The Rise & Demise of Otto Piene’s 'Black Stacks Helium Sculpture,' 1976
On Halloween of 1976, a vandal with a gun took down Piene's Walker-commissioned artwork Black Stacks Helium Sculpture, which consisted of four 300-foot-long, undulating inflatable tubes ascending from smokestacks on the Minneapolis riverfront.
This Walker-organised exhibition, assembled with the assistance of the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, examines the intersections of art, architecture and design with the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s.
Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting
For 50 years, Jack Whitten has explored the possibilities of paint, the role of the artist and the allure of material essence in his innovative studio process.
Jack Whitten on Mapping the Soul
As an abstract painter, I work with things that I cannot see, says Jack Whitten. "Google has mapped the whole earth. We have maps of Mars. We don't have a map of the soul, and that intrigues me."
International Pop: Pervasive Pop
Part two of the three-part International Pop documentary looks at the global pervasiveness of Pop tendencies in art of the 1960s.
On Curation, Care, and Andrea Büttner's Moss Garden
“Caretaking is where the word 'curating' comes from,” says Andrea Büttner. “Curare means to take care – to care for something outside one's self.” Watch as the artist discusses his delicate moss garden within the galleries.
Ericka Beckman's You The Better, 1983/2015
Visiting a casino in the early 1980s, Ericka Beckman was struck by the “use of human value” on display: white gamblers in elevated seats placing bets on a jai-alai game played by Mexicans in a pit below.
International Pop: Becoming Pop
In the first installment of our three-part documentary series, presented in conjunction with the exhibition International Pop, we look at Pop’s global emergence.
Amanda Ross-Ho on OMEGA and Her Creative Origins
From a very young age I had access to the idea of manipulating something – not just taking a photograph, but scaling it, manipulating it, dodging and burning, and really producing a picture,” says artist Amanda Ross-Ho.
International Pop chronicles the global emergence of Pop art from the 1950s through the early 1970s – an art form that embraced media and consumerism with a new spirit of urgency and exuberance.
International Pop: Personal Pop
The final chapter in the International Pop mini-documentary traces Pop’s thread as a deeply personal pursuit.
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