On April 15, groundbreaking interdisciplinary artist Meredith Monk returns to the Twin Cities in celebration of her more than 50 years as a vanguard artist. As a composer of sound, movement, and film, Monk is one of the most innovative American artists of our time. Her expansive body of work, anchored by her trademark, three-octave voice, transcends definition; it is simultaneously contemporary yet timeless, deeply personal yet universal.
Since the beginning Monk has pushed boundaries within her practice, and she continues to do so today. But her explorations of sound, time, and space, in whatever form they take, all bear her unmistakable signature.
Meredith Monk and the Walker share a long, rich history that has spanned the majority of her career. Since 1974, the Walker has supported Monk’s artistic activity across a variety of mediums, including commissioning five key works, presenting an array of her creative output over 11 visits to the Walker, hosting six artistic and community residencies, featuring her in a prominent exhibition in the Walker galleries, and acquiring her iconic 16 Millimeter Earrings, 1966/98 for the Walker’s visual arts collection. What follows is a chronological history of Meredith Monk’s legacy with the Walker, one that’s sure to continue far into the future.