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Widely recognized for its presentation of moving-image arts that define and influence our time, the Walker Film/Video program oversees a 21st-century cinema and a vast collection of global and avant-garde films, documentaries, and video works. More

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Dialogue: Steve McQueen and Stuart Comer

“There are people whose ideas are so strong that they seem to glow with creativity. McQueen is one of them.” —Telegraph (UK) The director of Shame, Hunger, and 12 Years a Slave—films known for boundary-pushing performances and true-life subject matter—discusses his work spanning the worlds of art and… More

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Geoff Dyer

Stalker: Journey to the “Quietest Place on Earth”

Describing his book Zona as simply “a summary of a film,” Geoff Dyer leads readers through Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker. But, like the film itself—which chronicles a group of men as they’re guided into a zone where the laws of physics don’t apply—that notion is more complex than it seems. In an… More


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Alise Hansen

A Cinematic Family Album for Morocco

For Yto Barrada, Morocco’s defunct Cinéma Rif offered an opportunity to “bring a certain kind of magic back to the city” through an artistic intervention. The result—now nearly a decade old—is Cinémathèque de Tanger, an… More

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Rob Nelson

Steve McQueen: “I Want to Be Useful”

“I don’t think slavery has been taboo at all,” Steve McQueen says, having just noted that his film 12 Years a Slave is one of less than two dozen to address this painful part of US history. “[Racism has] actually been very visible and… More

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Rob Nelson

Steve McQueen’s Truth and Beauty

Addressing criticisms that Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave prizes beauty over human emotion, Rob Nelson asks: “Doesn’t commercial art by its very nature put an ornate frame around whatever it observes? What does it mean to say… More


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Mason Riddle

Buckminster Fuller: A Design Science Evangelist in Minnesota

Earning a standing ovation from a crowd of 5,000, Buckminster Fuller spoke at the University of Minnesota one Monday in 1973 on the role of design scientists in civic problem solving. But the… More

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Paul Schmelzer

Station to Station: Doug Aitken’s Polyphonic Culture Train

“Human beings need a starting point.” The motto for The Source, Doug Aitken’s video series on creativity’s origins, could easily be the slogan for Station to Station, the art train he’s taking across… More

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Kathie Smith

Pathway to the Spectacular Now

When Billy Rosenberg read The Spectacular Now, he knew it should be made into a film: “Tim Tharp’s novel reminded me of Ferris Bueller, Say Anything, a little bit of Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye.” But the path of… More