- via vanityfair.comArt After Protest
"On some blocks 'unity' reads like we got this, on others it sounds like calm down." Poet Danez Smith offers a powerful meditation on the storefront art, and commerce, responding to the police murder of George Floyd.
- via dancemagazine.comQuarantine Dances
"Limitations foster creativity." Courtney Escoyne looks at the best dance projects to come out of quarantine, including the Walker's Come On In, a digital counterpart to Faye Driscoll's first solo museum exhibition.
- via moma.orgMasque-culotte and More
In conversation with Ana Janevski, artist Simone Forti talks about how she's been occupying herself during pandemic, from making a series of paper-bag drawings to inventing the masque-culotte, a COVID mask made from underpants.
- via nytimes.com"Enough is Enough"
LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ed Ruscha, and Carrie Mae Weems are among artists whose works will be presented publicly in battleground states ahead of election day as part of the new Enough of Trump initiative.
- via artnews.comPassings: Keith Sonnier
Artist Keith Sonnier has died at age 78. Aiming to expand sculpture's boundaries, he used unconventional materials including fabric, foam, and neon lights "to psychologically evoke certain kinds of feelings."
- via artnet.comRepatriation in the Arts
Acknowledging that its sits on Indigenous land, Yale Union, a decade-old art center in Portland, Oregon, has announced it will shut down and transfer ownership of its land and building to the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation.
- via brooklynrail.orgViral Media
"There's something virus-like about social media, in the way it operates, in the way it taps into our physiology on a chemical level in our brain." Piotr Szyhalski on coronavirus, social media, and his daily COVID-19 Reports.
- via rollingstone.comRock and Reparations
"I believe everybody that is participating in the music industry today has an enormous debt to a lot of artists that were never paid." Wilco's Jeff Tweedy shares his proposals for a more equitable music industry.
- via artfuljaunts.comBetter Monuments
"I decided that rather than numbness, I'm just going to put my energy in the direction of what it is I'd like to see." Jeffrey Gibson on monuments and his new work at Socrates Sculpture Park, inspired by a pre-Columbian ziggurat.
- via nytimes.comRemembering Morricone
"Dare we compare the five notes of his famous 'coyote call' in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly with the four opening notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony?" John Zorn on film composer Ennio Morricone, who died July 6 at 91.
- via mprnews.orgPeace Garden
Designed months before the police killing of George Floyd, Walker artist-in-residence Jordan Weber's urban agriculture project/art installation in North Minneapolis has become a space of healing and solace.
- via nytimes.comPassings: Milton Glaser
Milton Glaser—the graphic designer behind iconic visuals including the 1977 "I ♥ NY" logo and a psychedelic poster included with Bob Dylan's 1967 greatest hits album—has passed away at age 91.
- via artspace.comA Black Presence
Kerry James Marshall says his art doesn't address the idea of racism: "What I am doing is establishing a black presence that isn’t traumatically conditioned by its relationship to a practice or structure called racism.”
- via artnews.comPassings: Luther Price
Experimental filmmaker Luther Price, whose films were screened at the Walker in 2013, has died at age 58. He is known for manipulating and distressing found footage celluloid to create haunting works.
- via kqed.orgArtist Resistance Tools
From KQED, "five artist-made tools that support protests on the ground, resist surveillance’s biased gaze, fight back against social alienation, and combat technologies imbued with anti-blackness."
- via parisreview.orgPerforming Whiteness
"White folks, you must dig into your embodied racism, even—especially—if you think it’s not there." Sarah Bellamy, artistic director of St. Paul's Penumbra Theatre Company, on racism and the body.
- via latimes.comA Model for Reopening?
After a "360-degree exercise" to analyze its practices, the Guggenheim Bilbao is among the first major museums to open since the coronavirus pandemic began. It may offer a template for US institutions as they move to reopen.
- via theartnewspaper.comWhat Has Changed?
"The people have learned to write with fire and it is a language understood around the world." Dread Scott revisits his Artist Op-Ed from 2014 in light of global protests against police brutality.
- via time.com"Solace... not Hope"
"This Black mother understands the fire," writes Titus Kaphar of his painting for TIME's cover. "Black mothers understand despair. I can change NOTHING in this world, but in paint, I can realize her. This brings me solace…"
- via seitujonesstudio.com#Blues4George
As murals honoring the life of George Floyd pop up across the Twin Cities and the world, artist Seitu Jones hopes to see even more: he's offering downloadable stencils to make memorial art on storefronts and streets everywhere.
- via mprnews.orgSupport Black Artists
"The Twin Cities is home to numerous black-led arts organizations; typically such groups are chronically underfunded. Here’s a list of black-led arts organizations in the Twin Cities that could use your support."
- via artforum.comCOVID and the Culture Economy
“The field of nonprofit arts and culture is unlikely to return to its pre-Covid state for the foreseeable future, if ever.” A new report predicts the US arts and culture sector will lose $6.8 billion due to the pandemic.
- via dancemagazine.comHas Anyone Asked Artists What They Need?
“Have you, institutions, organizations, studios, theaters, etc, taken a moment to call your artists and ask them what they need, so when you're ready to open back up, they are mentally, physically and emotionally ready as well?"
- via filmkrant.nlPost-Pandemic Film
"Perhaps this current situation will breed a group of people who have developed an ability to stay in the present moment longer than others." Filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul offers a speculative take on post-pandemic cinema.
- via onassis.orgNot Another Quarantine Diary
The ENTER project commissions artists like Emily Johnson, Annie Dorsen, and Radiohole to make new works over 120 hours from their homes to serve to help us "understand the present, to learn from it, to narrate and banish it."
