Penino Envy: Kuro Tanino on the Architecture of the Inner Life
The ubiquitous phallic symbols in Niwa Gekidan Penino’s The Room Nobody Knows—including penis-shaped furniture—stem in part from Toyko-based director Kuro Tanino’s former career as a psychiatrist. But they also represents the confusing Freudian power dynamic that exists between the play’s brothers—a nod to the “complex relationships” he had with his own brothers.
Caliann Lum from Minneapolis Has Been a Walker Member Since 2010
What do you appreciate most about the Walker? Its artistic vitality and willingness to explore and explain visual, audiovisual, and performance art that sometimes goes way beyond what is familiar to me. I’m a retired transplant surgeon who now works as a consultant, and I find the Walker to be a place where I can lose myself for a few hours and re-emerge rejuvenated and energized. What do you enjoy…
“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.
Year in Review
As I reflect on the past year, the final words of the Walker’s mission statement resonate profoundly in my mind: “Walker programs examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities.” The fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, saw an art center animated by exactly this aim—an active engagement with the world around us, from organizing exhibitions, screenings, and…
Blue North: Justin Newhall on Exploitation, Pornography, and Time
For his Northern Studies series, Justin Newhall took the train to northern Manitoba, where—inspired by a Glenn Gould radio documentary—he sought to capture the idea of “the North.” He found it in an unlikely package: a duct tape-covered stash of glossy pornographic photos that had deteriorated over time, leaving ghosts of the originals—and of the tragic story of the Dene Village where he found them.
Sage Cowles: A Dance Activist’s Life
Sage Cowles had a “real social vision,” says choreographer Bill T. Jones. “Sage and [husband] John were interested in Change with a capital C, which earned her high marks in my way of thinking.” A philanthropist, mother, political activist, and—perhaps most importantly—a dancer, Cowles passed away November 21, 2013, at age 88. Camille LeFevre recounts a life dedicated to dance, family, and community.
Beyond the Feel-Good of Urban Farming
While Minneapolis is a national leader in support for urban agriculture, advocates for farmers here are urging public policy-makers to push past the feel-good rhetoric and embrace a more comprehensive vision of what a 21st-century American city can be—one that fully taps urban farming’s potentials for environmental, social, and economic betterment.