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“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
“My music isn’t in opposition to conventional melody and rhythm so much as it tries to achieve alternate senses of tone and pulse. These alternate senses are perhaps niche popularly, but they can be just as fulfilling and sensual and meaningful as it is for some people to hear an Aerosmithian jam.” C. Spencer Yeh on music, art, and terms like “avant-garde,” “experimental,” and—his own coinage—“drone disco.” More
Concluding Sound Horizon 2016, C. Spencer Yeh performs three free sets on April 28, 2016.
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.
For more than 50 years, interdisciplinary artist Meredith Monk has pushed boundaries within her practice, but her explorations of sound, time, and space, in whatever form they’ve taken, all bear her unmistakable signature. In commemoration of more than four decades of partnership with the Walker, we look back at her many commissions, performances, residencies, and gallery appearances. More
“Mainstream cultural representation of the human body privileges a homogeneous and wholesome body,” says artist Shahryar Nashat. “I have always searched to represent bodies that sit outside those traditional ideals.” Here he joins the Walker’s Isla Leaver-Yap and Portikus curator Fabian Schöneich for a discussion on the politics of the body, its digital and physical augmentations, and its obsolescence. More
Shahryar Nashat’s Present Sore (2016) can be viewed, along with four other Moving Image Commissions, on the Walker Channel through May 31, 2106.
For OMEGA, Amanda Ross-Ho worked with film industry prop fabricators to create a giant replica of the photo enlarger her parents, both artists, used when she was a child. It represents the origins of her creativity: “From a very young age I had access to the idea of manipulating something—not just taking a photograph, but scaling it, manipulating it, dodging and burning, and really producing a picture.” More
Ordinary Pictures is on view February 27–October 9, 2016.
The Flaming Lips. Chance The Rapper. Poliça. M. Ward. GRRRL PRTY. Hippo Campus. As Rock the Garden temporarily moves to Northeast Minneapolis’s picturesque Boom Island Park, these and other bands will hit two performance stages for an unforgettable outdoor concert experience in the heart of the city. Click through to learn more about each band, plus information on tickets. More
Rock the Garden 2016 takes place Saturday, June 18 at Boom Island Park.
Recognizing performing artists who’ve “proven their artistic vitality and commitment to their field,” the 2016 Doris Duke Artist Awards will grant 21 artists—including Aparna Ramaswamy, Faye Driscoll, Miguel Gutierrez, and Jason Moran—$275,000 each.
Marisol Escobar—dubbed the “undisputed queen of Pop art” by fellow Venezuelan artist Rolando Peńa—has died at age 85. Featured in the Walker-organized exhibition International Pop, Marisol is best known for mixed-media, figurative sculptural scenes.
Sree Sreenivasan, the Met Museum’s chief digital officer, wants to start a “mini-movement”—one that ends all-male conference panels. He’s upped the ante on a vow he made to his daughter: in addition to not speaking at all-male panels, he’ll no longer attend them.
A vote for “Brexit”—a plan for Britain to leave the European Union—“could effectively spell the end of the EU,” fears Wolfgang Tillmans. Finding the official Remain campaign “lame,” he came up with a series of posters, made available for free download on his site.
Belgian artist Wim Delvoye plans to move his entire art-making operation to Iran. He’s currently restoring five mansions in the historic city of Kashan, and says he aims to open a gallery in which he’ll show his own work alongside that of Iranian artists.
“I think of publishing as making things public,” says artist and Dominica Publishing founder Martine Syms. “As we do that we can make ideas public, and in doing that, you make publics around the ideas. Each form has its own constituency, in a way.”
Jazz columnist Jeremy Walker on the push and pull of artisanal and corporate cultures, politics-as-usual and rebellion, and the increasing sway of the individual, in both civic life and the arts. More
In light of Prince’s passing, we revisit Ira Brooker’s 2013 essay on his 2 am pilgrimage to Paisley Park, which got him to wondering about the Purple One’s enduring (maybe irrational) appeal for the hometown crowd. 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
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
Director/designer Julian Crouch, composer/vocalist Rinde Eckert, and composer Paola Prestini talk about their Walker-commissioned music-theater work Aging Magician with Philip Bither, McGuire Director and Senior Curator of… More
Leslie Thornton’s They Were Just People is a chilling exploration of the purpose and repurposing of memory during wartime. The work combines the artist’s manipulated footage of the La Brea Tar Pits in California with an oral… 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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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
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