- Director Todd Haynes and his films have appeared at the Walker on a number of occasions, including a few weeks ago when he talked with his good friend Kelly Reichardt at the regional premiere of her new film Meek’s Cutoff. Now he’s gearing up to film a May 31 concert by My Morning Jacket — the band headlining Rock the Garden at the Walker a few weeks later. In an interview with the New York Times, Haynes noted he’d worked with MMJ singer/songwriter/guitarist Jim James, who sings an obscure Dylan song in I’m Not There.
- Congratulations to Katie Kirk of Eight Hour Day, whose retro-modern illustrations covering the Walker’s WACPacks were awarded as part of AIGA Minnesota’s 2011 Design Show, featuring “the most exceptional design work being produced in the upper Midwest.”
The Design Show also recognized the Walker for its exhibitions and catalogues for Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers and From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America (by designers Dante Carlos and Emmet Byrne). Click here for all the 2011 winners.
- Some around here regarded Rachel Harrison’s recent Calder Prize with raised eyebrows; for others, it bolstered their appreciation of sculptures like Huffy Howler (below). Doesn’t this 2004 work, part of the Walker collection, suddenly seem a bit Calder-esque after that prize? The 2009 Calder Prize went to Tomás Saraceno, who exhibited here that same year.
- Finally, here’s a first look at the poster soon to be featured on the Nice Ride bike rack outside the Walker’s Hennepin entrance: