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Come in from the cold and see some art: Free gallery admission January 10–February 7.

The Archive Is a Port in the Squall

By Hannah Piper Burns January 17, 2017

“If these works are challenging, discomforting, or destabilizing, it is because I am discomforted and destabilized. We all should be. Comfort gets us nowhere anymore, and by the way, there is just as much comfort to be found in outrage as there is in pleasure.” Hanna Piper Burns introduces her Mediatheque playlist, a timely selection by Antoni Muntadas, Tony Oursler, Leslie Thornton, and others. More

The Bentson Mediatheque, the Walker’s self-select cinema, can be experienced during regular museum hours; Hannah Piper Burns’s playlist is featured through February 2017.

Merce Cunningham’s Working Process

January 11, 2017

A boundless innovator, choreographer Merce Cunningham has had an unparalleled impact on the fields of dance, art, and music. In advance of the February 8 opening of Merce Cunningham: Common Time we revisit this 1981 segment produced by Twin Cities Public Television, in which the famed choreographer discusses his methodology and how a vocabulary of movement fuels his way of thinking. More

Merce Cunnigham: Common Time is on view Feb. 8–July 30, 2017.

Interiors and Identity

By Fionn Meade January 4, 2017

In Question the Wall Itself, the viewer passes through a series of interiors in which the active construction of identity holds uneasy sway over the place of exhibition making itself, with the viewer implicated in an unfolding drama, whether as protagonist or mere passerby. Here, the show’s curator reflects on key installations by Nina Beier, Marcel Broodthaers, Tom Burr, Walid Raad, and others. More

Question the Wall Itself is on view November 20, 2016 through May 21, 2017.

Tour the New Walker Expansion

By Elisabeth Hawthorne December 29, 2016

“One of the more impressive new buildings in Minneapolis,” according to architecture professor and critic Thomas Fisher, the Walker’s Vineland entrance and lobby has been welcoming the art-curious since November. Visit virtually by scrolling through photographs and tour a space made for conversation and connection, where the museum is not separate from the community but rather a home for and agent of it. More

2016: The Year According to…

December 22, 2016

As a tumultuous year draws to a close, we invite 15 artists to share their perspectives on the best and worst of 2016 in a series of top-10 lists. Contributors include Asli Altay, Ephraim Asili, Charles Atlas, Zach Blas, James Bridle, Decolonize This Place, Noah Fischer, Mariah Garnett, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, William E. Jones, De Nichols, OK-RM, Mary Ping, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Paul Soulellis.  More

Glimpses of Frank Big Bear’s Multiverse

By Misa Jeffereis December 12, 2016

The personal and the public collide in Frank Big Bear’s The Walker Collage, Multiverse #10, a large-scale work that mashes up a staggering array of images, from the Vietnam War to members of the artist’s family, hairless cats to fashion nudes. To give a glimpse at the intersecting worlds that comprise the piece, Big Bear offers a rare look at Facebook posts made as he developed this intricate new work. More

Frank Big Bear’s The Walker Collage, Multiverse #10 is on view for one year in the Target Project Space, adjacent Esker Grove restaurant.

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Campaign

By Naeem Mohaiemen (Text) & Hans Haacke (Images) December 7, 2016

“Flood a gallery, embalm an animal, smash an object—critics hail these gestures as having the power to ‘shape worlds.’ But when artists sit down with museum administrators and read a list of demands for labor rights, this work suddenly becomes illegible to the same museum.” Naeem Mohaiemen reflects on the Gulf Labor Coalition’s fight for fair conditions for workers constructing western museums in Abu Dhabi. More

In the eighth installment of the Artist Op-Eds series, Naeem Mohaieman and Hans Haacke look at the Gulf Labor Coalition’s activism around western museums’ plans in the Middle East.

Dread Scott on Trump, Dissent, and the Flag

By Dread Scott December 5, 2016

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag,” Donald Trump tweeted on November 29. “If they do, there must be consequences—perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” The statement shocked many, including artist Dread Scott, who in 1989 created What is the Proper Way to Display a US Flag?, an artwork that enraged legislators and sparked laws banning flag desecration. More

Artist Dread Scott, a 2014 contributor to the Walker’s Artist Op-Ed series, shares his perspective on the president-elect’s tweet.

