Joke Telling and Fill In The Blanks
*Levi Weinhagen is serving as Artist in Residence for Education and Community Programs from September 2014 through February 2015* For the October First Free Saturday we put together a fun Fill-in-the-Blanks activity that lets folks create their own unique description of Art Expanded, 1958-1978. You can print your own Fill-in-the-Blank with this pdf: Walker Fill In The Blanks – Art Expanded exhibition…
Jade Mountain Returns
October 3 marked a homecoming, albeit temporary, for a beloved work of art: long part of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ collection, Jade Mountain was installed in the galleries for the October 16 opening of Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections. Its history with the Walker goes back more than 100 years […] October 3 marked a homecoming, albeit temporary, for a beloved work of art: long part…
Artists Respond to Fluxus
What do Walker Open Field, the avant-garde art movement Fluxus and socially-engaged art practice have in common? That is what the Walker’s Education and Community Programs department explored through this summer’s program, FluxField. This project took advantage of the concurrent timing of Open Field and the opening of Walker exhibitions Art Expanded: 1958-1978 and Radical […] What do Walker Open Field…
Introducing the Walker People’s Archive
From John Cage’s birthday party to “Babies at the Walker,” the newly launched Walker People’s Archive surveys the museum’s rich 75-year history through an array of visitor-submitted photos and anecdotes. Among the stories shared: At the opening of Ellsworth Kelly’s 1975 retrospective at the Walker, the artist is said to have liked the show… before saying that “only one of [his] images was upside down.”
Art News from Elsewhere
Were You There?
The Walker wants to hear from participants in artist Allan Kaprow’s original Mushroom happening, which took place at the St. Paul Mushroom Caves in 1962. The documentation of the event is part of the current exhibition Art Expanded, 1958–1978.
Art News from Elsewhere
Gish for Lin
Maya Lin has been awarded the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for her “contribution to the beauty of the world.” The $300,000 prize will go toward her ongoing project What Is Missing—a piece aimed at increasing awareness about the loss of biodiversity.
Christo Takes Flight: Balloon Ascension, 1966
In 1966 Christo came to Minneapolis to participate in the exhibition Eight Sculptors: The Ambiguous Image. As a visiting teacher at Minneapolis School of Art (MCAD) he was invited to do a project with students. What resulted was 14,130 Cubic Feet Empaquetage (1966)—better known as Balloon Ascension. The students filled a weather balloon with 2,804 party balloons. The package was lifted 20 feet into the…
Shall We Take It? The Walker’s Founding Question
The Walker was founded on a question. “Shall we take it?” In 1939 Minneapolis citizens were offered the chance to start a federally funded art center. The answer? Yes. But how did this offer come about, and what did it mean?
Open Veins of Hip-Hop: Ana Tijoux at The Cedar
The Green Room
To spark discussion, the Walker invites local artists and critics to write overnight reviews of our performances. The ongoing Re:View Series shares a diverse array of independent voices and opinions; it doesn’t reflect the views or opinions of the Walker or its curators. Today, Walker Performing Arts Intern and Radio K DJ Sam Segal shares his perspective on Ana Tijoux […] To spark discussion, the Walker…