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Tania Bruguera reads from Hannah Arendt's _The Origins of Totalitarianism_, May 2015. Photo: Yo También Exijo]

The Walker Curates the News: 12.07.15

The Walker Curates the News: 12.07.15

Among Foreign Policy’s 100 Global Thinkers are 21 artists “bound by the belief that art serves a higher purpose,” including Cuban artists Tania Bruguera and María Magdalena Campos-Pons, playwright Suzan-Lori …

Kameelah Rasheed, via Facebook

The Walker Curates the News: 11.30.15

The Walker Curates the News: 11.30.15

“It was an attempt to humiliate and ostracize me.” California-born, Brooklyn-based artist Kameelah Rasheed was questioned by the FBI and ultimately removed from a Lufthansa flight to Turkey the day …

Ralph Lemon observes Okwui Okpokwasili in Scaffold Room, 2014. Photo: Gene Pittman, Walker Art Cneter

The Walker Curates the News: 11.23.15

The Walker Curates the News: 11.23.15

A year after its debut at the Walker, Ralph Lemon’s Scaffold Room sees a short run at the Kitchen this week. New elements have been added since then, but the project is …

Maya Lin, Folding the Chesapeake, 2015

The Walker Curates the News: 11.16.2015

The Walker Curates the News: 11.16.2015

For her contribution to Wonder, the inaugural exhibition of the Smithsonian’s newly renovated Renwick Gallery, Maya Lin has created a likeness of the Chesapeake Bay based on NASA satellite imagery …

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Louise Despont According to the Universe

ART21 New York Close Up

Louise Despont According to the Universe

In a new “New York Close Up” film, artist Louise Despont peruses a vast reference library of collected images in her Tribeca studio.

The Citizen, 2015 © Tobias Zielony

The Walker Curates the News 11.09.15

The Walker Curates the News 11.09.15

“Art is not neutral.” Tania Canas, arts director of RISE (Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees ), raises questions around the ethics of artists using refugees in their  projects. In this 10-point …

Graciela Iturbide Pedro Meyer

ART21 Exclusive

Politics and Dignity in Graciela Iturbide’s Photographs

ART21 Exclusive

Politics and Dignity in Graciela Iturbide’s Photographs

“Politics are already implied when I’m working in Mexico. I don’t have to say ‘Look, what injustice!’ because it would be sensationalized.” — Graciela Iturbide Artist Graciela Iturbide discusses her personal and …

Corita Kent, _[W]RON[G] WAY / Prophets of boom_, 1967, on view in Corita Kent and the Language of Pop, Harvard Art Museums.

The Walker Curates the News: 11.02.15

The Walker Curates the News: 11.02.15

“Her gift was to express these really profound things with a kind of playfulness. That was Corita. There was an irony, what we might call a ludic element in her …

Ai Weiwei with a self-portrait in Legos, via Instagram.

The Walker Curates the News 10.26.15

The Walker Curates the News 10.26.15

“Everything is awesome!” Or so goes The Lego Movie’s slogan, but Ai Weiwei is finding that’s not quite the case. In September, the Chinese artist was told that the toy …

Josiah McElheny painting in his Brooklyn, NY studio. 
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015. Cinematography: Jarred Alterman.

ART21 Exclusive

Josiah McElheny Sees Potential in Painting

ART21 Exclusive

Josiah McElheny Sees Potential in Painting

“Abstraction – in its potential hopefulness for imagining a different world or imagining a world that’s not absolutely apparent – can tie us together.” — Josiah McElheny Today’s ART21 Exclusive features …

Sam Gilliam, Carousel Merge, 1971, installed at the Walker Art Center

The Walker Curates the News: 10.19.15

The Walker Curates the News: 10.19.15

“Even when artists of color are embraced by the canon,” says artist Rashid Johnson, “there is often a strict focus on a particular moment, rather than their career as a whole.” Such …

An "unselfie" by Alec Soth, via Instagram.

The Walker Curates the News: 10.12.15

The Walker Curates the News: 10.12.15

The “unselfie,” writes the New York Times’s Sam Anderson on Alec Soth’s Instagram series of self-portraits obscured by snow, leaves, pixels, and the like, “documents and annihilates. What we most …

Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites, installed at the Walker Art Center, 2013

The Walker Curates the News: 10.05.15

The Walker Curates the News: 10.05.15

The title alone—Empty Lot—conjures an urban outdoorsiness, but beyond that, details of Abraham Cruzvillegas’ s installation for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, opening October 13, remain under wraps. A request by Tate to …

Laurie Anderson with Mohammed el Guarani

The Walker Curates the News: 09.28.15

The Walker Curates the News: 09.28.15

“I think meditators are the people who will understand this best,” says Laurie Anderson of her new work. For Habeas Corpus, she’ll project live video of Mohammed el Gharani, who …

