Posts Tagged ‘Walker Art Center’

Do not open, this is art

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (aka WACTAC and featured here before) made this video, asking a “senior registration technician” to pull his top five pieces from the permanent collection that are so obscure they “need to be identified as art” by experts such as himself. Do with that concept what you will in the comments. I am sharing this here because one of the pieces he selects is a sealed cardboard box labeled “trash”.

I have to admit—sheepishly and ducking for cover—that I kind of dig Yoko Ono’s piece as well. Despite breaking up the Beatles, I’ve always had a soft spot for her due to the urban legend that she donated money to my college to ensure ice cream be made available at every meal.

Save Canvas

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

As part of a piece installed in a series of vacant buildings in Minneapolis, artists Aaron Bickner and Andrew Shannon created a walk-through pop-up book of fantastical urban scenes. They called it “Save Canvas.” The idea: make use of a bunch of prime real estate scheduled for demolition and rebirth as a fancy condo, but which has been sitting empty for several years as redevelopment projects are put on hold in this bad economy. Temporary upcycling, if you will.

Save Canvas

Save Canvas

Here’s a video and a comprehensive post from the blog eyeteeth, which is also where I ripped the photo.

According to the site, “Save Canvas” ran for the month of August, so I sadly will not get to see it when I visit the Twin Cities in a couple weeks. As an aside: I found out about this supercool initiative via an alert from the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council, of which Bickner and I are both alum. The idea behind the council is to involve young people in planning and programs at the Walker to ensure that the center is an inviting place for the next generation to appreciate modern art. As a founding member, it’s nice to see that the WACTAC is still going strong and that its alum are involved in such innovative projects as this one. You can fan WACTAC on Facebook here.

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