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Speculations on Digital Arts Media’s Future(s)

May 26, 2015

How we will be reading and writing on the arts ten years from now? We invited web-savvy journalists, critics, artists, curators, and media innovators—from national platforms like the Washington Post, Art in America, ArtSlant, and Culturebot to regional voices from Chicago Artist Writers, MinnesotaPlaylist.com, and Springboard for the Arts—to speculate on the future of cultural media online.  More


Instagram Archi-tourism

By Alexandra Lange May 21, 2015

Archi-tourism is a web community waiting for its own digital address, writes Alexandra Lange. She longs for a dream site—“Archimaps, Designtrip, whatever”—to map her architectural explorations using smartphone photos. A sense of immediacy, essential to Instagram’s appeal, transforms old structures into new discoveries. The trick: how to keep that contagious energy as you make snaps into an archive. More

The third commission for Superscript Reader, this essay examines themes related to the May 28–30 conference, Superscript: Arts Journalism and Criticism in a Digital Age.


Pervasive Pop

May 19, 2015

“What’s interesting about Pop as a term,” says International Pop co-curator Bartholomew Ryan, is that it’s “a linguistic virus that gloms itself onto any production by artists of the period that engages the popular.” Part two of the International Pop three-part documentary looks at the global pervasiveness of Pop tendencies in art during the 1960s.  More

International Pop is on view April 11–August 29, 2015.


New Music, Expiring Aesthetics

By Marvin Lin May 14, 2015

In a time of digital hyperacceleration and an ever-shifting technocultural landscape, we encounter an influx of trends, microgenres, and fads. But how do we talk about music when so much of what we listen to now feels so transitory and historically inconsequential? Marvin Lin, editor-in-chief of Tiny Mix Tapes, explores our critical voice in the face of such expiring aesthetics. More

Commissioned for Superscript Reader, this essay examines themes related to the May 28–30 conference, Superscript: Arts Journalism and Criticism in a Digital Age.


Toward a New Digital Landscape

By Kimberly Drew May 11, 2015

With dismal representation by women and people of color in tech and art fields, it’s time to imagine a new landscape of digital art, one that’s as diverse and equitable as possible, writes Black Contemporary Art founder Kimberly Drew. In hopes of sparking conversation about representation, erasure, and the future of digital art, she highlights—in their own words—18 artists shaping this new terrain. More

This commissioned feature launches Superscript Reader, an editorial supplement to the May 28–30 conference, Superscript: Arts Journalism and Criticism in a Digital Age.


Christopher Nolan: A Cinematic History

By Tim Lammers May 8, 2015

“I love movies and love the history of movies,” director Christopher Nolan told film critic Tim Lammers. “With it—just as you have the history of the Batman comics to draw on with all their great writers and artists—you have this great history of experimentation and innovation of the past masters of moviemaking.” Here Lammers shares the best of Nolan from nine films, eight years, and four interviews.  More

Christopher Nolan’s nine-film retrospective runs May 7–24, 2015.


Homage to the 21st Century

By Bartholomew Ryan April 30, 2015

After a 1964 coup in Brazil, intense censorship scattered artists across the globe or forced them to adopt less public forms of art-making. One, Antônio Henrique Amaral, is best known for large paintings of bananas, a critique that the military dictatorship was turning Brazil into a banana republic. “They can’t censor bananas,” said Amaral, who passed away April 24 at age 79, in this final interview. More

Antônio Henrique Amaral’s Homenagem séc. XX/XXI (20th/21st-Century Tribute)(1967) is featured in International Pop on view April 11, 2015–August 29, 2015.


Truly Indie, thestand4rd Finds Fame Online

By Andrew Flanagan April 15, 2015

“The web is where the exceptional force the hands of the famed and established to recognize they’ve been pushing things forward, without their blessing or awareness,” writes Andrew Flanagan of thestand4rd, the St. Paul independent hip hop/R&B quartet that has thrust itself into the limelight—even attracting the attention of Kanye West—in the 11 months since uploading its first single on SoundCloud. More

thestand4rd opens Rock the Garden 2015, our two-day music festival, on Saturday, June 20.

