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The Wars on Terrorism and Drugs Intersect

By Brandt Williams August 19, 2016

Increasingly, military tools, training, and technologies—from Bulletproof Warrior seminars to mine-resistant vehicles—are making their way into small-town police departments across the US. In conjunction with the release of Do Not Resist, filmmaker Craig Atkinson discusses police militarization with crime reporter Brandt Williams—including its impact on protest, privacy, and public safety.  More

Opening nationwide Sept. 30, Craig Atkinson’s Do Not Resist was screened at the Walker August 18, 2016, followed by a discussion between the filmmaker, Rep. Keith Ellison, Benjamin Feist (ACLU), and Mica Grimm (Black Lives Matter).

Inside, Outside, Across the Street

By Paul Schmelzer August 11, 2016

Both inside the Walker and across the street in the garden, big changes are evident as great progress is being made in unifying the 19-acre Walker and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden campus. Here’s a glimpse at what’s been happening behind the construction fencing—from the selection of a chef and name for the Walker’s new restaurant, Esker Grove, to the installation of giant “lilypads” in the garden. More

The Fuse Merged with the Firecracker

By Doug Benidt & Siri Engberg July 28, 2016

“It was the pen hitting the paper, the fuse merged with the firecracker.” Grant Hart recalls the August night 35 years ago when Hüsker Dü took to the tiny stage at Minneapolis’s 7th St. Entry to record Land Speed Record. Today, as Yusif Del Valle re-records his drum track as part of the exhibition Chris Larson: Land Speed Record, Hart shares the history of the making of this seminal punk album. More

The exhibition Land Speed Record—on view June 9, 2016–January 8, 2017—is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue that takes the form of a clear vinyl LP with liner notes.

Fatha Jazz Bordeaux: Ballroom is Not for Sale

By Alison Kozberg July 27, 2016

Many people first encountered voguing—or the ballroom scene it emerged from—through Madonna’s “Vogue” or Jennie Livingston’s Paris is Burning. But as Fatha Jazz, founder of the Twin Cities’s House of Bordeaux, says, the ball is only a fraction of what ballroom is—a vital support network for LGBT people of color: “It’s as much a response to our state of being as Black Lives Matter or the NAACP.” More

Gordon Hall: On Sculpture, HB2, and Gender

By Gordon Hall August 8, 2016

North Carolina’s discriminatory transgender bathroom bill, the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, police killings of African Americans across the United States, and the soaring murder rate among transgender women of color: artist Gordon Hall responds to the trauma of recent events with a meditation on the potential for self-transformation through our relationships with objects. More

Gordon Hall is the seventh artist—after Ron Athey, Dread Scott, Ana Tijoux, and others—to contribute to the ongoing Artist Op-Ed series.

The Flaming Lips Perform “Race for the Prize”

By Paul Schmelzer July 18, 2016

Smoke guns and confetti cannons were out in full force during the final set of Rock the Garden 2016—and videographer Chuck Olsen of Visual was there to capture the experience in immersive, 360-degree video. Watch as Wayne Coyne (in a fur coat and duct-tape pants) and the Flaming Lips perform the single “Race for the Prize,” off the 1999 album The Soft BulletinMore

Rock the Garden 2016 was held June 18, 2016.

Colors Don’t Exist: A Poetic Response to “Skin Set”

By Erin Sharkey June 30, 2016

“How can color be trusted anyway? It changes depending on weather. It changes when another leans in close and kisses its ear.” Poet Erin Sharkey responds to William Pope.L’s “Skin Set Drawings.” Using common materials like markers and pens, Pope.L makes declarative statements about people of various colors (white, black, green, blue), offering sharp commentary on the absurdity of language about color and race. More

William Pope.L’s “Skin Set Drawings” are on view in Less Than One through December 31, 2016.

Chris Larson, Hüsker Dü, and Land Speed Record

By Siri Engberg June 8, 2016

On August 15, 1981, Hüsker Dü ran through a blistering set at downtown Minneapolis’s 7th St Entry, recording 17 songs in 26 minutes to create the punk trio’s debut album Land Speed Record. Thirty-five years later, artist Chris Larson channels that energy in an immersive installation that reflects on memory, loss, and the fire-damaged remains of Hüsker Dü drummer Grant Hart’s childhood home. More

Chris Larson: Land Speed Record is on view June 9, 2016–January 8, 2017.

Art News from Elsewhere More

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Future Tense (External)

“Indeed, this future is tense.” Considering the role art can play during difficult times, artist Kameelah Rasheed shares her reading list on the intersections of art, futurity, and justice-including writings by Octavia Butler, Stuart Hall, Jack Whitten, and Kevin Young.

