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Based in Hong Kong, Asia Art Archive has since 2000 sought to “facilitate understanding, research, and writing in the field, enrich existing global narratives, and re-imagine the role of the archive.” Concluding its #OpenCurating series on contemporary art and new technology, Barcelona’s Latitudes talks with Chantal Wong, Hammad Nasar, and Lydia Ngai about AAA’s work archiving art for Asia and the world. More
“The public took to it instantly,” says Martin Friedman, Walker director emeritus, on the 1988 opening of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. “Everyone had a comment, everyone had something to say. They took ownership right away because it was a public space to begin with.” Now, 25 years and 8 million visitors later, we check back in with Friedman and others who were there when this beloved park was born. More
For Catherine Schoenherr, transforming the front yard of her family’s Woodbury, Minn., home into an organic vegetable garden is one of many alternative ways “to live and be in the world.” The Schoenherrs have been selected as hosts of the 15th and final Edible Estate, a project by artist Fritz Haeg. “As a family in suburbia, our front yard will say, ‘here’s another option to think about.’” More
The Edible Estate project is part of At Home in the City, Fritz Haeg’s six-month residency (May 11–November 24, 2013).
When considering how to creatively fill the 1,300-foot-long construction fencing encircling the Walker, LA-based designer Geoff McFetridge thought of a filmstrip. “When you see an image, you understand the two things on either side of it work with it, and you start animating it in your head,” he says in a new video. “You’re finishing the graphic in your mind.” More
In conjunction with Geoff McFetridge’s talk for the 2013 Insights Design Lecture Series, the Walker commissioned A Shape Is a Container for What It Looks Like (2013), a mural for the center’s construction fence.
What challenges, expectations, and new possibilities does digital culture and social media present to contemporary art institutions? Barcelona-based curatorial office Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna) continues its ongoing #OpenCurating series with a conversation about culture and connectivity with former Rhizome director and current New Museum curator Lauren Cornell. More
Latitudes’ #OpenCurating project is supported by the Walker, its exclusive content partner.
“Where did punk rock start? Who cares? It’s not where did it start, it’s why did it start?” said Bob Mould in 1981. Before the Bob Mould Band and Sugar, before a prolific solo career, Mould was part of punk mainstays Hüsker Dü. Jeff Severns Guntzel looks at Mould’s Minneapolis origins and the unbroken line—personal, musical, and political—linking his work with the band and all that has come since. More
The Bob Mould Band plays Rock the Garden 2013 on June 15, 2013, in a lineup that includes Dan Deacon, Low, Silversun Pickups, and Metric.
“I’m not an ecologist, but I like the idea of recycling in terms of specific needs,” says Abraham Cruzvillegas, whose series of found-object assemblages shares its name with a DIY building process in the Mexico City neighborhood of his youth. Autoconstrucción is “about scarcity and solutions, ingenuity, and how you can conceive a philosophy of life—that you can make things out of nothing.” More
Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites is on view March 23–September 22, 2013
“Culturally, I’m a cold-hearted colonialist,” says Andy Messerschmidt, whose work borrows ideas from world religions, from Buddhist mandalas to Indonesian shamanistic rituals to American holidays, in his art. The tendency is on display in his new Walker commission, which he says explores the “compression of loaded symbols of divinity and how they work in moire to create a meta-symbol of the divine.” More
Hirshhorn Museum Director Richard Koshalek has resigned after an inconclusive board vote over an inflatable architectural pavilion for the museum. He reportedly didn’t feel his vision, both for “the Bubble” and for the museum, had support.
Paul Schimmel, who resigned as chief curator at MOCA last year, is getting into the gallery biz: He’ll be heading up a new LA branch of Hauser Wirth (& Schimmel). Expect shows that “feel more museum-like in terms of scale, scholarship and complexity.”
Ai Weiwei has released the first single from the metal album The Divine Comedy (due 6/22), along with the Christopher Doyle-directed video “Dumbass.” With music by Zuoxiao Zuzhou, the song served as “a kind of self-therapy,” the dissident artist says.
More than 2,000 museums—including the Walker—are offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day, plus at the Walker such families can get a free pass to Artist-Designed Mini Golf on May 27.
“Greenlighting the Bubble,” writes critic Philip Kennicott of the Smithsonian’s inflatable public programs space, “will require faith in the power of ideas and culture, in the proposition that art has something to say, that its voice needs to be heard in Washington.”
There was a lot of “dancing naked in public” Saturday at Public Functionary. That’s how Jerry Saltz describes what artists and critics—and by extension, curators—do when they produce, present, and publish. More
Lightsey Darst on Greg Waletski’s swan song with Zenon, SuperGroup’s work for Momentum 2013, and her own exit from the Twin Cities scene. 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
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
Artist Molly Zuckerman-Hartung discusses her work in the Walker Art Center exhibition Painter Painter. More
Founding partner Eelco Hooftman focuses on one of GROSS. MAX’s newest projects: transforming the iconic Tempelhof airport in Berlin into the next great world park. Taking into account the vast, open site and the effects of sky… More
Jazz pianist/composer Craig Taborn talks about early musical influences in Minnesota and beyond, his recent acclaim, the art of improvisation, electronics and jazz, the musical telepathy of his Trio, the piano as solo sound source… More
Karen Mirza and Brad Butler are joined by artist Sharon Hayes and sociologist Avery Gordon for a series of reflections on the intersections of politics, history, speech, and radical activism. 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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Philip Bither highlights some of Trisha Brown’s less-recognized but tremendously influential dance innovations, from aerial movement inventions to equipment-based performance. More
In April 1999, on the occasion that produced Werner Herzog’s historic “Minnesota Declaration,” Roger Ebert led a dialogue with the famed director. To commemorate Ebert’s April 4, 2013, passing, we look at his essay for that event. More