Sacred Spaces: Ralph Lemon, Okwui Okpokwasili, and April Matthis Discuss Scaffold Room
“As a brown body, our bodies are not neutral bodies,” says Okwui Okpokwasili who, along with April Matthis, performs in Ralph Lemon’s multidisciplinary in-gallery performance installation, Scaffold Room. In a recent conversation, the trio of artists joins curator Bartholomew Ryan for a discussion on the charged issues of race, gender, and sexuality in this Walker-commissioned work.
A Basic Guide to All Things Scaffold Room
The Green Room
Ralph Lemon’s new work, Scaffold Room, is truly interdisciplinary. It blurs the line between performing arts and visual arts; it exists in the white cube of the gallery but also includes ticketed, seated performances. Scaffold Room challenges the ways we usually think about and talk about art, which is part of why it’s so exciting—but it can also […] Ralph Lemon’s new work, Scaffold Room, is truly…
A Sublime Feeling In My GUT: Eric William Carroll’s Theory of Everything
“You must cast off these absurd confusions and rebuild your conception of reality before the Geocubic concepts will get past the automatic rejection that occurs as your mind filters information against criterion of consistency intended to protect you from confusions but resulting in locking you into misconceptions.” – from Geocubic Theory, by Tom Gilmore (1988) […] I’m entranced by the images from the…
2013-14 McKnight Photography Fellows: Photobook Now Available
The McKnight Artist Fellowships have marked career milestones and supported major projects for many Minnesota artists. Established in 1981, the foundation’s fellowship program is one of the oldest and largest in the country, providing artists with unrestricted funds to study, reflect, experiment, and explore – an increasingly rare and valuable offering in today’s arts landscape. […] The McKnight Artist…
Wanna Dance with Somebody?
The Green Room
So you think you can dance? In anticipation of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas’ performance at the Walker Art Center, Oct. 15-17, Northrop and the Walker are asking you to step up and record your own performance of Rosas danst Rosas for a #ReRosasMN video submission contest! Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s seminal work, Rosas danst Rosas (1983), […] So you think you can dance? In anticipation of Anne Teresa De…
Make a Salad, Making a Salad, Made a Salad
“… that’s what you’re doing. You’re only making a salad. And these are the best salads.“—Alison Knowles As summer days slip away, perhaps you’re thinking back to your “best salad” of the season. For me, it’s the one documented below, the salad Alison Knowles made for Walker Open Field on July 10. Knowles […] “… that’s what you’re doing. You’re only making a salad. And these are the best salads.“—Alison Knowles As…
Road Songs: Paris
The light danced on the floor of the cathedral, on peoples’ upturned faces, blouses, and sneakers. Visitors held placards diagramming the space with written text; these were stiff, a bit like the planks the monks used in Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975). Up, up, up, passersby strained their necks to read the pictorial […] The light danced on the floor of the cathedral, on peoples’ upturned faces, blouses…
Abbott Miller, Ellen Lupton, Andrew Blauvelt, and Others on Mickey Friedman
So much of what makes the Walker a great place for design is because of Mickey Friedman and her tenure as design director, design curator, and editor of Design Quarterly. Since Mickey passed away earlier this week, a number of design voices have been offering personal reflections on Mickey’s influence on them, as well as fascinating […] So much of what makes the Walker a great place for design is…
What Makes a Crazy Cat Lady…?
We saw thousands of feline fans again fill the grass at our Internet Cat Video Festival as part of Open Field on August 14. What began two years ago as an idea here at the Walker has expanded into a global phenomenon with screenings from Stockholm to Boise. With more than 100 hours of video […] We saw thousands of feline fans again fill the grass at our Internet Cat Video Festival as part of Open…