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In LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs’ poetry, “obvious” and everyday American popular culture expressions are made strange, and the rarest language is universal. It is a space in which “the Other” can finally see herself in the eye of “the Normal,” and “the Normal” recognizes a horrific difference at its core. Here, Diggs discusses her new book TwERK, the relationship between sound and text, and “ghost translations.” More
Trisha Brown’s choreography, especially early in her career, held special appeal for one audience in particular: visual artists. Writer and art historian Susan Rosenberg examines ways that the legendary choreographer’s curatorial sensibility, penchant for systems, and development of annotated scores echo the practices of artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Sol LeWitt, and Donald Judd. More
The Trisha Brown Dance Company performs Proscenium Works 1979–2011 March 12–15, 2014.
While some graphic designers divide their work between “for fun” and “for profit” or “self-initiated” versus “client-driven,” Experimental Jetset avoids such compartmentalization: “We regard all our projects as self-initiated, whether they involve clients or not. The moment we make a choice to involve ourselves in a project, we are, in fact, initiating it. That makes everything that we do self-initiated.” More
Housing—as an aesthetic, conceptual, political, and environmental concern—has captured the imaginations and passions of artists and architects in recent years. In a flourishing yet undefined field, Rick Lowe, Rirkrit Tiravanija, N55, the Rural Studio, and others are prototyping creative solutions that range from portable architecture to squatting to long-term community-based design projects. More
“I love spatial relationships and dimensionality,” says Jim Hodges. “I’m interested in theatrical moments and choreographing experiences in space. I think as a drawer and make as a sculptor.” In conversations spanning three years, the artist and the Walker’s Olga Viso delved into Hodges’ art practice, life, and influences, touching on themes from love and loss to politics, spirituality, and mortality. More
Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take is on view February 15–May 11, 2014.
There’s a reason Minnesota’s Art Shanty Projects is often likened to Burning Man: both are temporary creative communities that pop up in unforgiving terrains. But after visiting White Bear Lake for the shanties’ opening weekend, artist Eric William Carroll sees a more apt comparison to underground cultural endeavors like Chicago’s Guerrilla Truck Show or the Lost Horizon Night Market in Brooklyn. More
Olga Bell sees her song cycle Krai as a search for the Slavic soul. “I hear it in Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Gubaidulina, and I think I understand it in Dostoyevsky or Bulgakov,” says Bell, who’s best known as vocalist/keyboardist for avant-rock’s Dirty Projectors. “I’m proud of being Russian, but I’m never sure exactly what that means, so here’s forty minutes of me reckoning with my Russianness!” More
Olga Bell performs in the McGuire Theater February 13, 2014.
With millions of users worldwide, Reddit.com has become a bona fide cultural force. It’s hosted Q&As with the likes of Barack Obama and Stephen Colbert, launched web memes like Grumpy Cat, and championed activist causes, from fighting the PROTECT IP Act to winning a Greenpeace whale-naming contest. In a wide-ranging interview, cofounder Alexis Ohanian discusses failure, activism, and the Internet. More
On January 9, 2014, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian gave a talk on creative entrepreneurship. Watch it on the Walker Channel.
Brian Ulrich on ten years photographing US consumer culture, from big box retailers to abandoned stores: “You pay a lot of attention to the work and it really takes you places. Crawling through the ceiling of a dead mall is not something I expected to have happen.”
Artspace interviews Paul Chan of experimental publishing house Badlands Unlimited ahead of his first major show since his break from the art world in 2008. True to form, some of his answers come in the form of ASCII art.
Delving into Martha Graham’s famous words about the two deaths of a dancer, the first when they stop dancing, renowned ballerina Wendy Whelan and other dancers are profiled during their transition out of performance.
In Hito Steyerl’s video Liquidity (2014)—“a surreal meditation on the relationship between weather, water, commerce, and capital”—tracks the changes in the life of Jacob Wood, a Vietnam War adoptee, banking crisis casualty, and kickboxing commentator.
After wowing Twin Cities audiences four years ago with iits adaptation of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, the UK’s Kneehigh Theatre returns to the Guthrie with Tristan & Yseult, a work with the same high-octane stagecraft if not quite as much magic. More
Olga Viso, Walker Art Center director and exhibition co-curator, discusses Here’s where we will stay (1995), part of the exhibition Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take. More
“I never tried to do anything to make my films friendly.” From his start in Britain’s video art scene in the 1990s to his first feature film in 2008 to the Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave, Steve… More
When combined, the art of branding and the science of wayfinding design can profoundly transform a space. Lance Wyman is a humble master of designing massive systems for cities, airports, expos, transit systems, zoos, and museums over his more than 40-year career. In… More
Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process is the first major museum exhibition to focus on the creative practice of Edward Hopper (1882–1967). More than anything else, Hopper’s drawings reveal the continually evolving relationship… More
This new video work by Luanda-based artist Nástio Mosquito and his collaborator, Madrid-based designer Vic Pereiró (Nástivicious), debuted at the Walker Art Center in February 2014 as a late addition to the exhibition 9 Artists. In… More
Standouts from 2013 by a range of artists and thinkers, including Ralph Lemon, JoAnn Verburg, Martine Syms, and Experimental Jetset.
In this ongoing web series, the 15 artists in the Walker-organized exhibition Painter Painter respond to an open-ended query about their practices.
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Philip Bither highlights some of Trisha Brown’s less-recognized but tremendously influential dance innovations, from aerial movement inventions to equipment-based performance. More
In 2012, well in advance of the survey Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, the Walker announced the addition of an iconic new outdoor work by the artist. More