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To bring any theater piece to life, a raft of unseen technicians works quietly backstage. In Karen Sherman’s new dance/performance work, stagehands—and their vulnerabilities and mortality—take center stage in an arresting meditation on labor, life, and loss. Here, she discusses Soft Goods, the tragedies that sparked it, and the challenges of crossing between roles as performer and technician. More
Karen Sherman’s Soft Goods, a Walker commission, makes its world premiere December 8–10, 2016.
How can design help us imagine alternative futures? And, more importantly, how can anyone contribute to such imaginings? Here Elliott Montgomery and Chris Woebken, cofounders of the Extrapolation Factory art and design team, discuss their practice, the way techniques used by think tanks, futurists, and designers can reshape the future, and what participants can expect at their upcoming Walker workshops. More
Be part of Extrapolation Factory’s drop-in workshops during Walker Open House Weekend, December 1–4, 2016.
Oscillating between the two- and three-dimensional, between drawing and sculpture, artist Liz Larner’s works draw attention to the relationship between ourselves and the surrounding environment. Here, curator Pavel Pyś discusses one such work—a gleaming, stainless-steel X that greets visitors to the Walker’s new main entrance—with the Los Angeles–based sculptor. More
The new Walker entrance and lobby opened to the public on November 11, 2016.
Stories are the connective tissue in Robert Redford’s family: the actor, director, and Sundance founder’s son James is a documentary filmmaker, and his grandson Dylan is an artist and the Walker’s Bentson Research Associate. In a cross-generational interview, Dylan and Robert discuss the power of narrative, celebrity, and the elder Redford’s announcement that he’ll soon be retiring from acting. More
With the Walker’s new lobby, shop, and entryway opening in just days, here’s an update on the progress of our construction projects on both sides of Vineland Place—from the recent additions of outdoor sculptures by Liz Larner, Barry Flanagan, and Kris Martin to a new pond for Spoonbridge and Cherry to the installation of the new Walker signage on the exterior of Esker Grove, our new restaurant and bar. More
The Walker lobby and entryway opens to the public November 11, 2016. See it all during the Walker Open House Weekend, December 1–4.
“Dear Otto,” wrote former Walker director Martin Friedman to Otto Piene 40 years ago this week. “It’s just possible that having your spectacular work shot down may have hastened its immortalization process.” On Halloween of 1976, a vandal with a gun took down Piene’s artwork Black Stacks Helium Sculpture, four giant, undulating inflatable tubes ascending from smokestacks on the Minneapolis riverfront. More
Otto Piene’s Black Stacks Helium Sculpture was commissioned as part of the 1976 Walker exhibition The River: Images of the Mississippi.
Visiting a casino in the early 1980s, Ericka Beckman was struck by the “use of human value” on display: white gamblers in elevated seats placing bets on a jai-alai game played by Mexicans in a pit below. In an interview illustrated by developmental drawings for the work, Beckmann discusses You The Better (1983/2015), a video informed by that visit that explores chance and capitalism through game play. More
Eric Timothy Carlson’s design for Bon Iver’s 22, a Million is less a graphic identity for an album than a documentation of a network of players, places, times, and tools. In conversation with the Walker’s design director, he discusses the intense work sessions with Justin Vernon and others, the numbers that permeate the track list, the midwest music scene’s love of cryptic symbolism, and the Packers. More
“It will not be enough to languish in mythological beliefs about art’s value as a humanistic salve, or to fly the flag for ‘political art.’ […] We have to debate strategy.” Critic Ben Davis unpacks the liberal art world’s failure to influence minds during the election.
“What’s up with the nudity, Dude?” “What about all the sharks?” Youth from the Little Earth Arts Collective question artist Frank Big Bear about Multiverse #10, his massive collage featured in the Walker Art Center’s newly redesigned entrance.
Be more local. Support Black Lives Matter. Flip the script. Have a personal vision for change. Build communities of action. Mike Murawski calls for social action in museums and artworks of empathy, like Ferguson activists’ Mirror Casket project.
“If art feels futile, start by saying no. Reject the role of the rook.” The life of artist Julie Ault and her long-term involvement with political art collective Group Material remind us that artists are defined by their activism as well as their art.
“I’m hoping they can see through all the protective armament to see their humanity, because it’s hard for us to see it.” Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger discusses the mirror shields he’s making for water protectors facing off with riot police at Standing Rock.
Pauline Oliveros—the composer, artist, and sonic pioneer behind “deep listening” and “sonic meditation”—has passed away at age 84. Her mantra: “Listen to everything all the time and remind yourself when you are not listening.”
Filmmaker Kevin Obsatz ponders slow watching in a streaming age with an essay ranging through Marshall McLuhan, Kubrick, and an education in moving image by way of the neighborhood video store. More
Visiting a casino in the early 1980s, Ericka Beckman was struck by the “use of human value” on display: white gamblers in elevated seats placing bets on a jai-alai game played by Mexicans in a pit below. In a new interview Beckman… 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
“Dear Otto,” wrote former Walker director Martin Friedman to Otto Piene 40 years ago this week. “It’s just possible that having your spectacular work shot down may have hastened its immortalization… More
Flaming Lips lead singer, Wayne Coyne, sits down with Walker Art Center’s Chris Cloud to discuss hearing his band on the radio for the first time and playing the same songs every show. More
A series of commissioned opinion pieces featuring provocative reactions to the headlines by artists Ron Athey, Ana Tijoux, Dread Scott, and others.
Five artists have been commissioned to create a new work that will premiere online. These works respond to the inspirations, inquiry, and influence of key artists in the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection: Derek Jarman, Bruce Conner, and Marcel Broodthaers.
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.
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.
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In celebration of Jack Whitten being honored with a National Medal of Arts on September 22, 2016, we revisit the painter’s 2015 Artist Op-Ed, a powerful personal essay on the potential for art in times of violence and injustice. More
Named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow on September 22, 2016, sculptor Vincent Fecteau discussed his studio practice with the Walker’s Brooke Kellaway in 2012. More