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Views from the Open Field: 10 things to look forward to!

Open Field will be over on September 5, but there is an awesome and diverse slew of events and opportunities left to experience. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWx-ugY3uzg[/youtube] 1. mnartists.org Field Day on Thursday August 19 will bring the Open Field to life.  When else do you have the opportunity to play camera tag, listen to campfire songs, and paint […]

Open Field will be over on September 5, but there is an awesome and diverse slew of events and opportunities left to experience.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWx-ugY3uzg[/youtube]

1. mnartists.org Field Day on Thursday August 19 will bring the Open Field to life.  When else do you have the opportunity to play camera tag, listen to campfire songs, and paint in the plein air? In addition to mingling with Minnesota artists, all mnartists.org members recieve free gallery admission.

2. Human Chess on Saturday August 21 will bring together fashion, strategy, and a local chess club. At 12pm on Saturday, I want to be wearing an avant-garde costume and simultaneously strategizing how to get to checkmate.

The Body Cartography Project with Olive Bieringa. Photo by Christian Glaus

3. The ecosomatic dancer Olive Bieringa will be Rewilding the Commons on August 26. The event will be interactive, environmentally conscious, and full of wild and graceful movement.

4. Speed-Submissions [pitch your idea to the editor] with Coffee House Press. You can explore the Open Field’s Tool Shed collection of Coffee House Press books for inspiration. For two hours on Thursday August 26, Coffee House Press awaits your ideas (and future masterpiece).

The author Lewis Hyde

5. The acclaimed “commoner” Lewis Hyde will be here on September 2 to discuss his recent book Commons as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership. As Open Field draws to a close, it is going to be invaluable to reflect on the (personal) ideology of the commons and how we can stay involved with issues relating to the cultural commons, intellectual property, and personal creativity.

Wildflowers by jikamajoja from flickr

6. Trading Flowers for Love Stories with local artist Amanda Lovelee at noon on September 3 is going to transform the Open Field into a romantic salon.  It is quite tempting to share a love story for a photograph of a wildflower.

7.  The Harvest Picnic on the evening of September 3 will be an opportunity to reflect on this experimental summer of “cultural commons” at the Walker.  The final potluck picnic is for anyone who came to the Open Field, anyone who missed the Open Field, or anyone who wants to discuss the Open Field of the future.

Futurefarmers Field of Objects on a Blanket

8. The Futurefarmers Auction on Free First Saturday September 4 is going to a be a poetic and personal day of storytelling, bidding, and auctioning off meaningful (but everyday) objects. I am still deciding on which objects I’d be willing to part with…

A Communal Drawing from Drawing Club

9.  The Drawing Club Finale on September 2 will be close the curtain on one of our most popular and beloved Open Field events. You can finally analyze the plethora of communal drawings created, collaged, and constructed throughout the summer in this Drawing Club showcase.

A Cheeseburger from the Open Field

10. And before Open Field is over, I will enjoy one last burger from the Open Field Grill.

As the Open Field project winds down, we are reflecting on issues of the commons and highlighting special events. Check back for more views from the Open Field.

New Garden Café Opens

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWVCxIrTPaE[/youtube] In the Bazinet Lounge next to the Open Lounge construction, Walker visitors can now find Wolfgang Puck’s Garden Café!  Boasting grass-like carpet and verdant benches, the Garden Café resembles the Walker’s large Open Field backyard. Come by and enjoy fresh food and beverages. The Garden Café is open gallery hours, and I got the […]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWVCxIrTPaE[/youtube]

In the Bazinet Lounge next to the Open Lounge construction, Walker visitors can now find Wolfgang Puck’s Garden Café!  Boasting grass-like carpet and verdant benches, the Garden Café resembles the Walker’s large Open Field backyard. Come by and enjoy fresh food and beverages. The Garden Café is open gallery hours, and I got the chance to stroll by today. It is already a popular hotspot at the center of the Walker.

