From our Education & Public Programs department, an evolving guidebook navigating the expanded terrain of art and creative life.
People came to the picnic tables on Open Field and were prompted with cat-themed phrases to encourage them to draw the many cats on their minds and in their imaginations.
Some of these phrases included: Fat Cat, Leonardo Di-Catprio, Catastrophe, Digi C@, Cat Burglar, Live Long and Pawsper, and many more. People also took liberty and drew cats unprompted, because… well, why wouldn’t you?
Here are some of the wonderful drawings made at the Internet Cat Video Festival.
Yes Yes Y’all. Drawing Club is indeed in full effect on Thursday nights this summer from 4-8pm right outside of the Vineland Place entrance. We will be inhabiting the picnic tables (weather permitting). Come through and draw with us! There will be Fluxus drawing kits available for those who are interested in performing scores or guided […]
Yes Yes Y’all.
Drawing Club is indeed in full effect on Thursday nights this summer from 4-8pm right outside of the Vineland Place entrance. We will be inhabiting the picnic tables (weather permitting). Come through and draw with us! There will be Fluxus drawing kits available for those who are interested in performing scores or guided drawing.
This year we are exploring different approaches to tracing and collaborative drawing. Check out the giant collaborative drawing we did at the bottom of this post! Drawing with strangers is so much fun.
When’s the last time you played exquisite corpse?
What do you love about Minneapolis? What are the things and feelings that create home? Katie Bachler finished her residency in the art lab at the end of the summer and has been settling back into her home in Joshua Tree, California. During her stay here in Minneapolis, she asked people about the places, experiences, and feelings they […]
What do you love about Minneapolis? What are the things and feelings that create home?
Katie Bachler finished her residency in the art lab at the end of the summer and has been settling back into her home in Joshua Tree, California. During her stay here in Minneapolis, she asked people about the places, experiences, and feelings they have related to home. She recorded these stories on her phone and in her head. People were also invited to make maps of home noting what was personally most important – secret spots, smells of their neighborhood, and favorite places to eat, among other things. In addition, Katie put out a call for submissions and received numerous home maps from people all around the metro area. She then created a beautiful water-colored map of Minneapolis using the details and stories she was told. There are copies available for you to take in the Fritz Haeg’s At Home in the City exhibition.
Katie wrote this reflection on home in Minneapolis:
This map was created from conversations and time spent in physical geographical space. On top of sidewalks and paint jobs and chairs that we sit in, and next to lakes and in lakes, and on top of wood panels and slate and insulation and rebar in three season porches and holding tea, are feelings and memories about why we are here. The reasons a space becomes a place, the secret personal connections that float layered on the everyday. I came here knowing very little, with a few spots of the known, and have spent the month feeling my way through Minneapolis, learning so much, asking questions. As an outsider, I had access to truths that long-term residents perhaps no longer actively see because of the deep routine that happens as time passes.
Mapping home renegotiates ideas of hierarchies of space in the city. What is traditionally placed on a map is determined by the city-the planning commission, the department of transportation, the department of water and power-highways, railroads, parks. Experience then becomes homogenized if one is to simply follow the map. With a map expressing a multitude of subjective experiences of a place, hopefully YOU will feel too that there is meaning in your own ways of being in the city…. there is a physical reality to what we individually see, hear, smell, feel, everyday in the city; our micro experiences of knitting in a special chair, or making homemade chai tea, or having a potluck under a tree in the park, all become a part of the collective memory of the city, that the city itself is not one thing, but an ever shifting and growing amalgam of experience.
A movement towards the hyper local
A movement towards together
Looking at things and wanting to turn them into other things
In conversations in various neighborhoods in the city I found varying levels of connections to a politics of place-making. There are areas where people seem to find enjoyment in the everydayness of walking around the lakes, eating good food, shopping, swimming. These activities define the character of a neighborhood in a way that seems to mean “I live a good life, I have chosen these good things.” In Powderhorn, I found that the people I spoke with had a deep concern with the community in the immediate regions, that specific relationships defined a character of place; the residents of the neighborhood embodied a certain critical intention to the relationship between people and the way we define space; Powderhorn is being actively created, it is a process, an openness, aware of the precarity of life situations. People were more concerned with the question of how we live, as opposed to the knowing statement of this is how we live.
