Minneapolis

Mircea Cantor, The Spring, 2007, oil on canvas, 13 3/4 x 8 5/8".

Mircea Cantor, The Spring, 2007, oil on canvas, 13 3/4 x 8 5/8".

Minneapolis

“Brave New Worlds”

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
October 4, 2007–February 17, 2008

Curated by Doryun Chong and Yasmil Raymond

With the zeitgeist-tapping group exhibitions “Let’s Entertain” (2000), “Painting at the Edge of the World” (2001), and “How Latitudes Become Forms” (2003), Walker curators at the turn of the millennium gave the Whitney Biennial a run for its money. After a pause to open the museum’s new building in 2005, “Brave New Worlds,” featuring twenty-four artists from more than a dozen countries, picks up where “Latitudes” left off. Aldous Huxley’s prescient, dystopian novel sets the framework for this presentation of approximately seventy mostly recent works by artists—including Yto Barrada, Mircea Cantor, Erik van Lieshout, and Zwelethu Mthethwa—who address political consciousness in a world so fragmented it might best be rendered plural. The catalogue features texts by curators Doryun Chong and Yasmil Raymond, “correspondent” essays filed from six countries, an insert by Romanian artist Lia Perjovschi, and reprints of related material.