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Anxiety, stress, and depression come up in different ways with every group of teens I work with at the Walker, every single year. It’s normal; people in their teen years are dealing with a lot and being pulled in many different directions. Among other things, I stress the importance of rest, eating full meals, drinking water, and being honest about your capacity to take on assignments (no one likes a half-stepper), and overall practicing self care so you can continue to work on what you are passionate about as well as the things you just have to get done. These […]
The Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council’s (WACTAC) 2015–2016 year was an extremely political one. It makes sense: the videos of police violence against Native, Black, and Latinx people have been very present—bringing new eyes and a current context to the very old problem of systemic oppression of people of color. Donald Trump is running for president on a platform that relies on divisions of class, race, gender, and religion. There have been numerous mass shootings in a short period of time. So much violence, so much hate, and so many platforms and conversations about all of these things online […]
International Pop not only presented Walker visitors with a pop art experience that went far beyond what typically constitutes pop art for a Western audience, it proved that pop art was a global phenomenon and a platform for the critique of contemporary culture throughout the world. In light of the show’s recent closing, WACTAC alum Justin Andrews presents some opinions, reflections, and analysis on works and themes in the show. “Art, it is said, is not a mirror, but a hammer: it does not reflect, it shapes.” –Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Pop culture and artistic culture exist in a contradictory, dialectical […]
Upon seeing International Pop for the first time, I was immediately blown away with the amount of color in the exhibition. From this initial observation of the show, I was inspired to incorporate the same kind of flat, graphic colors into an art piece. Throughout the show, many pieces integrated similar aspects of consumerism and capitalism. One of the overarching themes in the show was the idea of production and consumption, and this idea pushed me to tie in the corporate logos into the art piece. Many of the pieces in particular that inspired me had ideas like these, for […]
Hey YOU! Do you or anybody you know want to get involved with Teen Programs at the Walker? Apply to WACTAC and Youth Collective by June 30 (that’s next week!) and be invited to an activity day in July. Apply online here >>> http://wac.mn/1HIYyaA Do it! This video was shot and directed by Satya Varghese Mac, a graduating council member. Thanks to Lucy, Sarah and Justin for standing in all those places and all of that wavin’. Get with it!
Museum Mixtape is back! For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon, museum mixtape pairs a piece/collection of artwork at the Walker Art Center with a song. The collection featured this time is INTERNATIONAL POP, an exhibition that looks at Pop Art as a global movement rather than a strictly American one. It encompasses a staggering diversity of technique and perspective. From Brazil to Japan to Germany, artists react to modernization, westernization, political unrest and the growing importance of mass media. These songs are meant to refract back the themes of this exhibit. First song up is Eu Te Amo, Te […]
Members of the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) often discuss the role of artists and museums in social and racial justice—and these conversations have taken on new significance in light of recent demonstrations across the country calling for police reform and racial equity. To further these discussions and bring them online, we invited Yonci Jameson, a Twin Cities teen artist, queer black woman, and social justice activist, to share her recommendations for both artists and arts institutions interested social change. Growing up, art museums used to bore me. There was never anything captivating about artists I’d never heard […]
On Saturday, February 28th WACTAC hosted and participated in Illuminate! a Twin Cities Youth Media Network (TCYMN) event. During the event there were representatives from various colleges in Cargill Lounge, stop motion videos being made in the art lab with local artist John Akre, and then a showcase of films made by youth from all over the metro area. During the showcase films ranged from music videos, LGBTQ+ rights, self love to even talking wolves. WACTAC during the showcase, Photo by Walker Art Center Two WACTAC members, Satya Varghese Mac and myself, were able to show original pieces during […]
Front Cover of Awkwardness is a Feeling For the past few weeks, WACTAC has been working on a zine, for those who don’t know, a zine is an abbreviation for magazine or “fanzine”, a self published magazine that is made to be sent around and shared. We will be sending off the zine to other teen councils at different museums around the country and overseas. This project will spread the word about what is going on at the Walker, and possibly spur further interaction with other teen councils. Zines have been around for a while, and over time, have […]
I am a WACTAC alumni (Class of 2004) and have been hanging out with the council lately, sitting in on their meetings and helping out a bit with this blog. I tagged along last week as WACTAC had the opportunity to tour the International Pop show with co-curator Bartholomew Ryan. The lauded exhibition displays a body of Pop art of the 1950’s through the 1970’s, with strong representations of artists and movements from Japan, Brazil and Germany, and some notable American works in the mix (Warhol and Lichtenstein, deified beacons of Pop, do secure a head count). While Pop art […]
During Art Basel miami beach, Andre 3000 and SCAD put together an exhibit at mana Miami. Titled “I Feel Ya: SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and Andre 3000 Benjamin” presented by SCAD Art Museum. A collection featuring Andres 47 jumpsuits which he wore throughout the Outcasts 20th reunion tour. The exhibit was accompanied by “Trumpets,” created by filmmaker Greg Brunkalla and painter Jimmy O’Neal. The purpose of ‘I Feel Ya’ is to get people thinking about random phrases, while building a connection between art, fashion, and film. The jumpsuits are a direct way for Andre to share his […]
Famed linguist and political theorist Noam Chomsky once wrote that it was the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies, especially in the context of the lies perpetuated by the dominant politico-economic power structure. One could argue that a similar responsibility exists for artists: In their works, artists must not only create art that is set against the backdrop of the current era, but must create art that actively critiques and challenges the status quo. Artists must ruthlessly expose all that is rotten in society and call upon people to demand a better state of affairs. Not […]
WACTAC had the privilege to meet with one of the founding members of the Fluxus movement, Ben Patterson to talk about his life and work as an artist/musician. WACTAC interviewed him in the on going series Top 5 to talk about his favorite noises. WACTAC also performed Ben Patterson’s piece entitled Pond (1962) in the gallery.
