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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.
Igniting Change: Northern Spark Targets Climate Chaos
Northern Spark, the nation’s premier dusk-to-dawn experimental art festival, returns June 11–12 with a new theme, Climate Chaos/Climate Rising, and plenty of questions about the human effects on nature’s systems. For a festival known for infusing wonder and transformation into mundane city spaces through art, it’s a vital next step: pushing attendees to imagine that another world is, indeed, possible.
Live Then, Live Now
On August 15, 1981, Hüsker Dü ran through a blistering set at downtown Minneapolis’s 7th St. Entry, recording 17 songs in 26 minutes to create the punk trio’s debut album Land Speed Record. Thirty-five years later, artist Chris Larson channels that energy in an immersive installation that reflects on memory, loss, and the fire-damaged remains of Hüsker Dü drummer Grant Hart’s childhood home.
“Why Can’t Women Time Travel?”
Digital technology enables us to create, duplicate, alter, disseminate, and appropriate images like never before. In this “somewhat arbitrary, and decidedly personal, lexicon of how we might navigate the unruly landscape of ordinary pictures in the age of the Internet,” Eva Respini introduces concepts and artists—from “JPEG” to “Post-Internet”—that help define our changing relationship to images.
Petrified Unrest: Paul Chan on Trump, Violence, and Sade for Sade’s Sake
In Paul Chan’s installation Sade for Sade’s sake, jittering 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.
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.