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75 Gifts for 75 Years

One of several exhibitions marking the occasion of the Walker’s 75th anniversary, this presentation focuses on the vital role that gifts of art have played in building the collection throughout its history. While the Walker has always made important purchases of art, often acquiring the work of artists early in their careers, this activity alone… More

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Paul Schmelzer

Laugh at Death: Kris Martin on Time, Absence, and Humor

As spring reminds us of the life/death/life cycle, a new work in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden stands as a marker of such transitions. The clapperless bell in Kris Martin’s For Whom… offers a silent meditation on time’s passage. Here the Belgian… More


Jann Haworth

Working Girl

Initially commissioned as a birthday gift for Hugh Hefner, Jann Haworth’s soft-sculpture Playboy Bunny got a new life following a sexist encounter at London’s Playboy Club in the mid-1960s. A celebrated Pop artist and co-designer of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s… More

Natascha Sadr Haghighian

A Crossing

A rubber raft filled with passive world leaders, their arms locked in unity. This image—an uncredited mashup circulated online—combines a photo-op of western politicos at the Paris Charlie Hebdo march with a more recent tragedy: the deaths of hundreds of… More

An Xiao Mina

An Activism of Affirmation

From #BlackLivesMatter to the #UmbrellaMovement, the Web helps artist-activists inform, inspire, and organize around key issues. But art can play a special role within social-change movements as well: It can help transform the… More


Gerardo Mosquera

Tania Bruguera: Artivism and Repression in Cuba

Leaving her Havana home on May 24 after a 100-hour public reading of The Origins of Totalitarianism, Tania Bruguera was intercepted by police—again. After releasing a white dove and throwing Hannah Arendt’s book into the sky… More

Taylor Renee Aldridge and Jessica Lynne

Criticism’s Blackout

When a white, male critic wrote that African-American artist Alma Thomas’s paintings echo “the special middle-ground pleasures of domestic life,” Taylor Aldridge and Jessica Lynne wondered: How might this assessment look if written by a Black critic?  More

Paul Schmelzer

Further Speculation on Digital Arts Media’s Future(s)

Brian Droitcour, Willa Köerner, Antwaun Sargent, and others weigh in on digital art publishing’s possible futures.  More