Kalup Linzy views Édouard Manet's Young Man in the Costume of a Majo (1863)

The Walker Curates the News: 09.21.15

The Walker Curates the News: 09.21.15

Likening Manet’s process to his own video/performance art practice, Kalup Linzy shared his thoughts on the painter’s matador portraits for The Met’s Artist Project. “He was experimenting,” he says, noting …

Film still from Yokoo Tadanori’s Kiss Kiss Kiss, 1966

The Walker Curates the News: 09.14.15

The Walker Curates the News: 09.14.15

German conceptualist Wolfgang Laib and Japanese Pop artist Tadanori Yokoo are among winners of the 2015 Praemium Imperiale Awards. Now in its 27th year, the Japan Art Association’s prize includes …

Artist Lucas Blalock in his Greenpoint studio, Brooklyn, NY, 2015. Production still from the ART21 "New York Close Up" film "Lucas Blalock's Digital Toolkit". Graphics by Lucas Blalock & Rafael Salazar. © ART21, Inc. 2015.

ART21 New York Close Up

Lucas Blalock’s Digital Toolkit

ART21 New York Close Up

Lucas Blalock’s Digital Toolkit

Artist Lucas Blalock creates uncanny pictures using simple tools in Photoshop in the latest “New York Close Up” film.

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The Walker Curates the News: 09.08.15

The Walker Curates the News: 09.08.15

To create Triumphs and Laments—an 1,800-foot mural on walls along the Tiber River in Rome—William Kentridge will power-wash stencils depicting Roman history, creating “reverse-graffiti” as grime and pollution are cleaned …

Lynda Benglis making “The Wave of the World” (1983-1984) at the Modern Art Foundry in Queens, NY.

Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Photography Courtesy: Peter Bellamy.

ART21 Exclusive

Lynda Benglis Reunites with a Lost Fountain

ART21 Exclusive

Lynda Benglis Reunites with a Lost Fountain

“I’m not trying to satisfy anyone. I really make things because I’m curious – that’s the reason” — Lynda Benglis Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Lynda Benglis reuniting with her first …

Takashi Murakami and his Superflat Collection, Photo: Kentaro Hirao, courtesy Yokohama Museum of Art

The Walker Curates the News: 08.31.15

The Walker Curates the News: 08.31.15

“After seeing an exhibition of [Shinro] Ohtake’s work in Japan, I became a contemporary artist,” shares Takashi Murakami. “But then I realised that he was imitating [Anselm] Kiefer. So my …

Barbara Kruger, Belief+Doubt, 2012. © Barbara Kruger. Photo: Cathy Carver

The Walker Curates the News: 08.03.15

The Walker Curates the News: 08.03.15

“I believe in doubt,” says Barbara Kruger, who recently worked with Los Angeles–area high schoolers in the Getty Artists Program to create her Whose Values? project. In an interview with …

Artist Caroline Woolard speaking at the inaugural meeting of the New York City Real Estate Investment Cooperative (Middle Collegiate Church, East Village, 4.28.15). Production still from the series, ART21 New York Close Up. Cinematography by Rafael Salazar. © ART21, Inc. 2015.

ART21 New York Close Up

Caroline Woolard Flips the Real Estate Script

ART21 New York Close Up

Caroline Woolard Flips the Real Estate Script

An introduction to the latest “New York Close Up” film from series co-creator/co-producer Nick Ravich and artist Caroline Woolard .

François-Xavier Lalanne, The Sheep Station, 2013, featured in Margaret Atwood's essay on climate change

The Walker Curates the News: 07.27.15

The Walker Curates the News: 07.27.15

In her riveting new essay, “It’s Not Climate Change—It’s Everything Change,” Margaret Atwood namechecks art historian Barry Lord, whose book Art & Energy: How Culture Changes (The AAM Press, 2014) …

Temple Church, site of this fall's Theaster Gates project, Sanctum.

The Walker Curates the News: 07.20.15

The Walker Curates the News: 07.20.15

“The hope is that Bristol will hear itself.” For his first public project in the UK, Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates will fill Bristol’s Temple Church—a 14th-century structure bombed in 1940—with …

Tania Bruguera. Photo courtesy Yo También Exijo

The Walker Curates the News: 07.13.15

The Walker Curates the News: 07.13.15

Marking six months since her first arrest in Havana, when her passport was confiscated by police, Tania Bruguera made a formal demand on June 29 that “Cuban authorities permanently withdraw …

"Areas for Action," an experiment facilitated by artist Oliver Herring and ART21 Educator Jethro Gillespie at "Creative Chemistries," Park Avenue Armory, New York, 2015.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Generating Creative Chemistries

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Generating Creative Chemistries

An overview of the inaugural “Creative Chemistries”—an experimental platform bringing artists and educators together to explore innovative practices for art and education.

