A short road trip brought the Weaver and me to the historic town of Northfield Minnesota last week. Northfield was the the last place the notorious James-Younger band ended their crime wave in 1878 when a bank robbery went wrong, leaving several people dead or in prison, with Jesse James a hunted fugitive until his murder a few years later.
But that was then, we were there to experience Mary Edna Fraser's Mapping the Planets in Silk and Sound, a collection of large scale batiks depicting various astronomical scenes. A mix of ancient and modern technology, Fraser takes NASA images and converts them into hanging tapestries for a truly ethereal exhibition. Located in the Flaten Gallery on the St. Olaf campus, the airy space (with a hurricane-like ventilation system), the show was augmented by Mark Mercury's trippy soundscapes.
Would Jesse James have approved?