Established and emerging artists, historical and contemporary themes: Platforms juxtaposes moving image works from the Walker’s collection with new commissions by 12 international artists. The films and videos on view cover a wide range of political and cultural issues—from atomic bomb testing on Bikini Atoll to telepathic improvisation—all while staying at the forefront of the avant-garde. The new works bridge generations: the contemporary artists each create a piece inspired by the work of a specific predecessor. The dynamic initiative weaves together production, scholarship, distribution, and archival research.
Explore the Web
Originally developed for viewing on the Walker’s website, these commissions were created for a truly international audience. Visit the Moving Image Commissions page to watch the videos, read critical essays, and learn more about the artists.
Experience in the Gallery
These forward-thinking filmmakers reimagined how their art can be shared. During Platforms, you can see the commissions differently: installed in the gallery, side by side with the works that inspired them, for the first time. See schedule below.
View in the Mediatheque
Now part of the Walker’s collection, these videos are available daily in the Bentson Mediatheque, located in the Main Lobby. Make your own playlist with works from the exhibition in the museum’s unique self- select cinema.
On View & In Gallery Now: Inhabited Figures
In the playful and conceptual Figures of Wax (Jeremy Bentham) (1974), Belgian poet and artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924–1976) interviews a wax bust of the English philosopher Jeremy Bentham. The film inspired artists Shahryar Nashat and Uri Aran to respond with new works incorporating physical theater and abstract portraits of the human form.
Shahryar Nashat, Present Sore, 2016
A myriad of digitized sources is used to create a composite portrait of the 21st-century body—artificial objects, pharmaceuticals, and money are synthesized into a bruised human form. With rapid editing techniques and a discordant soundtrack, Nashat challenges the idealized image of the body and draws connections to Broodthaers’s interest in challenging institutions and power structures.
Uri Aran, Two Things About Suffering, 2016
Uni Aran’s work captures an expressive yet absurd interactions between two individuals. They engage in a strange power dynamic, performing monologues and movements side-by-side in the ruins of an unidentified building. Two Thing About Suffering explores the breakdowns in meaning and communication that occur when moving between different cultural contexts and landscapes.
Platforms: Collection and Commissions is divided into six seven-week-long rotations, each presenting a single landmark film from the collection alongside the commissions it inspired. Viewers are encouraged to visit the exhibition multiple times to experience yet another new perspective.
Leslie Thornton, They Were Just People, 2016
James Richards and Leslie Thornton, Crossing, 2016
Bruce Conner, CROSSROADS, 1976
Curators: Sheryl Mousley, senior curator, Moving Image; and Ruth Hodgins, Bentson
archivist/assistant curator, Moving Image
The Walker Moving Image Commissions are generously supported by the Bentson Foundation.