The most noteworthy ideas, events, and objects of 2017 as witnessed by 15 artists from around the globe. Read the lists.
Opening Dec. 16 at the Legion of Honor, Lynn Hershman Leeson's new installation exactingly recreates San Francisco scenes from Hitchcock's 1958 film to explore questions of double and hidden identity.
Fearing state media wouldn't cover mass evictions of migrant workers, painter Hua Yong has fled China—after police tried to arrest him for posting videos of demolished migrant housing online.
Naming Jerusalem Israel's capitol—write 100+ artists including Tunde Adebimpe, Brian Eno, and Mona Hatoum—"erases Palestinians, as a political and cultural presence, from the life of their own city."
The Walker's Gwyneth Shanks revisits a 2014 performance by Rafa Esparza and Rebeca Hernandez along the LA River and its relationship to the nearby waterway and California’s historic draught.
Exploring privilege and family, Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men marks a major first: coming next summer, it's the first play written by an Asian American woman to be produced on Broadway.
"How do we live and dwell in cities and not in cities?" Artist and Black feminist scholar Tia-Simone Gardner discusses the mobile tiny house she's developing as a PhD student at the University of MN.
Trumpism, writes critic Ben Davis, "finds its roots in the museum as well as the megachurch and draws as much power from cynical sophisticates as it does from the sans culottes."
Works by Beth Gill, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and the late, great Merce Cunningham—including the Walker's sprawling Common Time exhibition—top the year in dance for Times critics.
Derived from the African talking drum, Kerry James Marshall's A Monumental Journey will pay homage to the National Bar Association, a black lawyers association founded in Des Moines in 1924.
Praised for art addressing colonialism, racism, and institutional invisibility, Lubaina Himid has won the Turner Prize. She's the first woman of color and oldest recipient of the 33-year-old prize.
David Lang's new work, composed for 400 amateur musicians playing broken instruments, is part of an effort to raise funds to fix 1,000 damaged instruments for use in cash-strapped Philly schools.
"Curatolatry (as in the worship of curation and curators) is really booming," writes Thomas Frank, who explores the term's considerable baggage—including its class and political connotations.
Jaishri Abichandani led a “feminist participatory public performance” outside the Met Breuer on Dec. 3 in response to a show of photos by Raghubir Singh, who she says sexually abused her in the '90s.
The graphic designer behind some of America's most recognizable logos—for the Smithsonian, Mobil, NYU, Pan Am, and the Library of Congress, to name a few—has died. Ivan Chermayeff was 85.
Carey Young's Declared Void (2005) "should lead us to contemplate other spaces—Abu Ghraib, Soviet gulags, Auschwitz—where law was absent," says Jared Goldstein, a lawyer for Gitmo detainees.
The Sackler family name, synonymous with art philanthropy, is now linked through its pharmaceutical industry ties to the opioid crisis, prompting a broader question: should museums vet donors?
From a wrecking ball bell razing a pharmaceutical plant to a film about parrots shot under a radio telescope dish, Allora & Calzadilla's art juxtaposes contexts to make larger points about the world.
“Students learn quickly that their professional success is linked to their willingness to play by the rules.” Coco Fusco on art schools’ instrumental roles in perpetrating a culture of sexual abuse.
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.
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.
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 2016.
Offering perspectives from those closest to the art, this recurring video series gives voice-of-the-artist perspectives on work on view.
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.
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.