Petrified Unrest: Paul Chan on Trump, Violence, and Sade for Sade’s Sake
In Paul Chan’s installation Sade for Sade’s sake, jittering black figures, silhouetted on a wall of pallets and toy guns, perform violent and sexual acts. Created in the wake of revelations of abuse at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, it speaks to a state of paralyzed anxiety Chan calls “petrified unrest.” Here he discusses the work’s relationship to religion, philosophy, and today’s Trumpian rhetoric.
Getting Down to the Bones
What thread runs through Meredith Monk’s works in film, music-theater, and dance over the past half century? “A sense of multidimensionality,” she tells Deborah Jowitt. “And an attempt to get down to the bones of the form.” Revisited in commemoration of her 50th anniversary as an artist, this 1998 conversation goes deep into the inspirations, processes, and experimentation that have defined Monk’s iconic career.
Remembering Martin Friedman (1925–2016)
Martin Friedman, Walker Art Center director from 1961 to 1990, has passed away at age 90. In commemoration of his pivotal role in shaping the Walker’s values, vision, and future, curator Joan Rothfuss shares her perspective on Friedman’s life and legacy—from his keen curation to his transformation of the Walker into a “laboratory for artists” to the vision that brought us the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
Summers of Rock
Paul Schmelzer & Emily Sortor
Launched in 1998, Rock the Garden has gone through plenty of changes—from an intermittent, on-the-street jam to a 10,000-fan party on the Walker’s hillside, a two-day festival to, in 2016, a one-day, two-stage affair at Boom Island Park. Here’s an authoritative look back at the varied and vibrant history of what’s traditionally been considered the launch of the Twin Cities’ summer concert season.
Meredith Monk and the Walker: A Chronology
For more than 50 years, interdisciplinary artist Meredith Monk has pushed boundaries within her practice, but her explorations of sound, time, and space, in whatever form they’ve taken, all bear her unmistakable signature. In commemoration of more than four decades of partnership with the Walker, we look back at her many commissions, performances, residencies, and gallery appearances.
Beyond Repair: Art, Community, and an Expanded Notion of Publication
Tucked between a taco stand, an Indian fusion restaurant, and a microbrewery in south Minneapolis’s Midtown Global Market is a booth that at first glance appears to be a print shop and bookstore. And it is: books, zines, and posters are for sale. But at Beyond Repair—an artistic and community-building project of Red76 cofounder Sam Gould—the exchange of inked paper is secondary to the exchange of ideas.
Synaesthesia from Scratch: Kid Koala on Comics and DJing
While Eric San’s prowess as a scratch DJ—spinning under the name Kid Koala—is legendary, less known is his role as a graphic novelist. He’s the author of two comics, including Nufonia Must Fall, which is now reimagined as a live multimedia puppet show. On the eve of Nufonia’s Walker debut, San discussed his cross-disciplinary influences—from Chaplin films to sci-fi comics to ninja turtles.
Trajal Harrell and the Art of Conscientious Hosting
Trajal Harrell practices the art of conscientious hosting, writes dance scholar Debra Levine. He creates opportunities for others to step in and out of his position, while inserting himself into a lineage of artistic impresarios who precede him—including, in his Walker-commissioned new work, Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikaa, Nouvelle Danse leader Dominique Bagouet, and La Mama ETC founder Ellen Stewart.
There Are Many Ways to Destroy a Piano
Burning, sawing, toppling: “There are many ways to destroy a piano,” says Andrea Büttner of Piano Destructions (2014), a video installation that presents interventions by (largely male) artists alongside footage of women pianists performing Chopin, Schumann, and Monteverdi—at once complicating the presumption of men as artistic iconoclasts and destroying a traditional symbol of bourgeois education for women.