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Carmen Herrera Right Now

By Olga Viso August 31, 2016

Collected by museums worldwide, Carmen Herrera is the star of Alison Klayman’s new documentary. But such acclaim didn’t come quickly: it was nearly seven decades into her career when the painter, then 89, sold her first work. Klayman, best known for Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012), discusses The 100 Years Show and her aim of capturing “Carmen Herrera right now, looking back at 100 years of life and art.” More

Alison Klayman’s The 100 Years Show screens September 8, 2016.

Installing Ernesto Neto’s otheranimal Decor

By Mary Coyne August 29, 2016

Created for Merce Cunningham’s work Views on Stage, Ernesto Neto’s otheranimal appears to be a organism as much as a set design, one that could melt, drip, fall, or embrace the dancers beneath it. The otherworldly nylon environment was recently installed so staff could begin the work of adapting this stage décor into a gallery installation for the February 2017 opening of Merce Cunningham: Common TimeMore

Shown simultaneously at two venues, Merce Cunningham: Common Time opens at the Walker February 8, 2017 and at MCA Chicago on February 11, 2017.

The Wars on Terrorism and Drugs Intersect

By Brandt Williams August 19, 2016

Increasingly, military tools, training, and technologies—from Bulletproof Warrior seminars to mine-resistant vehicles—are making their way into small-town police departments across the US. In conjunction with the release of Do Not Resist, filmmaker Craig Atkinson discusses police militarization with crime reporter Brandt Williams—including its impact on protest, privacy, and public safety.  More

Opening nationwide Sept. 30, Craig Atkinson’s Do Not Resist was screened at the Walker August 18, 2016, followed by a discussion between the filmmaker, Rep. Keith Ellison, Benjamin Feist (ACLU), and Mica Grimm (Black Lives Matter).

Inside, Outside, Across the Street

By Paul Schmelzer August 11, 2016

Both inside the Walker and across the street in the garden, big changes are evident as great progress is being made in unifying the 19-acre Walker and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden campus. Here’s a glimpse at what’s been happening behind the construction fencing—from the selection of a chef and name for the Walker’s new restaurant, Esker Grove, to the installation of giant “lilypads” in the garden. More

The Fuse Merged with the Firecracker

By Doug Benidt & Siri Engberg July 28, 2016

“It was the pen hitting the paper, the fuse merged with the firecracker.” Grant Hart recalls the August night 35 years ago when Hüsker Dü took to the tiny stage at Minneapolis’s 7th St. Entry to record Land Speed Record. Today, as Yusif Del Valle re-records his drum track as part of the exhibition Chris Larson: Land Speed Record, Hart shares the history of the making of this seminal punk album. More

The exhibition Land Speed Record—on view June 9, 2016–January 8, 2017—is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue that takes the form of a clear vinyl LP with liner notes.

Fatha Jazz Bordeaux: Ballroom is Not for Sale

By Alison Kozberg July 27, 2016

Many people first encountered voguing—or the ballroom scene it emerged from—through Madonna’s “Vogue” or Jennie Livingston’s Paris is Burning. But as Fatha Jazz, founder of the Twin Cities’s House of Bordeaux, says, the ball is only a fraction of what ballroom is—a vital support network for LGBT people of color: “It’s as much a response to our state of being as Black Lives Matter or the NAACP.” More

Gordon Hall: On Sculpture, HB2, and Gender

By Gordon Hall August 8, 2016

North Carolina’s discriminatory transgender bathroom bill, the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, police killings of African Americans across the United States, and the soaring murder rate among transgender women of color: artist Gordon Hall responds to the trauma of recent events with a meditation on the potential for self-transformation through our relationships with objects. More

Gordon Hall is the seventh artist—after Ron Athey, Dread Scott, Ana Tijoux, and others—to contribute to the ongoing Artist Op-Ed series.

The Flaming Lips Perform “Race for the Prize”

By Paul Schmelzer July 18, 2016

Smoke guns and confetti cannons were out in full force during the final set of Rock the Garden 2016—and videographer Chuck Olsen of Visual was there to capture the experience in immersive, 360-degree video. Watch as Wayne Coyne (in a fur coat and duct-tape pants) and the Flaming Lips perform the single “Race for the Prize,” off the 1999 album The Soft BulletinMore

Rock the Garden 2016 was held June 18, 2016.

Art News from Elsewhere More

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Coleman’s Rise (External)

“The most important jazz musician that many fans have never heard of,” the profile of Steve Coleman (who plays the Walker next May) is rising. In the past two years, he’s won a Guggenheim fellowship, a Doris Duke award, and a MacArthur genius grant.

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Farewell, Holocene (External)

Humans’ impact on the Earth since 1950 has been so profound that a new geological epoch must be named to reflect it, scientists at this week’s International Geological Congress say. Their suggested label for this human-centric period: the Anthropocene.

Via latimes.com

Family Portrait (External)

“For every artist whose work hangs on the wall, there are other artists who just don’t make it into the gallery.” On Sunday, hundreds of women artists, from Catherine Opie to Betye Saar to organizer Kim Schoenstadt—posed for a group portrait of LA women artists.

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Self-Representation (External)

Carrie Mae Weems: “I realized at a certain moment that I could not count on white men to construct images of myself that I would find appealing or useful or meaningful or complex. I can’t count on anybody else but me to deliver on my own promise to myself.”

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Future Tense (External)

“Indeed, this future is tense.” Considering the role art can play during difficult times, artist Kameelah Rasheed shares her reading list on the intersections of art, futurity, and justice—including writings by Octavia Butler, Stuart Hall, Jack Whitten, and Kevin Young.

Via nytimes.com

High-Speed 3-D (External)

After four years, Ang Lee is back. But how many will get to see his new film the way he intended? Challenging technology of typical theaters, his Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk was shot in 3-D, 4K ultra-high-definition, at the high rate of 120 frames a second.

Minnesota Art News

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Use Your Voice

Eva Rose Cohen’s comic strip, on the lived experience of a young working artist, grapples with art and social justice, personal and collective responsibility, in light of the death of Philando Castile. More

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Envisioning an Art Ecology

Writer and landscape architect Diane Hellekson makes the case for seeing the health of Minnesota’s arts and artists in ecological rather than economic terms. More



Amanda Ross-Ho on OMEGA and Her Creative Origins

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


Andrea Büttner’s Piano Destructions

“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


On Curation, Care, and Andrea Büttner’s Moss Garden

“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

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Lee Kit Documentary

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 newly commissioned site-specific… More


Performing Arts 2016-2017 Season Trailer

Inspired by the spirit of openness and experimentation of Merce Cunningham and John Cage—and anchored by the multidisciplinary exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time—the 2016/2017 performing arts season brings global… More

Dialogue / Interview

Opening-Day Artist Talk: Chris Larson and Grant Hart

Join artist Chris Larson, Hüsker Dü drummer and co-songwriter Grant Hart, and exhibition curators Siri Engberg and Doug Benidt for a discussion about Larson’s work and the development of Land… More


Ongoing Series

Artist Op-Eds

A series of commissioned opinion pieces featuring provocative reactions to the headlines by artists Ron Athey, Ana Tijoux, Dread Scott, and others.

Superscript Reader

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.

Art (re)Collecting

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.

Superscript Reader

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.

Lowercase P

An election-year series on personal politics and the way artists contribute to the conversation on making a better society.

From the Archives

Growing the Garden

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

By Liz Glass

The Moment of Enlightenment Is a Sound

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

Charlotte Cotton

Pop and the Traveling Image

With the Walker’s International Pop now on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art we revisit this discussion on the role of the traveling mass-produced image during the 20th century. More