Imagine you're stuck inside Islamabad's National Gallery. Outside, mass protests are met with government violence. What's your response? For London-based artists Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, it's a traveling multimedia art project that investigates how artists and museums confront, reconcile, or ignore political realities. In its first U.S. presentation, "The Museum of Non Participation" fills one gallery at the Walker Art Center with a film and video installation that invites speculation: real or fictional? During the exhibition, texts commissioned by the Walker and published on its website offer the opinions of local and international contributors on the role of museums when dealing with the intersection of art and politics. There will be a free, opening-night performance, titled "The Exception and the Rule," at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, and a free artists' talk at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20.
April 18-July 14, 2013