Making the “Best Cat Video on the Internet”
In the bottomless pit of cat videos that is the Internet, Henri 2: Paw de Deux was in 2012 named the very best of them all. Filmmaker Will Braden, the video’s creator and incoming curator of the 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival, discusses that distinction, the current landscape of viral cat videos, and how the ennui-prone Henri stands out in a growing crowd of “celebricats.”
U.S. Bank: A Win-Win Partnership on the Links
Returning for a summer of big fun, Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden features two new courses with several favorites from last year and some brand new hazards. As part of its mini-golf sponsorship, U.S. Bank offers its credit-card holders $4.50 off an 18-hole round, and customers approved for any new credit cards at U.S. Bank branches this summer can…
Robert Spikings and Jeffery Perkey Have Been Walker Members Since 2011
Why is the Walker important to you? We are in awe of the great variety. We love the films we can’t see elsewhere, innovative exhibitions, and unique performances, all of which are enhanced by our membership—Contributing member events with artists, gallery previews/tours, opening luncheons, A Think & A Drink, and Film Society. Often the art we experience at the Walker gives us a break; at other times, it…
Sister Friend: Ta-coumba Aiken’s Brief Encounters with Dr. Maya Angelou
“Her philosophy was the same philosophy of my ancestors: nothing beats a failure but a try,” writes artist Ta-Coumba Aiken of Maya Angelou. Commemorating the poet, author, and activist’s May 28 passing, Aiken shares his experiences, including a humbling 1996 greeting, a chance encounter with her friend James Baldwin, and the meeting that brought his painting Sister Friend into Angelou’s art collection.
Shifting Terrains: Fionn Meade on the Cross-Disciplinary
As the hard edges between disciplines continue to dissolve, the Walker is intensifying its investigations into what artistic boundary-crossing means and how curators must adapt to the needs of artists and audiences in this new reality. Fionn Meade discusses his role as senior curator of cross-disciplinary platforms and how art’s terrain is shifting in the gallery, theater, cinema, and online.
Catalyzing Change: The Life Cycle of Sustainable Coffee
To ensure that “Catalyst” is more than just a name for its new coffee blend, the Walker teamed up with importers and roasters who seek to change the coffee industry by supporting organic growers working in fair trade cooperatives and championing environmentally friendly practices. Heavy Table founder James Norton walks through the lifespan of the sustainable beans that make up the Walker’s new blend.