Walker Art Center

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Allora & Calzadilla: Chalk

Based in Puerto Rico, collaborators Jennifer Allora (b. 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (b. 1971) create works that reach across sculpture, video, performance, and photography. Chalk (1998) is an ongoing art project in which the artists place human-size sticks of chalk—each piece measuring 64 inches in length—in public spaces for passers-by to use as they choose. Previously installed in Lima, Peru; Paris, Boston, and New York, the work takes on a new personal and political identity in each new location.

For the first time in Minneapolis, Chalk will be presented in the Walker’s indoor and outdoor public spaces, asking visitors to directly engage with the newly renovated campus and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Allora & Calzadilla were represented in the Walker’s 2003 exhibition How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age. As artists-in-residence the following year, they worked closely with the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council to realize Radio Re-Volt, a citywide network of independent radio transmitters. In 2011, the duo represented the United States with a five-part installation at the 54th Venice Biennale.

Curator: Victoria Sung