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Preview the 2017 Jewelry and Accessory Makers Mart

In anticipation of the 2017 Walker’s Jewelry and Accessory Makers Mart on February 4, we interviewed three of the designers whose work will be on view this year. More than 15 jewelry artists—as well as accessory designers—will present their unique, hand-crafted products. With 10 new artists from across the country participating in the event, the Makers […]

In anticipation of the 2017 Walker’s Jewelry and Accessory Makers Mart on February 4, we interviewed three of the designers whose work will be on view this year. More than 15 jewelry artists—as well as accessory designers—will present their unique, hand-crafted products. With 10 new artists from across the country participating in the event, the Makers Mart will be more diverse and celebratory than ever before. You’re invited to stop by, browse, and get to know the makers. To give you a head start we got the conversation rolling already. Amanda Stolle of Bird Industries, Emily Thelemann of Shimmering Carbon, and Christina Hankins of Urban Gypsy Design give insight into their art, personal business stories, and creative processes.

Bird Industries by Amanda Stolle

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Bird Industries diamond necklace

How did you decide to get into business?

About 8 years ago I was commuting by bike every day. I wanted to wear the clothing that reflected my style but still be comfortable on my bike. I started creating functional, stylish accessories so I could do just that! My friends began wearing the items I created too, and it grew from there.

Are you inspired by the materials you use, the form you give them, or both?

I started out being inspired by the form and functionality of accessories, but lately I’m more inspired by the materials. Upcycling bicycle inner tubes for jewelry has been a great exploration. The material is so lightweight, and layering the tubes gives even more variety as well.

Bird Industries, Diamond Plus Necklace

Bird Industries diamond plus necklace

If you could collaborate with any artist/designer/maker, who would it be?

Though they’re no longer alive, I would love to have collaborated with Charles and Ray Eames. Their designs are classic. They created everything from surface patterns, to furniture, to short films. I don’t see why they wouldn’t make gorgeous accessories as well!

Do you have any products you are particularly excited to showcase at the Makers Mart?

I’m excited to show my inner tube statement necklaces, which were created specifically for the Walker event and are my newest pieces. The metallic and black together make a polished yet industrial look. I can see these as everyday pieces, or worn with something more formal.

Bird Industries, Square Necklace

Bird Industries square necklace

What do you like about being a Minnesota Maker?

Minnesota has a very supportive maker community. We have unique shops that feature Minnesota artists, maker collaborations, and incredible events. There’s so much creativity in this town, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

 

Shimmering Carbon by Emily Thelemenn

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Shimmering Carbon hand-stamped sterling silver circle bracelet

Describe what you make.

I make jewelry with exotic woods, sterling silver, and stones.

How did you get started in jewelry-making?

Growing up on a farm seven miles from town my creative juices started early as a kid. I was drawn to working with my hands, and started early on making friendship bracelets and beading. I went to UW-Milwaukee with no idea what I was going to study. I heard about a jewelry-making class, and after my first class I fell in love and knew this was the perfect fit for me.

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Shimmering Carbon sterling silver stackable rings

What’s a day in your studio like?

That is the exciting part, everyday looks a little different. Depending if I am making a custom engagement ring or piece for a client, I could be sketching, carving, or finishing up a one-of-a-kind piece. Some days I do jewelry repairs for customers; others I just play creatively, designing and making new pieces for upcoming shows and art fairs.

From where do you find inspiration for your designs?

I love being outdoors and experiencing the beauty and phases of the change in nature. I love taking walks and runs in the woods; a lot of ideas come to me with movement, and I try to incorporate that into my pieces. I am attracted to clean, geometric lines, so architecture is very inspirational to me. Part of the fun in working with wood is handpicking each piece, cutting it open, and discovering the patterns that emerge. This inspires unique pieces for me.

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Shimmering Carbon wood and sterling silver pendants

What do you enjoy most about your creative work?

The feeling of excitement you get from living your passion and working with people to create a piece that expresses them and brings joy to them by wearing it every day. I love getting engrossed in the creative process as it becomes playful and different ideas come to me.

 

Urban Gypsy Design by Christina Hankins

Urban Gypsy Design hand-crafted leather bags

Urban Gypsy Design hand-crafted leather bags

What inspired you to transform your visual art into a line of hand-crafted bags?

