Nicole J. Caruth
“If the perfect medium is bronze, which basically sits there forever, then food is on the exact opposite end of that continuum,” says Jennifer Rubell. She should know, having created edible art installations using everything from ribs to cotton candy—but impermanence is only the beginning. Safety laws, permits, and confronting perception about food’s value are all challenges food artists must address.
Steve McQueen’s Truth and Beauty
Addressing criticisms that Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave prizes beauty over human emotion, Rob Nelson asks: “Doesn’t commercial art by its very nature put an ornate frame around whatever it observes? What does it mean to say that the subject of slavery defies the sort of representation that invites a wide audience? Why shouldn’t the ‘fastidiously composed image’ be used to help reveal messy truths?”
How Culture Shapes the Contemporary City
With 80 percent of Americans now living in urban areas, and 6.5 billion people globally expected to do so by 2050, issues such as gentrification, economic justice, and sustainability are top of mind for artists and activists. Curator Nato Thompson discusses how this month’s Creative Time Summit brings voices across disciplines together to explore the perils and promise presented by this new reality.
Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart on Art, Top Gun, and Danh Vo
Although they’ve never met, Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart says he feels “very bonded” to the father of artist Danh Vo—so much so that he’s agreed to publicly sing a hit song from the film Top Gun in his honor. In conjunction with the opening of 9 Artists, Stewart will perform at the dedication of Tombstone for Phùng Vo (2010), a grave marker Vo created for his still-living father.
Visualizing American Power
Mitch Epstein & Paul Shambroom
Examining US energy production and use for five years, photographer Mitch Epstein became fascinated by a pun: “electrical power came from political power, which came from corporate power—and civic power met up against all that.” Here Epstein talks with Paul Shambroom, whose own photos examine issues from nuclear weapons to oil, about aesthetics, activism, and the work of connecting the dots of American power.
Emma Berg from Minneapolis Has Been a Walker Member Since 2005
What draws you to the Walker? On quiet days, I can disappear into a place that can inspire, challenge, and calm me. On not-so-quiet days, I can be part of a larger conversation about why art is an important part of living fully. I’m also inspired by the arts and the possibilities they hold to create change. Being a member is my way of recognizing that and saying thank you. What have you enjoyed most…
Dan Singer from Minneapolis Has Been a Walker Member Since 2007
Why is the Walker important to you? I can’t emphasize enough how much the Walker has allowed me to discover new ideas. I’ll be first introduced to an artist at the Walker, then see their work elsewhere or come across another piece influenced by that artist. Why are you a Walker member? Civic pride and free admission. I’ve visited every gallery show in the past six years, so the admission benefit has…
Introducing… Patrick, Kelly, and Penelope Deignan
What do you like to do when you visit the Walker? Patrick Deignan We always stop to see the movie playing in front of the white steps and visit the gift shop. Whatever we do between those two points varies. Kelly Deignan Hang out and walk around. Penelope Deignan I like to look at my favorite artwork. I bring my colored pencils and paper and sketch. And I loved the Tool Shed at Open Field. What do…