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Edward Hopper's Creative Process
Edward Hopper discusses the slow development of his iconic images, part of the exhibition Hopper Drawing: A Painter's Process at the Walker Art Center.
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Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers
A visionary and provocateur, Yves Klein took the European art scene by storm in a career that lasted just eight years, from 1954 to 1962. Organized by the Walker Art Center and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, in collaboration with the Yves Klein Archives in Paris, Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers is the first major retrospective of the artist's work in the United States in nearly 30 years.
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Merce Cunningham's Working Process
Acclaimed choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009) was a leading figure in dance for more than half a century. His work embraced critical avant-garde principles and challenged expectations around dance. By emphasizing form over content, Cunningham sought to reduce dance to its essential element: movement. Cunningham also invited chance into his creative process, accepting uncertainty over considered choices. Produced by Twin Cities Public Television in 1981, Cunningham sits down in this segment to discuss his methodology and how a vocabulary of movement fuels his way of thinking.
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Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM/ Crystal Pite | Dark Matters
Canadian dancer/choreographer Crystal Pite and her company break out in the United States with her newest piece, Dark Matters. The title refers both to astrophysics and human impulses, exploring the idea of undetectable forces at work in cosmology. This stunning theatrical hybrid of puppetry and dance opens as a sinister fable in which an artist creates a puppet with fateful results, and culminates in electrifying contemporary ballet. Pite's choreographic language—edgy, gorgeously fluid—shows the influence of years dancing with William Forsythe's Ballet Frankfurt, but is seasoned with her own humor, intelligence, and intensity.
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Jack Whitten on Mapping the Soul
"As an abstract painter, I work with things that I cannot see," says Jack Whitten. "Google has mapped the whole earth. We have maps of Mars. We don't have a map of the soul, and that intrigues me." Here the painter discusses Soul Map, a large-scale acrylic collage on view in the exhibition Jack Whitten: 50 Years of Paintings.
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Marcel Duchamp Talks with Martin Friedman about the Readymade
Marcel Duchamp talks with Martin Friedman, Walker Art Center director (1961-1990), about the readymade. October 18, 1965
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Job Wouters' HOME Mural
During his March 2013 visit to Minneapolis to speak as part of the Insights Design Lecture Series, Amsterdam-based artist/designer Job Wouters--better known as Letman--created a hand-painted mural in the Walker lobby. Inspired by his own history in graffiti, as well as influences from Asian calligraphy to cowboy lettering, Wouters spelled out the word "Home" in pink, brown, and green. "I think a museum can be so much more than a place where some well-lit pieces hang and you feel scared and not at ease," he said, explaining his thinking behind his choice of word. "It's very important to feel safe and comfortable at a museum, enjoying something beautiful or weird or surprising." Links http://www.walkerart.org/channel/2013/job-wouters-letman-amsterdam http://www.letman.com/ http://blogs.walkerart.org/design/2013/03/21/job_wouters_handpainted_mural/
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Baby Marx
This is the original teaser for Baby Marx, an ongoing project by the Mexican artist Pedro Reyes that explores the intersections of mass entertainment, ideology and contemporary art. The teaser was produced for the Yokohama Triennial in Japan in 2008, and was followed by a television pilot shot in Mexico City in 2009. Baby Marx at the Walker uses the tools and procedures of documentary filmmaking to develop and expand on the questions raised by the project to date. Baby Marx will be on display at the Walker Art Center from August 11 to November 27, 2011.
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Bon Iver - ____45____ (Rock the Garden 2017)
Eight bands, two stages, and perfect weather in which to enjoy the beautifully renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden made for a truly memorable Rock the Garden 2017. Copresented by the Walker and 89.3 The Current, the concert featured sets by Bon Iver, The Revolution, Benjamin Booker, Car Seat Headrest, Margaret Glaspy, Dead Man Winter, Bruise Violet, and Dwynell Roland. Relive the day in a video set to headliner Bon Iver’s live performance of “____45____.”
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Chuck Close Discusses Big Self-Portrait (1967–1968)
As part of the Walker's 75th anniversary we are releasing a variety of clips from the Walker's archives. “There’s no question, I had some attitude about the way I wanted to be perceived,” said Chuck Close in discussing his Big Self-Portrait (1967–1968) at the Walker in 1980. “Now it seems very funny wanting to look like this tough guy with a cigarette sticking out of the corner of my mouth and a big, aggressive image of myself and saying to the viewer, ‘Hey, notice my painting, notice me.’ … I think I was trying to find out who I was an artist.”
