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CenterPoints 10.3

Potty Art again: The New York Times’ City Room blog takes a seat and looks at some art museum toilets by way of The Art Museum Toilet of Museum Art. The name is a mouthful and I think the joke is on us. The Walker isn’t part of the museum, but our restrooms are rated […]

  • Potty Art again: The New York Times’ City Room blog takes a seat and looks at some art museum toilets by way of The Art Museum Toilet of Museum Art. The name is a mouthful and I think the joke is on us. The Walker isn’t part of the museum, but our restrooms are rated highly and named lovingly.
  • 2010 Whitney Biennial curators named: Francesco Bonami will be the curator, working with the Whitney’s Gary Carrion-Murayari as associate curator. Bonami curated Unfinished History in 1998 and was an contributing curator on Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972 in 2001, both at the Walker.
  • Money and Art: Giant Robot is making money from art, having a print sale. Included in the Giant Robot print sale is the work of Mike Perry, has been mentioned on this blog before, resulting in some, uhh, interesting search terms. Mike’s latest book, Over & Over, full of hand-drawn patterns is excellent. Rirkrit Tiravanija is making art on money.  Rirkrit created untitled, better known as the stage, in 2006’s Open Ended exhibition and has several works in the Walker’s collection. [via]
  • Two things beautiful: Manhole art from the streets of Japan and Miquel Barceló’s ceiling installation at the UN’s palace of nations in Geneva.
Thanks to Paul for sending along some links. 

The Walker’s Christo-wannabe

The Walker has a Christo imitator lurking around. He hit Witt Siasoco, Teen Programs Manager. From the WACTAC blog: At least the mouse stayed fresh while on vacation.

The Walker has a Christo imitator lurking around. He hit Witt Siasoco, Teen Programs Manager. From the WACTAC blog:

At least the mouse stayed fresh while on vacation.

The economy is melting too

At the DNC and RNC, the artist team ligorano/reese set up a project, The State of Things, that melted in the hot afternoon sun. It would seem that the visual message was too apt to not re-use: In a new, time-based event, called Main Street Meltdown the artists will install the word “Economy,” carved in ice, in Foley Square, […]

by Ligorano/Reese

At the DNC and RNC, the artist team ligorano/reese set up a project, The State of Things, that melted in the hot afternoon sun. It would seem that the visual message was too apt to not re-use:

In a new, time-based event, called Main Street Meltdown the artists will install the word “Economy,” carved in ice, in Foley Square, using the New York Supreme Court as a back drop. The artists chose Foley Square, close to the heart of Wall Street, as the site to focus on the timeliness of the financial crisis in the final week of the presidential campaign. The artists refer to Main Street Meltdown as a “temporary sculpture.”

The monument measures 15 feet long, 5 feet tall, and weighs almost 1,500 pounds. It is the fourth in a series of ice sculptures by the artists that deal with important political issues. 

It is not often I learn of new work via The Consumerist, but as the work demonstrates, these are exraordinary times.

Take our blog survey, win an iPod shuffle

Every so often we like to take a survey of our readers to see what you think. Our last survey was in March of 2007, so it’s time for a new one. The questions are focused on the blogs and a little demographic information, which you can skip if you like. We’re sweetening the deal […]

Every so often we like to take a survey of our readers to see what you think. Our last survey was in March of 2007, so it’s time for a new one. The questions are focused on the blogs and a little demographic information, which you can skip if you like.

We’re sweetening the deal this time. If you take the survey, you can enter your name into the pool and we’ll select one person to win a 1GB iPod Shuffle.

Take the survey.



Photo by bluetsunami.