Amanda and her Cousin Amy": Mary Ellen Mark photographed Amanda Marie Ellison, 9 (right), and Amy Minton Velasquez, 8, in Valdese, N.C., in 1990.
Courtesy of Mary Ellen Mark Studio and Library

The Walker Curates the News: 07.06.15

The Walker Curates the News: 07.06.15

In one of her most iconic photos, Mary Ellen Mark—who passed away May 25 at age 75—captured the image of nine-year-old Amanda Ellison wearing makeup and smoking a cigarette in …

Artist Jamian Juliano-Villani in her Bedford-Stuyvesant studio, Brooklyn, NY, 2015. Production still from the ART21 "New York Close Up" film "Jamian Juliano-Villani's Painting Compulsion". © ART21, Inc. 2015.

ART21 New York Close Up

Jamian Juliano-Villani’s Painting Compulsion

ART21 New York Close Up

Jamian Juliano-Villani’s Painting Compulsion

Filmed in her Bedford-Stuyvesant studio, artist Jamian Juliano-Villani uses a digital projector to create surreal paintings and discusses the graphic source material that inspires her.

Arlene Shechet arranging plaster sculptures in her New York City studio. Production still from the series ART21 "Exclusive". © ART21, Inc. 2015. Cinematography: Rafael Salazar.

ART21 Exclusive

Arlene Shechet Sculpts Time

ART21 Exclusive

Arlene Shechet Sculpts Time

Arlene Shechet discusses a series of plaster sculptures that she created over the course of six years in the mid-1990s, following the death of a close friend.

Sonya Clark, Unravelling, 2015.

The Walker Curates the News: 06.29.15

The Walker Curates the News: 06.29.15

A project that predates the June 17 killings of nine African Americans at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church, Sonya Clark’s Unravelling—on view in Mixed Greens Gallery’s New Dominion show—is echoed …

A wet paper sheet being cast over rubber molds at Dieu Donné in New York City.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Cinematography: Ian Forster.

ART21 Exclusive

Arlene Shechet Reveals the Unseen

ART21 Exclusive

Arlene Shechet Reveals the Unseen

“The thing that’s unseen is sometimes way more interesting than what people want you to see.” —Arlene Shechet In the first of two new ART21 Exclusive episodes featuring Arlene Shechet, …

Photo: Kate Flint, via Yo También Exijo

The Walker Curates the News: 06.22.15

The Walker Curates the News: 06.22.15

“The gap between American froth and Cuban reality at this year’s [Havana] Biennial warns that the pace of change will be stubborn,” writes Kevin Lees for the Washington Post on …

A model posing for a painting by Aliza Nisenbaum.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Courtesy the artist.

ART21 Exclusive

Tania Bruguera and the Art of Empowerment

ART21 Exclusive

Tania Bruguera and the Art of Empowerment

“The idea of sitting face to face, it’s a very intimate experience. Having a model and painting them always makes people open up.” —Aliza Nisenbaum Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Immigrant Movement …

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The Walker Curates the News: 06.15.15

The Walker Curates the News: 06.15.15

Steve McQueen’s photo Lynching Tree is being exhibited in the UK for the first time in Tate Britain’s new Fighting History show. Found in Louisiana while scouting locations for 12 …

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Visual Arts, Exhibtions.
International Pop, April 11 - August 29, 2015, Galleries 1, 2, 3, and the Perlman Gallery.
Installation views from Perlman Gallery.
Organized by the Walker Art Center, International Pop chronicles the global emergence of Pop art from the 1950s through the early 1970s—an art form that embraced media and consumerism with a new spirit of urgency and exuberance. This landmark exhibition, which features works by more than 100 artists from four continents as well as a daily film program in the galleries, recaptures the energy and inquisitiveness of this moment in art.  Curators Darsie Alexander and Bartholomew Ryan

The Walker Curates the News: 06.08.15

The Walker Curates the News: 06.08.15

León Ferrari’s La Civilización Occidental y Cristiana, a six-foot sculpture depicting Christ crucified on a US war plane, “marks a moment in which pop art is radicalized in Argentina—all in …

Detail of The Lightning's Bride (2011) by Elliott Hundley.
Production still from the series ART21 Exclusive. © ART21, Inc. 2015.  Courtesy the artist.

ART21 Exclusive

Elliott Hundley Is Playing with Your Emotions

ART21 Exclusive

Elliott Hundley Is Playing with Your Emotions

“What’s appealing to me about collage is the fact that it’s so straightforward—that it’s a good foil to my subject.” —Elliott Hundley Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Elliott Hundley describing an …