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The Six Sides of Merce Cunningham
Choreographer Merce Cunningham took chances. Over a seven decade career, his explorations reshaped dance into a new kind of art form, deeply influencing visual art, film, and music along the way. Through experimental collaborations with John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Marcel Duchamp, and others, he became the 20th century's most influential choreographer. In conjunction with the exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time, we look at the many sides of Cunningham: dance maker, collaborator, chance-taker, innovator, film producer, and teacher.
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Peter Eleey discusses Hannah Wilke's The Intra-Venus Tapes
Walker Art Center curator Peter Eleey discusses Hannah Wilke's The Intra-Venus Tapes, part of the Walker's exhibition The Talent Show.
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Lynda Benglis Discusses Adhesive Products
After beginning her career as a painter, Lynda Benglis began seeking a “more sensuous kind of surface.” Her nine-piece work Adhesive Products (1971)—commissioned for the Walker Art Center’s Edward Larabee Barnes–designed building—is a now-iconic result of that experimentation. Over two weeks, she built armatures of chickenwire and plastic, which were suspended from the gallery walls, then poured liquid polyurethane over them to create cascading sculptures that hover above the ground. “I wanted to build up a form so that the viewer could walk around and experience the flow of the material,” Benglis said, “a bodily extension, as you would experience a stream or a river flow with an oil slick on it.”
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Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties
This is the largest exhibition to date to focus on the early work of one of Pop's most widely admired artists. Bringing together nearly 300 pieces from collections around the world, Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties showcases a broad range of the artist's sculptures—including prized works from the Walker Art Center's collection such as Upside Down City (1962) and Shoestring Potatoes Spilling from a Bag (1966).
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Peter Campus discusses his work Shadow Projection
Artist Peter Campus discusses his work Shadow Projection, part of the Walker's exhibition The Talent Show.
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2012 Internet Cat Video Festival
The first Internet Cat Video Festival (#catvidfest) took place at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 30, 2012, as a part of its Open Field program. Drawing an audience of more than 10,000 people (and a few felines), the festival was a communal experience for fans of the online phenomenon of cat videos and included submissions from around the world. Selected from some 10,000 nominations, the program was divided into the categories of Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Animated, Musical, Documentary, Cat Stretch!, Art House, Honorable Mention, Lifetime Achievement, and People's Choice. The Golden Kitty award for best in show went to Henri 2: Paw de Deux, by Will Braden. What began as a social experiment testing the boundaries of online communities and crowd-sourcing public content resulted in attention from local, national, and international audiences and press, including the Los Angeles Times, Wired, Newsweek, Huffington Post, the New York Times, Boston Globe, the Atlantic, AP, and the BBC. www.walkerart.org/catvidfest To view the complete playlist, visit: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC0B137D835A3C970 To view the Honorable mention playlist, visit: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6127A53A27DEE212
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Daniel Eatock's Felt-Tip Prints
Daniel Eatock discusses his work Felt-tip Prints (2011), part of the Walker Art Center's exhibition Graphic Design: Now in Production.
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Maria Hassabi Discusses STAGING (2017)
Occupying a space between live performance and visual art, artist/choreographer Maria Hassabi’s work explores stillness and sustained motion. Her sculptural movement installations examine the tension between the human form and the artistic object.
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A Look at Lucinda Childs/Philip Glass/Sol LeWitt's Dance
Take a quick look back at Lucinda Childs' landmark work Dance from 1979. This collaboration with composer Philip Glass and visual artist Sol LeWitt, restaged at the Walker Art Center in April of 2011, has become recognized as a modern masterpiece. Excerpts from the performance feature a brief discussion with Lucinda Childs, Philip Glass, and Senior Performing Arts Curator Philip Bither.
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Metric - Gold Guns Girls (Rock the Garden 2013)
Experience 24 hours of Rock the Garden 2013 in 5 minutes, set to the music of Metric. Copresented by the Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current, the concert features Dan Deacon, Low, Bob Mould Band, Silversun Pickups, and Metric. Performance footage courtesy of Minnesota Original, tpt's arts and cultural series.
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Hippie Modernism
This Walker-organized exhibition, assembled with the assistance of the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, examines the intersections of art, architecture, and design with the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s.
