NOVEMBER 10, 2001-JUNE 16, 2002
AMERICAN TABLEAUX
Exhibition
GALLERY A



   

American Tableaux explores the rich narrative tradition in American art through a presentation of more than 80 paintings, sculptures, installations, prints, and photographs from the Walker's permanent collection, including works from the early 20th century to the present. The exhibition celebrates the variety of stories told by individual voices, communities, and cultures within our borders and examines the malleability of the term "American" and the myth of a single, coherent American society. A common thread runs between the parallel traditions of art and literature and the strategies employed by artists and writers to tell their stories. The short story, editorial, and diary are comparable literary vehicles of expression also open to artists in the construction of visual narratives.

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Edward Hopper
OFFICE AT NIGHT
1940

The exhibition is organized into several groups of works, each a collection of short takes on an aspect of the American experience. George Segal's melancholy environmental sculpture The Diner (1964-1966) and Edward Ruscha's 23-foot-long accordion-fold photo book Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966) anchor a grouping that explores roadside and street-level realities. Kara Walker's antebellum silhouette figures The Means to an End . . . A Shadow Drama in Five Acts (1995) and Robert Rauschenberg's screenprints created from collages of newspaper clippings, Currents (1970), investigate some of the political and social issues that animate our daily experience. How we construct our homes--physically and metaphorically--is touched on by objects such as Louise Nevelson's Case with Five Balusters (1959) and Dan Graham's architectural study Alteration to a Suburban House

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George Segal
THE DINER
1964-1966

(1978/1992). The urban, suburban, and rural environments are represented by paintings such as Joseph Stella's stylized portrait of the Brooklyn Bridge in American Landscape (1929), Georgia O'Keeffe's Lake George Barns (1926), and Mark Tansey's Constructing the Grand Canyon (1990). Personal narratives involving the body, gender, and sexual identity and the passages associated with self-discovery are explored in Dorit Cypis' My Father's Nudes (1989), Collier Schorr's The Well #1 (White) (1991), and Ron Vawter's Roy Cohn/Jack Smith stage set and video. Finally, an installation of several diverse works suggests a mock "clubhouse"--a private, interior gathering space complete with the pinups of Richard Prince's Girlfriends (1992) and a pool table courtesy of Sherrie Levine's La Fortune (after Man Ray: 3) (1990).

Over the course of the exhibition, eight films selected from the Walker's Edmond R. Ruben Collection will be presented in the gallery, offering up still other American stories. This month's film is James Benning's One Way Boogie Woogie (1977). Future screening highlights include George Kuchar's Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966), Helen Levitt's In the Street (1952), and Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising (1963). Visit the Walker monthly for a new installment of American stories. See the complete listing at below.



NEW EACH MONTH: SPECIAL PUBLICATION AND FILM
The exhibition's many visual tableaux are accompanied by an eight-part publication that explores the American experience through the written word. Each issue is built around a theme--Lament, Muscle, Fortune, Burn, Beauty, Outskirts, Strip, Notorious--and features a Walker-commissioned short story by a prominent local writer as well as curatorial commentaries on works in the exhibition, film notes, and suggestions for further reading. Over the course of the exhibition, eight films selected from the Walker's Edmond R. Ruben Collection will be shown, offering up still other American stories. Highlights include films by Kenneth Anger, Helen Levitt, Bruce Baillie, and George Kuchar. Visit after the first of each month to pick up each new edition of this exciting, free publication and see the latest film screening continuously in the gallery.

DECEMBER: MUSCLE Story by George Rabasa
Film: William Klein's Muhammad Ali, the Greatest
JANUARY: FORTUNE Story by Norah Labiner
FEBRUARY: BURN Story by Julie Schumacher
Film: Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising
MARCH: BEAUTY Story by Bart Schneider
Film: Helen Levitt's In the Street
APRIL: OUTSKIRTS Story by Wang Ping
Film: Bruce Baillie's Castro Street
MAY: STRIP Story by Patricia Hampl
Film: Maya Deren's Meshes of the Afternoon
JUNE: NOTORIOUS Story by David Haynes
Film: George Kuchar's Hold Me While I'm Naked




JUNE EVENTS

JUNE: NOTORIOUS  Story by David Haynes
Film: George Kuchar's Hold Me While I'm Naked

FREE TOURS
SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2 PM

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.


MAY EVENTS


WRITERS READ: THE AUTHORS OF AMERICAN TABLEAUX
SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2 PM
The participating authors read their work and discuss their contributions to a storytelling tradition that continues strongly into the present.


FREE TOURS
SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2 PM

Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.


APRIL EVENTS


FREE TOURS
SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2 PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2 PM

Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.

APRIL: OUTSKIRTS   Story by Wang Ping
Film: Bruce Baillie's Castro Street)
In Baillie's 10-minute film of Castro Street in Richmond, California, strands of imagery pass by--graceful trains, smokestacks, industrial landscapes--accompanied by a score of muted mechanical sounds and engine whistles. Through these "confrontations of opposites," bleak areas seem beautiful, and chaotic movements become rhythmic and relaxing.


MARCH EVENTS

FREE TOURS
SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 2 PM

Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.

MARCH: BEAUTY   Story by Bart Schneider
Film: Helen Levitt's In the Street (1952)


FEBRUARY EVENTS


FREE TOURS
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2 PM

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2 PM
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2 PM
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2 PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.

FEBRUARY: BURN   Story by Julie Schumacher
Film: Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising



JANUARY EVENTS


FREE TOURS
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2002, 2 PM

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2002, 2 PM
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2002, 2 PM
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2002, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.


DECEMBER EVENTS


FREE TOURS
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2001, 2 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2001, 2 PM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2001, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.



NOVEMBER EVENTS


NOVEMBER: LAMENT    Story by Diane Glancy
Film: James Benning's One Way Boogie Woogie

The debut issue is available November 10. It features a new story by poet-playwright-novelist Diane Glancy, whose works include the books Pushing the Bear (1996), which focuses on the 1838 Trail of Tears, and the recent The Only Piece of Furniture in the House. Glancy is associate professor of English at Macalester College, where she teaches Native-American literature and creative writing. Walker curatorial viewpoints include Film/Video associate curator Sheryl Mousley on filmmaker James Benning and Visual Arts curatorial assistant Elizabeth Mangini on artist Lee Friedlander.

FREE TOURS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2 PM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2 PM
Join the Walker Art Center's knowledgeable tour guides for a lively, engaging, and informative tour of the exhibition.



WALKER AFTER HOURS
PLAYING FAVORITES
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 7-10 PM
Celebrate the opening of the Walker's newest exhibition, American Tableaux, featuring popular works by some 40 American artists from the permanent collection.


TEACHER WORKSHOP
THE ART OF WRITING: THE STORY OF AMERICAN TABLEAUX
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 5-7 PM
This workshop provides ideas for a variety of classroom writing and art activities for students in grades 3-6 related to the exhibition American Tableaux.




AMERICAN TABLEAUX IS MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE DAIN RAUSCHER FOUNDATION AND MARSHALL FIELD'S PROJECT IMAGINE.