The Ruins of the Culture Wars
“How has the national culture changed over the past half-century that we could elect a black president? Just as important,” writes Jeff Chang in his new book Who We Be: The Colorization of America, “how has it not changed?” Chronicling the rise and fall of multiculturalism through the lens of visual culture, Chang looks at political and aesthetic struggles for racial equity, inside the art world and out.
La Cultura de la Basura
“Where are the videos showing a woman in her role as sister—or protector, or economic head of family, or devoted daughter, or grandmother dignified in her old age?” In her Artist Op-Ed, Chilean hip-hop MC and activist Ana Tijoux looks at la violencia del cuerpo en la musica: the objectification of female pop stars, which she likens to “visual punches: it’s about snatching away the very beauty of women.”
Rethinking Collections Publishing for the Digital Age
For many in the museum world, the term scholarly collections catalogue can conjure daunting impressions: a book about a museum’s holdings, it involves years of collecting, researching, photographing, and writing, plus a huge printing budget, all to create a tome that is likely out of date the moment it hits the shelf. Enter The Living Collections Catalogue, the Walker’s new serial online publication.
27 Facets of the 2014 Rock the Garden Lineup
From Long Island hip hop pioneers De La Soul to the surf pop of Best Coast, from Memphis-based Valerie June’s mix of country, gospel, and bluegrass to Guided By Voices’ lo-fi indie, Rock the Garden 2014 may offer the series’ most eclectic lineup yet. To introduce bands in Rock the Garden’s inaugural year as a two-day festival, writer Chris Mode digs into each band’s past, habits, and local connections.
“We have so little in common but we have deep love for each other,” says Sufjan Stevens of collaborators Son Lux and Serengeti. “And we’re pushing that stone together.” Formerly S/S/S, the trio Sisyphus is set to release a new self-titled LP. Commissioned by the Walker and SPCO’s Liquid Music, it takes inspiration—and its name—from the art of Jim Hodges, whose shining boulders are on the Walker hillside.
We’re surrounded by invisible forces, from neutrinos and radio waves passing through our bodies to gravitational and emotional forces pulling on us. In conversation with writer Sean Donovan, Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara of Los Angeles–based experimental art/music duo Lucky Dragons discuss the realms of the unseen and ways that science and mystery interact in their immersive art investigations.
Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart on Art, Top Gun, and Danh Vo
Although they’ve never met, Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart says he feels “very bonded” to the father of artist Danh Vo—so much so that he’s agreed to publicly sing a hit song from the film Top Gun in his honor. In conjunction with the opening of 9 Artists, Stewart will perform at the dedication of Tombstone for Phùng Vo (2010), a grave marker Vo created for his still-living father.
Visualizing American Power
Examining US energy production and use for five years, photographer Mitch Epstein became fascinated by a pun: “electrical power came from political power, which came from corporate power—and civic power met up against all that.” Here Epstein talks with Paul Shambroom, whose own photos examine issues from nuclear weapons to oil, about aesthetics, activism, and the work of connecting the dots of American power.
Buckminster Fuller: A Design Science Evangelist in Minnesota
Earning a standing ovation from a crowd of 5,000, Buckminster Fuller spoke at the University of Minnesota one Monday in 1973 on the role of design scientists in civic problem solving. But the 90-minute talk wasn’t the revolutionary thinker’s first trip here. As Mason Riddle learns, his many visits between 1953 and 1981 involved him in projects, exhibitions, and the inaugural Earth Day observation.