Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City

Walker Art Center
August 08, 2013–November 11, 2013

How do we make ourselves at home in the city? What does it mean to grow and harvest our own food and resourcefully and artfully make ourselves at home? These are some of the questions explored by Fritz Haeg, artist-in-residence at the Walker in association with the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden's 25th anniversary. Haeg's practice spans a range of disciplines - architecture, performance, design, education, gardening, and ecology - and includes projects as varied as public dances, urban parades, temporary encampments, edible gardens, videos, and publications. He often creates environments that respond to particular places, working in collaboration with local residents and groups. Through a series of projects at the Walker, the artist worked with the Twin Cities community on gardens, events, and installations that collectively reimagine our everyday relationships to the land, the home, the city, and each other.

The residency launched in May 2013 with Edible Estate #15, the last edition of Haeg's ongoing initiative to replace the suburban front lawn with highly visible productive gardens. Through an open call for participants held in late January 2013, one local household was selected to work with the artist, neighbors, friends, and volunteers to transform their yard into an organic edible garden. In the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Haeg established Foraging Circle, a newly planted area of wild plants native to Minnesota. Situated at the center of this garden, one of Haeg's geodesic dome structures served as a headquarters for public workshops, conversations, meals, and events related to local gardening, food production, and urban farming. The project culminated with Domestic Integrities A05 (August 8 - November 24, 2013), an exhibition in the Walker's Medtronic Gallery of new work that explores local patterns and rituals of domestic interior landscapes. This ongoing series examines ways in which gardens and landscapes are harvested and brought into the home. The centerpiece of the installation was a large crocheted rug nearly 30 feet in diameter, made by participants on-site.

Curators: Sarah Schultz and Eric Crosby