Conceptual art can be a difficult genre to grasp. Bring in subject matter as fluid and timeless as life and death, and you've got a complicated experience ahead of you. "The Quick and the Dead" features a base of conceptual art from the '60s and '70s, but also integrates recent works by local and international artists. Time acts as an important muse in this show as well. Pierre Huyghe's Timekeeper scrapes a hole into a wall to reveal colorful rings of paint from art shows past, driving home the finite existence of an exhibit. Michael Sailstorfer's piece, Zeit ist keine Autobahn, Minneapolis, is a sculpture of a car tire. It spins rapidly and stops again, moving fast but going nowhere. For Still Alive, Kris Martin used medical-imaging technologies to create a bronze cast of his actual skull, reminding us how quick this life really is.
April 24-Sept. 27, 2009