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On November 20th, 2013, CLOSING EVENTS THIS WEEK ON THE RUG AT THE WALKER ART CENTER INCLUDE…

Domestic Integrities part A05, Walker Art Center, 2013

Domestic Integrities part A05, Walker Art Center, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

11am – 3pm _ Conversation and Knitting: Lisa Anne Auerbach
Los Angeles–based artist Lisa Anne Auerbach will be spending time on the rug in the exhibition Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City, knitting and talking about Hønsestrik, a radical, anti-authoritarian style of knitting that originated in Denmark the 1970s. Known for creating inflammatory slogan-adorned sweaters, Auerbach runs a modest publishing and propaganda empire out of a former bungalow in South Los Angeles.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

6-9pm _ Installation/Performance: J Morgan Puett & Lucky Dragons
Cofounder/director of Mildred’s Lane, artist J. Morgan Puett is known for making and dwelling within her own homespun universe. For this event, she creates an installation on the centerpiece crocheted rug featured in the exhibition Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City. Joining her are Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara of the artist duo Lucky Dragons, who enliven the gallery with their participatory approach to making music that focuses on the interconnectedness of humans and technology.

AT HOME IN THE CITY: CLOSING CONVERSATIONS
Artist-in-residence Fritz Haeg concludes his project At Home in the City with a marathon series of conversations with local and visiting collaborators. These talks offer an opportunity to explore a range of issues and ideas that have emerged from the project as it has traveled to various sites around the United States and Europe before its full realization at the Walker. Join the artist and guests along with curators Sarah Schultz and Eric Crosby for a series of discussions, with occasional breaks for group movement, throughout the weekend.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

11:15am-12:15pm _ At Home in the Twin Cities
Local artists and educators discuss the particular nature of growing and making that give a sense of home in the Twin Cities.
Kristi Fackel is the handwork teacher at Minnesota Waldorf School and a co-founder of the Two Rivers Folk School.
Mike Haeg is an artist, maker and Mayor of his own town of four residents, Mount Holly, Minnesota.
Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad are co-directors of the Minneapolis-based BodyCartography Project.
Sam Gould is an artist and founder of the collective Red 76.
Ashley Duffalo,Walker Art Center, is project manager of At Home in the City.

12:15 – 12:30 _ break

12:30 – 1:30 _ Stories from Home in other Cities
Arts practitioners from out of town discuss their local arts communities and the work they are doing that engages the public where they live.
Sara Daleiden is co-founder of the Los Angeles Urban Rangers and director of MKE<->LAX, which investigates cultural exchange between two American regions, with Milwaukee and Los Angeles as epicenters, through residencies and public programs.
Aandrea Stang is a curator at Occidental College, Los Angeles.
Megan O’Connell uses letterform to traverse the space of the book, the gallery, and the street. Her current project is Salt & Cedar, a letterpress founded in 2012 in Detroit.

1:30 – 2:30 _ Guided movement: BodyCartography Project,
Codirected by Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad, the BodyCartography Project investigates empathy and the physicality of space in urban, domestic, wild, and social landscapes through dance, performance, video, installation work, and movement education.

2:45 – 3:45 _ Homemaking Across Disciplines
A conversation among discipline-crossing friends about digital, virtual and analog home-making.
Lucky Dragons is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Active as a band since 2000, they are known for their participatory approach to making music, radically inclusive live shows, and playful, humanistic use of digital tools.
Matt Olson is co-founder of RO/LU an experimental studio that works across disciplines – landscape architecture, sculptural furniture, photography, conceptual art, video, collaborative projects – in an undisciplined manner.

3:45 – 4:00 _ Break

4:00 – 5:00 _ Conversation with interdisciplinary artist, cultural producer, and fashion designer, J. Morgan Puett. She is cofounder and director of Mildred’s Lane Historical Society and Museum in rural Pennsylvania, where work first began in 2012 on the Domestic Integrities rug presented at the Walker. A 92-acre social practice mecca, Mildred’s Lane  is designed to collectively create and discuss new pedagogical models of being in the world with regard to the environment, systems of labor, forms of dwelling, ethics, and sociality.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

11:15 – 12:15 _ Local Land
A conversation about issues of domestic land use, cultivation, care, and preservation particular to the Twin Cities.
Anna Bierbrauer, project steward  and gardener for The Foraging Circle & Edible Estate
Cante Suta/Francis Bettelyoun, Oglala/Lakota, is Coordinator of the UMN Native American Medicine Gardens, St. Paul campus.
Bridget Mendel is working towards her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, and was a project intern on the Foraging Circle and Edible Estate #15.

