Art News from Elsewhere
The Maya Lin–designed Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Sundance Film Festival, A Prairie Home Companion, the Walker Art Center. Beyond status as prestigious cultural artifacts and organizations they all share one thing: NEA support. Learn more about their stories.
Art News from Elsewhere
Mobile Homestead—Mike Kelley’s last major work—reveals the artist’s “obsession with isolation and loneliness, with domesticity and familiar structures.” Underground tunnels extend beneath a recreation of his childhood home, contrasting public and private space.
No hints just clues
As a Design Fellow here at the Walker Art Center in 2008, curiously browsing through the stacks of archived journals on art and design in the Walker’s library, I found a group of old journals and magazines on typography. There, I came across Typographica and eventually gravitated toward a feature written by Alan Bartram in […] As a Design Fellow here at the Walker Art Center in 2008, curiously browsing…
Simon Johnston Launches Verb Editions
What happens when you let go of design? In 1993, Simon Johnston handed the pressman at Colby Printing Press a slip of paper containing only the words “God® Bless™ America©.” No other design instructions were specified. The resulting piece is a prime example of Simon’s art practice, which emphasizes linguistic play and exploration of pre-established design systems. The poster was […] What happens when you let…
Insights 2017 Design Lecture Series
Insights 2017 Tuesdays in March Meme culture. Corporate structures. Typographic artistry. Local vernaculars. Post-truth politics. How do we navigate such disparate realities as designers? How do we create finite structures—small ecosystems—in which these ideas can sit side by side, both dependent on and independent of each other? The five designers featured in this year’s Insights […] truth politics. How…
Mystery Solved: Here’s Who Took That Iconic Koons/Trump Photo
In the grand scale of both unsolved mysteries and viral phenomena, it’s surely but a blip, but around here it’s a surprising turn of events: we figured out who took an iconic photo that’s been the source of some speculation in the art world—and he works right here at the Walker. Last week, as I scrambled to […] In the grand scale of both unsolved mysteries and viral phenomena, it’s surely but a blip, but…
When Is an A not an A?: Shannon Ebner and Julia Born on A Public Character
When is an A not an A? A Public Character is a new catalogue designed by Julia Born, documenting Shannon Ebner’s recent exhibition at ICA Miami. In this body of work Ebner extensively explores one of our most rudimentary graphic signifiers, the letter “A,” shifting between media and roles as a definite and indefinite article. The creation of such […] When is an A not an A? is a new catalogue designed by…
Tour the New Walker Entrance
“One of the more impressive new buildings in Minneapolis,” according to architecture professor and critic Thomas Fisher, the Walker’s Vineland entrance and lobby has been welcoming the art-curious since November. Visit virtually by scrolling through photographs and tour a space made for conversation and connection, where the museum is not separate from the community but rather a home for and agent of it.
2016: The Year According to Mary Ping
Mary Ping. Photo: Joyce Ravid Mary Ping is a New York–based designer. In 2001, she launched her eponymous collection, following it the next year with her conceptual line, Slow and Steady Wins the Race. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum at FIT, the RISD Museum, DESTE Foundation, and the Victoria and Albert […] Mary Ping is a New York–based designer. In 2001, she launched her…