Other Walks, Other Lines
One of our most elemental behaviors as human beings—like eating, sleeping, and breathing, is walking. It’s an amateur activity. But what happens when we become explicit, inquisitive, and deliberate about what is as natural to us as eating and breathing? Walking is both universal and idiosyncratic; we all walk but choose different paths, peppered by unique interactions and experiences. As Rebecca Solnit says, “walking is a mode of making the world as well as being in it.”1 This project examines the variety of ways in which artists reflect on this specific, mundane activity, and use it to make meaning.
Organized by the San José Museum of Art, and curated by Lauren Schell Dickens, curator; Rory Padeken, associate curator; and Kathryn Wade, curatorial associate, Other Walks, Other Lines focuses on artwork made during the last thirty years by artists around the world who use walking as a mode of making the world, as well as being in it. The exhibition is divided into six sections: Meaning of Ordinariness; Pilgrimage and Psychogeography; A Body Measured Against the Earth: Immigration and Land Wars; Access/Ability; Street Life: Processions and Protests; and Other Walks: Gabriel Orzoco. In conjunction with the exhibition, performances will activate the gallery and take the exhibition outside of SJMA’s building. Choreographer and artist Brendan Fernandes addresses the borders that are constructed within a museum’s walls. In his commissioned work Inaction, Fernandes choreographed the movements of dancers to explore boundaries and thresholds within SJMA’s building. Lara Schnitger’s Suffragette City—a participatory procession and protest—extends the exhibition's focus on artists using street demonstrations as another form of public art.