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High-Speed 3-D (External)

After four years, Ang Lee is back. But how many will get to see his new film the way he intended? Challenging technology of typical theaters, his Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk was shot in 3-D, 4K ultra-high-definition, at the high rate of 120 frames a second.

Via pitchfork.com

Device Control (External)

Frank Ocean’s celebrated new album has something in common with German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans’s new release: the track “Device Control.” After first asking to sample the piece, Ocean ended up including the entire tune at the end of Endless.

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In Process (External)

Carved in basswood in his Park Rapids, Minnesota studio, cast in bronze in Brooklyn, and making its way to the Walker’s renovated hillside this fall: Euan Kerr visits Aaron Spangler to check on the progress of one of the Walker’s newest outdoor works.

Via architectmagazine.com

Hippie Resonance (External)

So much in the Walker’s Hippie Modernism show, now at the Cranbrook Museum of Art, “has startling resonance today,” writes Karrie Jacobs. “Much of the show embodies the period’s anarchic quality—the institution-burning, chaotic, occasionally frightening aspect.”

Via nytimes.com

Until (External)

“I had been thinking about gun violence and racism colliding. And then I wondered: Is there racism in heaven? That’s how this piece came about.” Nick Cave discusses his forthcoming show Until, which will fill MASS MoCA’s 18,000 sf Building 5.

Minnesota Art News

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Envisioning an Art Ecology

Writer and landscape architect Diane Hellekson makes the case for seeing the health of Minnesota’s arts and artists in ecological rather than economic terms. More

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We Are Better

Davu Seru on the state of the Twin Cities jazz scene—on its competing mythospheres and various hustles, its labor given and co-opted, and ways we, audiences and artists alike, might all do better. More



Amanda Ross-Ho on OMEGA and Her Creative Origins

For her contribution to Ordinary Pictures, Amanda Ross-Ho worked with movie industry prop fabricators to create a large-scale, hand-made replica of the photo enlarger she remembers her parents, both artists, using when she was a… More


Andrea Büttner’s Piano Destructions

“There are many ways to destroy a piano,” says Andrea Büttner of Piano Destructions (2014), a video installation that presents interventions by (largely male) artists alongside footage of women pianists performing Chopin, Schumann, and… More


On Curation, Care, and Andrea Büttner’s Moss Garden

“Caretaking is where the word ‘curating’ comes from. Curare means to take care—to care for something outside one’s self.” German artist Andrea Büttner, Walker Artistic Director Fionn Meade, and Walker… More

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Lee Kit Documentary

The first US solo museum exhibition of artist Lee Kit (b. 1978) features work from the past five years, including an ambitious 13-channel video installation acquired by the Walker—I can’t help falling in love (2012)—alongside a newly commissioned site-specific… More


Performing Arts 2016-2017 Season Trailer

Inspired by the spirit of openness and experimentation of Merce Cunningham and John Cage—and anchored by the multidisciplinary exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time—the 2016/2017 performing arts season brings global… More

Dialogue / Interview

Opening-Day Artist Talk: Chris Larson and Grant Hart

Join artist Chris Larson, Hüsker Dü drummer and co-songwriter Grant Hart, and exhibition curators Siri Engberg and Doug Benidt for a discussion about Larson’s work and the development of Land… More


Ongoing Series

Artist Op-Eds

A series of commissioned opinion pieces featuring provocative reactions to the headlines by artists Ron Athey, Ana Tijoux, Dread Scott, and others.

Superscript Reader

Five artists have been commissioned to create a new work that will premiere online. These works respond to the inspirations, inquiry, and influence of key artists in the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection: Derek Jarman, Bruce Conner, and Marcel Broodthaers.

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.

Superscript Reader

An editorial supplement to Superscript: Arts Journalism and Criticism in a Digital Age, an international conference held at the Walker Art Center May 28–30, 2015.

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

Growing the Garden

As we break ground on an expansion to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, we revisit a 1988 Design Quarterly account of the birth of this iconic art park by former director Martin Friedman, who passed away May 9, 2016.  More

By Liz Glass

The Moment of Enlightenment Is a Sound

In commemoration of the life and legacy of filmmaker, visual artist, musician, and inventor Tony Conrad, who passed away in April 2016, a look at the artist’s quest for a “new musical culture.” More

Charlotte Cotton

Pop and the Traveling Image

With the Walker’s International Pop now on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art we revisit this discussion on the role of the traveling mass-produced image during the 20th century. More