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Art News from Elsewhere
MOCA’s Helen Molesworth discusses the persisting gender imbalance in museums, how the art world’s value systems “have been created over hundreds of years to favor white men,” and what curators today can do to create value around women artists and artists of color.
Art News from Elsewhere
A+ American Design
The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has announced winners of the 2016 National Design Awards, including architect Moshe Safdie, artist/designer Geoff McFetridge, designer Bruce Mau, and New York’s Center for Urban Pedagogy.
Second Thoughts: Fred Sandback and the Virtual Line
How does an exhibition accrete meaning, gain relevance, or shift shapes over time? In the “Second Thoughts” series, Walker curators reconsider earlier presentations of art, drawing new or refined conclusions. Here, Jordan Carter writes about how the discovery of a 1977 book of line drawings by American artist Fred Sandback (1943–2003) prompts new thinking about the artist’s sculptures made using yarn or…
Listening Mix: Devendra Banhart & Friends
The Green Room
LISTENING MIX provides a musical preview for artists visiting the Walker. Combining their work with sounds from a variety of contextual sources, LISTENING MIX can be experienced before or after a performance. For his two-evening event this weekend, Wind Grove Mind Alone, singer/songwriter Devendra Banhart has gathered a group of collaborators, contemporaries, mentors, and friends. It wasn’t so long…
Remembering Martin Friedman (1925–2016)
Martin Friedman, Walker Art Center director from 1961 to 1990, has passed away at age 90. In commemoration of his pivotal role in shaping the Walker’s values, vision, and future, curator Joan Rothfuss shares her perspective on Friedman’s life and legacy—from his keen curation to his transformation of the Walker into a “laboratory for artists” to the vision that brought us the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
What We Leave Behind
Sean Connaughty on the tales left behind in our garbage, stories about human choice and ignorance, as seen through the lens of his recently released Anthropocenic Midden Survey and a new documentary on nuclear waste, Containment.
What is a Contemporary Collection? Thoughts on the Walker Moving Image Commissions and the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection
The Walker Moving Image Commissions is an online series in which five artists responded to selections from the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. Premiered in the Walker Cinema and released for a limited run online, the Moving Image Commissions were initiated in May 2015 with premieres of work by Moyra Davey and James Richards that focused […] TheWalker Moving Image Commissionsis an online…
Affable Experimentation: Steve Lehman Octet at the Walker
The Green Room
To spark discussion, the Walker invites Twin Cities artists and critics to write overnight reviews of our performances. The ongoing Re:View series shares a diverse array of independent voices and opinions; it doesn’t reflect the views or opinions of the Walker or its curators. Today, Sam Segal shares his perspective on last Saturday’s performance by the […] To spark discussion, the Walker invites Twin…
Turning Snow: Olga Viso on Martin Friedman’s Legacy
Martin Friedman, the Walker’s director from 1961 to 1990, passed away in New York City on May 9, 2016. When I began my tenure at the Walker in early 2008, it had been almost 20 years since Martin Friedman had retired. As the institution’s third and longest-serving director, Martin was legendary and his influence foundational. Indeed […] Martin Friedman, the Walker’s director from 1961 to 1990, passed away…