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Centerpoints: Surfing Mary, participatory design, Soth’s visa problem

• Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment was passed by voters in 2008 to “protect drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve arts and cultural heritage; to support parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater.” But what some legislators […]

Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment was passed by voters in 2008 to “protect drinking water sources; to protect, enhance, and restore wetlands, prairies, forests, and fish, game, and wildlife habitat; to preserve arts and cultural heritage; to support parks and trails; and to protect, enhance, and restore lakes, rivers, streams, and groundwater.” But what some legislators want the fund to help pay for: A new Vikings stadium.

• The kind of visa troubles we at the Walker have faced in bringing overseas artists into the U.S. is happening elsewhere, too. The New York Times writes that the UK’s “cumbersome and unevenly interpreted immigration rules” are preventing many arts organizations from including foreigners in their work. Among those affected is the Twin Cities’ own Alec Soth (subject of a recent Walker solo show):

The American photographer Alec Soth, meanwhile, ran into trouble when he told immigration officials he had been invited to take photographs to be displayed at the Brighton Photo Biennale. He finally got into the country after hours of interrogation — but only after promising not to take photographs. (His 7-year-old daughter, traveling with him, took them instead.)

Google Image Search and the “digital readymade.”

The Atlantic looks at the grassroots movement that coalesced around a California guerrilla mural depicting a surfing Virgin Mary.

• The just-published book Participate: Designing With User-Generated Contentincludes some familiar names: Writing the foreword is Ellen Lupton, the Cooper-Hewitt design curator who co-curated our exhibition, Graphic Design: Now In Production. Her partner on that show, the Walker’s Andrew Blauvelt, is interviewed, as is Daniel Eatock, a former Walker Design fellow and an artist in the show.

• Karen Archey at ArtInfo.com: “Why is Occupy Wall Street Protesting NYC Museums, and Not Super Rich Galleries and Art Fairs?

• LACMA’s Unframed blog has four questions for artist Glenn Ligon, a staple of the Walker collection.

• With scenes for the new Batman movie set to be filmed this month near Wall Street, the question arises: Will the Occupy Wall Street protesters be ousted, or will the movement be included in the film?