- via nytimes.comTop Museum Sites During Pandemic
"The truth is that a museum’s digital assets can’t duplicate its brick-and-mortar presence—and the best of them, the ones selected here, do not try." A look at the top museum websites during COVID-19 (including the Walker's).
- via frieze.comThe Aesthetics of Zoom
Many have opined over the years about "the false binary in the popular imagination between our offline and online lives. Now, the digital world is so dominant over the ‘real’ world that the distinction is become obsolete."
- via nytimes.comWalking LA During Pandemic
"I want to see people walking our streets and not feel that their presence is somehow related to the world's falling apart." Geoff McFetridge—part of our 2013 Insights lectures—has created a meditation how pandemic has changed LA.
- via art-agenda.comThe Online Exhibition
"A successful space for people to come together right now should begin with what art institutions are already doing—online or offline—and making a space where these meet." Orit Gat on exhibitions in this online-only moment.
- via nytimes.comPassings: Bruce Baillie
Known for lyrical landscape works, the San Francisco experimental filmmaker Bruce Baillie—whose "technical tour de force" Castro Street is part of the of the Walker's Ruben/Bentson film collection—died April 10 at 88.
- via latimes.comQuarantine Opera
"Not a spectator opera, but a participant opera": that's how Opera Povera cofounder Sean Griffin describes Full Pink Moon, an opera by the late Pauline Oliveros that'll be performed live online on April 7 by 250+ artists.
- via newrepublic.comThe Hollow Politics of Minimalism
"How did the United States, a nation whose credo is consumption [...] come to embrace an anti-consumerist, austerely styled trend—and one with the same name as a 1960s art movement?" Jillian Steinhauer on Minimalism.
- via theguardian.comPreserving Jarman's Home
The largest ever arts crowdfunding campaign ever—launched in January by actor Tilda Swinton—has successfully raised enough funds to buy and preserve the late filmmaker Derek Jarman's home, Prospect Cottage, in Kent, England.
- via artnet.comReimagining Art’s Mission in the Age of COVID-19
"Consuming culture passively mirrors a sense of helplessness and atomization." Ben Davis calls for a reconsideration of what art can be and do for us right now and as we go deeper into this pandemic.
- via artnews.comPassings: Maurice Berger
Art historian Maurice Berger has died from coronavirus-related causes. Through shows and writings—including the "Race Stories" NYT column and 1990's "Are Art Museums Racist?"—he addressed issues of whiteness and racism.
- via mcn.eduVirtual Visitation
As schools close and museums shutter globally to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, MCN shares a rich list of resources for home-bound culture fans, from virtual tours and online exhibitions to e-learning for kids and grownups.
- via artnet.comCanceled Culture
Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair is the latest in a long list of events canceled, modified, or postponed over fears surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Artnet News offers a running tally of affected events.
- via nytimes.comReimagining PS122
The director of Performance Space New York (PS122) has stepped back to let a group of artists—including Sarah Michelson and Adam and Zack Khalil—reimagine the organization as a more relevant, inclusive, artist-centered space.
- via ajc.comArmajani's Cauldron
Atlanta's Olympic cauldron—created by Minneapolis artist Siah Armajani—will be lit for the first time since the 1996 Games during a Feb. 29 marathon that'll determine which six athletes will represent the US in Tokyo this summer.
- via theintercept.comAlgorithmic Intervention
“We are being electronically monitored for a set of connections that make up our lives.” Forensic Architecture's Eyal Weizman discusses being barred from entry to the US by a Department of Homeland Security algorithm.
- via nytimes.comSculptor of the Female Gaze
“The French think it’s their rooster; the Minnesotans think it’s their rooster. It’s everyone’s rooster." Megan O'Grady profiles Katharina Fritsch, creator of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden's iconic Hahn/Cock.
- via theguardian.comKruger on this Political Moment
“Failure to communicate in clear, economic terms what the real danger of the moment is is a tragedy,” says Barbara Kruger, discussing her Frieze week banner project in LA. “The right has no trouble speaking their rage."
- via mprnews.orgBong's Tales
Days after his historic Oscar night, Bong Joon Ho visited the Walker to share stories from an illustrious career, from basing the monster in The Host on Steve Buscemi's face to the writing process for Parasite.
- via nytimes.comDesigns for Different Futures
“The show is about world building as much as about design." A look at the new future-oriented design exhibition co-organized by Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
- via latimes.comPassings: John Baldessari
The LA-based conceptual artist—who believed “the idea that generates the work is the key to the work, not the craft” and that art and art schools were “the last bastions of democratic thinking”—died January 4 at age 88.
- via inquirer.comSpreadsheet Power
"The most significant organizing tool of the year was a Google spreadsheet containing thousands of anonymous museum workers’ salaries." The Philadelphia Inquirer on Art+Museum Transparency's work on fair labor in the arts.
- via mprnews.orgCinematic Cunningham
"Bob Rauschenberg described it once: he said we only have two things in common, our ideas and our poverty," says the late Merce Cunningham in a new documentary about his collaborative and cross-disciplinary dance practice.
- via frieze.comAddicted to Flying
"Despite our awareness of the apocalyptic Anthropocene—a curatorial buzzword long before it became mainstream—we seem to feel that travel is either a right or a necessity." Kyle Chayka on climate and the art world's jet set.
