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“Hollywood may indeed be run by the most liberal whites in the country—some of them have written and acted and produced with the deepest of empathy. But they can never be a substitute for people who can tell their own stories best,” writes Jeff Chang in We Gon’ Be Alright: Race and Desegregation. “And yet the odds of a person of color breaking into the upper echelon of the culture remain long indeed.” More
In celebration of Jack Whitten being honored with a 2015 National Medal of Arts on September 22—and in light of recent events in Charlotte, Falcon Heights, Tulsa, St. Cloud, and elsewhere—we revisit the painter’s 2015 Artist Op-Ed, a powerful personal essay on the potential for art in times of violence and injustice. “A product of American apartheid,” Whitten writes that these days “art is our best hope.” More
Jack Whitten’s essay was commissioned as part of the ongoing Artist Op-Eds series.
From the hydroseed that’s painted the hillside blue to the newly planted grove of honey locust trees near the Walker entrance to the daily appearance of newly installed sculptures, our campus renovation project is truly ramping up. Updates this month: a visit with sculptor Kinji Akagawa, the return of works by artists including Alexander Calder and Magdalena Abakanowicz, and a narrowing of a busy street. More
With Unpacking the Box, the first presentation in the Best Buy Aperture, we consider the way containers—both physical boxes by the likes of Marcel Duchamp and George Maciunas and the metaphorical white cube of the gallery itself—shape our understanding of art. Here, the project’s curators discuss the ideas that activate this array of offerings from the Walker collections, library, and archives. More
Unpacking the Box is on view in the Best Buy Aperture August 30, 2016 through February 19, 2017.
“Metal is cerebral; punk is all heart,” writes Jeff Severns Guntzel of the challenge Yousif Del Valle faced in learning Grant Hart’s drum track for Hüsker Dü’s debut album. Anticipating the release of the Chris Larson: Land Speed Record LP that features Del Valle’s work, Severns Guntzel looked at the Hate Beast drummer’s process—from computer-visualized sound waves to practice, practice, practice. More
The campaign of Ilhan Omar, who’s poised to become the country’s first Somali-American legislator. The journey of an Iraqi refugee to Minnesota. Winona LaDuke’s activism to stop oil pipelines. The 2013 police killing of Terrance Franklin. Addressing issues pulled from the headlines, eight filmmakers featured in the recent Cinema of Urgency: Local Voices program discuss the ideas behind their newest works. More
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.
“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
Newly installed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, David Shrigley’s sculpture of a hand in classic thumbs-up position, but with an elongated thumb, is open to interpretation—only don’t assume it marks approval for “Brexit or right-wing political ideas.”
For two years, the 100-artist Gala Committee curated artworks into an usual space: the set of the 1990s TV show Melrose Place. Organized by artist Mel Chin, the selected works often contained coded messags about social issues, from war to reproductive health.
Robert Redford backs opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline: “The Sioux people of North Dakota aren’t just fighting for their homes and their water. They’re fighting for our homes and water, our families and futures, our children’s chances for a habitable home.”
Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) and Rita Wilson (My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2) say the #OscarsSoWhite campaign for racial and gender diversity in Hollywood prompted them to join the Academy. Oscars organizers aim to double female and minority membership by 2020.
“A retraumatization of racial and regional pain.” Members of the black community and some black staffers at CAM St. Louis are protesting a Kelley Walker show over images of African Americans and civil rights events obscured by toothpaste, milk, and chocolate.
“Usually my art is more about hope, but on this occasion it is a dark project, and offers more of a space for catharsis.” Pedro Reyes discusses Doomocracy, the “political haunted house” he’s creating in the Brooklyn Army Terminal from October 7 to November 6.
An emphasis on connection—between Minnesota and Somalia, artist and community—is key for Anomalous Expansion, writes critic Christina Schmid of the landmark exhibition at the Darul Uloom Islamic Center in St. Paul. More
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
“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
“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
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
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
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
A series of commissioned opinion pieces featuring provocative reactions to the headlines by artists Ron Athey, Ana Tijoux, Dread Scott, and others.
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.
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.
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.
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Named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow on September 22, 2016, sculptor Vincent Fecteau discussed his studio practice with the Walker’s Brooke Kellaway in 2012. More
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
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