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Geoff McFetridge's Site Fence Mural
Featured in exhibitions including Beautiful Losers, Art in the Streets, and Graphic Design: Now in Production, LA-based designer Geoff McFetridge's clever and engaging art has graced nearly every kind of surface imaginable—from limited-edition Nike sneakers and his own line of silkscreened wallpapers to laser-etched illustrations on toast for a music video by OK Go. In conjunction with his talk for the 2013 Insights Design Lecture Series, the Walker commissioned McFetridge to create artwork to cover construction fencing duirng the Walker's rebricking project. Here he discusses his influences and process.
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Werner Herzog's Minnesota Declaration
On April 30, 1999, filmmaker Werner Herzog visited the Walker Art Center to conclude a monthlong retrospective of his films with a public dialogue with critic Roger Ebert. But before the conversation began, Herzog walked to center stage, alone, and addressed the crowd: “Ladies and gentlemen, before we start this dialogue, I would like to make a statement. It is something that I have reflected upon for many years in the frustration of seeing so many documentary films. […] There’s something ultimately and deeply wrong about the concept of what constitutes fact and what constitutes truth in documentaries in particular.” He then read a list of 12 principles—one he’d expand upon 18 years later in a six-point addendum—dubbed the Minnesota Declaration. Reprinted, quoted, and debated again and again by film scholars and enthusiasts alike in the years since, the manifesto has proven historic: as Ebert later wrote, “For the first time, it fully explained his theory of ‘ecstatic truth.’”
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Robert Longo on Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Still #25, 1978
Artist Robert Longo discusses Cindy Sherman's Untitled Film Still #25 (1978). Part of the exhibition Cindy Sherman, on view at the Walker Art Center November 10, 2012 to February 17, 2013. Filmed by David Shuff, Calvin Robertson, and Ben Coccio ©2012 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
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Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting
For 50 years, Jack Whitten has explored the possibilities of paint, the role of the artist, and the allure of material essence in his innovative studio process. With compositions that are abstract and elegiac, Whitten foregrounds the material properties of paint—pigmentation, viscosity, and mark—to capture the momentary and suggest the enduring.
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Faye Driscoll's "Thank You For Coming: Attendance"
"I think that when you feel connected and you are not distracted, there is a greater possibility that you will feel joy." As we present Thank You For Coming: Play, the second part of choreographer/director Faye Driscoll's trilogy of works that explore new relationships between spectator and participant, we revisit where the performance series began--with last winter's Thank You For Coming: Attendance.
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Walker Expanded
This is Walker Expanded, a graphic identity that functions as a typeface but instead of bold and italic fonts is grouped into related words, or vocabularies, and repeating patterns; it sets lines of words and textures that, like a roll of tape, can be applied to virtually anything—from printed matter and Web sites to merchandise or even architecture.
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Chance Conversations: An Interview with Merce Cunningham and John Cage
In the spring of 1981, during a residency at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, choreographer Merce Cunningham and composer John Cage sat down to discuss their work and artistic process. As frequent collaborators, Cage and Cunningham pioneered a new framework of performance. Their novel approach allowed for mediums to exist independently, or rather cohabitate, within a performance, thus abandoning the co-dependent model of dance and music. Cage and Cunningham go on to discuss the methodology and motivations behind chance operations, a term used to describe artistic decisions based on unpredictability. Wanting to free himself of his likes and dislikes, Cage describes how Zen Buddhism influenced his work, leading him to use tools of chance. These new methods, adopted by both Cunningham and Cage, overturned a whole foundation of thought around music, movement, and the process of creating art.
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Marina Abramović on Cindy Sherman's Untitled #90, 1981
Artist Marina Abramović discusses Cindy Sherman's Untitled #90 (1981). Part of the exhibition Cindy Sherman, on view at the Walker Art Center November 10, 2012 to February 17, 2013. Filmed by David Shuff, Calvin Robertson, and Ben Coccio ©2012 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
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Trampled by Turtles - Alone (Rock the Garden 2012)
Experience 24 hours of Rock the Garden 2012 in five minutes, set to the music of Trampled by Turtles. Copresented by the Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current, the event features Howler, Tune-Yards, Doomtree, Trampled by Turtles, and The Hold Steady. Lead sponsors: Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. and Minnesota Twins Supporting sponsors: Best Buy, Häagen-Dazs Shops, Barrio Tequila Bar, and Prairie Organic Vodka VIP Skybox sponsor: Thomson Reuters Media partner: Vita.mn Official beer: Summit Brewing Company
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Molly Zuckerman-Hartung Discusses her Work
Artist Molly Zuckerman-Hartung discusses her work in the Walker Art Center exhibition Painter Painter.