12:15 – 12:30 _ Break

12:30 – 1:30 _ Edible Estates #15
Join the Schoenherr family, friends, and neighbors for a conversation about their experiences with the first season of Haeg’s Edible Estate #15.
John, Catherine, Aaron and Andrea Schoenherr joined by Stanley Leonard and Andrea Beardsley
• Trotters Lane neighbors
Kim Palmer, Star Tribune

1:30 – 2:30 _ Guided movement with Tony Orrico, a visual and performing artist who investigates applications of a conscious mind/body to a surface, object, or course within his developing series, Penwald Drawings and CARBON.

2:45 – 3:45 _ Next Generation of Domestic Arts
What kind of home and world does a younger generation of artists want to build? How have they found inspiration in the projects and what questions are they asking themselves about the future of ‘home’?
Katie Bachler, a Joshua Tree based artist, makes maps and spaces that facilitate connections to the world around us and to each other.
Keith Clougherty is an art student in Boston and assistant on Domestic Integrities projects at Pollinaria in Abruzzo, Italy and The deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.
Bjorn Sparman was an At Home in the City intern and tender of the Domestic Integrities installation. He graduated from Calvin College with a BFA in 2012 and now makes sculpture in his parents’ basement.

4:00 – 5:00 _ Domestic Integrities A05: Stories From the Rug and Garden
A conversation with the Domestic Integrities ‘tenders’ and At Home in the City interns about what happened on the rug, in the Foraging Circle, and on the Edible Estate this season. As people who actually “lived the project,” they will share insights and observations, plus reflections on the influence the experience has had on their own domestic and creative lives.
Brett Baldauf is excited about discussions on the future of urban agriculture and what it means to live sustainably and artistically in Minneapolis. He is managing a local café and will soon start a teaching career.
Todd Balthazor has done illustrations and art events for the Walker Art Center and recently taught a comic workshop in local libraries through the Minnesota Historical Society. His comic, “It is What it Is!”, chronicles the experiences of an art museum guard.
Will Gobeli, recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota and has been working closely with At Home in the City since May as an intern and Domestic Integrities tender.
Stephen Gregg is an urban farmer, DIY maker, and junk-percussionist who enjoys canoeing.
Hillary King a recent St. Olaf grad, is a part-time farmer and artist inspired by the natural world and human psychology.
Katherine Lee is a writer and artist currently completing a short story collection in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota, where she is co-editor-in-chief of dislocate.
Bridget Mendel is working towards her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, and was a project intern on the Foraging Circle and Edible Estate #15.
Ann Norberg is a Walker Art Center guard and Domestic Integrities tender.
Sheila Novak, a recent graduate from St. Olaf College, is a sculptor who works with bronze and found organic objects.
Peter Rusk is a native of Minnesotan who works as a theater artist, puppeteer and performer in the Twin Cities.
Björn Sparman graduated from Calvin College with a BFA in 2012 and now makes sculpture in his parents’ basement.
Leia Wambach is a Lake Superior native interested in non-verbal communication between strangers and among friends. She hopes to utilize the upcoming cold to improve her ice skating and practice tricky knitting.

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On August 7th, 2013, GETTING THE HOUSE IN ORDER…

Domestic Integrities preparations at the Walker Art Center

Domestic Integrities preparations at the Walker Art Center

…of Domestic Integrities part A05 for the opening of “Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City” at the Walker Art Center tomorrow night (plus today’s links to a Star Tribune story on Edible Estate #15 and an interview with Michael Pollan on the Walker website)

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On July 30th, 2013, FROM 22′ to 27′…

first day of rug crochet at the Walker

first day of rug crochet at the Walker

…is how much bigger we aim to make the American Domestic Integrities rug this week – with a big rotating team of rug crocheting volunteers also bringing in old clothes and textiles – in anticipation for it’s installation in the gallery for the August 8th opening of the show.

