Visit the Walker Art Center
Eman Alshawaf

First of all, I absolutely adore the Walker Art Museum. Every time I go I fall in love again with all of it again and am reminded of my lofty dream of working there someday as a designer or art director.

I dug the “question the wall itself” exhibit, with some parts of it really drawing me in and other portions I barely glanced at because they were extremely uninteresting to me. The whole project seemed a little contrived to me and the description in the front of the exhibit, in my opinion, hardly reflected the pieces at all.

That being said, I thought the room with the upside down palm tree and the photo piece of the nude woman with the tarantula I thought was beautiful. In addition to the beauty of the photograph, I felt like the scale of the two pieces next to each other was very effective. In addition, the color pop of the tree with the greyscale photo was gorgeous.

That was pretty much all that held interest to me photography wise, but there were some really lovely design pieces.

I thought that the other exhibit that was there was much more interesting, though. The whole multimedia approach I thought was really genius. Everything from costumes, to fine art, to color play structures, light design, photography and film. I thought the film having to do with bodies and braces was incredible. The music that went along with the piece and the repetition in the film made the whole thing seem thrilling, even though the content was simply getting dressed. I was extremely impressed by the color usage and the way that the images were stacked to create a frame.

In that same exhibit, the film work was really amazing and had strong connections for me to photography. It was interesting to watch the dancers of course and look at their amazing costumes, but more interesting to me was thinking about the videographer’s place in the whole thing. Obviously they didn’t want to get in the way of the dancers but it looked like they intended to give the viewer the idea that they were right there in the bustle of it all. Gorgeous work.

Lastly the darn pillow/cloud room! It was incredible! I kept finding myself personifying the objects and creating backstories for each of them.

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