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In My Tribe
A Twin Cities music legend in his own right, Jim Walsh has chronicled the scene in the pages of the Pioneer Press, Rolling Stone, and his own book, The Replacements: All Over But The Shouting, among others. Launching our new series tied to the exhibition This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, he shares his thoughts on Minneapolis-St. Paul during a critical decade.
The Next Frontier for Minneapolis Parks
Already known nationally for its parks system, Minneapolis stands to burnish that reputation with a new plan for the upper reaches of the Mississippi. RiverFirst aims to establish parks as an engine for economic development along the river corridor, from St. Anthony Falls to the city limits some five miles to the north. City officials call it the park system’s “next frontier.”
The Last Movement
Helen Molesworth & Bartholomew Ryan
Many of the artists featured in This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s came of age in an era that saw the assimilation of two powerful and converging forces—mass-media saturation and movements for social justice. Exhibition curator Helen Molesworth talks with Walker assistant curator Bartholomew Ryan about the impetus for the show and what she hopes will resonate with viewers.
The Cameras Must Stay On: Censorship, Jafar Panahi, and This Is Not a Film
Officially directed by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb—and unofficially by Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi—This Is Not a Film follows a harsh legislative decision that effectively banned Panahi from making movies for 20 years after he was convicted of conspiring against the state. He and Mirtahmasb set out to turn the sentence inside out, obeying the letter of the law in order to implicitly denounce its spirit.
Why Food Now?
Susy Bielak & Sara Nichol
With the launch of Kitchen Lab—an exploration of the home hearth and how the role of kitchens can be reconceived—Open Field artists Betsy and Carl DiSalvo discuss food culture with the Walker’s Susy Bielak and Sara Nichol. First topic: Why the recent upsurge in art, consumerism, and activism surrounding food?
Eve Sussman’s Cinematic World Without End
Equal parts sci-fi, noir, and formalist structure, Eve Sussman’s new multifaceted film embraces two creative touchstones: the first is the protean symbol of the Russian Cosmodrome, and the second is its namesake, Malevich’s painting White on White. Mining a surreal post-Soviet ambience, the result is a calculated, never-ending fever dream caught in a forgotten corner of the Earth.
The Dark Arts: What to See at Northern Spark 2012
By anyone’s measure, the inaugural Northern Spark festival last June was a wild success. From dusk to dawn, people discovered the Twin Cities in a new light while making the rounds to some 100 projects by more than 200 artists. This year’s all-nighter, on June 9, features more projects, concentrated in downtown Minneapolis for easier navigation. Here are a few happenings that piqued our interest.
Journeys of the 25th Hour
Minouk Lim engages with the arteries of city life—the streets—to create poignant artworks that speak to individual alienation amid Seoul’s rapid development. Merging performance, video, and documentary, Lim says works in her Walker exhibition are “pilgrimages to places left out of our memory, journeys of the 25th hour.”
Skin and Stone: A Deeper Look at Jim Hodges’ Shining Boulders
With Jim Hodges’ sculptural boulders—four mammoth, 400-million-year old stones clad in shiny steel—there’s more than meets the eye. In this slideshow, Hodges shares his inspiration for the work and his thinking about scale, materiality, light, and keeping such iconic works—now a permanent part of the Walker hillside—untitled.