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“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.
“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
“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.
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collecting, researching, photographing, and writing, plus a huge printing budget, all to create a tome that is likely out of date the moment it hits the shelf.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
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
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
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.
As spring reminds us of the life/death/life cycle, a new work in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden stands as a marker of such transitions. The clapperless bell in Kris Martin’s For Whom… offers a silent meditation on time’s passage. Here the Belgian artist discusses the work; his use of humor, absence, and shock (or the lack thereof); and a favorite film, fittingly, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. More
Using part of Joseph Beuys’ installation Fettecke (1982) and a dusting of Yves Klein’s IKB pigment, a trio of artists in Germany led by Markus Löffler has distilled four pounds of fat into four lirwea of (questionably) consumable schnapps.
In a video interview about her work with the Whitney, artist Christine Sun Kim, who was born deaf, explains the importance of inclusion and access to arts education and “the importance of removing barriers for museum audiences, both online and in person.”
As if to show how little has changed in 25 years, Spike Lee has spliced a clip from 1989’s Do the Right Thing—in which the character Radio Raheem is suffocated by police—with footage of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man killed this week by an NYPD chokehold.
Due to a largely unregulated market and increasingly rising prices, art theft is now the third largest criminal racket worldwide. Recent estimates of illegal sales range from 6 to 8 billion dollars a year, and are only surpassed by the drug and arms trades.
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
“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 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
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
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
A series of commissioned opinion pieces featuring provocative reactions to the headlines by artists James Bridle, Liz Deschenes, Liam Gillick, Metahaven, and others.
In 10 chapters, curator Bartholomew Ryan presents his keystone essay “If You Are Willing: The Army of the Individuals” from the 9 Artists catalogue.
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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
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 highlights some of Trisha Brown’s less-recognized but tremendously influential dance innovations, from aerial movement inventions to equipment-based performance. More