Growing a Garden
“The public took to it instantly,” says Martin Friedman, Walker director emeritus, on the 1988 opening of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. “Everyone had a comment, everyone had something to say. They took ownership right away because it was a public space to begin with.” Now, 25 years and 8 million visitors later, we check back in with Friedman and others who were there when this beloved park was born.
Free Forms: An #OpenCurating Interview with Lauren Cornell
What challenges, expectations, and new possibilities does digital culture and social media present to contemporary art institutions? Barcelona-based curatorial office Latitudes (Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna) continues its ongoing #OpenCurating series with a conversation about culture and connectivity with former Rhizome director and current New Museum curator Lauren Cornell.
The Plot Thickens
You’d think that among theater people, the biggest control freaks would be an artistic director and a playwright—those responsible for the company’s aesthetic vision and the text used onstage. But when Elevator Repair Service’s John Collins and playwright Sibyl Kempson talk about Fondly, Collette Richland, it’s clear that instead of obsessing about control, both are exhilarated by the lack thereof.
Digression(s) and Entry Point(s): An Interview with Heman Chong
What “old rules” about art programming, production, and distribution has the Internet broken? Barcelona’s Latitudes is leading an investigation into such questions of culture and connectivity. Their new #OpenCurating dialogue features Singapore-based artist, curator, and writer Heman Chong, whose work examines “the philosophies, reasons, and methods of individuals and communities imagining the future.”
Bob Mould’s Unbroken Line
Jeff Severns Guntzel
“Where did punk rock start? Who cares? It’s not where did it start, it’s why did it start?” said Bob Mould in 1981. Before the Bob Mould Band and Sugar, before a prolific solo career, Mould was part of punk mainstays Hüsker Dü. Jeff Severns Guntzel looks at Mould’s Minneapolis origins and the unbroken line—personal, musical, and political—linking his work with the band and all that has come since.
The Campification of the Divine: Andy Messerschmidt’s Graze Anatomy
“Culturally, I’m a cold-hearted colonialist,” says Andy Messerschmidt, whose work borrows ideas from world religions, from Buddhist mandalas to Indonesian shamanistic rituals to American holidays, in his art. The tendency is on display in his new Walker commission, which he says explores the “compression of loaded symbols of divinity and how they work in moire to create a meta-symbol of the divine.”