Reasons for being somewhere: uncertainty, a desire to chase a horizon, the energy surrounding change, knowing that one is producing the space (s)he inhabits, OR an externally produced aesthetics of place, a nice neighborhood, clean green spaces, good restaurants, shopping, etc.
How active are we in creating the places we live in? How can ideas of home extend into an idea of the neighborhood homestead, as defined by certain values and commitment to engagement and community?
Home is a politics of everyday life
We are drawn to places for both their aesthetic value as well as how we feel able to engage with their creation.
Homes were on the sides of the Great Mississippi in areas called flats. Places like Lilydale and Bohemian Flats housed hundreds of immigrant families. Floods washed many of these homes away, and people had to move. What happened to the sense of home that was the spirit of the space? What happens to the light and knowledge that is shared in a room?
Ojibwe people said the world began at Minnehaha Falls. Creation. The deep layers of home that existed when we belonged to the earth, when it was one organism, which lived and inter-depended. We are not supposed to be completely self-reliant, we need each other and shared knowledge, and an understanding of the multitude of home in the city.
One of the things that I find so interesting about Katie’s work and practice is that much of it is simply about talking, relating to people, and getting to know what is important to them. I think we often stay on the service when we meet new people. “What do you do?” Meaning what is your job rarely scratches the surface of how a person defines them self or how they identify in this world. I like the idea that getting to know strangers can be an art practice and that we should be intentional about how we relate to one another.
Click here to listen to Katie Bachler’s interview with John Wipifli – Chef/hunter.
Katie will be a part of the closing festivities for Fritz Haeg’s At Home in the City starting Thursday, Nov. 21st. Join us for conversations with Katie Bachler and other artists, stewards, and educators on Saturday, Nov. 23rd at 11:15 am and Sunday Nov. 24th at 4:00pm.
Katie Bachler lives and teaches in the desert of Arizona. An artist, educator, and gardener, her work explores our personal ideas of home and the different paths we all walk, both physically and metaphysically. For her residency with Fritz Haeg’s At Home in the City project this summer, she’s asking people to submit maps […]
Katie Bachler lives and teaches in the desert of Arizona. An artist, educator, and gardener, her work explores our personal ideas of home and the different paths we all walk, both physically and metaphysically. For her residency with Fritz Haeg’s At Home in the City project this summer, she’s asking people to submit maps of daily activities and life practices for a collective map of Minneapolis that will constructed be throughout her stay with us.
In preparation of her arrival in Minneapolis this week I interviewed her about her project here.
Why are maps important to you?
Maps tell stories about places at specific moments, maps convey truths. They are tools for framing subjective experiences of internal and external places. Because the format of the map is familiar to people, they have the ability to convey unexpected information like scent memories or emotions because once someone knows they are looking at a map, there is an openness to receiving information. Maps change as people change. I love old maps of America that don’t have the West on them because it did not exist in the collective consciousness yet. Yet to be discovered!
What do you think maps tell us about people?
There is a human desire to document and make sense of the world around us through maps. A native American map from California is a circle with a dot in the middle and some random lines, because where they were was the center of the earth. We have maps in our minds too, and these maps show what we value. Places don’t exist until we map them.
How are maps and the idea of home integrated into your art practice?
People map what is important to them. I have made maps with tons of kids and adults and the kids always put their own houses and grandparents house, and the ice cream shop, and McDonalds, because that’s what matters to them. Adults will often put a special hike, or their garden, or bike route, or their friends houses. Maps allow a physical space for the mind to order what we value in the everyday. We are amalgams of all the places we have been and people we have met, and a map is a tool to make sense, in the snapshot of a moment, what matters to us.
I am deeply interested in the everyday and how to create connective spaces in cities and time. I feel that people are more likely to be engaged with a place if they are invited to participate in its creation. My work is based on facilitating experiences of place, whether that be through a community meal, a hand-drawn map, a dance, a sourdough library, or experiential hikes into LA wilderness. It is about being where we are, exploring the layers of a place.
What do you think makes a home?
