The Walker Art Center is excited to launch Walker Moving Image Commissions with new works by artists Moyra Davey, a Canadian artist based in New York, and James Richards, a Welsh artist based in Berlin, made with an invitation to think through the legacy of Derek Jarman, a filmmaker well-represented in the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection. Both commissions are accompanied by essays from Isla Leaver-Yap, Bentson Film Scholar at the Walker, and will stream through June 30.

This starts the series of six artist commissions that will each premiere over the next year online for limited runs. These new works are made with an awareness to the inquiry, inspiration, and influence of three signature artists in the Walkers collection: Derek Jarman, Bruce Conner, and Marcel Broodthaers.

Later this year, the second pair of commissions acknowledge Bruce Conner’s work within the Walker’s collections. New works by New York-based artists Leslie Thornton and Seth Price will reference Bruce Conner’s complex inquiry into appropriated material and the aesthetics of new technologies.

A third pair of upcoming commissions will feature new works from Los Angeles-based Shahryar Nashat and New York-based artist Uri Aran, who will respond to the films of Marcel Broodthaers within the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson collection. Both Aran and Nashat work closely with found objects and modes of translation in their respective practice. These commissions will premiere in 2016.

Major support to present the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection and the Walker Moving Image Commissions is generously provided by the Bentson Foundation.

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