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Sparked by the story of Edgar Allan Poe’s last days, spent lost and confused aboard a train, playwright Thaddeus Phillips and his team began research. “We discovered something very different from what we’d been taught—a witty, funny, and inquisitive writer who explored almost everything and intuited the creation of the universe.” Here he discusses Poe, an epic journey, and the “action opera” it inspired. More
Out There 2015 concludes with Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental’s RED-EYE to HAVRE de GRACE from January 29–31, 2015.
Mariano Pensotti’s genre-bending Cineastas is a play that exists outside of the contemporary expectations of Latin American theater. Instead of “Amazonian sensuality” and magical realism, Pensotti presents us with “a hybrid moment that moves between the theatrical event, performance installation, and literary narration”—a moment that takes equal influence from Roberto Bolaño and Wim Wenders. More
Fascinated by how “industrial sites reveal the process of construction,” Ericka Beckman trained her lens on the building site for the Walker expansion 12 years ago. Her resulting film, Frame-UP, cast the space as a giant pinball game, with animated balls bouncing past workers and across I-beams. Ten years later, she revisits the film, discussing its game-like elements, toy-store score, and gender politics. More
“Sometimes they are like brothers, playfully and slightly cruelly competing with each other. And sometimes they seem like violent, crazed proto-humans or baboons in a zoo, duking it out without an awareness of social taboos like some neolithic fight club.” Film/performance artist Miwa Matreyek wrestles with the changing dynamics between Pieter Ampe and Guilherme Garrido in Still Standing You. More
Keith Haring’s activism, delivered in his trademark effervescent candy-colored pop aesthetic, is alive and well in works featured in Keith Haring: The Political Line, now on view in San Francisco. Reviewing the exhibition catalogue, former Walker performing arts curator John Killacky examines Haring’s provocations, from guerrilla postings of agitprop collages to works commenting on AIDS, crack, and racism. More
Keith Haring: The Political Line (Prestel, 2014) is available for purchase in the Walker Shop.
Nineteen artists and curators from around the globe commemorate the year that was. Contributors include: Andreas Angelidakis, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Devrim Bayar, Alejandro Cesarco, Jeff Chang, LaTasha Diggs, Sam Green, Grant Hart, Eric Hu, Eyvind Kang, Kalup Linzy, Tiffany Malakooti, Miwa Matreyek, Rima Mokaiesh, Shahryar Nashat, Nicolas Nova, The Office of Culture and Design, David Reinfurt, and Omar Sosa. More
During his four-decade relationship with the Walker, composer John Cage visited Minneapolis numerous times. As Walker director emeritus Martin Friedman recalls, these visits often veered toward the unexpected—fitting for an artist closely associated with the musical concept of Indeterminacy—from a late-night reading of James Joyce with Tony Smith to Sunday-morning mushroom hunting in a church yard. More
This essay is part of Art (re)Collecting, a series of previously unpublished writings by Martin Friedman, the Walker’s iconic director from 1961 to 1990.
With an eye toward the future, and across disciplines and geography, the Walker’s collecting practices have long sought to support artists early in their careers. Looking at works in Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections, the exhibition’s curators tell the stories behind well-timed purchases of favorite works by artists including Chuck Close, Maya Deren, Cindy Sherman, and Za Wou-Ki. More
Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections, on view October 16, 2014–September 11, 2016.
Piss Christ artist Andres Serrano on Charlie Hebdo: “Artists map the culture and tell us where we stand. In doing so, artists are a free society’s greatest advocates and its best bulwarks. Their triumphs are civilization’s triumphs.”
Master weavers in Afghanistan and Pakistan have long illustrated the world around them, featuring images of Kalashnikovs and F-16 fighters. Now new imagery is appearing on their hand-woven war rugs: unmanned aerial drones.
Producing a radio piece, Chenjerai Kumanyika found himself “pretending to be a public radio host”—that is, trying to sound “more white.” Which prompted a question: Who is the public in “public media” anyway?
“[F]emale filmmakers of this generation have to build their careers on the basis of a virtual heritage of their own creation,” writes Richard Brody, “because the industry—and critics—failed the generations that preceded them.”
Cheryl Wilgren Clyne begins a photo essay series about artists and studios - starting with her own, a space she’s not allowed anyone to visit for years. More
“There’s no question, I had some attitude about the way I wanted to be perceived,” said Chuck Close in discussing his Big Self-Portrait (1967–1968) at the Walker in 1980. “Now it seems very funny… More
Exhibition curator Valerie Cassel Oliver of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston discusses the development of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. More
“I never tried to do anything to make my films friendly.” From his start in Britain’s video art scene in the 1990s to his first feature film in 2008 to the Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave, Steve… More
Since the early 1990s, Liz Deschenes has produced a singular body of work that has advanced photography’s material potential and critical scope. Making use of the medium’s most elemental aspects, she has recently worked without a camera to produce mirrored… More
A conversation about Minnesota’s historical identity as a member of the Midwest—a nether region lying somewhere between the East and West coasts and spanning a broad latitudinal range. Should… More
History of Contact Improvisation in the Twin Cities with Patrick Scully and Jane Shockley, and special guests Ric Watson, Kristin Van Loon, Linda Shapiro, Jeff Bartlett, Olive Bieringa, and Otto… More
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.
A series of commissioned opinion pieces featuring provocative reactions to the headlines by artists James Bridle, Liz Deschenes, Liam Gillick, Metahaven, and others.
In 10 chapters, curator Bartholomew Ryan presents his keystone essay “If You Are Willing: The Army of the Individuals” from the 9 Artists catalogue.
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For nearly fifty years, the Walker’s Design Quarterly chronicled the changing terrains of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, and product and graphic design. Featuring provocative thinkers—including Muriel Cooper… More
A ghostly image of T.B. Walker on the grand staircase of the 1927 Walker Galleries reminds us that before the brick-and-aluminum facility we know today there was another home for the Walker. More
The Walker was founded on a question. “Shall we take it?” In 1939 Minneapolis citizens were offered the chance to start a federally funded art center. The answer? Yes. But how did this offer come about, and what did it mean? More