From Teen Programs Affiliate Michael Hansen: It’s 6:42 AM. I’m walking around the MPLS – STP airport with a bottle of overpriced iced tea in my right hand. I feel numb. I’m wearing an orange t-shirt with the words “YOUNGARTS” scrawled across the front in some abnormal font. I’ve been awake for a good three hours with nothing but a ration of granola in my system. I arrive at my gate and immediately spot a girl wearing a shirt identical to mine. She looks at me and smiles. She tells me that her name is Nicole, she’s from California, and […]
This past week, we once again met with artists Chrys Carroll and Nicole Smith known together as Dig In, who we have been working and meeting with for the past couple of months. At this particular meeting, we glazed clay bowls we had created, based off of the begging bowls used by Buddhist monks. For Buddhist monks, these bowls are receptacles for community donations of food that provides the monks daily sustenance. For us, the bowls were meant more to represent how we will take care of ourselves and do what makes us happy, what Chrys and Nicole referred to […]
“We’re going to have awful seats.” My friend and I paced down the hallway of the Southdale AMC Theater, arriving on the dot to see the 8:10 showing of Selma. We reached our theater and were surprised, and, in my case, disappointed, to see that the theater was sparsely filled. It was opening night. To be fair, this was due largely to circumstance: it was a holiday weekend, the roads were awful, and there were multiple other movies opening that same night. Though the audience was less than I had expected that night, the movie was not. Ava DuVernay, the primary […]
On November 22nd, a gathering of approximately twenty-five people of high school and college age came together and had a conversation about an exhibition at the Walker right now; Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. Our conversation was held at one of the pieces in the exhibition, the first one you see as you walk up to it, a long old table with eighteen chairs made of plastic and metal. They came from a former public elementary school in Chicago’s South Side, and now are setup in the exhibition as a classroom type setting in the gallery. The piece is called See, Sit, Sup, Sip, Sing: Holding […]
I’m not expecting palm trees. Not in Houston. In my mind, palm trees only exist in California, TV celebrity soaps, and Microsoft Clip Art. But there they stand, those disturbing trees, looming over my family’s rental car, 2:00am in the morning at the wrong hotel. And suddenly I know that palm trees will be to me what water is to cats; that unexplainable force that freaks and creeps me out beyond reason. It relieves me to see no palm trees stand anywhere near the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (CAMH). There are trees, though. Trees with branches decorated by pictures of […]
It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling, Halloween is tomorrow, and for some of us (myself included) this means a quick stop to the store to create a last-minute costume for the holiday. However, as you get your costume together, keep in mind that there is a line between okay and downright offensive. Yep, I’m talking about cultural appropriation, stereotypes, and racism. Cultural appropriation is the act of taking a culture (that isn’t your own) and fixing it/changing it so it fits your life. Everyday Feminism has a fantastic article discussing it, as well as introducing the […]
The accessibility of the internet has done many things to the music industry. Obviously, it has enabled piracy of music, and it has enabled constant streaming via sites like Spotify or Pandora. It has also given artists both big and small, nearly unlimited freedom; anyone can publish anything and it can be shaped exactly to the creators will. I’ve noticed a few artists over the years taking advantage of this and crafting projects that are more than just music. The artists design the visual aesthetic or merchandise for the band or create characters and worlds that transcend the music. Here […]
Museum Mixtape is back with a vengeance! For those of you who are unfamiliar, Museum Mixtape pairs a piece of art in the Walker’s collection, or one being exhibited there, with a piece of complementary music. In this edition, the art in question is the Cowles Conservatory located in the Walker’s Sculpture Garden. Since the conservatory is larger than much of the art surveyed in Museum Mixtape, it will be paired with three songs rather than one. The conservatory is a place for contemplation and escape. In the summer, the glass walls, imaginative plantings, and the giant fish sculpture […]