With walks, talks, exhibitions, and donations, Fall 2014 was a busy time for the Museum of Walking. The exhibition Notes for Friends, shifted and eventually disappeared as books were recalled and relocated to shelves in libraries across Phoenix over five months. We also had a generative conversation with our MoW librarian, Kathryn Wood (San Francisco) and writer / performer Claudia LaRocco (New York) about how a library of walking might physically engage a participant in order to retrieve a book. How far would you walk to read a book?
The Museum of Walking would like to thank artist Mark Dion for his donation of Field Notes and Handbooks (2002-2014) to our library. We could not be happier with this donation and how beautifully the books suit our walking and thinking. We would also like to thank artist Micol Hebron for her donation of the book Walking to Work: Tramps in America 1790-1935 and artist Robert Flynt's donation of a book on Steps...dance steps.
In April artist Angela Ellsworth will be speaking with Senior Curator/ Associate Director Heather Lineberry from the ASU Art Museum about the histories of walking as a contemporary art practice at the School of Nutrition and Health Seminar for PhD students in the College of Health Solutions. We are looking forward to learning about their research and how this group thinks about walking.
There are two new exhibitions opening (MoW and MoW SITE2) and two upcoming walks you might like to participate in during Spring 2015. Please read further to learn when and where all these are happening.
On a final note, Ellsworth's seminar at Arizona State University, On Walking, has fifteen graduate students from various schools across the university. They meet at 7:30 am once a week to walk and talk about walking in relation to contemporary art, literature, activism, philosophy, sustainability, and contemplative practices. During Spring Break (on Wednesday, March 11) we will be walking an eleven-mile loop along canals connecting Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale. All are welcome to join. See details below.
Museum of Walking (MoW)
Mark Dion's recent donation to Museum of Walking! Field Guides and Handbooks from 2002-2014. MoW is going on a long walk this week to celebrate. Thank you Mark.
TRI-CITY CANAL WALK
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Please meet at CSB parking lot by 7:30 am.
Directions here: http://www.asu.edu/tour/tempe/csb.html
This will be an eleven-mile loop along canals connecting Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale.
subject line: tri-city walk
FULL MOON HIKE
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Papago Park, West Parking Area, Double Butte Trail
Easy, 2.4 miles, 1.5 hours
Full Moon Walking Meditation
Group silent hikes are a unique experience. As we walk together in silence, we can more acutely feel the presence of others and hear ourselves as we move through the land. These hikes, of varying length and challenge (from easy to strenuous) are open to all ages. Each walk will begin with a brief gathering welcome, proceed with a period of silent walking, and conclude with the opportunity for open exchange as desired. - Adriene Jenik
Adriene Jenik has been a desert dweller for almost 20 years. She has logged countless hours hiking and backpacking the desert and as a volunteer at Joshua Tree National Park.
Interested participants should rsvp in advance in order to receive additional information.
subject line: silent hike
March 24 - May 15, 2015
Opening Reception: March 24, 2015
Museum of Walking
Arizona State University campus, Tower Center Suite 206, Tempe, Arizona, 85287
Other hours by appointment.
“People have a kind of mental radius of how far they are willing to go on foot that seems to be shrinking . . .” - Rebecca Solnit
In civic planning circles, 15 minutes represents the amount of time people are willing to walk to reach a location by foot. Radius explores what lies within that zone which is deemed “walkable.”
Radius is a group exhibition produced by students in the graduate seminar, On Walking, with Angela Ellsworth and MoW. Starting from a common point (Tower Center Suite 206 at Arizona State University, home of the Museum of Walking) Radius participants took a prescribed 15-minute walk mapping their experiences.
Radius examines whether there are amenities that sustain us? Are there pathways, walkways, and spaces that nourish city dwellers? How do we know when we’ve reached the edge of our own walkable range?
Artists: Maria Aponte, Heather Couch, Madison Creech, Cecily Culver, Colleen Donohoe, Thomas Hobbs, Katherine Horvat, Bill Jamison, Holly Nicolaisen, Estrella Payton, Sativa Peterson, Courtney Richter, Kara Roschi, and Priya Thoresen
EXHIBITION: RADIUS 2
April 23, 2015
7-9 pm (one night only)
Livery Studio Space, 3804 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ
Radius 2 is an extension of Radius in Tempe and is a participatory exhibit in collaboration with Scottsdale Public Art. Radius 2 asks visitors/ participants to take a 15-minute walk away from this starting point (the Livery) to map their own experiences. It asks participants to return to the Livery at the end of their walk to be a part of a collective mapping of this ‘radius.’
Image from final week of exhibiton, Notes for Friends, curated by Dana Buhl.