minneapolis

“No Place (Like Home)”

Walker Art Center

As implied by the cover image of its catalogue—a bird’s-eye-view of a suburban housing development, juxtaposed with a separate picture of clouds—“no place (like home)” aimed to unmoor comfortable museum-goers from their familiar notions of home and set them floating off to other worlds. But this was no flight of fancy; curator Richard Flood’s mission was to show the irrevocable global effects of technology, geopolitics, and the media. Then there’s social alienation and political upheaval, racial conflicts and cultural displacement, the lure of nostalgia, the vagaries of memory, the powerful perversions of history: a veritable grand tour of late-twentieth-century anomie. Paradoxically, the exhibit itself, with just eight artists, felt rather thin (unlike the curator’s last big splash at the Walker, “‘Brilliant!’ New Art from London,” which crowded installations from twenty-two artists into

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