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On July 28th, 2013, RETURNING TO MINNEAPOLIS – SAINT PAUL…

over the Twin Cities suburbs

over the Twin Cities suburbs

…for five weeks to work on the imminently opening show at the Walker Art Center “Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City” has me approaching the airport over the familiar outer suburbs of the Twin Cities that I grew up in and starting to get my mind back into thinking deeply about cities and being at home in them.

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On July 9th, 2013, SHIPPING TO THE WALKER ART CENTER…

part of the rug headed to the Walker

part of the rug headed to the Walker

…in preparation for the August 8th opening of Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City on August 8th, started this morning with the low rumbling of a huge moving truck barely big enough for my road, the arrival of two friendly movers for hours of heavy lifting, wrapping, and packing of the American Domestic Integrities rug, wood pedestals (made by artist Paul Bartow from materials at Mildred’s Lane where I spent last week, and where the rug was born last summer), and preserved materials from my LA garden for the growing D.I. archive. (and check out the new blog by my Walker interns)

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On June 28th, 2013, A LITTLE FORAGING CIRCLE PICNIC…

a little gathering in the Foraging Circle in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

a little gathering in the Foraging Circle in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

…capped off a quick last minute eight-hour layover in Minneapolis on the way from LA to Rotterdam for the opening of Animal Estates 9.0 tomorrow – but at least it gave me a chance to see the garden in it’s mid-summer state, and (Walker webpage and Foraging Circle post)

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On May 7th, 2013, THE “FORAGING CIRCLE” PROGRESS…

planting the Foraging Circle at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

planting the Foraging Circle at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

…has continued gradually in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (commissioned by the Walker Art Center) over this week that started with snow and sleet and is ending with sunny summer weather – and though the wild plants, trees and shrubs (like asparagus, apple, mint, strawberry, rhubarb…) are little and struggling to occupy our mound of fertile soil, I’ve found that a few strategically placed – locally gathered – rocks, logs, branches, and leaves can suddenly evoke a landscape without anything even growing yet.

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On May 4th, 2013, THE EDIBLE ESTATE #15 TWIN CITIES FRONT LAWN SEARCH…

Visits to the nine most promising front lawn locations around the Twin Cities

Visits to the nine most promising front lawn locations around the Twin Cities

…ends today with a road trip circling my hometown, visiting the nine most promising front lawns – of the almost 100 submitted with stories and photos – taking us to Apple Valley, Bloomington, Richfield, Edina, Hopkins, Saint Louis Park, Brooklyn Park, and St. Anthony…and in a few days I’ll post pictures here of the lawn where the last edition of Edible Estates will be planted – then many more pictures to come as the story of the first season of growth is presented at the Walker Art Center from Aug 8 – Nov 24.

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On May 3rd, 2013, BREAKFAST AT BIRCHWOOD…

breakfast with Michael at Birchwood

breakfast with Michael at Birchwood

…one of my favorite local food places in Minneapolis-St. Paul, bringing my writer friend Michael Pollan and food/garden story hero (‘Second Nature‘ was a big inspiration in my early gardening days) for a taste of the city – and an interview to be published soon on the Walker Art Center website – while passing through on his book tour for ‘Cooked‘ the night after his mobbed talk with 1500 in the audience.

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On May 2nd, 2013, ‘FORAGING CIRCLE’ TAKING SHAPE…

laying of the Foraging Circle slate pavers

laying of the Foraging Circle slate pavers

…in the Walker Art Center’s Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (for Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City), where we laid the massive local slate pavers, surrounded by seating logs, surrounded by an 8′ radius of mounded fertile soil, ready to be planted with wild native foragables next week.