My original background is in painting and drawing, but I have always loved fashion. Ten years ago I started to conceptualize a product that would combine my visual art with the functionality of a handbag. I wanted the look to have a bohemian vibe and be inspired by art and travel. I started by experimenting with different materials and processes, such as recycled wool, wet felting, hand painting, and hand-carved block prints on leather.

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Urban Gypsy Design cross-body “Uptown” bag in espresso with wildflower print

How do you create your products?

I start by designing and carving an image on a block to make a print, which is stamped onto a piece of leather. The print images are inspired by Chinese paper cuts, Japanese textiles, and vintage floral designs. Next, I create a pattern for the bag, then hand-cut each piece out of full-grain leather. The pieces are then glued, edge coated, and sewn into the final product. Every bag is also lined in fabric with interior pockets.

What’s your favorite thing about working with leather?

Its durability and the range of ways it can be used.

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Urban Gypsy Design leather tote with floral applique

What was the greatest challenge you faced in starting your business?

The large learning curve in transitioning from painting to handbag design. I had to learn pattern-making and sewing skills and gain an understanding of my new material of choice. I also had to invest in equipment. There were a lot of missteps along the way in my design-making, but I learned valuable lessons from my mistakes and customer feedback.

Do you have advice for aspiring Makers?

Be tenacious, know your craft and the rest will fall into place.

 

Join Amanda, Emily, Christina, and more artists for the 2017 Jewelry and Accessory Makers Mart in the Skyline Room on Saturday, February 4, 11 am–5 pm.

Walker members enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases, as well as complimentary mimosas and first pick of the jewelry and accessories at a special preview, 10–11 am. Members RSVP here or call 612.375.7655.

Seen: Marked Leather at the Walker Shop

As the first designer featured in the Walker Shop’s new Local Maker Profiles, Scott Loeser of Marked Leather is capturing our attention with his beautifully crafted, ruggedly stylish bags and the stories behind them. Using reclaimed leather to create unique products, Marked Leather shares a dedication to responsible upcycling of used materials as well as […]

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As the first designer featured in the Walker Shop’s new Local Maker Profiles, Scott Loeser of Marked Leather is capturing our attention with his beautifully crafted, ruggedly stylish bags and the stories behind them. Using reclaimed leather to create unique products, Marked Leather shares a dedication to responsible upcycling of used materials as well as a creative commitment to the history preserved in each scuff and scratch. Marked Leather goods are handmade in Minnesota and designed to function effortlessly in daily life with their classic structure and aesthetic. In advance of his December 11 visit to the Walker for Art School, Loeser talks about finding a niche for his company, calling the artistic shots, and Minnesota makers to appreciate.

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Describe what you make: I make leather carry goods like satchels, duffles, and totes. The leather I select for my products is heavily branded and blemished. I think this part of the hide shares the most character and really tells a story.

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Marked Leather Weekender Bag in dark brown

When and how did you get started? I started in 2012 in my Uptown apartment. I started hand sewing wallets there. The money that I sold from the wallet sales helped me afford my first major order of leather that would become the first line of Marked Leather goods.

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Marked Leather Top Loading Duffel in miel

Where do you make your goods? Currently I have a shared studio space in Northeast Minneapolis. I make some of the bags there myself. The manufacturing that I do is all done in Wabasha, Minnesota. They make the more involved designs.

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Marked Leather Shanghai Bag in dark brown

What inspires what you make? I’ve always wanted to do my own thing, call the shots, etc. It wasn’t until after researching leather goods made especially with marked leather and finding none that I thought it was worth a shot trying to be the first to create a quality, high-end leather bag with that material.

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What other MN Makers do you love? Knots Belt and Clothing Co., Mill City Fineries, and the Great Lakes Collection.

Advice to aspiring makers: This takes time!! And some money, but more importantly patience. There isn’t just one way to create a business so remember to be as creative with that as you are with designing.

Join Loeser this Sunday, December 11, during our Art School workshop for a conversation on designing with reclaimed material and breaking into the American cut and sew industry, as part of the. Check out his work on Instagram and Twitter (@markedleather).

