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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.
Synaesthesia from Scratch: Kid Koala on Comics and DJing
While Eric San’s prowess as a scratch DJ—spinning under the name Kid Koala—is legendary, less known is his role as a graphic novelist. He’s the author of two comics, including Nufonia Must Fall, which is now reimagined as a live multimedia puppet show. On the eve of Nufonia’s Walker debut, San discussed his cross-disciplinary influences—from Chaplin films to sci-fi comics to ninja turtles.
Trajal Harrell and the Art of Conscientious Hosting
Trajal Harrell practices the art of conscientious hosting, writes dance scholar Debra Levine. He creates opportunities for others to step in and out of his position, while inserting himself into a lineage of artistic impresarios who precede him—including, in his Walker-commissioned new work, Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikaa, Nouvelle Danse leader Dominique Bagouet, and La Mama ETC founder Ellen Stewart.
There Are Many Ways to Destroy a Piano
Burning, sawing, toppling: “There are many ways to destroy a piano,” says Andrea Büttner of Piano Destructions (2014), a video installation that presents interventions by (largely male) artists alongside footage of women pianists performing Chopin, Schumann, and Monteverdi—at once complicating the presumption of men as artistic iconoclasts and destroying a traditional symbol of bourgeois education for women.
Statistical Salvos: Feminism, WARM, and the Guerrilla Girls
When black-and-white posters boldly announcing statistics about inequality in the art world started appearing in 1985, Patricia Olson took note. A decade before the Guerrilla Girls began using New York walls as a canvas, she helped found WARM—the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota, a 40-member feminist collective and gallery that likewise used the power of data to fight for gender parity in the arts.
Image Ubiquity and the Ordinary Picture
Not your ordinary photography show, Ordinary Pictures surveys the work of some 40 artists—from Steve McQueen and Sturtevant to Amanda Ross-Ho and Elad Lassry—who question, critique, and exploit the materials and methods of commercial image production. From appropriation to collage to experimental film, their practices complicate the ever-expanding global image economy and the role of art within it.
Il Treno di John Cage
A 1978 trip to Bologna to witness “a prepared train”—a happening on wheels, featuring John Cage and a host of Italian collaborators.
Germinal’s Brave New World
What does human communication mean in an age when so many of our interactions are mediated through technology? And how do the ways we connect dictate how we live together? In Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort’s Germinal, four people work to create a new society from the rubble, writing—as theater scholar Kate Bredeson puts it—“a love letter to the ephemeral beauty of theater and human life.”