Centerpoints 10.0

Banksy continues to spread his work across the US, this time opening a new enterprise in New York, the Village Pet Store And Charcoal Grill. Wooster has the details: A clear departure form last year’s behemoth show in Los Angeles, Banksy’s first ever show in New York City (the others have been fakes) is being […]

  • Banksy continues to spread his work across the US, this time opening a new enterprise in New York, the Village Pet Store And Charcoal Grill. Wooster has the details:

    A clear departure form last year’s behemoth show in Los Angeles, Banksy’s first ever show in New York City (the others have been fakes) is being held in a tiny storefront that’s less than 300 square feet and can’t hold more than 20 people at any one time.

  • The Milwaukee Art Musuem (in my humble hometown) has opened a new show called Act/React, an that demands visitor participation. Artists included are Janet Cardiff, Brian Knep, Liz Phillips, Daniel Rozin, Scott Snibbe, and Camille Utterback. Former Walker New Media curator Steve Dietz is giving a talk at MAM on Oct. 16. MAM has also been blogging the show. I plan to visit when I’m home for the holidays.
  • Dietz is also running a symposium, Experimenting with Art in Public Places, this weekend in Minneapolis, as part of Northern Lights’ Art(ists) on the Verge program.

    Friday evening, there will be a keynote presentation by Seattle phenoms SuttonBeersCuller. Saturday will be a day of Pecha Kucha presentations and panel discussions.

    Speakers include Walker curator Doryun Chong, mnartists.org Director Scott Stulen, and artist Wing Young Huie, among others.

  • “Obsessions make my life worse and my work better” — Stefan Sagmeister. Sagmeister enlisted a group of students to lay out those words in euro-pennies on the ground of a plaza in Amsterdam:

    The design is created using four different shades of pennies. We first sort them by color, then lay them out on the tiles. After the piece is completely set up we will leave it alone, on the street. We expect the piece to slowly dissolve as people take coins, play with them, alter the design. All coins have been painted on the back with a bright blue permanent color.

    There’s an extensive blog documenting the process. The conclusion is something that is straight out of the standard operating procedure of the US department of homeland security.

I was hesitant to call this Centerpoints 10.0, because Paul has been promising to make a mind-blowing 10.0 post. I must remind Paul that every mac user knows the 10.0 release was no good and we had to wait until 10.1 to get anything to work.

How cool are you in the local art scene?

This may be a bit inside baseball, but Taylor Carik links up Minnesota Monthly’s amusing chart of just how cool you are (or aren’t) in the local art scene: I am, apparently, not very cool. I must take issue with the mnartists.org dig, but would hope anyone setting up their own site would keep their […]

This may be a bit inside baseball, but Taylor Carik links up Minnesota Monthly’s amusing chart of just how cool you are (or aren’t) in the local art scene:

Local Art Scene Cool, Minnesota Monthly

I am, apparently, not very cool. I must take issue with the mnartists.org dig, but would hope anyone setting up their own site would keep their mnartists.org page active.

Since this post already discusses MnMo, their Fall Arts Preview mentions several Walker events: Continuous City by the Builders Association and Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future. Also mentioned is one UnConvention project, Dear President _______:, happeneing at MCAD.

The UnConvention Update: Fruit and Freedom Edition

The UnConvention is kicking into high gear this week and next. A lot of things have been happening and coming together. Here’s an update: Minneapolis-based ad agency Campbell Mithun put together an ad campaign for The UnConvention called “Make An Effort” (see video above). It’s a tongue in cheek effort, poking fun at Republican and […]

The UnConvention is kicking into high gear this week and next. A lot of things have been happening and coming together. Here’s an update:

Minneapolis-based ad agency Campbell Mithun put together an ad campaign for The UnConvention called “Make An Effort” (see video above). It’s a tongue in cheek effort, poking fun at Republican and Minnesotan stereotypes. There are three video ads and six posters.

My Yard Our Message at the Walker

My Yard Our Message signs are out in neighborhoods and installed on the lawn next to the Walker. So far there has only been one report of a sign being stolen. Check out the map of where signs are located.

Solider Billboard

CBS Outdoor killed the ‘Soliders’ billboard project. As the artist, Suzanne Opton describes it, “Viewing these portraits of soldiers causes one to pause and think of the many sacrifices and efforts these men and women have experienced to protect us and defend this great country.” I guess CBS decided that art making people think was scary.