An Opening Reception for Lee Kit’s Hold your breath, dance slowly

On May 11th, Walker Contributing Members gathered in the Cargill Lounge to celebrate the opening of Hold your breath, dance slowly, the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of Taiwan-based artist Lee Kit. The instillation combines Lee’s paint-based practice and his object-based practice to explore the poetics of everyday materials and household items. Contributing Members were […]

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On May 11th, Walker Contributing Members gathered in the Cargill Lounge to celebrate the opening of Hold your breath, dance slowly, the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of Taiwan-based artist Lee Kit. The instillation combines Lee’s paint-based practice and his object-based practice to explore the poetics of everyday materials and household items. Contributing Members were treated to a sneak-peek inside the Burnet Gallery a day before the exhibition’s public opening. Those present were immersed in what Walker Executive Director Olga Viso referred to in her opening remarks as Lee’s “spatial flow,” an experience at once otherworldly and familiar.

Peter Hyman and Mary McDiarmid, excited to experience Lee’s work for the first time and step outside of their comfort zones.

Peter Hyman and Mary McDiarmid, excited to experience Lee’s work for the first time and step outside of their comfort zones.

(From left) Bryan Pieper and Lily Prinsen, designers at KNOCK, along with Public Functionary Co-Director/Curator Tricia Khutoretsky and Walker Tour Guide Susan Ziel.

(From left) Bryan Pieper and Lily Prinsen, designers at KNOCK, along with Public Functionary Co-Director/Curator Tricia Khutoretsky and Walker Tour Guide Susan Ziel.

Minnesota-based artist Chris Larson, whose new video instillation Land Speed Record opens in the Walker’s Medtronic Gallery on June 9th.

Minnesota-based artist Chris Larson, whose new video instillation Land Speed Record opens in the Walker’s Medtronic Gallery on June 9th.

Exhibition curator Misa Jeffereis with Lee Kit. In her opening remarks, Jeffereis expressed her gratitude for Lee’s “calm and positive presence [radiating] outward towards all of us in the gallery.”

Exhibition curator Misa Jeffereis with Lee Kit. In her opening remarks, Jeffereis expressed her gratitude for Lee’s “calm and positive presence [radiating] outward towards all of us in the gallery.”

Renan Jeffereis and Gail Kaminishi, parents of curator Misa Jeffereis, came in from Seattle to celebrate their daughter’s first solo curated show at the Walker.

Renan Jeffereis and Gail Kaminishi, parents of curator Misa Jeffereis, came in from Seattle to celebrate their daughter’s first solo curated show at the Walker.

Fashion blogger Chelsea Ivan and her husband Jeremiah Ivan, recent Twin Cities transplants from New York City.

Fashion blogger Chelsea Ivan and her husband Jeremiah Ivan, recent Twin Cities transplants from New York City.

Kerry Morgan and Christina Schmid, a faculty member in the University of Minnesota Art Department and a critic who has written for Art Forum, Flash Art, ARTPULSE, and more.

Kerry Morgan and Christina Schmid, a faculty member in the University of Minnesota Art Department and a critic who has written for Art Forum, Flash Art, ARTPULSE, and more.

Walker Executive Director Olga Viso addresses the crowd, praising the “incredible architectural environment” Lee has designed for this site-specific exhibition.

Walker Executive Director Olga Viso addresses the crowd, praising the “incredible architectural environment” Lee has designed for this site-specific exhibition.

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From the left) Wenjing Wang, artist Lee Kit, Walker Artistic Director Fionn Meade, and Anne Labovitz

(From the left) Wenjing Wang, artist Lee Kit, Walker Artistic Director Fionn Meade, and Anne Labovitz.

Lee Kit: Hold your breath, dance slowly will be on display in the Peggy and Ralph Burnet Gallery until October 9, 2016.

Hold your breath, dance slowly will be on display in the Peggy and Ralph Burnet Gallery until October 9, 2016.

