Bits: 04.05.10

La Pantera by the Date Farmers

• Hyperallergic surveys New York's sculptural street art.

• Today's the first day you can buy CSA shares. That's Community Supported Art, an mnartists.org/Springboard for the Arts project. Each three-month "season" costs $300 and you get three farm boxes of artworks, tickets and doodads by nine artists. The first installment's lineup is fantastic.

• Minneapolis Institute of Arts curator Liz Armstrong on how to make some museumgoers not cringe at contemporary art: "I think the answer is putting contemporary art in a historical context, which I hope will present it in a way that makes people comfortable" -- i.e. presenting Yinka Shonibare's textile-clad Victorian mannequins in an 18th-century period room -- "When you isolate contemporary art, without all the richness and history of a larger collection, it does feel more remote."

• Minneapolis poster show/sale: Artcrank 2010, 30 bike-themed prints by 30 artists, opens April 10 at Shelter Studios. Sales benefit Full Cycle, "a Minneapolis nonprofit that gives free bikes to homeless youth and teaches them bike maintenance." (Here's a peek at Jennifer Davis' contribution.)

• New York exhibition: The Private Collection of Henry Darger, April 6 through Sept. 19 at the American Folk Art Museum.

• Alec Soth is blogging for the New York Times' Opinionator blog. His first post, last week, is a slideshow of photos of the "cycles of sin and redemption in the aftermath of Mardi Gras."

Langston Hughes rolls in his grave: A Wall Street Journal reporter says popped manure bubbles on a midwestern dairy farm "wrinkled like raisins in the sun."

• Your moment of Zinn: The late great one on "being hopeful in bad times."

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