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Walker Art Center Launches Open Call for Proposals for New Indigenous Puvlic

Above: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden entrance. Photo: Walker Art Center.
Above: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden entrance. Photo: Walker Art Center.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA—The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis announced today the launch of an open call for artists for a new Indigenous public art commission that will be installed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden or on the Walker campus in the fall of 2020.

The idea for the project was born in the aftermath of the controversy that erupted over Los Angeles-based artist Sam Durant’s Scaffold, which was added to the sculpture garden in 2017. The piece—a two-story sculpture partly inspired by the gallows where thirty-eight members of the Dakota Nation were hanged in Mankato, Minnesota, in 1862—spraked protests by the Dakota Nation.

Since then, the museum has repeatedly met with Dakota elders over the process of removing the work and has formed an indigenous public art committee, a group of Native curators, knowledge keepers, artists, and arts professionals who will assist the Walker in selecting a proposal.

“This project builds on the commitments the Walker has made to the Native community and I am excited to see the proposals and further the conversation,” incoming director Mary Ceruti said in a statement.

The deadline for artists to submit applications is April 15, 2019. Full eligibility information and other details can be found on the Walker’s website.

January 17, 2019