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Ralph Lemon and Jim Findlay: Meditation

Walker Commission

Part of Ralph Lemon: Scaffold Room

Installed as a companion piece to Scaffold Room, Ralph Lemon and Jim Findlay’s immersive sound and moving-image installation freely associates themes of love, loss, and redemption through a curious and meandering interplay of color and monochrome, shadow and light, ambient noise and a dance hall track. Meditation was previously shown at the Walker with Lemon’s major 2010 performance piece How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?, and it entered the collection in 2011.

Meditation is presented in the McGuire Theater on a continuous loop.


Scaffold Room is a production of Cross Performance and MAPP International Productions. The work is commissioned by the Walker Art Center with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional commissioning support provided by The Doris Duke Performing Arts Award Audience Development program, the MAP Fund (a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), the MetLife Foundation, the James E. Robison Foundation, and the Bossak Heilbrun Foundation. The work is co-commissioned by Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, Bard College/The Fisher Center for Performing Arts, and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), and was developed in part through a residency at the Park Avenue Armory.