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Projecting the City
What can a city be? This year’s Northern Spark festival activates downtown Minneapolis, the riverfront, and the greenway around the theme “Projecting the City.” Dozens of artists will fill the night with performances, interactive art, and playful interventions that imagine new futures for the city or celebrate the best of what we’ve got. Here are some of the projects we’re most excited to see.
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.
Opening the Road Box
In the two years since the Walker acquired the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s complete archive of sets, costumes, and performance objects, Cunningham Research Fellow Abigail Sebaly has been busy. She’s catalogued 3,443 costume pieces, helped with three research exhibitions, conducted some 40 interviews with Cunningham collaborators, and visited archives across the globe. Here she shares some of her finds.
2012: The Year According to Matt Olson
Landscape designer, furniture builder, conceptual artist, blogger, avid researcher: Matt Olson’s diverse passions come together in ROLU, the experimental design studio he founded with Mike Brady in Minneapolis. When we asked him about his favorite moments of 2012, he unsurprisingly took a diverse look at culture, listing the year’s best in art and design, spirituality and technology.
2012: The Year According to Abraham Cruzvillegas
Just as art in Abraham Cruzvillegas’ forthcoming Walker exhibition, The Autoconstrucción Suites, includes found objects, the Mexico City–based artist’s best-of-2012 list includes a sampling of items from all over, including literature, sculpture, journalism, film, and his personal life, which is the category of his year’s top moment: the birth of “La Dragona,” his daughter Ana.
2012: The Year According to Alec Soth
To commemorate the year that was, we invited artists and designers to take part in an open-ended exercise: share with us 2012’s best “things”—artworks, books, albums, political moments, memories, spectacles, failures, etc. The first to take us up on the offer was photographer Alec Soth, who weighs in with the “10 things that gave me pleasure in 2012.”
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.
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.
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.