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Introducing… Phil Larson
Besides being a longtime Walker member, you’re also an artist whose work in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has been enjoyed by visitors for almost 25 years. How did that piece come into being? The Walker Art Center commissioned two benches for the then-new Sculpture Garden in 1988, designed by two local artists: my good friend Kinji Akagawa and I. I used Minnesota rainbow granite, quarried…
The Place We Call Attention: ROLU on the Open Field
Matt Olson & Paul Schmelzer
From the earthy to the ethereal, the work of Minneapolis experimental design studio ROLU spans from landscape design to conceptual art, fashion to esoteric online explorations. Given this range, the Walker’s grassy hillside seems a fitting site for ROLU’s residency: where better to host activities by this genre-hopping trio—a group engaged in an open field of endeavors—than Open Field?
Kitchen Lab: Food as Catalyst of Community and Culture
Weaving together gastronomy, sensory and tactile experiences, opera, agriculture, history, and activism, Kitchen Lab—a two-week residency on the Walker’s Open Field in late June—convened an experiment in provoking interaction and discussion through the shared experience of food. Heavy Table editor James Norton samples the project’s offerings.
ROLU’s Field Tests: Merging the Digital and the Actual in Open Field
In its design work and on its blog, Minneapolis’ ROLU explores ideas at the nexus of architecture, landscape design, and conceptual art. Artists-in-residence at Open Field this month, they aim to link the digital and the actual. “We are interested in reaching into [the Web’s] river of images and make something tangible from them,” says ROLU’s Matt Olson. “Creating something physical—taking an action.”
Why Food Now?
Susy Bielak & Sara Nichol
With the launch of Kitchen Lab—an exploration of the home hearth and how the role of kitchens can be reconceived—Open Field artists Betsy and Carl DiSalvo discuss food culture with the Walker’s Susy Bielak and Sara Nichol. First topic: Why the recent upsurge in art, consumerism, and activism surrounding food?
Members Talk Museums
In May 2012, some 600 museums throughout the state joined together to highlight their contributions to communities from Jackson, home of the Olson-Slaabakken Cabin, to the Twin Cities, whose wealth of museums help make it a national cultural capital. To mark the debut of Minnesota Museums Month, we asked a group of Walker members to share their stories and insights about museums of all kinds. Sheila…
Agonizing over “Agonism”: Exploring How Difference Can Fuel Democracy
Susy Bielak & Ashley Duffalo
Agonism. The word can feel awkward and obtuse—even painful. But for months it’s been at the tip of the tongues of Walker staff and colleagues who’ve been considering it as an approach to a politics that embraces difference and disagreement as important parts of democracy. While the term may be unfamiliar to many, agonism speaks acutely to our current political moment. So … what is it?
Introducing… Victoria “Tori” Stewart, Cory Hinkle, and Silas Hinkle
What motivated you to become Walker members? Corey Hinkle It’s a no-brainer, really. We joined as soon as we moved back to the area in 2008. Tori Stewart The Walker is always vibrant and new. It is an institution in the best way—it keeps the Twin Cities in touch with what’s going on in the international art world. Hinkle I still remember the first Out There theater festival we attended. We’ve gone to…
Uncharted territories, even in a relatively sparsely populated state like Minnesota, are few and far between. But each January, when the average temperature lingers around 7 degrees Fahrenheit, one such place comes into being, briefly, on the frozen surface of Medicine Lake, where artists reimagine ice-fishing shacks as the locus for a vibrant pop-up community.