"The Body Electric" at Walker Art Center Aneta Grzeszykowska, 'Selfie'


The Body Electric

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from March 30-July 21
Time Varies
Included with museum admission
Art, Museums

Since Dada, artists have been exploring the intersection of human identity and machine intelligence, the corporeal body and mechanical function. With the singularity seemingly fast approaching, along with the attendant warnings, the Walker Art Center’s exhibition “The Body Electric” is timely to be sure. Starting with artists in the 1960s—including Nam June Paik and Charlotte Moorman—who investigated the relationship between the screen (a computerized extension of not only our bodies, but our experience), the exhibition delves into issues of race, gender, identity, and sexuality in the digital and the analog. Diverse artists—including Bruce Nauman, Cindy Sherman, Joan Jonas, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Laurie Anderson, and Anicka Yi—tackle the biological, sociopolitical, and represented body in an array of media, negotiating the real and virtual divide.