- 11 am – 5 pm
- 11 am – 5 pm
- 11 am – 9 pm
“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
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
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 Bulletin. More
Rock the Garden 2016 was held June 18, 2016.
“How can color be trusted anyway? It changes depending on weather. It changes when another leans in close and kisses its ear.” Poet Erin Sharkey responds to William Pope.L’s “Skin Set Drawings.” Using common materials like markers and pens, Pope.L makes declarative statements about people of various colors (white, black, green, blue), offering sharp commentary on the absurdity of language about color and race. More
William Pope.L’s “Skin Set Drawings” are on view in Less Than One through December 31, 2016.
Checking in on the progress of Mark Manders’s commission for the renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden—one of 16 new works to be unveiled in 2017 and the artist’s first major public artwork in the US—Misa Jeffereis visits the artist’s studio in Ronse, Belgium. There, she witnesses the process behind Manders’s uncanny bronzes and experiences first-hand the artist’s “self-portrait as a building.” More
For more on the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden’s renovation, visit walkerart.org/campus.
On August 15, 1981, Hüsker Dü ran through a blistering set at downtown Minneapolis’s 7th St Entry, recording 17 songs in 26 minutes to create the punk trio’s debut album Land Speed Record. Thirty-five years later, artist Chris Larson channels that energy in an immersive installation that reflects on memory, loss, and the fire-damaged remains of Hüsker Dü drummer Grant Hart’s childhood home. More
Chris Larson: Land Speed Record is on view June 9, 2016–January 8, 2017.
Digital technology enables us to create, duplicate, alter, disseminate, and appropriate images like never before. In this “somewhat arbitrary, and decidedly personal, lexicon of how we might navigate the unruly landscape of ordinary pictures in the age of the Internet,” Eva Respini introduces concepts and artists—from “JPEG” to “Post-Internet”—that help define our changing relationship to images. More
Ordinary Pictures is on view February 27–October 9, 2016.
In Paul Chan’s installation Sade for Sade’s sake, jittering 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.
“I could probably eat my weight in ice cream.” Talking with Kids Interview Bands, Wayne Coyne of Rock the Garden 2016 headliner the Flaming Lips discusses spirit animals, weird facial expressions, Yo Gabba Gabba’s DJ Lance, and more.
Guthrie Lonergan’s intervention on the Hammer Museum’s website—a pop-up in which M&M characters are randomly paired with text from online artist statements—is sparking mixed reactions. The artist (who’s part of our Ordinary Pictures show) discusses the project.
Twenty-five Twin Cities artists—including Leslie Barlow, DA Bullock, Jayanthi Kyle, Junauda Petrus, Dameun Strange, and Sarah White—offer up “a community portrait of grief, protest, power, and love” following the July 6 killing of Philando Castile by police.
Defying “the bigotry threatening the fragile connections that exist between us all,” Squarepusher has launched an “internationalist collaboration”: he’s giving away the track, sheet music, and stems for his new anti-Brexit work for use by musicians everywhere.
“As a work of wry activism, it is quite charming—even subversive.” For the biennial Current: LA Water, Mel Chin is giving away blueprints so Angelenos can create a work of land art—water-conserving gardens of native plants—on their properties.
“I wish I could be in some place where people knew how to sing together,” says Bill T. Jones in a discussion on art and civic unrest with poet Claudia Rankine. “As Fannie Lou Hamer said, it’s harder for people to kill you when you’re singing together.”
Pao Houa Her’s photos of young Hmong women and silk flower arrangements subtly comment on desire and beauty through images that are alluring and, at the same time, rife with imperfection. 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 newly commissioned site-specific… More
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
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
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.
about 6 hours ago
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