People generally feel very connected to one or two aspects of their lives; perhaps they have a passion for baking bread or singing sea shanties or making quilts or fixing cars. These are all representations of home in some way, the situations where people feel the most themselves. We organize space, make a home, around activities we love. My 80-year-old friend in the desert, BC, has a quilting room with a bed in it. This is her home. Home is you projected into a corner, a favorite dapple of light in the morning, an onion skin, the placement of books and rocks on a shelf. Home is intention, a frame for the self to exist.
What is your connection to the desert?
I moved to the desert to understand the myth made real. The desert where I live, Joshua Tree, represents freedom, an escape from the routines and intersections that make up life in the city of Los Angeles. So the urbanite enters the desert realm with an expectation of an alternative experience, a pocket of time to be outside of the norm, to be replenished and able to re-tackle everyday life. I became interested in what makes people stay in the desert. What is daily life in the great Mojave? How do people make home there? How can I change by being outside of the map of LA in my mind? I am doing a Scout residency with High Desert Test Sites, where I interview locals about their home practices in the desert. People seem to move there to have the space to make their life intentions visible in a way that maybe isn’t as possible in the city.
What’s your experience working with Fritz?
I worked with Fritz Haeg as an intern for a few years. I showed up at his door one afternoon and asked if I could work for him. He lived in a geodesic dome, and met me in garden clogs along with two dogs. I felt at home, we had tea. I researched the history of the lawn and land use in the US, and helped tear up a front lawn in Lakewood, California as part of his first Edible Estates project. Fritz’s understanding of art was a real inspiration to me. Art engages with land and time! I also participated in the first Sundown Schoolhouse in 2006, which met for a 12-hour day once a week for three months. We did yoga, wrote manifestos, met with artists and activists, and cooked food that we ate in the garden.
How you can participate: This summer the Walker and Katie Bachler are mapping home stories in Minneapolis and we want you to submit a map!
Some questions to frame a map you might make: What are you doing to connect to where you are? How are you engaging with the landscape and food production? How do you create home in Minneapolis? What do you love here? Where do you feel connected to people?
Your map might include: the path of your backyard chickens, favorite places to walk, a drawing of a rock where you meditate, a photograph of your homemade bread, or a poem about the smell of moss on the river.
Your submission can take an untraditional format, like an audio recording or a poem. I will compile all of the submissions into a map to be distributed back to the community, and have an event where all of the submissions will be displayed, so everyone can see everyone else’s ideas about Minneapolis!
You can drop off your “map” at the Walker Art Lab and or email email@example.com.
CALLING ALL YOUTH EDUCATORS !!! Thursday, April 11th from 6-8 pm @ The Walker Art Center in the Art Lab Join us for a fun evening, learn about Teen Programs at the Walker and how you can connect! This event is geared towards those who work with and teach youth, but all educators are welcome. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and […]
CALLING ALL YOUTH EDUCATORS !!!
Thursday, April 11th from 6-8 pm
@ The Walker Art Center in the Art Lab
Join us for a fun evening, learn about Teen Programs at the Walker and how you can connect! This event is geared towards those who work with and teach youth, but all educators are welcome.
Please RSVP to email@example.com and do come! Also, please inform your staff/ colleagues of this event.
Photo taken and the March Teen Art Lounge with artist Abraham Cruzvillegas.
Teen Art Council
The Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) is a group of 12 students who work with the Walker to produce programs that connect teenagers to contemporary art and artists. Past projects have included teen art exhibitions, performances, film screenings, artist talks, workshops, events, and marketing materials. Click here to check out last years Student Open House.
Walker Teen Website
A place to promote youth voices and ideas. This platform allows teens to discuss and think about contemporary art and the ideas that are connected to it. Check out the website here!
Teen Art Lounge
Teen Art Lounge is a monthly night for young people to hang out, make art, meet artists, and learn new techniques and processes with other teens at the Walker. Intended for ages 13 to 18, activities are drop-in and occur every third Thursday of the month. For details, click here.
Scheduling a Guided Tour or Self-Guided Visit:
Tours are interactive – guides foster conversations through open-ended questions and guided looking. For all the details on tours and self-guided visits click here.
Online Learning Opportunities:
Visit ArtsConnectEd, a great online learning tool featuring works from the collections of the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
TEENS GET INTO THE WALKER FOR FREE.