- via thenewyorker.comThe Art of Dying
"Death is like painting rather than like sculpture, because it’s seen from only one side." Art critic Peter Schjeldahl, revealing a terminal cancer diagnosis at age 77, muses on art, family, and his "lifelong lover: you, reader."
- via theroot.comChanneling Lena
Artist and singer Solange Knowles has won Town Hall's inaugural Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact. She's donating the $100K prize to Project Row Houses, a Houston art organization in her native Third Ward.
- via theguardian.comPrizing Solidarity
The artists shortlisted for the 2019 Turner Prize—Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo, and Tai Shan—will split a £40,000 purse after a plea to judges on the grounds of “commonality, multiplicity, and solidarity.”
- via pbs.orgEnjoying the Moment
"How can we turn some of the negativity around Alzheimer's and say, let's just accept it, deal with it, and enjoy what we can?" PBS NewsHour looks at Contemporary Journeys, the Walker program for people living with memory loss.
- via theartnewspaper.comBoss Shortlist
Nairy Baghramian—subject of a 2017–2018 Walker solo show and Garden commission—joins artists Kevin Beasley, Deana Lawson, Elias Sime, Cecilia Vicuña, and Adrián Villar Rojas on the shortlist for the 2020 Hugo Boss Prize.
- via artnews.comPassings: Huang Yong Ping
The Paris-based Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping has died at age 65. Founder of Xiamen Dada and subject of the Walker retrospective House of Oracles, he's known for provocative, poetic, and politically potent conceptual art.
- via nytimes.comPassings: John Giorno
Poet and artist John Giorno has died at age 82. The star of Warhol's Sleep (1963), he is perhaps best known for Dial-A-Poem, a phone service delivering readings by voices from Allen Ginsberg to the Black Panthers.
- via artnews.comRevoked and Reinstated
The German city of Aachen has rescinded a €10K prize for artist Walid Raad over his support of the pro-Palestine BDS movement, but the administrator of the Aachen Art Prize, the Ludwig Forum, has announced he'll receive it anyway.
- via theguardian.comFons Americanus
"Walker has got the tone just right." Adrian Searle on Kara Walker's Turbine Hall commission, a rumination on empire and slavery that's "sardonic, barbed, monstrous, absurd, astonishing and funny, tipping over into the obscene."
- via artforum.comTraining AI
ImageNet—a database of more than 14 million images used to train AI technologies—will remove some 600,000 images after Trevor Paglen and researcher Kate Crawford unveiled a project that reveals biases in facial recognition.
- via nytimes.comPassings: Robert Frank
Robert Frank—whose photo book The Americans ranks with "de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and James’ The American Scene as one of the definitive statements of what this country is about”—has died.
- via startribune.comA Distinguished Career
Jim Denomie has been named the recipient of the McKnight Foundation's 2019 Distinguished Artist Award, Minnesota's highest art prize. The Ojibwe painter is the first Native American to win the annual $50,000 prize.
- via fringearts.comMeditation on America
In a new podcast, Kelly Copper discusses Nature Theater of Oklahoma's Pursuit of Happiness (on the Walker stage Sept. 13–14), a show that combines the machismo (and morality tales) of old westerns with modern geopolitics.
- via newyorker.comShadow Maker
"Through her work and words, she became something like a muse, teacher, mother, clairvoyant, and judge. Always a presence urging me on." Kara Walker on her portrait of Toni Morrison for the cover of the New Yorker.
- via npr.orgPassings: Toni Morrison
“We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.” Toni Morrison, the Nobel Prize-winning author of Beloved and The Bluest Eye, has passed away at age 83.
- via artnet.comAn Irreplaceable Archive
“The images are not dead images—they are alive with power and deserve a structure that is as equally alive." Artist Theaster Gates on news that four foundations have acquired the archives of Ebony and Jet magazines.
- via archdaily.comPassings: Cristiano Toraldo di Francia
Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, co-founder of the radical architectural firm Superstudio, has died at 78. The collective's avant-garde work was featured in the Walker's Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia in 2015.
- via eyeondesign.aiga.orgDesign in a Museum Context
“Graphic design is such a wonderfully flexible medium, and you can tell such rich stories through it.” Juliet Kinchin, Alexander Tochilovsky, and Staci Steinberger discuss museums and graphic design as a more expanded field.
- via startribune.comPassings: Cesar Pelli
“It's a mistake to have a style. We architects, we work in too many different places, too many different uses. We need to be more responsive to what we do." Cesar Pelli, architect of the iconic Wells Fargo Center, has died at 92.
- via artforum.comClimate Emergency
Arguing that climate change should be addressed as a national emergency, directors of the Tate pledged to "interrogate our systems, our values and our programs, and look for ways to become more adaptive and responsible."
- via arthouseconvergence.orgCinema of Conscience
In this age of xenophobic governmental policies, community-based art house cinemas have a responsibility, writes AHC's Alison Kozberg, to "denounce racist rhetoric and actions" and create "spaces of healing and collaboration."
- via nytimes.comCornerstones
"It was impossible, some argued, to rank art. It was also impossible to select just 10." Two curators and three artists—including Rirkrit Tiravanija and Martha Rosler—discuss on 25 works of art that define the contemporary age.
- via newyorker.comSensory Confinement
Rights groups say prolonged lack of human contact and sensory deprivation experienced by inmates in solitary confinement qualifies as torture. It's a problem the artist-run project Photo Requests from Solitary aims to alleviate.
- via npr.orgPassings: João Gilberto
"His uncanny ability to syncopate his vocal delivery, while keeping a simple groove was his trademark sound—several others tried to imitate him, with no success." João Gilberto, architect of Bossa Nova, has died at age 88.
