S: Walker Art Center: American Tableaux
BC: The End
FC: WALKER ART CENTER: AMERICAN TABLEAUX
1: The Exhibit American Tableaux, an exhibit organized by the Walker Art Center and on view in 2001, explored the narrative tradition in American art through more than 80 paintings, sculptures, installations, prints, and photographs from the Walker's permanent collection. The exhibition celebrated the variety of stories told by individuals, communities, and cultures and examined the malleability of the term "American" and the myth of a single, coherent American story.
2: PROBLEM: How to express the multidisciplinary nature of the Walker Art Center? | SOLUTION: Create a printed program that encompasses literature and film for a visual arts exhibition.
3: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
4: The Program Eight booklets, issued monthly and designed to be collected by repeat visits to the galleries, accompanied the exhibition. Each booklet was built around a theme: Lament, Muscle, Fortune, Burn, Beauty, Outskirts, Strip and Notorious. Each included a commissioned short story by a local writer, curatorial commentaries | on a work of art from the exhibition, suggestions for further reading, and film notes. Over the course of the exhibition, eight films selected from the Walker's collection were shown, each corresponding to the the theme of that month's booklet.
5: PROBLEM: How to get visitors to return to an exhibit they've seen before. SOLUTION: Offer different booklets each month over the course of the eight month exhibit in a collectible set.
6: The booklets were designed to hang inside a ring binder that could be purchased in the Walker's gift shop for a small amount.
8: PROBLEM: how to engage visitors in an activity that involves the galleries and the work in the exhibit. | SOLUTION: appeal to visitors' natural inclination to collect.
9: This is an example of one of the booklets
10: This short story, titled Beauty, was written by Bart Schneider, the literary director at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.
15: These pages contain the curator's notes on Jasper John's lithograph "Two Maps II," in the American Tableaux exhibition.
17: These pages contain the film curator's notes on Helen Levitt's film "In the Street," screened during the month that this booklet was available.
18: This is a reading list of related poetry and fiction
19: A reproduction of Jasper John's print.
20: These are the last pages in the booklet.