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In Paul Chan’s installation Sade for Sade’s sake, jittering black figures, silhouetted on a wall of pallets and toy guns, perform violent and sexual acts. Created in the wake of revelations of abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, it speaks to a state of paralyzed anxiety Chan calls “petrified unrest.” Here he discusses the work’s relationship to religion, philosophy, and today’s Trumpian rhetoric. More
Paul Chan’s Sade for Sade’s sake (2009) is on view in Less Than One through December 31, 2016.
Positioning “gender hackers” as radical innovators in the ongoing design of the human, Façadomy editor Riley Hooker invited boundary-pushing graphic designers to reflect on gender through typographic metaphor. Here Hooker, Lobregat Balaguer, Ely Kim, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Mylinh Trieu Nguyen, Ksenya Samaskaya, and Andrew Sloat respond to the seven genders defined by sexologist Esben Esther P. Benestad. More
What thread runs through Meredith Monk’s works in film, music-theater, and dance over the past half century? “A sense of multidimensionality,” she tells Deborah Jowitt. “And an attempt to get down to the bones of the form.” Revisited in commemoration of her 50th anniversary as an artist, this 1998 conversation goes deep into the inspirations, processes, and experimentation that have defined Monk’s iconic career. More
Meredith Monk’s 16 Millimeter Earrings (1966/1998) is on view through December 31 in the exhibition Less Than One.
Martin Friedman, Walker Art Center director from 1961 to 1990, has passed away at age 90. In commemoration of his pivotal role in shaping the Walker’s values, vision, and future, curator Joan Rothfuss shares her perspective on Friedman’s life and legacy—from his keen curation to his transformation of the Walker into a “laboratory for artists” to the vision that brought us the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. More
Launched in 1998, Rock the Garden has gone through plenty of changes—from an intermittent, on-the-street jam to a 10,000-fan party on the Walker’s hillside, a two-day festival to, in 2016, a one-day, two-stage affair at Boom Island Park. Here’s an authoritative look back at the varied and vibrant history of what’s traditionally been considered the launch of the Twin Cities’ summer concert season. More
Rock the Garden 2016 takes place Saturday, June 18 at Boom Island Park.
“I view the frame of the image not as a window into something but more like a surface across which sensations pass.” In conversation with Victoria Sung, James Richards discusses the space-creating capabilities of sound, the sensuality of different ways of looking, and his film Rosebud (2013), which explores these ideas through documentation of “obscene” art obscured by censors with sandpaper. More
Imagining political activism ten years after a “social-democratic war of liberation,” Lizzie Borden’s futurist, sci-fi film Born in Flames (1983) was shot using guerrilla documentary techniques, found news footage, and music by Red Krayola and the lesbian rock group The Bloods. Three decades later, Borden discusses art, political filmmaking, and the still-unresolved issues of race and gender at the film’s core. More
In a 1986 essay, Joseph Brodsky suggested that a person—defined in political and aesthetic terms—can never be a discrete whole at any moment in time, as we are each inextricably tied to our past and future selves. Here Fionn Meade considers American iconoclasm, the thinking of this Russian-born US poet laureate, and Less Than One, the new Walker exhibition that shares a title with Brodsky’s essay. More
The exhibition Less Than One is on view April 7–December 31, 2016.
Skyways, “grade-separated pedestrian systems” in global cities from Mumbai to Minneapolis, have “radically altered the form and spatial logic of cities around the world,” write Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James in the forthcoming Walker-published book Parallel Cities.
Three days before the Rio Olympics begin, Mariko Mori will permanently install a ring above a nearby 200 ft waterfall. The second in a six-part series of eco-themed works, it’ll catch the sun, symbolizing “our interconnectedness with nature and with one another.”
David Byrne’s Joan of Arc musical—premiering at the Public Theater next year—speaks to “the power of the individual to make a difference and (for me) the hubris and sometimes oversteps that often go along with that. In other words—it’s completely relevant.”
In her Wednesday commencement address at SVA, Carrie Mae Weems addressed art-world inequality, America’s shift to a minority-majority country (and its relationship to Donald Trump’s rise), and the role of artists in “mapping new territory” amid this shift.
An unusual analogy to describe our ubiquitous image culture: “Sausage-like elongation describes the way that images accumulate, but this redundancy of content is not merely piled up, but follows an extruded trajectory that creates threads of dispersed versions.”
Standing 40 feet tall, Bling Bling (2016)—officially unveiled Monday in NYC’s Madison Square Park—is Martin Puryear’s largest temporary outdoor work yet. Reminiscent of a Trojan Horse, the work is constructed from plywood, chain-link fencing, and a gold shackle.
Sean Connaughty on the tales left behind in our garbage, stories about human choice and ignorance, as seen through the lens of his recently released Anthropocenic Midden Survey and a new documentary on nuclear waste, Containment. 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… More
In the midst of Yelp reviews, Pinterest boards, and personalized algorithms, who are the cultural authorities for selection, decision-making, and connoisseurship? Artists and field professionals discuss the liberal and democratizing… More
Five artists have each been commissioned to create a new work that will premiere online. These works respond to the inspirations, inquiry, and influence of three key artists in the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection: Derek Jarman, Bruce Conner, and Marcel Broodthaers.
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.
A series of commissioned opinion pieces featuring provocative reactions to the headlines by artists Ron Athey, Ana Tijoux, Dread Scott, and others.
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.
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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