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On August 15th, 2012, MINNEAPOLIS’ SISTERS’ CAMELOT BUS…

Sisters Camelot feeding people in the garden

…surprised us hungry bikers – on my first night in town preparing for 2013 projects at the Walker Art Center – with a delicious organic meal prepared and served from their tricked out bus/kitchen parked in a beautiful wild community garden (with bees and and rain garden) occupying a previously vacant lot just south of downtown, stop #4 of the Common Room’s “Tour of Urban Monuments to Agriculture & Seminar in a Food Justice bike tour lead by Valentine Cadieux – which had us meeting up at the Soap Factory and making our way around town at dusk passing by the Mill City Complex, the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, the Minneapolis Farmers Market, and arriving at the Soo Line Garden most delightfully on the Midtown Greenway - an old rail line now a beautiful partially-submerged straight green super-freeway for traffic-free movement across the city on bike, foot, skate. (Sisters’ Camelot website)

Back in 1997, the founder of Sisters’ Camelot, Jeff Borowiak, needed a name for his project, and his partner was reading The Mists of Avalon, the 1979 novel by Marion Zimmer inspired by the land of Camelot and Arthurian myths. The plot focuses on Morgaine (often called Morgan Le Fay in other works), who is portrayed as a woman fighting for her matriarchal Celtic culture in a country where patriarchal Christianity threatens to destroy the Druidic way of life.  The book also describes the lives of Gwennhwyfar, Viviane, Morgause, and other women who are often marginalized in other Arthurian retellings.  King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are supporting, rather than main, characters.  The term “Sisters’ Camelot” refers to a land that truly belongs to these women, as opposed to the more traditional “King Arthur’s Camelot.” Today, we find it a very appropriate name for our collective as we continue to resist the dominant paradigm.  And no, we are not nuns.

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On December 29th, 2011, CUNNINGHAM ARCHIVES AT THE WALKER…

Cunningham archives at the Walker

…seems tailor made for me, walking through the galleries, anticipating travel to NYC tomorrow, to see the finale New Years Eve performance of the company before it disbands. (Walker Art Center)

The extraordinary partnership between two legendary artists is the foundation for this installation of backdrops, props, and costumes created for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC). Merce Cunningham (1919–2009) and Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008), who repeatedly reshaped dance and visual art during their lengthy careers, collaborated on over 20 dance works between 1954 and 1964, a key period for both.Dance Works I features enormous curtains painted by Rauschenberg for one of Cunningham’s dance pieces that frame other rarely seen works he made for the stage, including large-scale sculptural objects that lend new perspective to his famous “combines” of the 1950s.  Over more than 60 years, Cunningham not only expanded the parameters of dance but also transformed the role of the visual arts within them. The choreographer developed relationships based on free-thinking experimentation and exchange with numerous leading artists, often bringing them into the sphere of dance for the first time. Dance Works Ishowcases one of the richest examples of this collaborative approach, inaugurating a series of exhibitions exploring Cunningham’s work with visual artists and drawing from the Walker’s 2011 acquisition of more than 150 works from the MCDC archive.

 

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On October 28th, 2011, JÉRÔME BEL’S ‘CÉDRIC ANDRIEUX’ AT THE WALKER…

Cédric Andrieux in Jérôme Bel's 'Cédric Andrieux'

…Art Center in Minneapolis tonight is especially exciting and anticipated since it’s the first time I will see his work in person, seeming to be just missing performances of his work for years like ‘The Show Must Go On‘  and ‘Pichet Klunchun and Myself‘ whereever I go…and then the great pleasure of seeing dancer Cédric Andrieux arrive on an empty stage in warm-up clothes with a duffel bag over his shoulder to simply tell (and dance) the story of his life on stage and in the rehearsal studio felt so connected to my interest in dance – which is not about performance, but about practice, not the monumental display of perfection, but the daily ritual or repetition, of daily intentional movement towards something you will never arrive at, and then relaxing into that (like Sundown Schoolhouse movement projects like  ‘Dancing 9 to 5‘ and ‘Practicing Moving‘).

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On October 18th, 2011, ‘GRAPHIC DESIGN: NOW IN PRODUCTION’…

"Graphic Design: Now in Production" at the Walker Art Center

…is the impending show at the Walker Art Center which I had to read about in my London friend Alice Rawsthorn’s column in the Herald Tribune this morning, even though I am actually here in Minneapolis and visiting the museum today – though too bad I will have to wait until my next visit to see the show after it opens on October 22nd.

