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Low’s Rock the Garden set—a droning, 27-minute version of “Do You Know How to Waltz?”—angered some audience members, who tweeted and blogged their ire. Curator Philip Bither, however, was awed by the set, likening it to music by Hendricks, Sunn O)))), and Cage. “I guess the kind of riots that erupted in Paris after Stravinsky’s premiere of The Rite of Spring in 1913 now happen online,” he writes. More
From the deluge of rain that sparked a parking-ramp dance party with Dan Deacon to Low’s 27-minute, one-song set, Bob Mould’s tour through his career with Hüsker Dü and beyond to showstoppers by Silversun Pickups and headliner Metric, the Walker videography crew captures all of Rock the Garden in five minutes—all set to Metric’s “Gold Gun Girls.” More
Frank O’Hara famously asked, “What’s the point of a poem if I have a phone?” Elizabeth Murphy reframes the issue with a few questions of her own: What’s a love song for if you can tweet? And—taking it further—what’s the value of real, physical art spaces in contemporary American cultural life when there are online outlets like Artsy and Google Art? More
In a weekend that involved a sod cutter, 17 bags of leaf litter mulch, 30 yards of compost, 40 shovels, a wood chipper, thousands of plants, and an army of volunteers, a suburban front yard in Woodbury, Minn., was transformed into Edible Estate #15, the last garden in artist Fritz Haeg’s global series. Here’s a photo essay documenting the evolution of the Schoenherr family’s front lawn. More
Edible Estate #15 is part of At Home in the City, Fritz Haeg’s six-month residency (May 11–November 24, 2013).
“The artist builds himself and unmakes himself piece by piece; he self-constructs, as if he were a wall where cement is always wet and bricks can be shifted.” Linking her studies with Abraham Cruzvillegas to her grandfather’s unfinished house, left behind when the family fled Argentina’s dictatorship, Verónica Gerber Bicecci muses on paradigms that allow us to “start anew, because nothing is finished.” More
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Walker delivers Walker on the Green, a fresh round of miniature golf. Designed by artists, architects, engineers, and putt-putt connoisseurs, the two eight-hole courses include 15 novelties ranging from garden gnome foosball to a geodesic dome housing miniature versions of the Walker building and the Spoonbridge and Cherry. More
Based in Hong Kong, Asia Art Archive has since 2000 sought to “facilitate understanding, research, and writing in the field, enrich existing global narratives, and re-imagine the role of the archive.” Concluding its #OpenCurating series on contemporary art and new technology, Barcelona’s Latitudes talks with Chantal Wong, Hammad Nasar, and Lydia Ngai about AAA’s work archiving art for Asia and the world. More
“The public took to it instantly,” says Martin Friedman, Walker director emeritus, on the 1988 opening of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. “Everyone had a comment, everyone had something to say. They took ownership right away because it was a public space to begin with.” Now, 25 years and 8 million visitors later, we check back in with Friedman and others who were there when this beloved park was born. More
A public art revolution is brewing in St. Paul, where the city has brought in privately funded “city artists” to work alongside public servants. Public Art Review chronicles how these artists explore creative forms of “placemaking” and civic engagement.
Armored police forcibly evicted protesters occupying Tadashi Kawamata and Christophe Scheidegger’s Art Favela at Art Basel Friday. About 100 people were protesting the “decadence of including a slum setting as part of one the world’s biggest art fairs.”
With spying in the news in a big way, Vulture looks at current events through the prism (if you will) of film history. It tracks depictions of snitching, stalking, and high-tech surveillance from Metropolis (1927) to The Dark Knight (2008).
Ten years after exhibiting his work on public space use in Turkey in our show How Latitudes Become Forms, Can Altay reports from Istanbul on the “humor, creativity and critique” he’s witnessed at the #OccupyGezi protests of the past few weeks.
Latitudes reviews the ubiquitous totes of the Venice Biennale, from the Tucano-designed official bag (“its uncompromising blackness” has a “vital rather than dour spirit”) to the bag for Jesper Just’s Danish Pavilion (“Charismatic artist. Woeful tote”).
Lightsey Darst offers a diary from this year’s night-long Twin Cities festival: “It’s beautiful and it’s bullshit all at once. What you see depends very much on where you choose to stand.” More
Geoff McFetridge’s art has graced nearly every kind of surface—from Nike sneakers to toast (for a music video by OK Go). Now it appears on the Walker’s construction fencing, through a commission as part of our Insights Design… More
Captured in time-lapse, here’s Amsterdam-based artist/designer Job Wouters—better known as Letman—creating his hand-painted Home mural in the Walker lobby. More
Artist Molly Zuckerman-Hartung discusses her work in the Walker Art Center exhibition Painter Painter. More
Experience 24 hours of Rock the Garden 2013 in 5 minutes, set to the music of Metric. Copresented by the Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current, the concert features Dan Deacon, Low, Bob Mould Band, Silversun Pickups, and Metric… More
Support the Walker Art Center’s Garden Fund today! Since opening in 1988, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has become one of the most popular cultural destinations in the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota. A joint project of the… More
It’s sort of like American Idol auditions for artists: five finalists take the stage to share proposals for a temporary public art installation in Grand Rapids, Michigan. That’s the site of the annual ArtPrize competition, which draws some 400,000 people who view… More
In this ongoing web series, the 15 artists in the Walker-organized exhibition Painter Painter respond to an open-ended query about their practices.
An election-year series on personal politics and the way artists contribute to the conversation on making a better society.
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With the 2013 edition, we celebrate 11 summers of Rock the Garden. Here’s a look at the previous ten concerts, going all the way back to 1998’s inaugural event. More
Philip Bither highlights some of Trisha Brown’s less-recognized but tremendously influential dance innovations, from aerial movement inventions to equipment-based performance. More