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Artspeaks: Lynda Benglis on Adhesive Products

February 24, 2015

As a painter seeking a “more sensuous kind of surface,” Lynda Benglis turned to polyurethane to create her iconic 1971 work Adhesive Products. She built armatures from wire and plastic, pouring the polymer over them to create cascading sculptures that hover above the ground. She wanted viewers to “experience the flow of the material … as you would experience a stream or a river flow with an oil slick on it.” More

Lynda Benglis’s Adhesive Products (1971) is featured in the exhibition Art Expanded, 1958–1978, on view through March 1, 2015.


On Kawara: The Artist and his Twitterbot

By Yuki Okumura February 23, 2015

There are two On Kawaras: one is the late conceptual artist, the other a Twitterbot that has been tweeting “I AM STILL ALIVE” every day since January 2009. Here Yuki Okumura, possibly the only person to have directly interacted with both, shares his experiences meeting Kawara (whose real name is likely Atsushi Kawahara) as well as his recent video interview with Pall Thayer, the artist behind @On_Kawara. More


Can the “Sharing Economy” Work in Dance?

February 21, 2015

You can (under very specific circumstances) copyright a dance, but is that the best way to protect your “intellectual property”? Freely sharing kinesthetic thought and image is common among dance makers—but it’s not an ethos broadly shared in other performing arts. Anna Marie Shogren asks: Should it be? More


The Thingness of the Thing: Preserving Net.art

By Richard Rinehart February 13, 2015

As time passes, the preservation of net.art will seem radically interpretive compared to traditional museum conservation, predicts Samek Art Museum director Richard Rinehart, with successive generations of artworks being technically, materially, and observably different from their parents. As evidence, he offers Piotr Szyhalski’s 1997 Walker-commissioned work Ding an sich, newly relaunched as an iPad app. More

Through a partnership between Northern Lights.mn, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Walker, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ding an sich is now available as a free iPad app.

Scott McCloud: Creating The Sculptor

February 9, 2015

“I did four drafts before I ever drew a single finished panel,” says Understanding Comics author Scott McCloud of his first book-length graphic novel, The Sculptor. “That was really gratifying, because it helped me grapple for the first time with the deeper challenges of crafting a large work of fiction.” And large it is: at 496 pages, it took took nearly two full-time jobs’ worth of effort to complete. More


A Universal Latin American Theater

By Analola Santana January 20, 2015

Mariano Pensotti’s genre-bending Cineastas is a play that exists outside of the contemporary expectations of Latin American theater. Instead of “Amazonian sensuality” and magical realism, Pensotti presents us with “a hybrid moment that moves between the theatrical event, performance installation, and literary narration”—a moment that takes equal influence from Roberto Bolaño and Wim Wenders.  More

Mariano Pensotti’s Cineastas will be performed January 22–24 as part of Out There 2015.


Construction Zone as Pinball Game

By Isla Leaver-Yap January 15, 2015

Fascinated by how “industrial sites reveal the process of construction,” Ericka Beckman trained her lens on the building site for the Walker expansion 12 years ago. Her resulting film, Frame-UP, cast the space as a giant pinball game, with animated balls bouncing past workers and across I-beams. Ten years later, she revisits the film, discussing its game-like elements, toy-store score, and gender politics. More

Ericka Beckman’s Frame UP (2005), a Walker commission, is on view in the Walker Lecture Room through March 29, 2015, and on New York’s High Line through March 11, 2015.


2014: The Year According to…

December 23, 2014

Nineteen artists and curators from around the globe commemorate the year that was. Contributors include: Andreas Angelidakis, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Devrim Bayar, Alejandro Cesarco, Jeff Chang, LaTasha Diggs, Sam Green, Grant Hart, Eric Hu, Eyvind Kang, Kalup Linzy, Tiffany Malakooti, Miwa Matreyek, Rima Mokaiesh, Shahryar Nashat, Nicolas Nova, The Office of Culture and Design, David Reinfurt, and Omar Sosa. More

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Via theparisreview.org

Neel’s Karamazov (External)

The “essential melancholy” of Alice Neel’s art makes her “a natural candidate to reckon with the Russian classics, those icons of gloom.” For reasons unknown, her illustrations for The Brothers Karamazov, made in the 1930s, have never been published— until now.