The Liberty Parade

August 31st: The Liberty Parade starts at 1pm, followed by a party in Loring Park. Events at Peavey Plaza kick off. A reception at Intermedia Arts for The UnConventional Gathering Place.

Sharon Hayes

September 1: Revolutionary Love 2, a performance by Sharon Hayes, will be happening on the grounds of the State Capitol. New York Artists Ligorano/Reese will be unveiling The State of Things. Both of these events overlap somewhat with the March on the RNC, so transportation to the Capitol grounds may be tricky.

Video about the F30 Pedal Cloud, an 11-person artist-made bike

The Minnesota Independent has a video about the F30 Pedal Cloud, a bike powered by 11 people, part of The UnConvention: While the bike had made appearances at events from the May Day Parade to Pride, its inspiration is less… summery: Last winter, out on the ice of Medicine Lake, Forecast director Jack Becker encountered […]

The Minnesota Independent has a video about the F30 Pedal Cloud, a bike powered by 11 people, part of The UnConvention:

While the bike had made appearances at events from the May Day Parade to Pride, its inspiration is less… summery: Last winter, out on the ice of Medicine Lake, Forecast director Jack Becker encountered its ancestor. As part of the Soap Factory’s Art Shanty Projects, in which artists reinvent the traditional icefishing house, a group of artists had built an art shanty on wheels. Over five weeks, the six-person, pedal-powered ice shack had racked up some 200 miles. And Becker knew he’d found his project.

The bike is sponsored by Forecast Public Art, one of the many organizations in The UnConvention. It will be making many appearances during the RNC. Full story here.

Video about the F30 Pedal Cloud, an 11-person artist-made bike

The Minnesota Independent has a video about the F30 Pedal Cloud, a bike powered by 11 people, part of The UnConvention: While the bike had made appearances at events from the May Day Parade to Pride, its inspiration is less… summery: Last winter, out on the ice of Medicine Lake, Forecast director Jack Becker encountered […]

The Minnesota Independent has a video about the F30 Pedal Cloud, a bike powered by 11 people, part of The UnConvention:

While the bike had made appearances at events from the May Day Parade to Pride, its inspiration is less… summery: Last winter, out on the ice of Medicine Lake, Forecast director Jack Becker encountered its ancestor. As part of the Soap Factory’s Art Shanty Projects, in which artists reinvent the traditional icefishing house, a group of artists had built an art shanty on wheels. Over five weeks, the six-person, pedal-powered ice shack had racked up some 200 miles. And Becker knew he’d found his project.

The bike is sponsored by Forecast Public Art, one of the many organizations in The UnConvention. It will be making many appearances during the RNC. Full story here.

Float your freedom at the Liberty Parade

One of the slicker events The UnConvention is participating in is the Liberty Parade. The Liberty Parade is organized to be a counterpoint to the protests that are happening in the Twin Cities during the RNC: The central purpose of the Liberty Parade is to create a large scale parade through the heart of Minneapolis […]

Liberty Parade

One of the slicker events The UnConvention is participating in is the Liberty Parade. The Liberty Parade is organized to be a counterpoint to the protests that are happening in the Twin Cities during the RNC:

The central purpose of the Liberty Parade is to create a large scale parade through the heart of Minneapolis that is a CELEBRATION of shared values (liberty, freedom, justice, equality, free speech) rather than a partisan protest. The parade will culminate in a large gathering featuring music, speakers, art displays and activities. Participants will be answering the question “ what does liberty mean to you?” in the form of a float, group march, or another sort of mobile visual representation that suits their artistic needs.

Happening on August 31st, the approved route for the Liberty Parade runs through Nicollet Mall in Downtown Minneapolis, ending in Loring Park, just across the street from the Walker.

The parade is accepting applications for floats and groups that want to march.

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