- via frieze.comArchitectural Heritage
Hailed for offering "innovative solutions to the needs for housing, worship, work or leisure," eight Frank Lloyd Wright designs are now recognized as historically and culturally significant by the World Heritage Committee.
- via nytimes.comDiversifying Criticism
“It’s 2019 and we're in the middle of a renaissance in black artistic production," tweets art critic Antwaun Sargent. "And you are telling me the best people to evaluate that are the same ones who basically ignored black artists?"
- via artnews.comPassings: Douglas Crimp
"It has become impossible to write the history of postmodern art without referring at least once to his criticism." Douglas Crimp, whose writings have explored topics from institutional critique to art and AIDS, has died at 74.
- via frieze.comA Culture of Censorship
"Arts organizations and artists are increasingly self-censoring," notes Jodie Ginsburg. "They’re frightened of either the mob reaction that could come through social media, or reactions such as a funder pulling its support."
- via nytimes.comCinematic Exclusion
“It’s like they set us up to fail—all they wanted was to be able to pat themselves on the back like they did something," says Darnell Martin of the tokenization and disenfranchisement of Black filmmakers in the 1990s and 2000s.
- via prweb.comPassings: Charles Ginnever
Charles Ginnever—whose Cor-Ten steel sculpture Nautilus (1976), long a favorite in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (and now sited in Gold Medal Park on Minneapolis's riverfront)—has passed away at age 87.
- via eyeondesign.aiga.orgWhat Does It Mean to Decolonize Design?
"How have colonial histories affected the way in which we design? And what can we do to adjust our mindset and practices?" Anoushka Khandwala on how decolonizing design must go far beyond diversity.
- via artnews.comPassings: Robert Therrien
Los Angeles–based sculptor Robert Therrien, whose whimsical works include an outsized table and folding chairs featured in the 2012 Walker exhibition Lifelike, has passed away at age 71.
- via latimes.comRestaging Atlas
"It’s a piece that challenges all the norms of how you produce opera.” Yuval Sharon on producing Meredith Monk's 1991 opera Atlas—the first artist Monk has entrusted to perform her work—in LA June 11–14.
- via theguardian.comPressure Over Petroleum
“Evidence of the damage fossil fuels cause to the climate, and especially to poor, marginalised and vulnerable communities, is irrefutable.” Gary Hume and others call on the UK's National Portrait Gallery to cut ties with BP.
- via nytimes.comA Return
Kehinde Wiley’s artists’ residency program in Dakar offers not only financial support and collaborative openings for visual artists, writers, and filmmakers: it aims to help rejuvenate African creative traditions.
- via frieze.comFinancial Transparency
“A few years ago, thinking about transparency and the multi-vectored gaps in pay, I started sharing my salaries for each job I’ve had,” writes curator Michelle Millar Fisher. Thousands in the art world are following suit.
- via nytimes.comPassings: I.M. Pei
I.M. Pei, the celebrated modernist architect who designed iconic buildings including the Louvre pyramid, East Building of the National Gallery of Art, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, has passed away at age 102.
- via wwd.comThe Fashion of Dance
"Let’s go back to our bodies." In receiving the 2019 Isamu Noguchi Award on May 2, Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo spoke of her collaboration with dancemaker Merce Cunningham on 1997's Scenario.
- via deadline.comRace & Resegregation
Jeff Chang's We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation—excerpted on Walker Reader in 2016—has been turned into a 4-part docuseries premiering May 14 on the Indie Lens Storycast channel and Facebook Watch.
- via wnycstudios.orgMeeting Gorbachev
"I asked him, 'What should be on your gravestone?' And he gave a wonderful answer: 'We tried.'" Werner Herzog talks with On the Media about his film on perestroika architect Mikhail Gorbachev, a man "with a very deep soul."
- via nytimes.comCitizen-Sculptor
“'I think I’m a patriot,' he said, with doubt in his voice—but an American who has serious doubts about what, ethically, American means, particularly now." Holland Cotter profiles Martin Puryear on the eve of the Venice Bienalle.
- via medium.comThe Politics of Space
Trevor Paglen's Orbital Reflector, a satellite launched Dec. 2018, was created to ask: who gets to use space? But the government shutdown stymied its full deployment, sparking deeper questions about the politics of space.
- via nytimes.comNight of 100 Solos
Marking the April 16 centennial of Merce Cunningham's birth, dancers in NY, LA, and London will perform 100 solos—all livestreamed on the Cunningham Trust site—in hopes of opening up the dance icon's work to a new generation.
- via theguardian.comNotre Dame Ablaze
Flames tore through the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral April 15, destroying the spire and spreading to the historic bell towers of the gothic masterpiece. No one was injured, but priceless artworks are feared lost in the blaze.
- via indiewire.comPassings: Agnès Varda
Filmmakers around the world—including Martin Scorsese, JR, and Barry Jenkins—are mourning the death at age 90 of French New Wave pioneer Agnès Vardes, maker of classics like Cleo From 5 to 7 and The Gleaners and I.
- via petapixel.comPeace Photography
On the 50th anniversary of Yoko Ono and John Lennon's Bed-In for Peace at an Amsterdam hotel, photographer Govert De Roos (who was only 15 at the time) recalls how he captured his iconic photos—by faking a press pass.
- via nytimes.com"It's About Time"
"Once on the margins, older African-American artists are suddenly a hot commodity," writes Hilarie M. Sheets. But for artists like Melvin Edwards, Lorraine O’Grady, and McArthur Binion, the overdue recognition comes with a price.