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Claes Oldenburg's Geometric Mouse
Claes Oldenburg demonstrates multiple configurations of Geometric Mouse, part of the exhibition Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties at the Walker Art Center.
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Insights 2012: Aaron Draplin, Draplin Design Company
Although he makes his home in Portland, Oregon, Aaron Draplin is more a product of being born, raised, and educated in the Midwest. A native of Detroit, he studied graphic design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design before heading out west to work as art director of Snowboarder magazine. He founded Draplin Design Company (DDC) in 2004, producing a wide range of award-winning projects and developing products for businesses such as Coal Headwear; board designs for Ride, Forum, and Gnu; conceiving Field Notes journals with Coudal Partners in Chicago; and the array of merchandise for the DDC brand enterprise. Draplin's iconic forms and bold designs are steeped in a no-nonsense Midwestern vernacular and work ethic. They project an authenticity and attitude that seems inseparable from his self-deprecating personality and his clients' passions, reflected in the DDC motto, "Work hard and do good work for good people." Part of Insights 2012 Design Lecture Series http://www.walkerart.org/calendar/2012/insights-2012-design-lecture-series
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Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites
Abraham Cruzvillegas (b. 1968) is one of the most important conceptual artists of his generation to come out of the vibrant art scene in Mexico. Over the past 10 years, Cruzvillegas has developed a riveting body of work that investigates what he calls autoconstrucción, or "self-construction." Informed by the sociopolitical contexts of Latin America, Cruzvillegas has garnered much attention for his dynamic assemblage sculptures made of found objects. Interested in improvised building materials and techniques, he roots his sculptural practice within the urban landscape of his childhood home in Ajusco, a district in the south of Mexico City. To this day, Ajusco's landscape of volcanic rock remains a work in process, with structures in a constant state of transformation as additions are made when materials become available and necessity dictates. This way of constructing has become the basis of Cruzvillegas' own thinking and methodology, while operating as a rich metaphor for the articulation of individual identity and place. Featuring 30 to 35 individual sculptures and installations, along with his recent experiments in video, film, and performance, Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites is the first major presentation to shed light on the artist's unique vision and multifaceted practice. A major catalogue accompanies the exhibition. Walker curator: Clara Kim
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Graphic Design: Now in Production
This major international exhibition explores how graphic design has broadened its reach dramatically over the past decade, expanding from a specialized profession to a widely deployed tool. With the rise of user-generated content and new creative software, along with innovations in publishing and distribution systems, people outside the field are mobilizing the techniques and processes of design to create and publish visual media. At the same time, designers are becoming producers: authors, publishers, instigators, and entrepreneurs employing their creative skills as makers of content and shapers of experiences. Featuring work produced since 2000 in the most vital sectors of communication design, Graphic Design: Now in Production explores design-driven magazines, newspapers, books, and posters as well as branding programs for corporations, subcultures, and nations. It also showcases a series of developments over the past decade, such as the entrepreneurial nature of designer-produced goods; the renaissance in digital typeface design; the storytelling potential of titling sequences for film and television; and the transformation of raw data into compelling information narratives.
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Question Everything: Celebrating the Walker Art Center's 75th Anniversary
For 75 years the Walker has been asking questions: questions posed by our artists, questions asked of ourselves, questions important to our communities—in short—the questions that shape and inspire us. Dive in to our history as a multidisciplinary art center and find out what it means to be a safe place for unsafe ideas. And make sure to check out all 75 questions as well as our upcoming anniversary events and exhibitions at www.walkerart.org/75
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A Look at Bill Frisell and the Music of "Baghdad/Seattle Suite"
Take a quick look back at the Bill Frisell/Rahim AlHaj/Eyvind Kang "Baghdad/Seattle Suite" Walker Commission from February 2010 featuring a brief interview with Frisell and Senior Performing Arts Curator Philip Bither.
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Introduction: Sol LeWitt: 2D+3D
Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) was a major voice in American Minimalism—and from early in his career, an artist collected in depth by the Walker. This exhibition showcases a range of artwork, from his drawings and prints to a range of sculptures based on carefully conceived geometric systems. With more than 50 pieces, many of them gifts from the artist to the Walker, the exhibition also includes maquettes, wall drawings, and a selection of the influential artist's books that link LeWitt to practitioners of conceptual art.