Art News from Elsewhere More

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Bruguera Detained (External)

Tania Bruguera was stopped by police in Havana while trying to deliver aid to Cubans in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Her detention is indicative of “authorities’ crackdown on artists and activists… She was told that she will never again be an artist in Cuba.”

Via aiga.org

Decolonizing Design (External)

“Indigenous visual cultures have existed for thousands of years, so why are they still relegated to ‘special topics’ classes instead of serving as foundational principles to standard design curricula?” To change this: embrace diversity and reject Eurocentrism.

Via nytimes.com

Return of Payment (External)

Richard Prince has disavowed an Instagram-based artwork he made for Ivanka Trump in 2014, returning the $36,000 commission. “Redacting Ivanka’s portrait was an honest choice between right and wrong. Right is art. Wrong is no art. The Trumps are no art.”


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Choreography in Focus (External)

“I’m very interested in the back and forth… the constant dance between the psychological and the physical.” Faye Driscoll chats about her Thank You for Coming trilogy, her precocious childhood, social engagement, interest in language, and upcoming performances.

Via hyperallergic.com

Why an Art Strike? (External)

“The time for thinking about how the imminent political shift will impact the lives and livelihoods of artists is upon us.” The J20 Art Strike, scheduled for inauguration day, encourages artists to “relate what they do to other economic and ideological systems.”

Via nytimes.com

Cunningham’s Mirror (External)

2017 will witness a Cunningham revival, with performances exhibiting the broad range of his work from nature study to comedy, horror, and anthropological investigation. In each unique choreographic creation, Merce found “new ways to hold the mirror up to nature.”


Minnesota Art News

Via mnartists.org

The Arcades Project

Filmmaker Kevin Obsatz on the ritual and ethos of practice in game-play, games as media of communication, and some related reflections for those who make art, at a time when the language of audience engagement is central to cultural conversation. More

Via mnartists.org

When Curators, Artists, and Critics Dance

Christina Schmid on the “dancing together naked in public” that artists and critics do, as seen through the lens of an exhibition of work curated by Public Functionary’s Tricia Heuring and a recent Star Tribune review of the show. More

Artspeaks

Commentary

Ericka Beckman’s You The Better

Visiting a casino in the early 1980s, Ericka Beckman was struck by the “use of human value” on display: white gamblers in elevated seats placing bets on a jai-alai game played by Mexicans in a pit below. In a new interview Beckman… More

Commentary

Faye Driscoll’s Thank You For Coming: Attendance

“I think that when you feel connected and you are not distracted, there is a greater possibility that you will feel joy.” As we present Thank You For Coming: Play, the second part of choreographer/director Faye Driscoll’s trilogy of… More

Commentary

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

Walker Channel

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Question the Wall Itself

Question the Wall Itself examines ways that interior spaces and décor can be fundamental to the understanding of cultural identity. The multimedia exhibition showcases work by 23 international, multigenerational artists who explore the political and social… More

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Avant Garden 2016

We had a lot to celebrate this year! Avant Garden marked the grand opening of the Walker’s new main entrance and the exhibition Question the Wall Itself. The event also revealed site-specific commissions by artists Frank Big Bear and Philippe Parreno. Top that… More

Dialogue / Interview

Making an Entrance: A Design Conversation

The Walker’s light-filled new main entrance was designed to dramatically enhance visitor circulation and strengthen the Walker’s connection to the neighboring Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Join Joan Soranno and John Cook of HGA… More

Quoted

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

Chance Conversations

In conjunction with the exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time (Feb. 8–Jul. 30, 2017), we revisit this 1981 Walker interview between Cunningham and frequent collaborator, John Cage, on their approaches to chance operations. More

By Jack Whitten

Art in Times of Unspeakable Violence

In celebration of Jack Whitten being honored with a National Medal of Arts on September 22, 2016, we revisit the painter’s 2015 Artist Op-Ed, a powerful personal essay on the potential for art in times of violence and injustice. More

Growing the Garden

As we anticipate the June 2017 opening of the renovated 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