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Art News from Elsewhere
Among nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards is artist Eric Timothy Carlson, who’s up for Best Recording Package for designing the artwork for Bon Iver’s 22, a Million—a release that received a nod of its own, for best Alternative album.
Listening for Pauline (In Memoriam Pauline Oliveros 1932–2016)
The Green Room
America lost a treasured and transformative artist on November 24, 2016, with the passing of Pauline Oliveros, composer, performer, and tenacious humanitarian. The art world lost a vital creator of new music, a renowned electronic music innovator and composer, the creator of deep listening and other experimental practices, a genius inventor of sound making software, […] America lost a treasured and…
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Campaign
Naeem Mohaiemen (Text) & Hans Haacke (Images)
“Flood a gallery, embalm an animal, smash an object—critics hail these gestures as having the power to ‘shape worlds.’ But when artists sit down with museum administrators and read a list of demands for labor rights, this work suddenly becomes illegible to the same museum.” Naeem Mohaiemen reflects on the Gulf Labor Coalition’s fight for fair conditions for workers constructing western museums in Abu Dhabi.
Breaking New Ground
When shovels hit soil last fall to begin a renovation that’ll unify all 19 acres of the Walker/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden campus, it was a groundbreaking in literal and figurative senses: the project is the physical manifestation of a reorientation toward our community that’s also happening behind the scenes. Our aim: to make the Walker even more open and responsive to artists and audiences alike.
Letter from the Executive Director
When shovels hit soil in early August 2015 to launch the first phase of a renovation that will unify the 19 acres that comprise the Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden campus, it was groundbreaking in both literal and figurative senses: the project is the physical manifestation of a reorientation toward our community that’s also happening behind the scenes. As we move our front door…
A Refusal: Dread Scott on Trump, Flag Burning, and the Suppression of Dissent
“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag,” Donald Trump tweeted on November 29. “If they do, there must be consequences—perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” The statement shocked many, including artist Dread Scott, who in 1989 created What is the Proper Way to Display a US Flag?, an artwork that enraged legislators and sparked laws banning flag desecration.
Art News from Elsewhere
Call for Relevance
“It will not be enough to languish in mythological beliefs about art’s value as a humanistic salve, or to fly the flag for ‘political art.’ […] We have to debate strategy.” Critic Ben Davis unpacks the liberal art world’s failure to influence minds during the election.
Bringing Backstage into the Spotlight
The Green Room
To bring any theater piece to life, a raft of unseen technicians works quietly backstage. In Karen Sherman’s new dance/performance work, stagehands—and their vulnerabilities and mortality—take center stage in an arresting meditation on labor, life, and loss. Here, she discusses Soft Goods, the tragedies that sparked it, and the challenges of crossing between roles as performer and technician.
One Work: Mary Coyne on Jasper Johns’s Walkaround Time
In the One Work series, Walker curators explore the history of single works held within the permanent collection. Rather than examining these in isolation, the works are considered through the lens of their past exhibition history, exploring how an artwork’s context influences interpretation. In February 2017, Jasper Johns’s stage décor for Merce Cunningham’s Walkaround Time will […] In theseries, Walker…