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On August 10th, 2011, TAO FOODS…

the central open kitchen at Minneapolis' Tao Foods

…the wood-lined, screen-doored, toybox-equiped, homey health food store and cafe dating from the early 1970′s on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis is often our place of choice for morning nephew meetings and this morning it is the divine simple vegetable rice plate made freshly in front of me in the sunny central open kitchen by nice guys in cool hats and white aprons.

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By Fritz Haeg on August 10, 2011 | food
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On August 9th, 2011, LAKE OF THE ISLES…

Lake of the Isles

…is but one of many gorgeous urban lakes circling the city of Minneapolis – it’s greatest gift and constituting part of it’s “green necklace” of parks and parkways – where robust Minneapolitans can be found jogging, and canoeing, and swimming, and strolling, and roller-blading, and dog-walking, and even fishing and skating in the winter – but this is probably the most picturesque, and how amazing to discover an up-north-like-lake in the middle of the city.

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On July 31st, 2011, NEATEST STUFF IN MINNEAPOLIS…

downtown Minneapolis framed by the new and old Walker Art Center

…(the city where I grew up but never lived as an adult, though with frequent trips back I am slowly discovering what’s here) is becoming clear this afternoon as I realize that my recent regular treasured hang-outs which I would have been super delighted to find in Rome, or Los Angeles, or New York City – Yoga One (the welcoming non-corporate, non-profit community yoga center that even has plants and skylights in the studio), Ecopolitan (super raw cleansing vegan food served in the warm woody parlor of a typical old Lyndale Avenue house), Tao Foods (featuring an olden-timey screen door and bar where I hang out drinking chai with little nephews), The Wedge Community Coop, (where you go into food paralysis when you enter because you just want everything, everything, everything, and where my friend Gaby has a good story about stopping on a coast to coast road trip dying for a decent meal after so much highway junk, gathering up a cart full of favorite things like hummus and carrots, getting to the cash register only to have her credit card rejected, at which point the ‘Minnesota Nice‘ Wedge employee just pushed the bags her way, and told her to go on with her trip, but she went back to the car to make a mixed c.d. for him – which actually brought him to tears when she returned to present him with it), Yoga One (the welcoming non-corporate, non-profit community yoga center that even has plants and skylights in the studio), Ecopolitan (super raw cleansing vegan food served in the warm woody parlor of a typical old Lyndale Avenue house), Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (one of my favorite places in city for anything picnic-y, opened in 1992 and later featuring a Meg Webster sculpture that made an early impression on me, consisting of a terraced inverted garden cone full of flowering plants you could enter through cor-ten steel panels through berms of earth and lose yourself in), and The Walker Art Center (my cultural mecca where I was turned on to new art and architecture at an early age) – are all contained within a golden triangle where I would probably live most of my life were I to live here, mostly contained by Lyndale, Hennepin, and W. 22nd Street – plus since I was last here I see everyone riding around on these pretty bright lime green bikes – ‘NEAT’, as we say.

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On July 29th, 2011, EMILY LACY AT THE WALKER WITH MACHINE…

Emily Lacy performing in the Walker's glass corridor facing Hennepin Avenue

…was the happy surprise of the day – as I caught my folk-singing friend‘s last performance (involving layers of gorgeous vocals live and delayed echoing through the cold cavernous corridor of the 2005 Herzog & de Meuron designed addition, accompanied by a painted steamer trunk full of costumes such as pioneer bonnets and equipment like cassette recorders from the 1980′s) in a series of daily appearances throughout the public spaces of the museum as a part of the summer series of projects and events organized by my long-lost favorite community cultural center: L.A.’s Machine Project.

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On May 6th, 2011, THE CONSERVATORY AT THE MINNEAPOLIS SCULPTURE GARDEN…

do you see the monkey?

…is one of my happiest coziest familiar feel-at-home-kind-of places in the city, which provides a warm green escape in the depths of Minnesota winter and an early glimpse of spring on a not-quite-spring May day like today. (website)

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On May 5th, 2011, BUNNIES!…

blur of bunnies running around a Minneapolis front yard

…are chasing each other around Minneapolis front yards reminding me of similar scenes from my childhood here – as I watch them publicly frolicking this afternoon, daring the earnest midwestern gardeners whose precious early spring plantings they are surely soon to decimate.

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By Fritz Haeg on May 5, 2011 | animals
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