Altman passes: Robert Altman, director of M*A*S*H, the locally filmed A Prairie Home Companion, and scores of others, has died at age 81. The filmmaker was here in 1992 for a dialogue and retrospective; read “Robert Altman: An American Maverick,” an essay by Film Art author and University of Wisconsin professor David Bordwell commissioned for that occasion. Shreveport Times critic (and former Walker intern) Alex Kent thanks Altman for getting Minnesotans right in PHC–”We’re a pensive people… we’re constantly aware we’re going to die, but we nevertheless love the wait.”
New soup for you: Barney’s New York is offering limited edition cans of Cambell’s soup packaged with Andy Warhol-designed labels.
Alienated: The ICA London just opened Alien Nation–which includes our Yinka Shonibare piece Dysfunctional Family–a show featuring 12 artists who deal with “‘otherness’ and ‘difference’ through the language and iconography of sci-fi.”