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Insights 2013: Geoff McFetridge, Champion Studio, Los Angeles
LA-based designer Geoff McFetridge is a leading figure in the contemporary realm of graphic culture, working fluidly between the realms of art and design and the printed page and the moving image. Featured in the film and exhibition Beautiful Losers, McFetridge's clever and engaging art has graced nearly every kind of surface imaginable—from limited-edition Nike sneakers and his own line of silkscreened wallpapers to laser-etched illustrations on toast for a music video by OK Go. His work has been shown around the world in cities such as London, Paris, Tokyo, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, and Amsterdam and he was featured in the Walker exhibition Graphic Design: Now in Production. His Insights lecture also celebrates the installation of a temporary site-specific mural he created for the Walker. Part of Insights 2013 Design Lecture Series http://www.walkerart.org/calendar/2013/insights-2013-design-lecture-series
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Ingrid Sischy on Cindy Sherman's Untitled #479, 1975
Writer Ingrid Sischy discusses Cindy Sherman's Untitled #479 (1975). Part of the exhibition Cindy Sherman, on view at the Walker Art Center November 10, 2012 to February 17, 2013. Filmed by David Shuff, Calvin Robertson, and Ben Coccio ©2012 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
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Painter Painter
Painter Painter presents new work by 15 artists from the US and Europe in a focused survey of emergent developments in abstract painting and studio practice. With an expanded series of public programs, it also considers the ever-shifting role of the painter in contemporary art and culture, which remains as fluid as the medium itself.
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Cactus River (Khong Lang Nam)
Since she appeared in my film in 2009, Jenjira Pongpas has changed her name. Like many Thais, she is convinced that the new name will bring her good luck. So Jenjira has become Nach, which means water. Not long after, she was drifting online and encountered a retired soldier, Frank, from Cuba, New Mexico, USA. A few months later they got married and she has officially become Mrs. Nach Widner. The newlyweds found a house near the Mekong River where Nach had grown up. She spends most of her day crocheting baby socks for sale, while he enjoys gardening and watching television (sometimes without the sound because most of the programs are in Thai). Cactus River is a diary of the time I visited the couple--of the various temperaments of the water and the wind. The flow of the two rivers--Nach and the Mekong, activates my memories of the place where I shot several films. Over many years, this woman whose name was once Jenjira has introduced me to this river, her life, its history, and to her belief about its imminent future. She is certain that soon there will be no water in the river due to the upstream constructions of dams in China and Laos. I noticed too, that Jenjira was no more. --Apichatpong Weerasethakul
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The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg
In the hands of Nathalie Djurberg, the conventionally innocent technique of "claymation" becomes a medium for nightmarish yet wry allegories of human behavior and social taboo. Since 2001, the Swedish-born artist has honed a distinctive style of video animation, using the pliability of clay to investigate the dark recesses of the human mind. Set to music and sound effects by her partner and collaborator Hans Berg, Djurberg's handcrafted cinematic tales explore the vicissitudes of revenge, lust, submission, gluttony, and other primal emotions with an unblinking eye. This Walker-organized exhibition, the largest American museum presentation of the artist's work to date, includes a significant body of new work drawing on the psychology and natural history of birds. Blurring the cinematic and the sculptural, she integrates moving images with related set pieces, using actual bird species as points of departure for her sometimes monstrous hybrid figures. Projected amid her objects is a sequence of short films, in which characters, situations, and settings migrate from one narrative to the next. The result is an immersive installation revealing Djurberg's continued interest in pageantry and abjection, evolution and decay. The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with music by Hans Berg is organized by the Walker Art Center. Curators: Eric Crosby and Dean Otto
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The Staves and yMusic - The Way is Read (Live)
The Staves collaboration with classical ensemble yMusic pairs their graceful vocals and exemplary harmonies with the ensemble’s virtuosic, shimmering orchestral textures. Originally commissioned by the 2016 Eaux Claires Festival, the project is an expression of mutual admiration. The result is magical—music that fits snugly between art and pop, expressed with the utmost care and attention.
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Astra Taylor on the Unschooled Life
Raised by independent-thinking bohemian parents, Taylor was unschooled until age 13. Join the filmmaker as she shares her personal experiences of growing up home-schooled without a curriculum or schedule, and how it has shaped her educational philosophy and development as an artist.
