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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.
Walker Flashback: Art in the 1980s
Archivist Jill Vuchetich offers a sampling of Walker events, from the premier of David Byrne’s The Knee Plays to a 1988 exhibition by Tim Rollins and K.O.S.
dOCUMENTA (13): The Uncommodifiable Quinquennial
In marked opposition to the economic forces that have dominated the contemporary landscape for more than a decade, dOCUMENTA (13) curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev offers a vision that is fiercely skeptical of the “persisting belief in economic growth,” organizing one of the most earnest, authentic, and refreshing surveys of contemporary art in my recent memory.
How Warhol Did Not Murder Painting but Masterminded the Killing of Content
“Warhol’s bulimic capacity to swallow the moment and spit it out as another image helped [his Race Riot works] transform themselves into pagan icons, devoid of moral weight.”
Identity and Institutionalization: Dorit Cypis on Minneapolis in the ’80s
Dorit Cypis & Yesomi Umolu
For Israel-born, California-based artist Dorit Cypis, the Twin Cities was home for much of the 1980s and 1990s, decades when she says the arts became institutionalized, identity politics became entrenched, and her own art more deeply embraced both politics and performance. For our ongoing series Then and Now: The Twin Cities in the 1980s, she shares her memories of a turbulent decade.
A Performance Chronology
In the 1980s and 1990s, the Walker welcomed performing artists like Bill T. Jones, Karen Finley, and Ron Athey, whose work reflected concerns of the day. In conjunction with the exhibition This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, John Killacky, performing arts curator from 1988 to 1996, shares his memories of Walker performances—and politics—of the era.