Stock Photography Remixed, Reinvented, and Reimagined: #OrdinaryPictures Preview Party

Where can you find pitchforks in business meetings, hunters celebrating by a kitchen sink, and bananas served lakeside via a fishing pole? The Ordinary Pictures preview party! In homage to an exhibition that features artists appropriating, collaging, and swapping everyday images, the Walker opened late for a night of DJ mashups, Green Screen cocktails, and a first […]

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Where can you find pitchforks in business meetings, hunters celebrating by a kitchen sink, and bananas served lakeside via a fishing pole? The Ordinary Pictures preview party! In homage to an exhibition that features artists appropriating, collaging, and swapping everyday images, the Walker opened late for a night of DJ mashups, Green Screen cocktails, and a first look at the show. Small bites and cupcakes filled the Cargill Lounge and Bazinet Lobby, with the Cinema transformed into a photo booth for guests to jump into classic stock photos and remix the images we see each day. There were three background options, stacks of props, a photographer, and endless possibilities.  With their reimagined stock photos in hand, guests then stepped into the Art Lab to copy and collage their images to a soundtrack of classic song covers.

Ordinary Pictures runs through October 9, 2016 and, yes, those ladies are still laughing with salad.

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

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ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

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ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

ex2016op_opn_ Visual Arts, Exhibitions; Ordinary Pictures; Opening party - After Hours, February 26, 2016. Ordinary Pictures Target and Friedman Galleries February 27 – October 9, 2016. Featuring works by some 45 artists, Ordinary Pictures surveys a range of conceptual picture-based practices since the 1960s through the lens of the stock photograph and other forms of industrial image production. The exhibition includes works by Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Mary Ellen Bartley, Lucas Blalock, Tom Burr, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Phil Collins, Michael de Courcy, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanović, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, William E. Jones, Owen Land, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Guthrie Lonergan, Elizabeth McAlpine, Steve McQueen, Scott Nedrelow, Albert Oehlen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Richard Prince, Amanda Ross-Ho, Edward Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Sturtevant, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Jiro Takamatsu, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Williams. Curator: Eric Crosby, Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Carnegie Museum of Art; with Misa Jeffereis

New Walker members received a free ticket to the party in addition to a year’s worth of free gallery admission, first access to Rock the Garden tickets, and invitations to member events like Art School: Architecture and A Think & A Drink: Less Than One. Join online, over the phone (612.375.7655), or in person at the Walker Box Office.

Student Open House: The Time is Now!

Young people took over the Walker on November 12th for Student Open House: The Time is Now! Dizzy Fae, Tiiiiiiiiiip, and Breon made wonderful sounds in a collaboration with Greenroom Magazine. There was art making with Red76, photo booths (pictures below), and wonderful energy that the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council helped cultivate. Be sure […]

#PopRemixMPLS

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Education, Public Programs; Target Free Thursday Nights; Pop Remix-Summer Evenings on the Walker Terraces and Garden Terrace Room. 
August 13, 2015.
Events include Art-Making: DIY Liquid Light Show, a screening of Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable with the Velvet Underground,  DJ: Adora Tokyo, a Fashion Show featuring Emma Berg and Christian Joy, and music by Wolf Lords: Renowned vocalist and songwriter Aby Wolf (Dessa, Brother Ali) teams up with multi-instrumentalist and beat mastermind Grant Cutler (LookBook, Solid Gold, Zoo Animal, Jeremy Messersmith) for lushly minimal soundscapes and groove-oriented atmospherics. 
Part of the exhibition, International Pop.

Minnesotans love a good patio

During the dog days of summer, many Minnesotans find themselves asking the same questions: “How can I spend the last warm evenings before the endless winter begins?” and “Where is the nearest patio to have a beer and relax with friends?” For the first three Thursdays in August, the Walker has an answer: Pop Remix. Located on the Walker’s terraces, Pop Remix features an eclectic mix of live music, film screenings, and art activities — all inspired by the remarkable exhibition International Pop. Best of all? It’s free.

Pop Remix was certainly the place to be last Thursday, August 13: the terraces were packed with people enjoying beautiful views of the skyline and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at dusk. The crowds parted for models parading through the terraces during the fashion show, showing off the works of designers Emma Berg and Christian Joy. Inside, partygoers watched Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable with the Velvet Underground and created their own psychedelic Liquid Light Show. Towards the end of the night, local band Wolf Lords cooled the crowd down, while DJ Adora Tokyo started a full-fledged dance party on the roof of the Walker.

