Dear MoW friends, advocates, and supporters:
The heat of Phoenix and the desert is finally starting to loosen its grip and MoW is ready to walk! There is a lot to share so please grab some coffee, tea, or a cocktail and just think: endurance performance, durational newsletter, or pilgrimage.
The Museum of Walking had a productive and robust Spring 2016 with highly attended walks, talks, new exhibition openings, national publications, and residencies including Carleton College (Northfield, MN) and Platform Projects/Walks (Portland, ME.)
Most recently MoW was invited to publish a project for Open Space with SFMOMA titled Disembodied States: Walking the Magic Square. The series is curated by New York Times performance critic Claudia La Rocco and we are honored to be included in the series. MoW is also featured in Landscape Architecture Magazine. The article is written by writer and scholar Mimi Zieger who came all the way form Los Angeles to walk with MoW and learn about what we are thinking and doing.
MoW launches projectWALK Spring 2017 as a multi-city, multi-institutional focus on the everyday activity of walking in one of the least walkable cities in the United States. projectWALK addresses walking in relation to contemporary art as well as its larger role within art, history, literature, culture, and place. Through artist-led activities, as well as academic and community partnerships, projectWALK activates spaces throughout the Phoenix metro area. projectWALK collaborates with Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, ASU Art Museum, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Institute for Humanities Research, Combine Studios with ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency, and Phoenix Parks and Recreation to name a few. Activities include projects at the ASU Art Museum, an exhibition at the Museum of Walking (new Phoenix location for Spring) a film series at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, an artist-led walk experience, and a transdisciplinary symposium. Two artists engaging with projectWALK are Liz Lerman, choreographer and founder of Dance Exchange, and Hannah Barco, performer and sculptor from Chicago. Our next newsletter will fill you in on what they have planned.
To focus fully on projectWALK we are taking a break from our regular Fall 2016 exhibition schedule. In Spring 2017 MoW will reopen in downtown Phoenix with a new exhibition. Stay tuned for more info to come!
Coming up soon, we have two contemplative walks scheduled for Fall 2016. The first is a crepuscular walk led by interpretive ranger and cellist, Ambur Gore, and the second is a full moon silent walk led by artist and director of MoW, Angela Ellsworth. Click here to find out how to RSVP to these walks.
Co-founder and Director
Museum of Walking (MoW)