Blogs Centerpoints Kristina Fong

I joined the Walker as some sort of intern in 2007 and worked in Education & Community Programs and Public Relations until I ended up in as the Walker's social media manager, delivering you e-mails, Twitter updates, Facebook statuses, answers to your questions, and occasional blogs about things I like. Then I left to go make art in Utah and drive around the country. Now I'm back and producing a little event called the Internet Cat Video Film Festival. #cats

Rock the Legislature, Preserve the Garden

If you’ve been to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, you’ve probably taken some time to take some pictures like the one above. Did you know that 93 percent of all metro area residents have a picture of themselves at the Spoonbridge and Cherry?* (And probably quite a few of them look something like this.) But here […]

Giant Spoon and Cherry

If you’ve been to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, you’ve probably taken some time to take some pictures like the one above. Did you know that 93 percent of all metro area residents have a picture of themselves at the Spoonbridge and Cherry?* (And probably quite a few of them look something like this.) But here are some snapshots you probably haven’t taken:


This is why the Walker is supporting the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board in its request for $8.5 million in restoration funds from the State Bonding Bill. The funds will allow us to strengthen and repair aging infrastructure, increase energy efficiency, and expand accessibility and safety—preserving this Minnesota icon for future generations.

Here’s an update on the legislation:
Governor Dayton placed the project into his bonding recommendations. The next step in the process is working with both the Senate and House Capital Investment Committees to ensure that they include the Garden in their bills. To that end, Walker and Park Board representatives presented to the Senate Capital Investment Committee this week and now we are asking for you to help!

Visit garden.walkerart.org and click “Take Action” to send an email of support to your legislators, encouraging them to fully fund the renovation project.

For more information on the Garden restoration, read the FAQ and become a fan on Facebook. We will update this blog as the Sculpture Garden funding makes its way through the legislature.  Thank you!

KARE 11 visits the Garden:

* This is not a factual statement, but it’s probably not too far from the truth.

Skull, Skull, Skull, and Buried Human Skeleton

Just digging up some festive art for today. Happy Halloween! Katharina Fritsch, Totenkopf (Skull), 1997/1998, porcelain/paint Sherrie Levine, Skull, 2001, bronze Kris Martin, Still alive, 2010, silver-plated bronze Installation shot from The Quick and the Dead For 2009′s exhibition The Quick and the Dead, Kris Martin created a piece that involved burying a human skeleton […]

Just digging up some festive art for today. Happy Halloween!



Katharina Fritsch, Totenkopf (Skull), 1997/1998, porcelain/paint

Sherrie Levine, Skull, 2001, bronze

Kris Martin, Still alive, 2010, silver-plated bronze
Installation shot from The Quick and the Dead

For 2009′s exhibition The Quick and the Dead, Kris Martin created a piece that involved burying a human skeleton somewhere on the Walker’s grounds. Where is it? To find the location of the skeleton, follow the coordinates printed on the official certificate. Where did we get the skeleton? It was donated to the Walker by Kiki Smith who was given the skeleton by David Wojnarowicz.

Book/share: Magazines & Journals

Welcome to the second installment of a new monthly blog feature: Book/share. In this series, Walker Shop book buyer and book enthusiast Paul Schumacher picks a group of books he has recently discovered and writes notes to me, a fellow book enthusiast, about why he has chosen them. Magazines & Journals Tucked in the back […]

Welcome to the second installment of a new monthly blog feature: Book/share. In this series, Walker Shop book buyer and book enthusiast Paul Schumacher picks a group of books he has recently discovered and writes notes to me, a fellow book enthusiast, about why he has chosen them.

