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“This story resonated for me,” said Steve McQueen of Solomon Northup’s 1853 book Twelve Years a Slave. “Possibly just because I live in Amsterdam, it reminded me very much of Anne Frank’s diary.” In his November Walker Dialogue, McQueen discussed his film adaptation, the enduring importance of its themes today, and his work in both film and visual art. Video of the full dialogue will be published here soon. More
Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada includes films, art, and artifacts that speak to the artist’s connection with the social and political realities shaping her hometown of Tangier—its rich and fractured history of migration and colonization. To ground the show geographically, sign painter Dan Madsen mapped the city’s streets at the exhibition entrance. Here he discusses the project. More
Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada is on view November 21, 2013–May 18, 2014.
Examining the final words of the Walker’s mission statement—the directive to create programs that “examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities”—Olga Viso reflects on a year filled with exhibitions, films, performances, and educational events that engage with our communities—here in Minnesota, in the larger sphere of contemporary art, and the world beyond. More
For his Northern Studies series, Justin Newhall took the train to northern Manitoba, where—inspired by a Glenn Gould radio documentary—he sought to capture the idea of “the North.” He found it in an unlikely package: a duct tape-covered stash of glossy pornographic photos that had deteriorated over time, leaving ghosts of the originals—and of the tragic story of the Dene Village where he found them. More
Sage Cowles had a “real social vision,” says choreographer Bill T. Jones. “Sage and [husband] John were interested in Change with a capital C, which earned her high marks in my way of thinking.” A philanthropist, mother, political activist, and—perhaps most importantly—a dancer, Cowles passed away November 21, 2013, at age 88. Camille LeFevre recounts a life dedicated to dance, family, and community. More
Karl Unnasch’s The Ruminant (The Grand Masticator) towered like a cathedral in the cornfield: a combine outfitted with illuminated stained-glass panels. On view as part of The Wormfarm Institute’s Fermentation Fest in Reedsburg, Wis., the work mashes up the histories of comic books, stained glass, and farm machinery to create a funny, expansive re-telling of the harvest narrative, writes Aaron Dysart. More
While Minneapolis is a national leader in support for urban agriculture, advocates for farmers here are urging public policy-makers to push past the feel-good rhetoric and embrace a more comprehensive vision of what a 21st-century American city can be—one that fully taps urban farming’s potentials for environmental, social, and economic betterment. More
For Yto Barrada, Morocco’s defunct Cinéma Rif offered an opportunity to “bring a certain kind of magic back to the city” through an artistic intervention. The result—now nearly a decade old—is Cinémathèque de Tanger, an artist-run cinema, archive, and educational center in Tangier. It’s also, as she discusses with Bouchra Khalili, a vibrant community hub and repository of cultural memories. More
The multimedia exhibition Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada is on view November 21, 2013–May 18, 2014.
“He is indeed the most austere of the Abstract Expressionists, but he is also by far the funniest—maybe the only funny one,” says curator Robert Storr of Ad Reinhardt, whose comics—created in the 1940s for the left-leaning tabloid PM—are now on view in New York.
In his first album review, Moby looks at R. Kelly’s latest, dropping references to Werner Herzog and Samuel Beckett. “Feral and tautological are not always bad things,” he writes, “but somehow the end result of Black Panties is a tautological numbness.”
A day after Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave received four nominations for the Screen Actors Guild annual awards, the film picked up seven Golden Globes nominations. Only one other film, David O. Russell’s American Hustle, received as many nods.
Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo, Umberto Eco, and Nuruddin Farah are among 562 authors—and 90,000 others—who’ve signed a petition against mass surveillance and metadata collection by governments and corporations. Their pledge ran Tuesday in 30 newspapers worldwide.
Jeremy Walker wonders: why has no one in this arts-generous, cultured city stepped up to save The Artists’ Quarter, the vibrant home for jazz that’s closing at year’s end? More
For Scott Murphy paint serves as a mode of communion, his own distinct way of seeing and showing the surrounding world and its almost-but-not-quite knowable inhabitants. More
Claes Oldenburg discusses his sculpture Shoestring Potatoes Spilling from a Bag (1966), part of the Walker Art Center’s exhibition Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties. More
“This story resonated for me,” said Steve McQueen of Solomon Northup’s 1853 book Twelve Years a Slave. “Possibly just because I live in Amsterdam, it reminded me very much of Anne Frank’s diary.” In a November 9, 2013 dialogue at the… More
Yto Barrada (b. 1971; lives and works in New York and Tangier) combines the strategies of documentary with a metaphoric approach to imagery in her photographic, film, and sculptural work. Her artistic… More
The choreographic duo HIJACK talks about ways that they channel visual art and culture, including music videos and newspapers, from their eye sockets to their hip sockets. More
In this ongoing web series, the 15 artists in the Walker-organized exhibition Painter Painter respond to an open-ended query about their practices.
An election-year series on personal politics and the way artists contribute to the conversation on making a better society.
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As MoMA PS1 presents its survey of the career of the late Mike Kelley, we recall our 2005 dialogue between the artist and critic John Welchmann. More
Claes Oldenburg’s most famous piece of writing, I Am For …, isn’t a manifesto. It’s a “slightly satirical ode or paean to the possibilities of using anything in one’s surroundings” to create art. More