Via hyperallergic.com

Art Freedom Index (External)

Artistic freedom took a hit worldwide last year, according to FreeMuse. It reports a 19% rise in confirmed violations against free artistic expression—from censorship and artist travel bans to outright violence, including three murders, against artists.


Via wbur.org

The Shape of Nothingness (External)

During a time when politics have made it difficult for Iranians to share their culture with the world, Parviz Tanavoli serves as “a beacon of light” for aspiring artists in Iran with his graceful and optimistic series of “Heeches.”


Via artnet.com

Cuba & Community (External)

By the time the Havana Biennial opens May 22, Tania Bruguera “may still be held on the island facing trumped-up criminal charges.” It could “prove a PR disaster,” writes Christian Viveros-Fauné, for a biennial that’ll highlight “community engagement.”


Via badatsports.com

Art, Justified (External)

Ben Davis on social practice art: “Because of the erosion of the middle class, it’s harder for artists outside of a major art center to make a living. So people need to justify that art is good—not just nice to have around, but good for you, like eating spinach.”


Via artnews.com

Crater Tour (External)

“Serious patrons of the arts” can at last get a chance to visit James Turrell’s Roden Crater, the “naked eye observatory” the artist began working on in Arizona 38 years ago. From May 14 to 17, 20 people per day can pay $6,500 to experience the land art work.

Minnesota Art News

Via mnartists.org

Mother Tongues

Lightsey Darst and Nestuary author Molly Sutton Kiefer talk about writing to the carnal complexity of women’s lives, including the “shocking, commonplace, irrevocable” experiences of birth and motherhood.  More


Via mnartists.org

Space Exploration

Cheryl Wilgren Clyne begins a photo essay series about artists and studios - starting with her own, a space she’s not allowed anyone to visit for years.  More



Lynda Benglis Discusses Adhesive Products

After beginning her career as a painter, Lynda Benglis began seeking a “more sensuous kind of surface.” Her nine-piece work Adhesive Products (1971)—commissioned for the Walker Art Center’s Edward Larabee Barnes–designed building—is… More



Chuck Close Discusses Big Self-Portrait (1967–1968)

“There’s no question, I had some attitude about the way I wanted to be perceived,” said Chuck Close in discussing his Big Self-Portrait (1967–1968) at the Walker in 1980. “Now it seems very funny… More



Valerie Cassel Oliver Discusses Radical Presence

Exhibition curator Valerie Cassel Oliver of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston discusses the development of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary ArtMore

Walker Channel

Dialogue / Interview

Richard Maxwell in Conversation with Philip Bither

Richard Maxwell, New York City Players Artistic Director and playwright, talks with Walker senior curator Philip Bither about his upper Midwestern roots, fiction and reality, actor training, power of… More



Installing Erwin Wurm’s Truck (Baltic)

Watch the Walker installation crew assemble Erwin Wurm’s impressive Truck (Baltic) (2005), part of the exhibition 75 Gifts for 75 YearsMore



75 Gifts for 75 Years

75 Gifts for 75 Years features recent gifts in the areas of painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, and prints. The exhibition’s title refers to the culmination of a recent initiative to solicit 75 donors to give from their collections on the occasion of… More


Ongoing Series

Art (re)Collecting

In celebration of the Walker’s 75th anniversary, Martin Friedman—Walker director from 1961 to 1990—shares his reflections on encountering artists from Duchamp to Cage.

Artist Op-Eds

A series of commissioned opinion pieces featuring provocative reactions to the headlines by artists James Bridle, Liam Gillick, Metahaven, and others.

9 Artists

In 10 chapters, curator Bartholomew Ryan presents his keystone essay “If You Are Willing: The Army of the Individuals” from the 9 Artists catalogue.

Lowercase P

An election-year series on personal politics and the way artists contribute to the conversation on making a better society.

From the Archives



A Timeline of Design History

For nearly fifty years, the Walker’s Design Quarterly chronicled the changing terrains of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and product and graphic design. Featuring provocative thinkers—including Muriel Cooper… More


Ghost Building: Walker Galleries 1927

A ghostly image of T.B. Walker on the grand staircase of the 1927 Walker Galleries reminds us that before the brick-and-aluminum facility we know today there was another home for the Walker. More


Shall We Take It? The Walker’s Founding Question

The Walker was founded on a question. “Shall we take it?” In 1939 Minneapolis citizens were offered the chance to start a federally funded art center. The answer? Yes. But how did this offer come about, and what did it mean? More