Magazines & Journals

Tucked in the back corner of the Walker Shop’s wall of books is a section for magazines, from literary journals to lo-fi zines. This month, Paul has selected five of his favorites to share with you. I’ll also just add my two cents: The Walker is the only place in Minneapolis where I have ever found my favorite art journal, Paper Monument. Want a publication you’ve only seen featured on your favorite blogs or seen once in a bookstore in New York? Try the Walker.—KF

Bad Day

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Book/share: 38th Street Publishers

Welcome to the first installment of a new monthly blog feature: Book/share. In this series, Walker Shop book buyer and book enthusiast Paul Schumacher picks a group of books he has recently discovered and writes notes to me, a fellow book enthusiast, about why he has chosen them. As this feature continues, we expect our […]

Welcome to the first installment of a new monthly blog feature: Book/share. In this series, Walker Shop book buyer and book enthusiast Paul Schumacher picks a group of books he has recently discovered and writes notes to me, a fellow book enthusiast, about why he has chosen them. As this feature continues, we expect our dialogue and the way we communicate about the books to evolve, as well as provide you a closer look into the Walker Shop’s selection. Stay tuned.—KF & PS

38th Street Publishers

Located on West 38th Street in New York City, artist Josh Smith and his friend Todd Amicon created a small press in 2008 with a simple goal of publishing affordable artist books.

Holy Crap, Rob Pruitt

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Channel Madness Championship Game: Eiko & Koma vs Yves Klein

Well, this is it! Today is our championship game. Both of these videos made it out of their competitive Final Four games with about 75% of the votes. Let’s get down to it: in today’s match-up, you could choose a video saturated with International Klein Blue, curator knowledge, a French accent, and all you need […]

Well, this is it! Today is our championship game. Both of these videos made it out of their competitive Final Four games with about 75% of the votes.

Let’s get down to it: in today’s match-up, you could choose a video saturated with International Klein Blue, curator knowledge, a French accent, and all you need to know about Yves Klein to thoroughly impress your friends.

Or you could choose the beautifully filmed, quiet documentation of movement artists Eiko & Koma as they performed in their living installation Naked last fall.

To celebrate the end of Channel Madness, we are going to give one of you a gift card to the Walker Shop. Vote, enter your e-mail address, and when the winner of Channel Madness is announced, we’ll also announce the winner of the random drawing.

Let’s get to it!

Eiko & Koma: Naked

Introduction: Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers

THE WINNER IS….. YVES KLEIN!

With full powers, Yves Klein took 75% of the vote!

Channel Madness: The Final Four

Top seeds Eiko & Koma, Alec Soth, and Yves Klein make it to the Final Four…but what do we have here? A little surprise from the bottom seed in the Lectures Pod, journalist Evan Ratliff’s talk about his 30-day vanishing act. “How to Disappear in America” goes up against the heavy hitter Yves Klein video […]

Top seeds Eiko & Koma, Alec Soth, and Yves Klein make it to the Final Four…but what do we have here? A little surprise from the bottom seed in the Lectures Pod, journalist Evan Ratliff’s talk about his 30-day vanishing act. “How to Disappear in America” goes up against the heavy hitter Yves Klein video today while Walker Channel favorites Alec Soth and Eiko & Koma go head to head.

There are TWO games to vote on today! The second one is just a short scroll down. If you still haven’t watched them, you can find all these videos right here.

(I left my bracket at home today, so you will just have to imagine it. Sorry.)

Walker Channel Madness: Eight Videos, Four Games: Let’s Go!

You did it! You narrowed it down to eight videos. Today somebody told me that the NCAA competition already has their Final Four, which is crazy, because they don’t even play those games until Saturday. So we need to catch up and we need your votes…today! Here’s the bracket as it stands (click for the […]

You did it! You narrowed it down to eight videos. Today somebody told me that the NCAA competition already has their Final Four, which is crazy, because they don’t even play those games until Saturday. So we need to catch up and we need your votes…today!

Here’s the bracket as it stands (click for the larger, less blurry version), a visual guide for the four polls you’re about to vote on:

READY? Four games. Just do it. It’s painless. I’ve re-posted all the videos, followed by their poll.
Here we go…

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Thank you. Now reward yourself with a cookie.

Walker Channel Madness: Final Game of the Sweet Sixteen

WE MADE IT. It’s the final game of the round of initial match-ups! I’m leaving the past two days of games open for voting through Sunday so all of you can get your votes in. So, on this lovely Friday afternoon, a final, fierce match-up between your quick look back at Ralph Lemon’s intriguingly titled […]

WE MADE IT.

