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Paul Schmelzer
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Just published: An #ArtistOpEd by the interdisciplinary art collective #Postcommodity on indigenous self-determination, the border, and the year 2043, when whites are projected to become a minority in the US. Read it: http://wac.mn/newnewworld

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North Carolina’s discriminatory transgender bathroom bill, the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, police killings of African Americans across the United States, and the soaring murder rate among transgender women of color: in the Walker Art Center's newest Artist Op-Ed sculptor Gordon Hall responds to the trauma of recent events with a meditation on the potential for self-transformation through our relationships with objects.

READ IT: http://www.walkerart.org/magazine/2016/gordon-hall-transgender-hb2-bathroom-bill

#hb2 #transgender #gender #art  
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Commemorating the #GuerrillaGirls ' 30th anniversary, #CocoFusco recalls her "first encounter with a full-on feminist art intervention"--a life-changing GG gig at the Palladium in 1985.

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"What we learned from #Provo is the idea that the city is basically an environment that could (and should) be shaped through the printing press." #ExperimentalJetset on the short-lived (1965-67) Dutch anarchist movement.

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How are 1960s ideas about "hippie modernism" manifest today? At the Walker, we just launched a new blog series in which we invite contemporary makers and thinkers—including Dread Scott, Experimental Jetset, and Geoff Manaugh—to discuss their influences. First up: Josh MacPhee of Justseeds and the Interference Archive on the Diggers.

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My first piece for Hyperallergic...
  #justice4jamar #blacklivesmatter #minneapolis

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“My goal is to make refugees feel welcome. It’s also to create a physical manifestation of that welcome, so we can become more comfortable saying it out loud.” Veda Partalo, a refugee from Bosnia who came to Minnesota 19 years ago, and Burlesque’s Mike Davis discuss their new collaboration: a storefront-window sticker campaign created in quiet resistance to a recent spike in anti-refugee rhetoric.

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I commissioned painter Jack Whitten to write an Artist Op-Ed, and here's what he came up with—a powerful meditation on violence that links his experiences growing up as “a product of American apartheid” to the deaths of so many of late, including Eric Garner, Aylan Kurdi, and the dozens killed by guns this week alone. “My art,” he writes, “is an antidote used to counteract this poison.” http://www.walkerart.org/magazine/2015/jack-whitten-art-violence

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“I had a feeling of generality about life. But a lot of modernism was sad because people would do things and they would … make it too complicated. I didn’t want to do that.” An interview with Superchair/Microhouse designer Ken Isaacs, from the Walker Art Center's #HippieModernism catalouge

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A look at the intellectual and physical processes that helped Coco Fusco transform into Dr. Zira from Planet of the Apes (1968), a role she revisits at Monmouth University next week in her performance, "Observations of Predation in Humans, A Lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist."
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