Guiding Culture: Olga Viso on the National Council on the Arts
Established in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” reform, the National Endowment for the Arts is charged with supporting cultural excellence in arts “both new and established.” This effort secured the belief that along with increased assistance to education, elderly care, and ending poverty, support for the arts was paramount to the […] Established in 1965 as part of President…
The Visitors: The People of May’s Free First Saturday
Down in the Art Lab, children dipped brushes and colored pencils in water and created crabs scuttling across white sheets, apples rolling across hilltops, and landscapes bursting off the page. The colors of the sculptures started to warm up in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden as spring sank its green fingers into the landscape. Visitors watched […] Down in the Art Lab, children dipped brushes and…
Walker Art Center
Busk – verb. play music or otherwise perform for voluntary donations in the street or subways A few weeks ago, my high school band traveled to New Orleans. On one of the days we were given to explore the French Quarter on our own, my friends and I passed a fellow band student playing his alto saxophone on a street corner. He had left his case open in front of him and, as we walked by I could see that…
Always In Build Mode: Women In Publishing Talk Shop
What bookish teenaged girl didn’t fantasize about working in publishing? Maybe for one of those venerable companies with difficult-to-pronounce names: Knopf; Houghton Mifflin; Farrar, Strauss and Giroux. It would require a move to New York City, of course, where you would read on the subway all the way to work from your cramped-yet-charming apartment. Sure, […] What bookish teenaged girl didn’t fantasize…
Art News from Elsewhere
The two-year study Culture Track reveals that audiences are “restless, curious, and ‘culturally promiscuous’—eager for new experiences they can share in person with friends and family” about the role social media plays at arts venues.
Seen: Surveillance and the Super State
Liam Gillick’s mural The Whatnot Itself Becomes a Super State (2008)—part of the 9 Artists exhibition, and just acquired for the Walker collection, as captured on a Walker security camera and re-mediated by curator Bartholomew Ryan on Instagram. “Seen” highlights one-off photos of Walker life as captured by our staff.
Roughing Up Steely Dan
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, creative leader/activist/artist Reggie Prim shares his perspective on Saturday night’s performance by Burnt Sugar–The…
Walker Art Center
WACTAC member Owen Dennehy interviews artist Lexa Walsh. For more information on Lexa, check out her website here!
Conduction, Community, and Good Shoes: An Interview with Burnt Sugar
The Green Room
“Spontaneous combustion being an occupational hazard in Gotham, Burnt Sugar is how we keep it real, surreal, arboreal, aquatic, incendiary.” – Greg Tate, from Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber website Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber (which, by the way, is its full official title) is a force of nature. The band creates music in which […] “Spontaneous combustion being an occupational hazard in Gotham, Burnt Sugar is…