- via theguardian.comOpioid Prediction
“I hope there is a domino effect now; there needs to be.” Artist Nan Goldin on the UK's National Portrait Gallery declining a £1M donation from the Sacklers over the family's ties, via Purdue Pharma, to the opioid crisis.
- via nytimes.comPassion for Democracy
The Walker's Siah Armajani show, now at Met Breuer, is "well-timed for an era of sundering moral confusion and offers ways forward from it," writes Holland Cotter, who calls the artist a "a wry metaphysician."
- via vanityfair.comPassings: Barbara Hammer
"If I don’t share what’s deeply personal then I don’t learn the deeply personal of others." AM Homes shares an intimate interview with experimental queer filmmaker Barbara Hammer, who passed away Mar. 16 at age 89.
- via theguardian.comKara Walker to Fill Turbine Hall
Hailed for art that "addresses history and identity with a powerful directness, but also with great understanding, nuance and wit," Kara Walker has been selected as the next artist to fill Tate Modern's massive Turbine Hall.
- via artnews.comPassings: Okwui Enwezor
"One of the leaders of the free curatorial world," Okwui Enwezor—the first African-born curator of the Venice Biennale, former director of Haus der Kunst in Munich, and curator of Documenta XI—has passed away at age 55.
- via nytimes.comComing Home to Photography
After a year spent in contemplation—and not making pictures of people—Alec Soth has returned, with a new perspective and a new body of work featuring in-home portraits of individuals who “know how to inhabit space.”
- via theguardian.comPassings: Carolee Schneemann
Feminist multidisciplinary artist Carolee Schneemann—who broke taboos around gender, sex, and the body through performative works like Meat Joy and Interior Scroll—has died at age 79.
- via vulture.comMail Art
The US Postal Service will honor Ellsworth Kelly with a series of postage stamps bearing images of the abstractionist's most iconic works. Kelly, who died in 2015, is the only visual artist to be featured on US stamps in 2019.
- via brooklyneagle.comBuilding Bridges
After its 1970 Minneapolis debut, Siah Armajani's Bridge Over Tree is on view for a second time, now in Brooklyn Bridge Park, as a complement to Follow This Line, the Walker-co-organized show at Met Breuer.
- via newyorker.comExit Interview
"The wonderful thing about dying is the interesting processes." Anticipating her death from cancer, feminist filmmaker Barbara Hammer sits for an "exit interview" with her spouse, Florrie Burke, and writer Masha Gessen.
- via startribune.comPassings: Dominick Argento
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and longtime Minnesotan Dominick Argento has died at 91. The Masque of Angels was commissioned by the Walker as the inaugural opera of the Center Opera Company (now Minnesota Opera).
- via nytimes.com75 In, One Out
75 artists—including Jeffrey Gibson, Barbara Hammer, and Wangechi Mutu—will participate in the 2019 Whitney Biennial. One, Michael Rakowitz, has withdrawn in protest of a Whitney vice chair's ownership of a tear gas manufacturer.
- via nytimes.comBracing for Brexit
As the UK moves toward a possible "no deal" exit from the EU on March 29, the art world is preparing for likely administrative hassles, customs fees, and delays related to shipping art to Europe post-Brexit.
- via artnews.comPlein Air Paintings
For its next annual show, opening in April, NYC's High Line is focusing on a medium less prevalent in public art: painting. Eight artists—including Daniel Buren, Ei Arakawa, and Lubaina Himid—will be part of En Plein Air.
- via shadowandact.comDash on Davis
28 years after her lauded directorial debut with Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash has announced her second feature. She revealed at Sundance that she'll be directing a biopic on civil rights leader Dr. Angela Davis.
- via artnews.comPassings: Jonas Mekas
Influential experimental filmmaker Jonas Mekas—co-founder of Anthology Film Archives and Film Culture magazine and creator of the award-winning documentary The Brig (1964)—has died at age 96.
- via eyeondesign.aiga.orgBranding & Social Movements
After the SVA's Masters in Branding Program named the #MeToo movement “Brand of the Year," Billie Muraben asks: Do we risk over-simplifying complex social movements, or do awards like these keep the the activist spirit alive?"
- via artnews.com"Shameful."
“Access to culture is just as much a right as any other, and the president seems intent on scuttling this right too.” Dawoud Bey on the ongoing government shutdown that has closed many federally funded museums.
- via latimes.comPassings: Sister Wendy
“If you don't know about God, art is the only thing that can set you free.It challenges the human spirit to accept a deeper reality.” Sister Wendy Beckett, a cloistered Carmelite nun turned TV art historian, has died at age 88.
- via artforum.comProtesting Decree 349
Tania Bruguera is among those arrested on Dec. 3 for planning a sit-in protest at the Ministry of Culture in Havana over Decree 349, a proposed legislation that "would essentially give the state the power to censor art at will."
- via theguardian.comLabeling Wrongdoing
On museums and #MeToo: “When your organization has a code of conduct and a mission statement, it does a public good to acknowledge the artists you choose to place in your gallery that do not live up to those principles."
- via artnet.comun-Warholian Warhol
"Instead of the Warhol who said 'I want to be a machine,' and tended to bleed his own ideas dry through repetition, the impression you get is of relentless artistic soul-searching." Ben Davis on the Whitney's new Warhol survey.
- via chicagotribune.comSwearing Off Public Art
Despite leaders dropping plans to sell a mural he made for a Chicago library, Kerry James Marshall says he's done making public art: he doesn't want art created out of "civic pride" to be seem "as nothing but cash on the wall."
