A Conversation with Kathy Halbreich / Разговор с Кэти Х.

Reporter: Ms. Halbreich, I’m James Trudy, a reporter from the local art newspaper. I’d like to ask you a couple of questions concerning contemporary visual art in America.

K. Halbreich: Nice to meet you, James. You may call me Kathy. I’d be happy to answer your questions.

Reporter: Thank you, indeed. Kathy, have you seen creative or artistic influences from overseas expanding over the last 10 years?

K. Halbreich: Absolutely. For example The Walker currently has a year-long educational-artistic program in progress under the theme: "How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age". This program involves exhibitions, the performing arts, and programs on-line. It is the product of four years of intensive research, travel, and conversation with experts from around the globe.

Reporter: Do the creative giants of the past still dominate the filed, or has a new generation taken hold?

K. Halbreich: There will always be creative giants, which is a blessing. But at the moment, we are realizing that there are more creative giants operating across the globe, than we were ever aware of before. At this particular moment, artists are looking beyond their own prescribed borders.

Reporter: What is the greatest challenge you see today?

K. Halbreich: Economic instability. Yet, I don’t think we can let money be an excuse for not doing things in the contemporary art.

Reporter: How do you think the field of American art will change over the next 10 years?

K. Halbreich: Ten years from now, I believe there will be new art forms for which we don’t yet have names. They will bring together moving pictures, moving performers, and the digital universe.

Reporter: I see. Thank you. Kathy, for being so kind to give your scheduled time for the interview. Good luck to you and the Walker Center.

K. Halbreich: It’s been my pleasure. Good-bye.