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Laugh at Death: Kris Martin on Time, Absence, and Humor
As spring reminds us of the life/death/life cycle, a new work in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden stands as a marker of such transitions. The clapperless bell in Kris Martin’s For Whom… offers a silent meditation on time’s passage. Here the Belgian artist discusses the work; his use of humor, absence, and shock (or the lack thereof); and a favorite film, fittingly, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.
This Just In: New to the Walker Collection
Bartholomew Ryan & Catelyn Holm
Spanning geographies, generations, and media, new additions to the Walker collection help present this institution’s thinking about the changing nature of art as well as its responsibility to support artists. Together these 25 newly acquired works—by Adrian Piper, Shusaku Arakawa, Steve McQueen, Allan Sekula, and others—present a complex portrait of not only our holdings but of contemporary art today.
Edward Hopper Painting Hosts Writers’ Residency
When asked to take up “residency” in Edward Hopper’s 1940 painting Office at Night, Kate Bernheimer agreed, then asked the Walker if period costumes would be provided. It turns out the resulting novella she and Laird Hunt wrote didn’t need such accoutrements: “We didn’t find ourselves assigning roles by gender. We traveled as desire took us from body to body, object to object, in the painting instead.”
Edward Hopper, Village Person
Edward Hopper (1882–1967) was “a poet of the abyss, a chronicler of discontinuity and disruption, who seemed to need a static environment from which he could take inventory of what was emotionally solid and measure the distance to the nearest patch of null,” writes Julie Lasky. She visits that environment, the minimally furnished Greenwich Village apartment he lived and worked in for a half century.
Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges
“I love spatial relationships and dimensionality,” says Jim Hodges. “I’m interested in theatrical moments and choreographing experiences in space. I think as a drawer and make as a sculptor.” In conversations spanning three years, the artist and the Walker’s Olga Viso delved into Hodges’ art practice, life, and influences, touching on themes from love and loss to politics, spirituality, and mortality.
“We have so little in common but we have deep love for each other,” says Sufjan Stevens of collaborators Son Lux and Serengeti. “And we’re pushing that stone together.” Formerly S/S/S, the trio Sisyphus is set to release a new self-titled LP. Commissioned by the Walker and SPCO’s Liquid Music, it takes inspiration—and its name—from the art of Jim Hodges, whose shining boulders are on the Walker hillside.
Blue North: Justin Newhall on Exploitation, Pornography, and Time
For his Northern Studies series, Justin Newhall took the train to northern Manitoba, where—inspired by a Glenn Gould radio documentary—he sought to capture the idea of “the North.” He found it in an unlikely package: a duct tape-covered stash of glossy pornographic photos that had deteriorated over time, leaving ghosts of the originals—and of the tragic story of the Dene Village where he found them.
Sage Cowles: A Dance Activist’s Life
Sage Cowles had a “real social vision,” says choreographer Bill T. Jones. “Sage and [husband] John were interested in Change with a capital C, which earned her high marks in my way of thinking.” A philanthropist, mother, political activist, and—perhaps most importantly—a dancer, Cowles passed away November 21, 2013, at age 88. Camille LeFevre recounts a life dedicated to dance, family, and community.