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Pop Remix offered a great view of the Minneapolis skyline

epp2015tfn0813popremix_ Education, Public Programs; Target Free Thursday Nights; Pop Remix-Summer Evenings on the Walker Terraces and Garden Terrace Room.  August 13, 2015. Events include Art-Making: DIY Liquid Light Show, a screening of Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable with the Velvet Underground,  DJ: Adora Tokyo, a Fashion Show featuring Emma Berg and Christian Joy, and music by Wolf Lords: Renowned vocalist and songwriter Aby Wolf (Dessa, Brother Ali) teams up with multi-instrumentalist and beat mastermind Grant Cutler (LookBook, Solid Gold, Zoo Animal, Jeremy Messersmith) for lushly minimal soundscapes and groove-oriented atmospherics.  Part of the exhibition, International Pop.

DJ Adora Tokyo set the vibe for the night

Modeling clothing created by local fashion designer Emma Berg.

Modeling clothing created by local fashion designer Emma Berg

epp2015tfn0813popremix_ Education, Public Programs; Target Free Thursday Nights; Pop Remix-Summer Evenings on the Walker Terraces and Garden Terrace Room.  August 13, 2015. Events include Art-Making: DIY Liquid Light Show, a screening of Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable with the Velvet Underground,  DJ: Adora Tokyo, a Fashion Show featuring Emma Berg and Christian Joy, and music by Wolf Lords: Renowned vocalist and songwriter Aby Wolf (Dessa, Brother Ali) teams up with multi-instrumentalist and beat mastermind Grant Cutler (LookBook, Solid Gold, Zoo Animal, Jeremy Messersmith) for lushly minimal soundscapes and groove-oriented atmospherics.  Part of the exhibition, International Pop.

epp2015tfn0813popremix_ Education, Public Programs; Target Free Thursday Nights; Pop Remix-Summer Evenings on the Walker Terraces and Garden Terrace Room.  August 13, 2015. Events include Art-Making: DIY Liquid Light Show, a screening of Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable with the Velvet Underground,  DJ: Adora Tokyo, a Fashion Show featuring Emma Berg and Christian Joy, and music by Wolf Lords: Renowned vocalist and songwriter Aby Wolf (Dessa, Brother Ali) teams up with multi-instrumentalist and beat mastermind Grant Cutler (LookBook, Solid Gold, Zoo Animal, Jeremy Messersmith) for lushly minimal soundscapes and groove-oriented atmospherics.  Part of the exhibition, International Pop.

Designer Emma Berg takes a bow

Inside, kids escaped the heat by creating their own Liquid Light Show.

Inside, kids escaped the heat by creating their own Liquid Light Show

Aby Wolf and Grant Cutler of Wolf Lords put on a great performance

Aby Wolf and Grant Cutler of Wolf Lords put on a great performance

Crowds in front of Sol LeWitt's "Three x Four x Three" (1984)

Crowds in front of Sol LeWitt’s Three x Four x Three (1984)

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Sequins on point

What are you waiting for? Say goodbye to summer in the best way possible: join us for the last Pop Remix on August 20.

Cherry PhotoBomb

Here at the Walker we have been noticing some really funny, creative photos on social media that visitors take with the artwork. From posing in front of favorite paintings to selfies in reflective surfaces, one variation of photo we see again and again features Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s 1988 sculpture, Spoonbridge and Cherry in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Some pretend […]

Here at the Walker we have been noticing some really funny, creative photos on social media that visitors take with the artwork. From posing in front of favorite paintings to selfies in reflective surfaces, one variation of photo we see again and again features Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s 1988 sculpture, Spoonbridge and Cherry in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Some pretend to hold the cherry by its stem, some pretend to hold the spoon, and many pretend to eat the cherry. It seems to have become Minneapolis’s own Tower of Pisa meme.

If you want to post your own creative photo with Spoonbridge and Cherry on social media, use the hashtag, #SpoonCherry. We have been posting some of our favorite examples on our Pinterest board, which you can visit to get some inspiration for your own photos.

Here are ten of our favorite ideas for creating your own #SpoonCherry pic!

1. “The Lovin’ Spoonful”

Directions: Use one hand to hold the spoon and open wide.

 

2. “Cherry Yummy”

Directions: This one is pretty #selfie friendly; just open your mouth and position yourself so it looks like you’re about the eat the cherry.

<cherry_tasting > #SpoonBridgeAndCherry

A photo posted by | | (@njoymentminster) on

 

3. “Cherry Picker”

Directions: Use one hand to hold the stem of the cherry.