- via washingtonpost.comPassings: Ntozake Shange
Ntozake Shange—the author of 50 novels, children’s books, poetry collections, and plays, including her celebrated 1976 debut For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf—has died at age 70.
- Via latimes.comWho Is Beyond the Law?
“It’s tragic and sad that there is still resonance on these issues.” Barbara Kruger has created a new version of her incisive, flag-like mural Untitled (Questions)(1990–192) at LA's MOCA Geffen in time for the midterms.
- via nytimes.comDark Forces
"I want my music, my presence, to be a permanent resistance to whatever anti-democratic feature may come out of a probable Bolsonaro government." Legendary Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso on his country's authoritarian turn.
- via npr.orgRecognizing Genius
Choreographer/performer Okwui Okpokwasili is among eight artists named 2018 MacArthur Fellows. Other "genius" grant recipients include: artist/curator Julie Ault, painter Titus Kaphar, and performance artist Wu Tsang.
- via frieze.comMigration & Neighborliness
Exploring the “positive aspects of migration and the power of community action,” Tania Bruguera's new Tate installation includes a small, symbolic element: she renamed the museum's Boiler House after local activist Natalie Bell.
- via theglobeandmail.comSplit Tooth
“Literature has been infected by the long arm of colonialism." Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq discusses her new role as author: her new book offers a mythobiographic glimpse into "what it feels like to be an Indigenous woman."
- via latimes.comTrailblazer
"I don’t think you can say ‘African American art’ without saying ‘Thelma Golden.' You can’t say 'contemporary art' without saying 'Thelma Golden.'" Carolina Miranda profiles the Studio Museum director and 2018 Getty Medal winner.
- via cnn.comEnd to Iran’s Art Boom?
With mounting tensions between Iran and the West, trade sanctions, and Trump’s Muslim travel ban, some fear that Iran's recent art boom may halt—or even be reversed. CNN Style's Alice McCool reports.
- via architecturalrecord.comPassings: Robert Venturi
Pritzker Prize–winning architect Robert Venturi has passed away at age 93. The author of Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture, he espoused an architecture "guided not by habit but by a conscious sense of the past."
- via nytimes.comBeyond Dance
Having removed the word "dance" from his eponymous company's name, Bill T. Jones is exploring expanded forms in his new Analogy Trilogy, which melds movement, dance, storytelling, and oral history.
- via twincities.comShut Out
"These are exactly the types of three-dimensional stories that a misogynist and xenophobe would be scared of." Organizers of Minneapolis's Arab Film Festival decried Trump's travel ban after three of its guest were denied visas.
- via theguardian.comRewinding the Clock
Christian Marclay on the eureka moment that sparked The Clock, his 24-hour montage film: "What if, in the history of film, I could find every minute of 24 hours? But it would take for ever—it’s an impossible task!"
- via nytimes.comWhitten in 3D
Calling the Met Breuer show an "extraordinary journey in three dimensions through art, culture, time and personal experience," Roberta Smith looks at an unexpected trove of sculpture by the late Jack Whitten, a celebrated painter.
- via indiewire.comCollective Cinema
"There’s no point looking at a movie on your laptop on your own at home,” says 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen, who returns to the big screen with Widows. “It’s a communal experience. That’s what cinema is."
- via minnpost.comA Mirror on Minnesota
Minneapolis's Wing Young Huie, subject of the 1999 Walker exhibition Dialogues: Paul Beatty/Wing Young Huie, has been named 2018's McKnight Distinguished Artist, the first time the honor has gone to a photographer.
- via artnews.comPuryear to Rep US at Venice
Martin Puryear—whose Gog & Magog (Ampersand) marks the entrance to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden—has been confirmed as the artist who'll represent the United States at the 2019 Venice Biennale, which opens in May.
- via time.comSpike & Carrie Mae
To commemorate the opening of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, Carrie Mae Weems was tapped to shoot imagery, including the cover, for TIME's Aug 20 issue. But it's not the first time the two artists have crossed paths.
- via nytimes.comWarnings of a Robot-Ruled Future
Set in a high-tech Shanghai warehouse, Cao Fei's Asia One is a "mournfully beautiful hybrid of economic forecast and tragic love story," writes critic Jason Farago, who watches the video with China reporter David Barboza.
- via artforum.com"The AIDS Crisis Is Not Over"
ACT UP is claiming a “major victory” at the Whitney Museum, which has changed a wall label in its David Wojnarowicz retrospective to forefront the artist's activism and underscore that ongoing nature of the AIDS crisis.
- via believermag.com"How Does a Melody Have a Shadow?"
"We think of composition as the diving board, and the improvisation is the swim. And then we climb back out and we dive again." Jason Moran discusses improv jazz, visual art, and his Walker exhibition.
- via npr.orgAi's Studio Razed
"Works were damaged due to the unannounced attack on the studio. There was no caution taken." Ai Weiwei's Beijing studio was demolished Aug. 4 as part of redevelopment the dissident artist says has also wiped out migrant housing.
- via usatoday.comRedford Retires
"Why not go out with something that’s very upbeat and positive?” Confirming news he shared with Walker Reader in 2016, Robert Redford says that after his new movie, The Old Man & The Gun, he's retiring from acting.
- via bbc.comOn Black Madonnas
"Sometimes I wonder: if women had the position they deserved, would things be the same? Would we be as greedy, as corrupt, as non-caring, as warring?" Theaster Gates on strong women, a theme in his new Kustmuseum Basel show.
