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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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Life on Earth (La vie sur terre) with October (Oktyabr)

“This film, beautiful, disquieting and sad, is unique and profound.” —CineFilms In the late 1990s, Arte French television created a series on the millennium with films shot all over the world, and Abderrahmane Sissako’s entry—Life on Earth—featured Africa… More

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Crosscuts

Construction Zone as Pinball Game: Ericka Beckman on Frame UP

Fascinated by how “industrial sites reveal the process of construction,” Ericka Beckman trained her lens on the building site for the Walker expansion 12 years ago. Her resulting film, Frame-UP, cast the space as a giant pinball game, with animated balls… More


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Olga Viso

Question Everything

What does it mean to present the art of our time? Why do we need a safe place for unsafe ideas? How can art show us who we are—and aren’t? The Walker’s founding as a public art center in 1940 was sparked by a question, and during the 75 years since it’s been… More

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Paul Schmelzer

Rethinking Collections Publishing for the Digital Age

For many in the museum world, the term scholarly collections catalogue can conjure daunting impressions: a book about a museum’s holdings, it involves years of collecting, researching, photographing… More

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Paul Schmelzer

Shifting Terrains: Fionn Meade on the Cross-Disciplinary

As the hard edges between disciplines continue to dissolve, the Walker is intensifying its investigations into what artistic boundary-crossing means and how curators must adapt to the needs of… 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