#Spoonbridge & Cherry Sculpture #minneapolis

A photo posted by @travelqueen on

 

4. “Born with a Silver Spoon”

Directions: Use one or both hands to hold the end of the spoon.

#picoftheday #spoonbridgeandcherry #Minneapolis #art #Minnesota #twincities #fall #vacation

A photo posted by Gio de Gracia (@giodegracia) on

 

5. “A Cherry Good Time”

Directions: Make your best jump!

https://instagram.com/p/vfLpDysTzX

 

6. “Pretty Please, with a Cherry on Top”

Directions: This one is another #selfie friendly option. Position yourself so the cherry appears on top of your head.

 

7. “Cherry PhotoBomb”

Directions: Hold the stem of the cherry with one hand, and open wide!

 

8. “Spoonful of Cherry”

Directions: This one’s easy; from a distance, hold the spoon with your hand.

Damn it! My spoon fell in the pond :/ #minneapolis #spoonbridge

A photo posted by Paul Chaca (@chacaflockaflame) on

 

9. “Cherry Grab”

Directions: From a distance, grab the cherry as if it were a ball.

https://instagram.com/p/tswjVIp7SH/

 

10. “SpoonBridge Pose”

Directions: Calling all yogis! Do any yoga pose that aligns with the sculpture; you can get really creative with this one.

Seen: The Big Chair Before the Big Stage

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Olawale Toriola of Egypt 80 relaxing before Seun Kuti and his band took the stage at Rock the Garden 2015.

The Visitors: The People of Rock the Garden 2015, Day Two (Father’s Day Edition)

Sunday, June 21 was a special day. It was the summer solstice, Father’s Day, and the second day of Rock the Garden 2015. To celebrate, I set out to photograph fathers with their kids. There’s no question about it: dad’s rock.

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Kevin and Lina

Sunday, June 21 was a special day. It was the summer solstice, Father’s Day, and the second day of Rock the Garden 2015.

To celebrate, I set out to photograph fathers with their kids.

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Rory and Andrew

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Greg and Elsa

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Scott and Solveig

Jeremy, Ayana, Kaito, and Yuriko

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Walker Performing Arts Intern Emeritus Sam Segal and his father, Bob

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Aaron and Eero

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Joe and Jasper

There’s no question about it: dad’s rock.

The Visitors: The People of Rock the Garden 2015, Day One

The first day of Rock the Garden 2015 began auspiciously. The clouds parted right on time for thestand4rd‘s remarkably assured opening set. The youthful collective sounded like seasoned pros, working the crowd effortlessly. It would be the first of many stand-out performances from a lineup overflowing with songwriting talent, including Courtney Barnett, Lucius, Conor Oberst, […]

Sean, Alayet, Laurissa, Abby

“What’s your favorite part of Rock the Garden?” “Minneapolis. Minneapolis outdoor festivals are great: The people, the music… it doesn’t get better.” Pictured: Sean, Alayet, Laurissa, Abby

The first day of Rock the Garden 2015 began auspiciously. The clouds parted right on time for thestand4rd‘s remarkably assured opening set. The youthful collective sounded like seasoned pros, working the crowd effortlessly. It would be the first of many stand-out performances from a lineup overflowing with songwriting talent, including Courtney Barnett, Lucius, Conor Oberst, and of course, indie legends Belle and Sebastian. The audience clearly reciprocated the enthusiasm coming from the stage, and as people began dotting the Walker hillside with their colorful blankets, I set out to document some of the excitement.

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“I saw around 200 shows last year, and Courtney Barnett at the Varsity was one of the best.” Pictured: Jim and Paul

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“She experienced the sculpture garden for the first time.” Pictured: Mai and Kay

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“It’s his first concert.” Pictured: Andrew and Charlie

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His first concert, too. Pictured: Rebecca and Marcel

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“They moved here from Australia.” Pictured: AJ, Beth, Nancy, and David

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“What’s the most exciting thing to happen to you today?” “It’s still to come.” Trent and Olivia

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“What act are you most excited for?” In unison: “Courtney Barnett!” Pictured: Rachel, Collette and Jenny

 

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Pictured: Susan and Goldy

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