Art News from Elsewhere More


Via nytimes.com

Palme d’Or (External)

The 68th Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or has been awarded to Dheepan, a tense drama by French director Jaques Audiard that follows three Sri Lankan refugees as they pretend to be a family in order to escape their war-torn country.


Via time.com

Passings: Mary Ellen Mark (External)

Documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark has died at age 75. The creator of 18 photo books, she’s know for a humanist eye, creating vivid studies of subjects from Seattle street children to women in a state mental institution.


Via theguardian.com

Formless Grids (External)

Explicitly designed to avoid the trap of representation, Agnes Martin’s paintings weren’t made to be read, but to trigger repsonse. They’re”about merging, about formlessness,” the schizophrenic painter once said. “A world without objects, without interruption.”


Via hyperallergic.com

Detained. Again. (External)

Right after her 100-hour reading of Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism, Tania Bruguera was temporarily detained by Cuban police—yet another instance in which the artist has had trouble with the Cuban government since her arrest in December.


Via frieze.com

Post-Tech Painting (External)

Curator Mark Godfrey discusses Painting After Technology, a new display at Tate Modern that brings together the works of nine artists involved in a conversation about what the art of painting means in our screen-driven world.


Via pitchfork.com

Viva Krautrock (External)

“I think anyone making electronic music today is influenced by krautrock whether they know it or not,” says Dan Deacon. Noisey’s new episode of Under the Influence focuses on krautrock—a genre of German rock and electronic music that began in the late ’60s.

Minnesota Art News

Via mnartists.org

Graham Revisited

Camille LeFevre on the raw violence and emotional candor of Martha Graham’s dance, on view in the repertory and new works presented by the Martha Graham Dance Company recently in Minneapolis.  More

Wunderkammer Redux (Or, An Unnatural History)

Kate Casanova’s work across media sets out to make our habits of perceiving the boundaries between human-made environments and the so-called “natural world” a whole lot messier.  More



Lynda Benglis Discusses Adhesive Products

After beginning her career as a painter, Lynda Benglis began seeking a “more sensuous kind of surface.” Her nine-piece work Adhesive Products (1971)—commissioned for the Walker Art Center’s Edward Larabee Barnes–designed building—is… More



Chuck Close Discusses Big Self-Portrait (1967–1968)

“There’s no question, I had some attitude about the way I wanted to be perceived,” said Chuck Close in discussing his Big Self-Portrait (1967–1968) at the Walker in 1980. “Now it seems very funny… More



Valerie Cassel Oliver Discusses Radical Presence

Exhibition curator Valerie Cassel Oliver of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston discusses the development of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary ArtMore

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International Pop: Pervasive Pop

“What’s interesting about Pop as a term,” says International Pop co-curator Bartholomew Ryan, is that it’s “a linguistic virus that gloms itself onto any production by artists of the period that engages the popular real.” Part two of… More



International Pop: Becoming Pop

In the early 1960s, as artists around the world responded to an onslaught of advertising and pop-culture imagery, they earned labels from critics and the public alike, from the “new vulgarians” to “commonists,” and their work was… More


Dialogue / Interview

Tokyo Pop

Art historian Hiroko Ikegami leads a conversation with artists Ushio Shinohara and Keiichi Tanaami about their encounters with US Pop in Tokyo in the 1960s and their somewhat subversive, even sardonic response to it. They ask if we can speak of a “Tokyo Pop” and… More


Ongoing Series

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.

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.

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.

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


Andrew Blauvelt

A Timeline of Design History

For nearly fifty years, the Walker’s Design Quarterly chronicled the changing terrains of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and product and graphic design. Featuring provocative thinkers—including Muriel Cooper… More


Ghost Building: Walker Galleries 1927

A ghostly image of T.B. Walker on the grand staircase of the 1927 Walker Galleries reminds us that before the brick-and-aluminum facility we know today there was another home for the Walker. More


Shall We Take It? The Walker’s Founding Question

The Walker was founded on a question. “Shall we take it?” In 1939 Minneapolis citizens were offered the chance to start a federally funded art center. The answer? Yes. But how did this offer come about, and what did it mean? More