Do you remember staying overnight at a friends house as a kid? You would anxiously prepare for the event by gathering all the items you may need, or could possibly want for that night’s activities. This might include extra clothing, sleeping bag, toothbrush, music…whatever necessary to get through the night. Often, very little if any sleep actually occurred during a sleepover. Instead the night was filled with stories, games and activities until dawn….you just didn’t want to be the first one that fell asleep. This Saturday night June 4th through Sunday morning June 5th the Walker Art Center is giving you the opportunity to revive some of those childhood feelings at Nightshift (but we promise no punishment for falling asleep). The program is the Walker’s contribution to Northern Spark, a new Twins Cities-wide Festival modeled on a nuit blanche or “white night” format. Northern Spark features more than 200 artists, presenting 100 installations and performances from the top of the Foshay Tower to boat rides along the Mississippi to light sculptures and projections to performances galore, including car horn and brass band fanfares, color guards, river dancing, sewer pipe organs, lullabies, and storytelling. Nightshift and Northern Spark promise to well worth losing a nights’ sleep.
The following is a guide to all of the Nightshift programs and activities. So take note, and pack your overnight pack correctly.
1. Exhibitions: Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870 and Goshka Macuga: It Broke from Within will both be open from 9pm – 6am. Here is your opportunity to view both of these recently opened exhibitions between other events or as a quiet close to your Northern Spark experience.
2. Drawing NIGHTCLUB: Join in making collaborative drawings under the twinkling lights of the Open Field Grove from 9pm to Midnight. Think glowsticks and disco balls for this nocturnal round of social art making for this kickoff of last year’s hit Open Field Drawing Club.
3. Skyspace Headphone Concerts: Plug into the cozy confines of the James Turrell Sky Pesher for a series of live concerts featuring local musicians performing through a series of headphone jacks and amps. Each performer will be performing music specifically for headphone listening. BRING YOUR HEADPHONES…we will have a few pairs for people to use, but you are encouraged to bring along your own.
4. Jim Woodring: Artist Talk and Performance: Seattle based artist Jim Woodring will be creating large ink drawings with a giant six foot pen on a specially constructed easel on the Open Field Grove at the close of Drawing Club. You will have the opportunity to watch the drawing take form, speak with the artist and maybe even try your hand at the pen. This is a unique format and opportunity to hang out with a internationally recognized illustrator and storyteller…not one to be missed.
Jim Woodring’s performance is in partnership with Rain Taxi Review of Books who will also be on hand with copies of Woodring’s books for sale during the event.
5. The Shape of Night: The Language of Sleep: The Walker is partnering with McSweeney’s Publications to bring pages of one of their books to life… on a larger-than-life scale. Try on poses from The Secret Language of Sleep: A Couple’s Guide to the Thirty-Nine Positions, printed to the scale of king-sized beds.
In addition, at the Walker or from home, you can also enter to win a contest for the 40th Position. Evany Thomas and Amelia Bauer, the authors of The Secret Language of Sleep will create a new text and illustration based on the winning entry. Submit your photo and an accompanying title via the Flickr.com “McSweeney’s & Walker Art Center: Sleep Position Contest” group, or by emailing SleepPosition40@gmail.com by June 6. The contest winner will be announced on June 14. For more information on the Secret Language of Sleep, click here.
6. The Shape of Night: Busby Berkeley Nocturne: Bring your sleeping bag to participate and be documented in this happening with choreographer Megan Mayer, creating a Busby Berkeley kaleidoscopic composition at 2am outside the Cargill Lounge.
7. Bedtime Stories: Rain Taxi has collected an impressive group of local writers, poets and storytellers who will gathers to exchange tales in a story filibuster from 3am to dawn at various sites on the field.
8. Marcus Young: The Lullaby Experiment: The Lullaby Experiment (for 35 sleepers, 10 attendants, 4 singers, and solo viewers) invites people to sleep at the Walker Art Center to experience giving up their daytime selves and being sung to lovingly throughout their nightlong stay. Participants bring their sleeping gear and supplies to create personal comfort within this rare opportunity to explore the museum, the public night, and the soft mystery of slumber. This work of participatory art is gentle and creative misbehavior with fellow sleepers where sleeping does not belong. Within a live pianissimo concert of love, The Lullaby Experiment is a struggle for peace and rest, a remembrance of affection, and a succumbing to one’s inner nature.
There will be limited spots for this activity, so participants are encouraged to sign up ahead of time. Walk-ins are welcome as space is available. Non-sleepers are welcome to view the work any time. For more information and how to participate, visit: graceminnesota.org
9. Amenities! The Garden Bar and Grill will be open to 1am after which food service will be available from street vendors. The restrooms are open all night and there are plenty of places to rest, nap and otherwise crash over the course of the evening.
So we hope to see you at our sleepover this Saturday. Nightshift runs 9pm to 6am with fresh donuts delivered to the hardy few that make it all night, including our dedicated staff.
Nightshift is presented by the Walker Art Center in conjunction with mnartists.org and Rain Taxi Review of Books.
And in closing ….I couldn’t help myself.