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Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian at Best (Rock the Garden 2015)
Experience two days of Rock the Garden 2015 in five minutes, set to the music of Courtney Barnett. Copresented by the Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current, the concert features thestand4rd, Lucius, Courtney Barnett, Conor Oberst, Belle & Sebastian, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, JD McPherson, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Babes in Toyland and Modest Mouse.
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2013 Internet Cat Video Festival
For its second edition, the Internet Cat Video Festival 2013 screened at the Great Minnesota Get-Together: the State Fair Grandstand. The showcase of feline hijinks included new videos, appearances by special guests and celebricats, live music, art projects, and booths hosting local animal resource nonprofits. #catvidfest
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Deborah Hay's Solo (excerpt from the DVD series, 9 evenings: theatre & engineering)
Solo In Solo, Deborah Hay attributed equal time and visual prominence to all the elements of the performance, from the dancers and props to the lighting and soundtrack. To accomplish this, she created a score by combining simple choreographic sequences that featured walking as a basic motif. Each performer assumed passive and active poses in turn, strolling around or rolling on carts steered by means of remote-control devices. The carts could also be presented as independent objects endowed with freedom of movement. A series of instructions given to the dancers and cart drivers made it possible to determine the circumstances in which specific sequences would occur as well as the shape they would take. Hay opted for a proportional distribution of the entire troupe of 16 dancers and 8 cart drivers. With additional lights brought in to supplement the Armory standard, the lighting was extremely bright. Six Mylar sheets provided a transparent wall between the stage and the audience space. Choreography: Deborah Hay Technological design: Larry Heilos Performers: Lucinda Childs, William Davis, Suzanne de Maria, Lette Eisenhauer, Walter Gelb, Alex Hay, Deborah Hay, Margaret Hecht, Ed Iverson, Julie Judd, Olga Klüver, Vernon Lobb, Steve Paxton, Joe Schlichter, and Carol Summers Operation of the remote-controlled devices used to drive the carts: James Tenney (conductor) Franny Breer, Jim Hardy, Michael Kirby, Larry Leitch, Fujiko Nakaya, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Schuler, and Marjorie Strider Central control: Larry Helios, and Witt Wittnebert Lighting design: Jennifer Tipton, and Beverly Emmons First moment: The cart drivers emerged from the wings and sat down on folding seats that had been installed on the left side of the stage. The lights were at the maximum setting. The go-ahead signal was given by James Tenney, who functioned as an orchestra conductor. Each cart bore a conspicuous number that enabled the driver to keep track of it. At one point, the stage was plunged into darkness and three dancers made their entrance, one travelling on a cart. The dancers adopted the pace of the carts' movements. After moving around the entire stage, the three stood still for a few seconds. Second moment: After about four minutes, David Tudor played music by Toshi Ichianagi over the Armory speakers. The three dancers could then either remain where they were, or separate. The stage was plunged into darkness. Two dancers came on and performed a series of unsynchronized arm and leg exercises. Three other dancers appeared onstage and the lights come back on. Some of the dancers remained still while others continued to execute their choreographic sequences. Third moment: Eight dancers came out of the wings to take up their positions on the stage. The score provided for a random switching of distinct choreographic motifs. The dancers walked about singly or in groups moving in the same direction. They remained still—standing, lying on the floor, or propped on the carts. The choreographic structure did follow certain set rules, only a cart could approach individual performers in order to form a trio. A dancer could, depending on the circumstances, lead the trio in the direction suggested by an approaching cart, or he or she could also spin around in another direction. When a dancer felt like repeating the sequence of exercise moves, he or she took up a position in front of one of the Mylar curtains and waited for a partner to join in. The performance wound down as the lights dimmed. The dancers moved slowly toward the Mylar sheets and greeted the audience. 9 evenings trailer and more info: http://www.9evenings.org/
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Zigzagging Between Public and Private: Tom Burr on Philip Johnson, Sexuality and Architecture
Tom Burr's sculpture Zog (a series of setbacks), on view in the exhibition Question the Wall Itself, takes its name and inspiration from a feature of Minneapolis's Philip Johnson–designed IDS Center, the building's zigzagging glass profile. Burr's aim: to examine dualities of inside and outside, playing the modernist architect's hard-edged corporate facades against his softer domestic architecture and personal story—"a mid-century homosexual who lived in a glass house.”
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Bicho by Lygia Clark
Walker Art Center curator Peter Eleey discusses Lygia Clark's Bicho and the Walker's exhibition The Quick and the Dead.
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