NOVEMBER 10, 2001-JUNE 16, 2002
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.
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
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.
|JUNE: NOTORIOUS||Story by David
Film: George Kuchar's Hold Me While I'm Naked
|APRIL: OUTSKIRTS||Story by Wang
Film: Bruce Baillie's Castro Street)
|MARCH: BEAUTY||Story by Bart
Film: Helen Levitt's In the Street (1952)
|FEBRUARY: BURN||Story by Julie
Film: Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising
|NOVEMBER: LAMENT||Story by Diane
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
AMERICAN TABLEAUX IS MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE DAIN RAUSCHER FOUNDATION AND MARSHALL FIELD'S PROJECT IMAGINE.