- via openspace.sfmoma.orgUndesigning Disability
Inclusive design, like The Beam at the de Young Museum, arises from a view of "disability not in terms of health, but as a mismatch between ability and the (designed) environment," writes Monica Westin.
- via frieze.comInflatable Protest
The Trump Baby protest blimp, set to hover in London's skies during the US president's visit, is part of a rich tradition of inflatable protest art by the likes of Ai Weiwei, Lee Bul, Mark Leckey, Jeremy Deller, and others.
- via nytimes.comMotherwell Retrieved
Missing since 1978, a 1967 painting by Robert Motherwell has been returned to the late artist's foundation. It was found in a garage in upstate NY by the son of a man who once worked for a moving company employed by Motherwell.
- via theguardian.comThe List
"The List is not an artwork in itself—the art lies in its dissemination." On World Refugee Day, download the list used by artist Banu Cennetoğlu of the 34,361 migrants and refugees who've died trying to get into the EU.
- via nytimes.com"People Are Dying"
A 700-pound sculpture of a spoon, bent the way addicts do to cook heroin before injecting it, has been left outside the HQ of Purdue Pharma. Now removed, the work aimed to shame the OxyContin maker's role in the opioid epidemic.
- via thecreativeindependent.comState of the Artists
A new survey on the attitudes and realities of financial stability for visual artists finds that the median income of the 1000+ respondents was $20–30K per year, with nearly 60% reporting income of less than $30K per year.
- via washingtonpost.comSecrets of Improv
"In the moment I couldn't event say what was happening." Jazz pianist Jason Moran, the Upright Citizens Brigade's Andy Bustillos and Alex Song, and others weigh in on the science and practice of improvisation.
- via the-tls.co.ukDecolonization = Undoings + New Actions
Decolonization isn't "something to be done by, about and for people of colour," clarifies Sarah Jilani. "Decolonization is different from diversification: it demands fundamental change rather than mere representation."
- via npr.orgMusic for the PEOPLE
Justin Vernon and The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner have launched PEOPLE, a listening platform for "all the raw, the unpackaged, the experiments and the evolved ideas"—including tracks by Poliça, the Dessners, and Bon Iver.
- via louisiana.dkGender Indifference
"In the same sense as gender is fluid, the future and the past are both exploratory, invented spaces where there is no grand narrative and their is not 'other.'" Ryan Trecartin on gender fluidity in his new sci-fi–adjacent short.
- via mprnews.orgMourning Patrick's
Most radical about Patrick's Cabaret, says Patrick Scully of the queer-friendly performance venue he founded, is that it "was a rainbow umbrella that said anybody who wants to stand underneath this umbrella is welcome to be here."
- via nytimes.comPassings: Robert Indiana
Robert Indiana, whose art has been dubbed “Pop poetry of the highway,” has died at age 89. His sculptural renderings of the word "love" have become one of the most recognizable artworks of the 20th century.
- via bombmagazine.comOn Art's Periphery
"I have no desire to be Julian Schnabel or Jeff Koons. I prefer the periphery in that sense." In a wide-ranging interview, Allen Ruppersberg discusses his art career, attention to location, and approach to his source materials.
- via sfgate.comPassings: Larry Harvey
"In Bohemia, in the natural world of the artist, there exists an economy of creative abundance, because this is a world of gift giving." Burning Man founder Larry Harvey, who spoke at the Walker in 2000, has died at age 70.
- via frieze.comA Turner for These Times
Just released, the 2018 Turner Prize shortlist features nominees who are "tackling the most pressing political and humanitarian issues of today”: Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger, and Luke Willis Thompson
- via latimes.comPassings: Laura Aguilar
Best known for photos of her own nude body in nature and patrons of an east LA lesbian bar, Laura Aguilar has died at 58. Her art was "decades ahead of its time," both conceptually and in its address of race and the male gaze.
- via culturedmag.comCrossing the Divide
“The history of jazz and the history of sound is the history of man." Jason Moran discusses his cross-disciplinary Walker exhibition, which features his artwork along sidework by Glenn Ligon, Joan Jonas, Kara Walker, and others.
- via vogue.comImpressions of Prince
Two years after Prince's passing, photographer Alec Soth—who lived next door to the music icon when he was 15—and writer Rebecca Bengal search the Twin Cities for the "impressions" he left behind.
- via rollingstone.comKamasi's Musical Message
Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington: "Someone like Donald Trump can't control the way I show love to my brother. He can't control the way I feel about my neighbors. I'm trying to make the music bigger than the politics."
- via artnews.comMerce's Centennial
To commemorate the centennial of choreographer Merce Cunningham's birth, the trust created in his name will offer a multi-part, multimedia celebration, concluding April 19, 2019—the artist's birthday—with a "Night of 100 Solos."
- via artforum.comPassings: Helen Mayer Harrison
"She gave us hope and a recipe for how to evolve as anthropogenic agents of our own precarious future." Helen Mayer Harrison, who partnered with husband Newton on ecological artworks including Portable Orchard, has died.
- via icaboston.orgMore on #MuseumsAndMeToo
"As misconduct and abuses of power are brought to light, how are cultural institutions to respond? ICA Boston hosts an "open forum" for staff—named and anonymous—to weigh in on allegations against artist Nicholas Nixon.
- via screendaily.comPassings: Yasser Murtaja
Cameraman Yasser Murtaja was shot dead by Israeli troops April 6 while covering demonstrations in Gaza. The founder of the Ain Media collective, he worked on Ai Weiwei's Human Flow and Basma Alsharif’s Ouroboros.
