Blogs Field Guide Joseph Rizzo

Visitor Services Specialist, Education & Community Programs Walker Art Center

Decorate your bike for FFS!

Kids, this July 4th is our Fantastic Fourth Free First Saturday.  Join us in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for a huge 4th of July party including music, artmaking activities, movement workshops and a bike parade!  Bring your decorated bicycle for a parade at noon.  Prizes will be awarded for best decorated bikes.  Call 612.375.7600 for more info.  […]

Kids, this July 4th is our Fantastic Fourth Free First Saturday.  Join us in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for a huge 4th of July party including music, artmaking activities, movement workshops and a bike parade!  Bring your decorated bicycle for a parade at noon.  Prizes will be awarded for best decorated bikes.  Call 612.375.7600 for more info.  Save the date, and remember to bring your decked-out bikes!

bikeparade

What’s On Your Spoon?

In response to the public outcry over our recent removal of the Cherry from Spoonbridge and Cherry, we would like to invite artists and creative thinkers ages 12 and under to share their ideas of what they would place on top of the spoon while the cherry is on vacation. We will be posting selections […]

In response to the public outcry over our recent removal of the Cherry from Spoonbridge and Cherry, we would like to invite artists and creative thinkers ages 12 and under to share their ideas of what they would place on top of the spoon while the cherry is on vacation. We will be posting selections from these entries here on the Education and Community Programs blog.

Please submit your drawings and concepts to:
The Hypothetical Spoonbridge Commission
Care of Elena Vetter
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue S

Minneapolis, MN 55403

Or via email to:
joseph.rizzo@walkerart.org

Deadline: March 20, 12 pm

Michael “The Hook” Deutsch

  This upcoming Free First Saturday, February 7th, is truly important.  We’re celebrating mnartists.org, the Walker’s online program that supports the state’s creative community.  Come for FREE admission and rub elbows with many of the area’s most innovative and vibrant arts organizations, including Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Juxtaposition Arts, Universal Dance Destiny, and In the […]

 

This upcoming Free First Saturday, February 7th, is truly important.  We’re celebrating mnartists.org, the Walker’s online program that supports the state’s creative community.  Come for FREE admission and rub elbows with many of the area’s most innovative and vibrant arts organizations, including Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Juxtaposition Arts, Universal Dance Destiny, and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and more.

Also featured is a performance by local piano virtuoso Michael “The Hook” Deutsch.  Michael’s ingenious creativity and extraordinary technique are amazing to experience.  After losing his left hand in an accident nearly 30 years ago, Michael overcame this obstacle and taught himself blues and jazz piano.  “What I do is I try to keep the blues alive,” he says in an interview on current.com.  “It’s part of our American heritage.  Blues and jazz-we gotta keep it going.  They don’t teach this stuff in schools.”

Watch this video for more info and to see how Michael modified his prosthesis to suit his playing technique.

 

Free First Saturday is the Walker’s free day for families.  On the first Saturday of every month, Walker galleries are open and free of admission fees from 10 am-5 pm.  Free family-friendly activities and performances are scheduled throughout the day.  Call the box office at 612.375.7600 for more info.

Tetsumi Kudo on Free First Saturday

The exhibition Tetsumi Kudo: Garden of Metamorphosis, currently on view in Galleries 4—6, posed a challenge to us during Free First Saturdays, the Walker’s monthly program for kids and families. For those of you who haven’t seen this incredible exhibition, there is some “mature” content (there are hundreds of sculptural representations of phalluses and other […]

The exhibition Tetsumi Kudo: Garden of Metamorphosis, currently on view in Galleries 4—6, posed a challenge to us during Free First Saturdays, the Walker’s monthly program for kids and families. For those of you who haven’t seen this incredible exhibition, there is some “mature” content (there are hundreds of sculptural representations of phalluses and other detached body parts). Of course the Walker has never been shy about exhibiting work that challenges our boundaries. The content of the Kudo exhibition is complex and symbolic, rather than graphically sexual, so we began thinking about how to present this exhibition to families on Free First Saturday. Some of you may remember discussions about the subject of “Warning: Mature Content” signs on the blogs here and here. Aside from the argument that these warning signs don’t effectively communicate much about the content of such a complex exhibition, these signs may keep people away because parents can’t simply leave their kids to preview the exhibition.

We decided on a new approach for this particular exhibition on Free First Saturdays. We staff the entrances with greeters who could offer families a preview before they enter the exhibition. These greeters are equipped with exhibition catalogs and talking points prepared by the Visual Arts department. Almost every parent, regardless of their opinions about the exhibition, are grateful for the information. Knowledge is power, right? According to the greeters, most who have looked at the catalog decided to enter the exhibition. Some decide they aren’t interested and move on. I’m sure that many families have seen Garden of Metamorphosis who would have otherwise avoided it at first sight of those warning signs. Success! Much appreciation is due to all the Visitor Services staff who have acted as ambassadors to this important exhibition.

Tetsumi Kudo: Garden of Metamorphosis is on view until March 22, 2009. Upcoming Free First Saturdays are February 7 and March 7, 10 am—5 pm. Come see Tetsumi Kudo for FREE (or at least come to decide if you want to)! Exhibition catalogs are available for preview at the lobby desks and for sale in the Walker Shop.