Journey to the East: 3 July 2012


Alexander Calder, The Spinner (1966)

Walker Art Center
Another rest day in the Twin Cities. This one I spent at the Walker Art Center and the associated Minneapolis Scultpure Garden. Really an excellent sculpture park with nice pieces from Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, James Turrell, Sol LeWitt, Isamu Naguchi, Mark di Suvero and many, many more. A nicely laid out garden with most of the pieces fitting in very well. One nice bit was a row of trees in which Pierre Huyghe’s Wind Chimes (after “Dream”) was installed. Right as I walked through it the wind picked up and they all started to chime. This was echoed by the massive peels of church bells from the nearby Basilica of Saint Mary. A lovely sonic experience.


Pierre Huyghe's Wind Chimes (after "Dream") (1997/2009)

The James Turrell lightspace, Sky Pesher, 2005 was the third of this series I’ve experienced and I always love the atmosphere these pieces create. I spent nearly two hours in the garden before the best drove me to the cool interior of the Walker itself. I’ve wanted to visit the Walker for a while and I have to say it lived up to its reputation. Of particular interest to me on this day was two exhibitions highlighting pieces they’d gotten from the Mercentile Cunningham archives. The first of these focusing on the collaboration with Robert Rauschenberg was excellent filled with many of the costumes and sets of absolute classic dances. The other featured a single large piece from Ernesto Neto. A large soft, drooping organic nylon piece that was suspended from the ceiling the gallery also featured video of the dance and music from John Cage.


Ernesto Neto, Otheranimal (2004)

There was really too much other stuff that I looked at to really go into detail here. A poppy, kitchsy, transgressive exhibition curated by John Waters, a very rough, raw and vital set of video installations by the South Korean artist Minouk Kim, a rather uninterested examination of art in then1980s and finally an exhibition of works from the permanent collection thematically arranged around the “dreams and private visions that have given rise to some of the most remarkable art made in the past 150 years. This did indeed have some nice pieces and it was good to see the collection highlighted.


Mark Rothko No. 2 (1963)

4 thoughts on “Journey to the East: 3 July 2012”

    1. Well I love modern and contemporary art so it was well worth it to me. Also only $10 which is quite reasonable IMO. I hope you’ve at least checked out the sculpture garden which is free.

      I didn’t make it to any other museums alas, but I definitely will come back!

      1. I agree that $10 is reasonable, but by the time we got to Mpls on last year’s tour we were running on fumes, so we didn’t pursue it.

        Plus, I’m not really a museum person. Given the choice between spending a few hours in a museum with amazing art or exploring a city, exploring a city always wins for me. That’s just the way I am. I rarely go to museums when I travel. We checked out the Art Institute of Chicago mainly because I could get in for free, and the last time I was in DC I went to the Smithsonian because that’s what you do!

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