The last time I went to the Walker was for my bachelor party (and no I am not that boring, I am just as much a filthy degenerate as the rest of mankind- we went to bars and strip clubs too). It was cool to grease through the museum then and get a quick look.
Yesterday I was given the entire day off, so I took advantage of it and hit the Walker Art Museum on my way home. This will either clear my head or befuddle it farther (ever have one of those weeks where its just not going your way and you can see it is not going to anytime soon).
The building really is pretty impressive regardless of which side you are approaching it from. I love the dots of grass within the sidewalk. I feel very directed and attracted to to the landscape design here, just as if I was following the directions of the one bee in the hive that knows the way.
I think it looks like a robotic human or monkey head. Any thought as to what you see?
I mean seriously look at it, its eating people!
This sculpture has been in front of the walker for a long time. I do love Calder, but regrettably I have paid little attention to this work simply because it has always just been there.
1966, Aluminum, steel, paint
“Salute to painting”
1985-86, aluminum, paint.
Takashi Murakami wallpaper lined bathrooms…
…never tried being watched while I pee.
This was the first piece I came to that I had to stop and take in. The security guard told me to not take photos so I waited until she wasn’t looking. Then when she caught me I pretended that I didn’t know any better. Bad form, yes, but this is too cool to not photo and talk about.
“Group 8 (Karisoke, the Virungas, Rwanda. September 24, 1967. 4:30pm.)
American, born 1931
1961, welded steel, canvas, wire, velvet.
An early mark Rothko. Fun to see his younger works, as I always remember him for his fields of color. I have always felt disappointed knowing that he slit his wrists.
Willem de Kooning
American, born netherlands 1904-1997
1983, oil on canvas
1983, synthetic polymer and mixed media
American, born 1943
“How you like me now?”
1988, tin, plywood, sledgehammers, lucky strike cigarette wrapper, american flag
This installation reminded me of Scott, a buddy that lives in New York. I am not going to explain that, if you know Scott you truly understand how cool this is.
“T.V. Text and Image”
1986-1990, television sets with vinyl lettering and metal shelves
These last pics are from the videos in Minouk Lim’s exhibit. It was interesting, and it was nothing original at all. The ideas are important and need to be communicated often, but alas it missed the mark in that it felt like trite college kids with a camera and a cause and a semester of world history.
It was a good day. Chris and I scouted out some bike ride spots and then had a BBQ afterwards with a friend of ours from Florida who is up for a week to visit. The Walker Art Museum lost something for a period of time. I found myself not going there for a few years, then I would check in and see what’s going on and find myself disappointed. They hired a new Curator a while ago, and in my opinion the Walker is exhibiting a higher standard of work now.
This was likely my last visit to the Walker for a long time…
…moving in the end of August to a land far far away.