s The Shores of Bohemia traces the formation of postwar American culture with an intimate account of the legendary summer gatherings of artists, writers, and activists at Cape Cod.


Loghaven Is Accepting Applications for Stipend-Supported Residencies

Emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply by July 15 for retreat-style residencies based in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 2023 and 2024.