With the Twin Cities and people around the world, we grieve the murder of George Floyd and all victims of police brutality. We condemn racism, intersectional discrimination, fear-mongering, and acts of violence against all communities of color. Black lives matter.
The Walker Art Center has a role in the creative and cultural life of this community and, as such, must foster transparency, free speech, and criticality. In addition to demanding justice, we are committed to racial equity, internally and externally, and will continue to foreground the voices of Black artists and historically marginalized artists who light the way to a more just society.
By Keno Evol
George Floyd and What Black Utopian Thinking Can Offer Us
“We are wondering: what’s next? Will we achieve justice? Is achievement even the right term? What can be achieved when the loved one is already stolen? After death, does achievement always live under grief?” Poet and educator Keno Evol reflects on Black utopianism in response to the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
By Dread Scott
“Illegitimate”: Dread Scott on the Killing of Michael Brown
“History is on repeat.” Rereading his 2015 Artist Op-Ed in light of the police killing of George Floyd, Dread Scott noted the piece’s “haunting relevance” today. Offering artists a platform to respond to urgent events in the news, the ongoing series has featured Jack Whitten, Gordon Hall, Ana Tijoux, and others.
MORE THAN WORDS
On Race and Resistance
SPACE FOR RESPITE AND REFLECTION
Nicole J. Caruth
Shadows at the Crossroads
Honoring important Minnesotans of color, this work by Twin Cities artists Ta-coumba T. Aiken, Rosemary Soyini Vinelle Guyton, and Seitu Jones embeds the shadows of figures, including Harriet Robinson Scott, Maḣpiya Wic̣aṡṭa, and Kirk Washington, Jr., into the Garden’s footpaths.
Black Vessel for a Saint
Conceived as a secular sacred sanctuary, Theaster Gates’s sculpture consists of a black brick tempietto that’s home to a statue of Saint Laurence, salvaged from a church in the artist’s South Side Chicago neighborhood.
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