Art News from Elsewhere
Some museums’ ties to corporate interests “often result in the censorship of crucial facts,” says the collective Not An Alternative. Part institutional critique, its new pop-up Natural History Museum aims to “make visible repressed truths” about climate change.
What Makes a Crazy Cat Lady…?
We saw thousands of feline fans again fill the grass at our Internet Cat Video Festival as part of Open Field on August 14. What began two years ago as an idea here at the Walker has expanded into a global phenomenon with screenings from Stockholm to Boise. With more than 100 hours of video […] We saw thousands of feline fans again fill the grass at our Internet Cat Video Festival as part of Open…
Art News from Elsewhere
“No To Austerity”
“Artists have as much to lose as many other groups as a result of a dwindling public sector.” 200 UK-based artists—including Peter Kennard and Ron Athey—have united to launch the Artists’ Assembly Against Austerity, designed to combat cuts to public services.
Miranda July Unveils Somebody App; Try it at the Walker
The Green Room
Public spaces can seem pretty alienating these days. Take a look around—on the bus, in the park, on the street, even at the dinner table—and it feels like most everyone is focused deep into the rabbit hole of their phones. This fall, the Walker will participate in a new project from the genre-defying make-believer/people-connector Miranda July that seeks to turn our love […] Public spaces can seem…
Drawing Club at #Catvidfest
People came to the picnic tables on Open Fieldand were prompted with cat-themed phrases to encourage them to draw the many cats on their minds and in their imaginations. Some of these phrases included: Fat Cat, Leonardo Di-Catprio, Catastrophe, Digi C@, Cat Burglar, Live Long and Pawsper, and many more. People also took liberty and drew cats unprompted, because… well, why wouldn’t you? Here are some of the…
Cat is Art Spelled Wrong: Making a Book About Cat Videos
There are plenty of cat books out there in the world. Clockwise: Fashion Cats, Why Paint Cats, The Big New Yorker Book of Cats, Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book But of all the cat books out there, there is no book quite like the book that Coffee House Press (with help from the Walker Art Center) aims to publish […] There are plenty of cat books out there in the world. But of all the cat books out there, there is no…
An Art Historian Asks: Why Do I Like the Internet Cat Video Festival So Much?
Why do I like the Internet Cat Video Festival so much? More to the point, why does it bother me that I like it so much? The truth is, I was taken with the idea of the festival before I ever attended. I’m an art historian – I’m in the business of taking art seriously […] Why do I like the Internet Cat Video Festival so much? More to the point, why does itbother me that I like it so much? The truth is, I was…
A First-Timer’s Take on Open Field (2014)
Born and raised in Minneapolis, it is rather unsettling to me that I had never experienced the magic of Open Field before this year. Lucky for me, the Field welcomed me – the intern – with open arms and heart and it didn’t take long for me to feel at home within all its chaos […] Born and raised in Minneapolis, it is rather unsettling to me that I had never experienced the magic of Open Field before this…
Cinefile: From the Coasts to The Clock
In advance of the final 24-hour screening of The Clock (August 23–24: Saturday, 11 am–Sunday, 5 pm), I caught up with two special visitors from the last 24-hour screening. I’m on my own quest to see all 24 hours, so I wanted to get some thoughts and tips from two professional film-watchers who ended up fitting in 13 hours in just a couple of days! Marian Masone and Linda Blackaby are used to watching…