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The Art of Response-ability

By Paul Schmelzer August 1, 2014

“We’re interested in this idea of taking something that is permanent, that seems incontestable, and rendering it fragile, ephemeral, open to questioning,” said Jennifer Allora, half of the art-making team Allora & Calzadilla. Ten years after the duo’s Walker residency, we republish a 2004 conversation on their early projects, including Chalk (1998), a now-iconic work just acquired for the Walker collection. More


On Roots and Reckoning

By Catherine Damman July 21, 2014

“How we tell our histories matters just as much as what we say,” writes art historian Catherine Damman in her reflection on Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. Noting that the exhibition’s artists—representing three generations—are in constant dialogue, she observes that the contributors all “share a fiercely devoted and yet deeply interrogative relation to history.” More

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art is on view July 24, 2014–January 4, 2015.

Surrogate Performances

July 14, 2014

“Performance documentation brought the world it described into being through its own declarations.” Philip Auslander links history with language in an investigation of the intentions behind the documentation of early performance art, noting that the resulting images become themselves singular assertions. More

This essay appears in On Performativity, volume one of The Living Collections Catalogue.


James Bridle: The Siege on Citizenship

By James Bridle July 7, 2014

“The cloud renders geography irrelevant,” writes James Bridle, “until you realize that everything that matters, everything that means you don’t die, is based not only on which passport you possess, but on a complex web of definitions of what constitutes that passport.” The case of Mohamed Sakr, a man deprived of his UK citizenship and later killed by a US drone, shows how such definitions are under attack. More

London-based artist James Bridle kicks off Artist Op-Eds, our new series featuring artists’ reactions to the news.


Rethinking Collections Publishing for the Digital Age

By Paul Schmelzer July 2, 2014

For many in the museum world, the term scholarly collections catalogue can conjure daunting impressions: a book about a museum’s holdings, it involves years of collecting, researching, photographing, and writing, plus a huge printing budget, all to create a tome that is likely out of date the moment it hits the shelf. Enter The Living Collections Catalogue, the Walker’s new serial online publication. More

On Performativity, the first volume of The Living Collections Catalogue is now online.


Two Days of Rock the Garden in Four Minutes

June 25, 2014

Lizzo offers the soundtrack to our Rock the Garden 2014 time-lapse with “Batches and Cookies” as we compress the sun-filled two-day festival—featuring Lizzo, Jeremy Messersmith, Best Coast, Matt and Kim, De La Soul, Valerie June, Kurt Vile, Dessa, Guided by Voices, and Spoon—into just shy of four minutes.  More


Making the “Best Cat Video on the Internet”

By Kristina Fong June 13, 2014

In the bottomless pit of cat videos that is the Internet, Henri 2: Paw de Deux was in 2012 named the very best of them all. Filmmaker Will Braden, the video’s creator and incoming curator of the 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival, discusses that distinction, the current landscape of viral cat videos, and how the ennui-prone Henri stands out in a growing crowd of “celebricats.” More

The 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival will be held be held August 14, 2014, as part of Open Field. Voting for the Golden Kitty is open now through July 18, 2014.


The Fine Art of Putt-Putt

By Emylisa Warrick May 30, 2014

This summer offers another chance to practice your swing at Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf. Part of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has transformed into an 18-hole course comprised of two 9-hole circuits. The 29 artists, architects, collaborative teams, and mini-golf mavens have created a fun and challenging tour full of constellations, friend-or-foe gameplay, and imaginative design. More

Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf is open daily through September 1, 2014.

Art News from Elsewhere More


Via hilobrow.com

Kern Your Enthusiasm (External)

Throughout August, HiLoBrow is inviting 25 writers—including Rob Walker, Cintra Wilson, and Gary Panter—to opine about favored or reviled typefaces. It’s a sequel to a series that also includes Kirb Your Enthusiasm: writings on comic book artist Jack Kirby.


Via hyperallergic.com

Intangible Benefits (External)

A job posting at the Marina Abramović Institute, which crowd-funded $660,000 to open, is reigniting the dialogue on unpaid internships in the art world. At issue, the high level of experience wanted from applicants, exchanged for “nonmonetary, intangible benefits.”


Via wsj.com

Material Concern (External)

Rallying to save the material that made them famous, Hollywood studios—led by producers and directors including Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams— have agreed to a minimum purchase agreement that will allow Kodak to continue making celluloid film.


Via architectmagazine.com

Afterhouse Detroit (External)

The 2014 R+D Awards winner Archolab has plans for the 40,000 abandoned homes in Detroit that are scheduled for demolition: convert their concrete foundations into sunken, cost-effective, efficient public greenhouses for growing subtropical crops.


Via artnet.com

Passings: Harun Farocki (External)

Filmmaker/video artist Harun Farocki, whose works were “deeply critical of the media and ways in which images have shaped contemporary life and ideology,” has died at 70. His “Serious Games”—a four-part look at modern warfare—is on view at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof.


Via davidbyrne.com

Perspectives on Gaza (External)

David Byrne hosts two editorials on Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza. In one, Brian Eno wrestles with the US’s “blind support of this one-sided exercise,” while Peter Schwartz looks at a “historic impasse” in which “[t]here is no way back.”

Minnesota Art News

Via mnartists.org

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Continuing her coverage of the 2014 American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, Lightsey Darst experiences Ishmael Houston-Jones and Emily Wexler’s 13 Love Songs: Dot Dot Dot and Adele Myers’ Einstein’s Happiest Thought.  More

Via mnartists.org

Walking in Dyani White Hawk’s Moccasins

White Hawk’s “moccasin” paintings and prints offer sure-footed entry into the tangle of Native and European histories and traditions that still mark the Midwest.  More



Obliterating the Frame: Steve McQueen on Art and Film

“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



Geoff McFetridge’s Site Fence Mural

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



Job Wouters’ HOME Mural

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

Walker Channel

Dialogue / Interview

Panel Discussion: Performance in Practice

Exhibition curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), is joined by contributing artists Adam Pendleton, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Xaviera Simmons for a lively conversation about the… More



Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art

This groundbreaking exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of performance art by black artists working from the perspective of the visual arts from the 1960s to the present. More



Art Expanded, 1958–1978

Drawn from the Walker’s extensive collection of artworks, films, archival materials, and ephemera, this exhibition explores the many facets of the so-called “expanded arts” scene of the 1960s and ’70s, charting a transformational phase in the history of 20th-century… More


Ongoing Series

Artist Op-Eds

A series of commissioned opinion pieces featuring provocative reactions to the headlines by artists James Bridle, Liz Deschenes, 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


Via walkerart.org

Sturtevant in Conversation with Peter Eleey

In a rare 2009 conversation, Sturtevant—who passed away in May 2014—discusses her repetitions of works by Warhol, Beuys, and others, as well as the discourse on “dangerous potent power” of our cybernetic world.  More


Please Change Beliefs

For her first art foray online, Jenny Holzer brought her iconic text-based work to the web in 1995, presenting five series of works (truisms, living, survival, inflammatory essays, laments). More


Philip Bither

Trisha Brown: From Falling and Its Opposite, and All the In-Betweens

Philip Bither highlights some of Trisha Brown’s less-recognized but tremendously influential dance innovations, from aerial movement inventions to equipment-based performance. More