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Saturday, March 18 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Are you a Good Kitsch or a Bad Kitsch? Exploring Kitsch in Pagan Arts and Culture

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Kitties in witch hat fascinators? check!
Elvis and Marilyn as Lord and Lady? check!
Crowley's "Hymn to Pan" interpreted by Wallace Shawn? check!

What is kitsch in Pagan art, and what is not, and what is the boundary between them? Come explore this topic with the Minneapolis Collective of Pagan Artists (MCPA) in a show and tell and share discussion!

Some ideas and working definitions will be offered but this is definitely the place to bring your opinion-- and examples! We invite all who are interested to bring EXAMPLES of Pagan kitsch-- pictures, objects, ritual anecdotes, kitschy songs, etc.-- to share. "Witch Kitsch" in all its variety is one great field -- what other kinds of Pagan kitsch are out there?

Some in the larger art world think ALL Pagan art is kitsch because it's Pagan art: we disagree. But where are the boundaries? When does art in Pagan culture slip into kitsch? And what is the difference between "good" kitsch (fun entertaining, tongue-in-cheek) and "bad" kitsch (serious art fail)?

What is the difference between [Pagan] kitsch, schmaltz, camp, and schlock? Can any bad art be kitsch or does it take more? Can well-done art be kitsch? What's so good-- or so bad --about PAGAN KITSCH?

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Paul B. Rucker

Paul B. Rucker paints, draws, and assembles mythopoeic art from a Pagan perspective and is also a writer and ritualist. His work is known in North America, Australia, and Europe. A co-founder of the Third Offering gallery, he is also a co-founder of the Minneapolis Collective of Pagan... Read More →

Saturday March 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Lower Level Art Programming