- via theatlantic.comCivil Rights from the Air
Remembering MLK's assassination 50 years ago, The Atlantic shares LaToya Ruby Frazier's aerial photos of sites in Memphis, Chicago, and Baltimore where key Civil Rights protests of the past half century took place.
- via artnews.comFear Eats the Soul
Already printed on posters, a billboard, and newspapers, Rirkrit Tiravanija's statement "FEAR EATS THE SOUL" is now flying on flags at 21 institutions across 16 states as part of Creative Time's Pledges of Allegiance project.
- via wsj.comAn Influencer Among Artists
“Adrian Piper taught me the words ‘artist’ and ‘citizen’ are synonymous.” Glenn Ligon on the influence of the celebrated artist, whose 50-year retrospective is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
- via theartnewspaper.comOn the Engaged Museum
"At a time when the status quo in the US is government-sanctioned racism and xenophobia, it is all the more urgent that museums acknowledge their political histories and adopt stances on contemporary issues."
- via firstamericanartmagazine.comPassings: James Luna
"The man who has been called 'one of the most dangerous Indians alive' has walked on." James Luna, a performance artist of Puyukitchum, Ipai, and Mexican American descent, passed away March 4 at 68.
- via frieze.comArt Space Sanctuaries
Laura Raicovich: "If we truly want to create spaces that are more equitable and, indeed, spaces for the ‘free and open exchange of ideas’ that so many arts institutions proclaim, how can we refuse to be art space sanctuaries?"
- via nytimes.comSun Tunnel Stewards
Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels (1973–1976), four hollow concrete cylinders situated in Utah’s Great Basin desert, has been acquired by the Dia Art Foundation—its first such work by a woman.
- via wsj.comMan of Letters
“I think it gets lost that a lot of what I actually do is look and listen, rather than scream and shout.” Ted Loos profiles "citizen-poet" Adam Pendleton and his Black Dada framework for artmaking.
- via frieze.comOn Dance & "Non-Normative Bodies"
"Among the most topical and controversial developments in the dance world today are works which question the types of bodies that perform on stage," writes Astrid Kaminski.
- via artinamericamagazine.comCopying & Collecting
"I’ve always appreciated things that are undervalued or overlooked—the kinds of things that disappear. So there’s always going to be a melancholy aspect." Allen Ruppersberg on his impulse to collect.
- via artnet.comReckoning for Museums
“As long as museums continue on this path of being spaces of entitlement and privilege, they are going to be targets." Art museum leaders weigh in on how protest is changing the field.
Go behind-the-scenes and explore more than 60 in-depth portraits of directors, actors, writers, and producers who were celebrated in the Walker Cinema at pivotal moments in their careers.
Through a single interface, an array of voices are invited to respond to pressing questions that surround the work of making, presenting, understanding, and living with art today.
A series of commissioned opinion pieces featuring provocative reactions to the headlines by Ron Athey, Gordon Hall, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Postcommodity, Ana Tijoux, Jack Whitten, and others.
“If the music was changing, why wasn’t the format of the jazz magazine shifting around?” Straight from the mind of polymath musician/artist Jason Moran comes a new kind of music publication.
To commemorate the year that was, we invited an array of artists, writers, designers, and filmmakers to share a list of the most noteworthy ideas, events, and objects they encountered in 2019.
UNLICENSED investigates contemporary culture’s obsession with bootlegging by turning to designers and artists who exploit this phenomenon in their practices.
Through short interactive narratives, this ongoing series presents behind-the-scenes tours of your favorite outdoor sculptures.
Offering perspectives from those closest to the art, this recurring video series gives voice-of-the-artist perspectives on work on view.
Ben Davis, Sabaah Folayan, RaMell Ross, and Eric Schlosser consider "truth" in light of Werner Herzog's Trump-era update to the 1999 Minnesota Declaration on truth and fact in documentary cinema.
A program of commissioned moving image works by artists—including James Marwa Arsanios, Yto Barrada, Renée Green, and Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz—who respond to work in the Ruben/Bentson Collection.
An editorial supplement to the conference Superscript: Arts Journalism and Criticism in a Digital Age, featuring commissioned essays by Kimberly Drew, Alexandra Lange, An Xiao Mina, and others.
An ongoing series of essays, translations, interviews, and excerpts examining the past, present, and future of art education, presented by the Walker Education and Public Programs staff.
The Walker Dialogue and Retrospective Series brings together some of the most innovative and influential filmmakers of our time with leading critics, writers, and historians.
A memoir series by the late Walker director Martin Friedman, recounting his encounters with artists including Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, and John Cage.
In serial form, a 10-part curatorial essay from the 2014 exhibition 9 Artists, which featured Yael Bartana, Liam Gillick, Hito Steyerl, Danh Vo, and others.
On September 28 and 29, 2015 the Walker Art Center hosted an invitational curatorial research convening focused on pressing areas of inquiry facing the field of curating contemporary performance.
Avant Museology is a two-day symposium exploring the practices and sociopolitical implications of contemporary museology.
Experimental Jetset, Lucky Dragons, Tomás Saraceno, and others share how 1960s artists featured in the exhibition Hippie Modernism have influenced their work and thinking today.
In interviews with Laurie Anderson, Paul Chan, Trevor Paglen, JoAnn Verburg, and others, this series examines artists' approaches to small-p politics—issues of power, inequality, and participation.
We check in with some of our favorite publication designers, including Eric Wrenn, Paul Chan, Sandra Kassenaar, and Adam Michaels.