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Taste as a Political Matter: Coco Fusco on the Guerrilla Girls
Exploring NYC’s “nocturnal underworld” at age 24, Coco Fusco stumbled upon her “first encounter with a full-on feminist art intervention”: a show at the Palladium curated by the Guerrilla Girls. “This was an activist approach that I could connect with, as it spoke truth to power playfully, with wit and style,” she writes in honor of the Girls’ 30th anniversary—and one that influenced how she makes art today.
Allegories: The Memorial Paintings of Jack Whitten
“Through memory we reconstruct our past,” says Jack Whitten. “We honor the dead through memory.” Motivated by this idea, Whitten created a series of paintings honoring key people and events in his life and in American culture, from Lena Horne to MLK, the 9/11 attacks to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that occurred three years ago today. Here, a look at 13 of Whitten’s memorial paintings.
A Circle of Blood
San Bernardino. Paris. Beirut. Charleston. What is art’s role in the face of unspeakable violence? In a personal meditation on the generalities and particularities of violence, Jack Whitten links his experiences growing up as “a product of American apartheid” to the deaths of so many, including Eric Garner, Aylan Kurdi, and Darren Goforth. “My art,” he writes, “is an antidote used to counteract this poison.”
William Pope.L: The Will to Exhaust
As Gilles Deleuze put it, to exhaust is not to be tired; it is the will to begin again. In Pope.L’s performances—which have found the artist crawling the streets of Manhattan in a black suit or consuming pages of the Wall Street Journal—the willingness to reformulate our experiences of subjectivity and collectivity is about exhausting limitations in order to know what indeed is possible.
He Gave Me Blues, I Gave Him Back Soul
In collaboration with Triple Canopy
A year to the day after Scaffold Room concluded its world premiere at the Walker, its creator, Ralph Lemon, returns for a “memory refraction” related to the work. A performance installation in the galleries, Scaffold Room fueled this conversation on curating performance between Lemon, Walker curator Philip Bither, and Sarah Michelson, whose work tournamento premiered Sept. 24 on the Walker stage.
This Just In: A Year of Collecting
Visual Arts Staff
More than 200 works have entered the Walker’s collection during its 75th-anniversary year, through generous gifts, purchases out of Walker shows, and acquisitions made for the renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Standout examples include a work by Harlem Renaissance painter Beauford Delaney, installations by Danh Vo and Akram Zaatari, a Liz Larner sculpture, and a recent self-portrait by Chuck Close.
11 Posters Celebrating 30 Years of the Guerrilla Girls
Thirty years ago, a band of anonymous women artists in gorilla masks began raising hell about discrimination, sexism, and racism in the art world and beyond. In celebration of the activist art collective’s anniversary, we present our favorite posters from the Girls’ Compleat Portfolio, which will be exhibited during the just-announced Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover in early 2016.
Cornell Boxes and Cake: A Visit to Utopia Parkway
Mesmerized by boxes containing “fragments of the everyday world that alluded to fragments of imaginary ones,” he set out in the rain from Manhattan one day in 1967 to visit their wizardly creator at his home on Utopia Parkway.
Initially commissioned as a birthday gift for Hugh Hefner, Jann Haworth’s soft-sculpture Playboy Bunny got a new life following a sexist encounter at London’s Playboy Club in the mid-1960s. A celebrated Pop artist and co-designer of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, Haworth tells the tale of Maid (1966), a “working girl” who isn’t a mere sex object for men.