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Foot In The Door 4

3 Feb

If art is a public endeavor in a mercantile democracy then it should be open to all comers, but with the institutional controls of taste and a monopoly on the marketplace, that democratic access isn’t always the case. That’s what makes the “Foot In The Door” show, organized by the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts so refreshing- anyone can place a work in this show, provided it fits in to a 12″x12″x12″ box. No judge, no jury, and actually no buyers or sellers, making “Foot In The Door” less of an exercise in American mercantile democracy and more of an extension of democratic institutional socialism- everyone is equal and there are no expectations beyond participation.

Needless to say, it is an enormously popular event. Started in 1980, the last iteration of the show was in 2000 and drew 1,700 artists, so look for this time around to be even bigger. Since then, too, the development of online video networks mean that video based works of 80 seconds or less will be accepted at “Foot In The Door”‘s Vimeo page, a plus for those of you working in new media. Submissions will be accepted starting Thursday, February 4 at 10:30 a.m. and continue to be accepted through Sunday, February 7 at 4:30 p.m., so if you are just hearing about this now, you still have time to put work together. Click here for registration forms and more info (no bugs!) so that you can be a part of the cacophony of works in this open forum.

Full Disclosure: cas is an employee of the MIA in their Visitor & Member Services Department. He is not involved in the organization of “Foot In The Door” but if you come in to the MIA, he will give you directions to the drop off areas.

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