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Podcast: Sam Durant Revisits the “Scaffold” Controversy Three Years Later

Sam Durant Revisits the “Scaffold” Controversy Three Years Later The artist discusses the controversi
Oct 29, 2020 • View in browser
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Sam Durant Revisits the “Scaffold” Controversy Three Years Later
The artist discusses the controversial incident three years ago in a new essay that explores the conversations prompted with the Walker Art Center.
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Protest signs on the fence near Sam Durant’s “Scaffold” in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (photo by Sheila Regan)
Protest signs on the fence near Sam Durant’s “Scaffold” in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (photo by Sheila Regan)
A few weeks ago, artist Sam Durant released a long essay about his work, “Scaffold,” which reflects on the project that dominated art world headlines. Originally commissioned for documenta (13) — the influential quinquennial exhibition in Kassel, Germany  in 2012, it wasn’t until “Scaffold” was installed in the Walker Art Center’s sculpture park in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, that it was met with protests by the local Dakota community.
That event was a lightning rod for a national conversation about appropriation, racism, and the role of artists, museums, curators, and others in those conversation. I invited Durant to join me on the podcast to discuss the reason he wrote this so many years after the fact and what he thinks the lessons are.
– Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief
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