Top 5 Artworks that Need to be Identified as Art

A couple weeks ago the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) visited David Bartley, Senior Registration Technician. As a part of our on going series of interviews with staff and artists, we asked David to show us his “Top 5 Artworks that Need to be Identified as Art.” [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1wH_apdxhY[/youtube]

A couple weeks ago the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) visited David Bartley, Senior Registration Technician. As a part of our on going series of interviews with staff and artists, we asked David to show us his “Top 5 Artworks that Need to be Identified as Art.”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1wH_apdxhY[/youtube]

Sleep On It: 24 Hours of Recovery

This post was written by Emmanuel Mauleon, Teen Programs Intern. After working for over 50 hours in the last four days I have to say that as I walked away from Don’t Sleep On It I was extremely tired. But I found myself wishing about an hour after it finished that I was still in […]

This post was written by Emmanuel Mauleon, Teen Programs Intern.

After working for over 50 hours in the last four days I have to say that as I walked away from Don’t Sleep On It I was extremely tired. But I found myself wishing about an hour after it finished that I was still in that small room in the California Building creating another three hour installation.

Don’t Sleep On It was a huge success. Aside from the issue of the time-lapse video going out for 12 hours, everything went off without a hitch. This was due in large part to all of the artists, and their commitment to keep all of our participants motivated through their sleep-walking/arting.

Thanks to Erin and Brett Smith for the convenience store, Chris Pennington for the cardboard city, Hardland/Heartland for the black hole (with help from M-Deathsquads), Burlesque for the BRLSQOTHEQUE (and the wall of bass), Kristina Mooney for the misty mountain landscape, Liz Miller for the felt and burlap oasis, Scott Stulen and Andy Ducett for the couch-fort/pastel-polygon, and lastly Broken Crow for the porcupine and spray paint free-for-all. Each of these installations were amazing and surprisingly different.

I’d also personally like to thank WACTAC for their commitment to staying awake and helping remove trash and debris while everyone else was making art. Nick & Shannon, word up.

Thanks to all of our participants, sponsors and funders. There will be a slew of photos in the upcoming days, so be on the look-out for that, but for now here’s the time lapse video.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB7jVGSoDIg[/youtube]

I’m going back to bed now.

Admin edit: Added the corrected, longer version of the time-lapse video.

Broken Crow at WACTAC’s 24 Art-Making Marathon

In lead up to Don’t Sleep On It: 24 Hour Art Making Marathon, WACTAC did a couple interviews with some of the participating artists. The interview series continues with Twin Cities large scale stencil artist collective Broken Crow. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSs0TL0oO3c&feature=channel_page[/youtube] If you haven’t already, check out the our first video interview with Hardland/Heartland.

Hardland/Heartland: Don’t Sleep On This Interview!

As WACTAC (Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council) gears up for the 24-hour marathon art-making madness that will be Don’t Sleep on It, we’re getting to know our participating artists through a series of snappy little videos. While there just isn’t enough time between now and May 15 to interview all eight groups of artists, […]

As WACTAC (Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council) gears up for the 24-hour marathon art-making madness that will be Don’t Sleep on It, we’re getting to know our participating artists through a series of snappy little videos. While there just isn’t enough time between now and May 15 to interview all eight groups of artists, check back here for more information on who’s who and what they do. Especially keep an eye out for video interviews with Burlesque Design, John Grider of BrokenCrow, and Scott Stulen coming fresh from the WACTAC video production team in the next few weeks.

For now, check out our inaugural video interview with members of Hardland/Heartland, featuring the Walker’s very own Aaron Anderson.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWZ-9SIQsoQ[/youtube]

Don’t Sleep on It: A 24-Hour Art-Making Marathon kicks off on May 15 at 6pm and runs through May 16, with a closing party at 8pm. For a full schedule of artist led activities and musical performances, visit teens.walkerart.org or shoot us an email at teenprograms@walkerart.org

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPce12kb0Fk[/youtube] Swing into the opening party for Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf. The course is open through Labor Day.

eavesdrop 03.25.08

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ei-8AXbOj0[/youtube] Take a peek into a morning of the Walker’s Arty Pants program, catering to art aficionados aged 3-5. I like how the kids turn the Worlds Away exhibition into their own playland (grownups, don’t get any ideas — our guards know judo).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ei-8AXbOj0[/youtube]

Take a peek into a morning of the Walker’s Arty Pants program, catering to art aficionados aged 3-5. I like how the kids turn the Worlds Away exhibition into their own playland (grownups, don’t get any ideas — our guards know judo).