The Walker Art Center commissioned Atelier van Lieshout to make a mobile unit that will travel to surrounding areas as a site for hands-on art projects, temporary exhibitions, performances, classes, workshops, and community gatherings. THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY is a two-part sculpture with a semi-permanent stationary "cabin" and a moveable, detachable "trailer". Each part has flexible spaces where various activities might take place. Watch for the mobile unit to roll into your neighborhood!
Since its arrival at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in September 1998, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly has been visited and embraced by our audiences. The trailer, dubbed Walker on Wheels (WoW), had its off-site public debut at the Lake Street Cultural Festival on July 24, 1999. From there it traveled a few blocks to Powderhorn Park, where the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, the Walker Art Center, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board collaborated to present four weeks of programs that included hands-on art activities, community meetings, exhibitions, and film screenings.

This year, Walker on Wheels (WoW) will be transformed into a media lab equipped with digital cameras and an editing suite for Walker Film/Video artist-in-residence Spencer Nakasako. Under Nakasako's direction, teens from the Hmong and Native American communities will shoot and edit personal documentaries, concluding with a community screening of the videos.


June 14-July 13
Powderhorn Park residency, Minneapolis

June 16-22
Spencer Nakasako residency and video workshops
with teens from the Native American and Hmong communities
Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis

July 14-August 13
Art activities led by local artist Oscar Arredondo
Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis

August 14
WoW returns to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

August 14-16
Summer's Cool: Culture Camp video classes
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Spencer Nakasako's residency is made possible by generous support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. A project of the Walker Art Center, Walker on Wheels is made possible by generous support from the Medtronic Foundation, the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

For specific events and dates, see the Education listings in the Walker calendar online.

As we plan for the future, there are various ways in which things might happen in Walker on Wheels, including programs initiated by community organizations, by the Walker in collaboration with these organizations, and by the Walker's multidisciplinary programming departments. The possibilities for creative plans for this multipurpose mobile space are endless.

We are excited about this unique opportunity to collaborate with our community beyond the museum walls. If you are interested in becoming a community partner and bringing Walker on Wheels to your neighborhood, please contact Walker Art Center Community Programs via email or call 612.375.5812.

Related Links: Joep van Lieshout Artist-in-Residence

Atelier van Lieshout

VRML Model of "The Good The Bad & The Ugly"

Public/Private Space

"The Good The Bad & The Ugly", Artwork of the Month

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