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Cindy Sherman: Interview with a Chameleon
For years, Cindy Sherman tried to lose herself in her work, “literally and figuratively, so that I would never be recognized.” But in recent years, she tells the San Francisco Chronicle’s Kenneth Baker, she’s let go of that pressure to hide. “I didn’t want the challenge of constantly trying to reinvent myself or invent new characters; that shouldn’t be the reason why I’m doing what I’m doing.”
Homeland Security: Erik van Lieshout Searches for the Iraq War
Four years after the Iraq War started, Dutch artist Erik van Lieshout and a friend set out on a mission of their own: to track down evidence of the war. In LA, New Mexico, and, ultimately, Israel, the duo trekked, videotaping their often bawdy encounters at border checkpoints and holy sites. The resulting video, Homeland Security, presents an unsettling and incisive alternate report on war.
Orbital Geography: Trevor Paglen’s Cave Painting for Space
If all goes as planned, the communications satellite EchoStar XVI will launch from Kazakhstan in October and reach a final orbit some 24,000 miles above the equator. On board will be a disk etched with 100 images from Earth, left for future civilizations to discover and decode. In a new interview, Trevor Paglen discusses these “last pictures,” which he dubs a “cave painting from the 21st century.”
JoAnn Verburg on Newspapers as Portals to the Political
JoAnn Verburg has featured newspapers in her photos since 1990, piercing idyllic scenes of her napping or lounging husband with news about poverty, war, and—in a work on view in the exhibition The Living Years—the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In a new interview, Verburg discusses how she sees the newspapers as portals into the political, reminding us of the myriad realities coexisting in the world.
What Can Saddam Teach Us About Democracy?
Paul Chan is fully aware how strange it might seem to publish a book on Saddam Hussein’s 1970s speeches about democracy. But as an artist and publisher, Chan found the publication of On Democracy by Saddam Hussein “perversely pleasurable,” “profoundly confusing,” and particularly instructive on the eve of a US presidential election.
The Machine Is Unheimlich: Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Homeless Vehicle Project
Wodiczko’s Homeless Vehicle is unheimlich (“unhomely”) in the sense Freud alluded to: equipped with storage bins for redeemable tin cans, they are also at the same time uncanny vehicles.
This Just In: Recent Acquisitions
Visual Arts Staff
History and performance are twin threads that connect artworks recently brought into the Walker collection. This notable selection from our recent acquisitions includes several first works by new artists and inclusions by artists long in relationship with the Walker, including Andrea Bowers, Elad Lassy, Dave McKenzie, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.
Publishing a Decade: Neal Cuthbert on Artpaper and the ’80s
Neal Cuthbert & Lydia O’Callaghan-Morrison
Tagged “art/commmunity/cultural activism,” Artpaper chronicled art in the Twin Cities during a pivotal decade, its short life spanning from 1981 to 1993. As head of the monthly publication’s artists’ advisory committee then as Artpaper director, Neal Cuthbert had a clear view of Minneapolis’ creative life. Now vice president of program at the McKnight Foundation, he shares his memories of the 1980s.