It’s the final game of the round of initial match-ups! I’m leaving the past two days of games open for voting through Sunday so all of you can get your votes in.

So, on this lovely Friday afternoon, a final, fierce match-up between your quick look back at Ralph Lemon’s intriguingly titled How Can You Stay In the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? (complete with a shot of Lemon running up a hill in a bunny suit) and another behind-the-scenes look at an interactive artwork that was in The Talent Show, introduced by the artist himself.

GAME 8:
PHILIP BITHER AND RALPH LEMON VS PETER CAMPUS DISCUSSES “SHADOW PROJECTION”

Walker Channel Madness: Day 4

We’ve almost made it! Only 3 more games until the quarter-finals! Then this will get so much easier because you’ve already watched all the videos. (Right?!) So welcome to Day 4, Games 6 and 7 of Walker Channel Madness! Game 6 INSIGHTS: IRMA BOOM VS “HOW TO DISAPPEAR IN AMERICA” For the Lectures pod! Who […]

We’ve almost made it! Only 3 more games until the quarter-finals! Then this will get so much easier because you’ve already watched all the videos. (Right?!) So welcome to Day 4, Games 6 and 7 of Walker Channel Madness!

Game 6
INSIGHTS: IRMA BOOM VS “HOW TO DISAPPEAR IN AMERICA”

For the Lectures pod! Who is going to go up against Four Visions of the Riverfront? Will it be Irma Boom, book designer wunderkind, or Evan Ratliff, who talks about his attempt to disappear for 30 days, without a trace?

Irma Boom:

How to Disappear in America:

Game 7
INTRODUCTION: SOL LEWITT: 2D+3D VS EIKO & KOMA NAKED

A couple beautiful trailers have been made for installations in the galleries this year. Do you prefer the video collage and time-lapse of the Sol LeWitt exhibition or the quiet contemplation of Japanese movement artists Eiko & Koma?

Sol LeWitt:

Eiko & Koma:

Walker Channel Madness: Day 3

Welcome to Day 3, Games 4 and 5 of Walker Channel Madness! It’s true, we’re a little behind schedule, so I apologize for the lack of witty intros below, but I just have to keep posting things, and you just have to keep voting! Before we begin, we have results from Games 1-3. In the […]

Welcome to Day 3, Games 4 and 5 of Walker Channel Madness! It’s true, we’re a little behind schedule, so I apologize for the lack of witty intros below, but I just have to keep posting things, and you just have to keep voting!

Before we begin, we have results from Games 1-3. In the DIALOGUE pod, Alec Soth triumphed over Dave King, despite the latter’s early lead. In the LECTURES pod, you loved seeing Four Visions of the Minneapolis Riverfront, and finally, the day to night time lapse of the last year’s Rock the Garden still really impressed you. Our top seeds all emerged triumphant. (Here’s the updated bracket).

Game 4
PIERO MANZONI’S “BASE MAGICA–SCULTURA VIVENTE” VS INTRODUCTION: YVES KLEIN: WITH THE VOID, FULL POWERS

More short videos! Up first, curator Bartholomew Ryan talks to us about one of the pieces in last spring’s The Talent Show, successfully talking while stepping up onto a two and a half foot block and maintaining his balance. Then, the “painter of space” steps into the ring, or rather, the curators of last fall’s show Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers. Can you possibly vote against curator Philippe Vergne’s French accent? Watch and see!

Piero Manzoni:

Yves Klein:

Game 3
WOMEN WITHOUT MEN DISCUSSION VS FREE VERSE: SUSAN HOWE AND DAVID GRUBBS

This match-up includes two types of Walker programs not seen yet in this tournament: visiting filmmakers and co-presentations with Rain Taxi Review of Books. In the first video, Shirin Neshat discusses her feature film debut, Women Without Men, after a premiere screening, and in the second, poet Susan Howe and musician David Grubbs join forces for a language and sound art experiment.

Women Without Men:

Free Verse:

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