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Rolling out the Red Carpet for the British Arrows

On December 7, more than 70 members of Contemporaries, the Walker’s young professional affinity group, got to avoid long lines and fighting for seats at the sold-out screenings for the British Arrows and instead rode the elevator to the Garden Terrace Room for a relaxing reception with plenty of tables and chairs for a leisurely private viewing.

On December 7, more than 70 members of Contemporaries, the Walker’s young professional affinity group, got to avoid long lines and fighting for seats at the sold-out screenings for the British Arrows and instead rode the elevator to the Garden Terrace Room for a relaxing reception with plenty of tables and chairs for a leisurely private viewing.

Diane Anderson and Chris Cunnington

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Fritz Haeg meets Walker Home & Garden Club

Last week Walker’s Home & Garden Club provided a warm and scrumptious potluck welcome to artist Fritz Haeg, who was on a site visit in preparation for his forthcoming residency that kicks off next spring. Not to diminish the conversation, which was a great exchange between the Home & Gardeners sharing their domestic passions and […]

Fritz smiling

Last week Walker’s Home & Garden Club provided a warm and scrumptious potluck welcome to artist Fritz Haeg, who was on a site visit in preparation for his forthcoming residency that kicks off next spring. Not to diminish the conversation, which was a great exchange between the Home & Gardeners sharing their domestic passions and Fritz talking about his project–but I think it’s safe to say, as evident in the photos, the food stole the show! On the menu: deviled eggs, black-eyed peas with ham, roasted veggies, lentils and rice, homemade bread and butter, pecan pie, cardamom bread, wasabi peas, tofu pesto, fresh fruit, mac and cheese, an array of salads and pickled delights, squash-pear soup, and popcorn seasoned with truffle oil. (more…)

DIRTY BABY: Nels Cline, Ed Ruscha, David Breskin

Last week’s performance of DIRTY BABY–the second and possibly last time the work will be performed–was so momentous, artist Ed Ruscha flew out from Los Angeles to be part of it. Dubbed a “synaesthetic fantasia” by its mastermind, poet David Breskin, the work combined 66 of Ruscha’s censor-strip paintings, music by a nine-member ensemble led […]

Performing Arts curator Philip Bither, David Breskin, Nels Cline, associate curator Doug Benidt, and Ed Ruscha pose in front of Ruscha’s Heaven and Hell (both 1988). Photo: Gene Pittman

Last week’s performance of DIRTY BABY–the second and possibly last time the work will be performed–was so momentous, artist Ed Ruscha flew out from Los Angeles to be part of it. Dubbed a “synaesthetic fantasia” by its mastermind, poet David Breskin, the work combined 66 of Ruscha’s censor-strip paintings, music by a nine-member ensemble led by guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco, Quartet Music), and 66 ghazals written and read by Breskin.

The performance–hailed as “a monumental, unique creative endeavor“–was capped off with a Q&A with the artists and a reception in the Skyline Room with contributing members.

In front of one of Ruscha’s censor-strip paintings, a large ensemble led by Cline performed DIRTY BABY. Photo: Gene Pittman

Choreographers’ Evening: 40 Years and Counting

Thanksgiving weekend marked the 40th anniversary of the Walker’s celebrated program Choreographers’ Evening. To mark this milestone, curators Aparna Ramaswamy and Patrick Scully put together an evening that spanned the decades. Choreographers remounted previous works and debuted new works that reflected on the past. Their vision brought together a diverse mix of various genres, music, […]

Thanksgiving weekend marked the 40th anniversary of the Walker’s celebrated program Choreographers’ Evening. To mark this milestone, curators Aparna Ramaswamy and Patrick Scully put together an evening that spanned the decades. Choreographers remounted previous works and debuted new works that reflected on the past. Their vision brought together a diverse mix of various genres, music, and inspirations that highlighted the richness within the Twin Cities dance community.

Ranee Ramaswamy of Ragamala Music and Dance Theater with co-curator Patrick Scully

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Claire Denis and the Bunny

Ten years after her lauded 1988 film Chocolat debuted, French director Claire Denis’ films were showcased in a 1998 Regis Retrospective at the Walker. But it wasn’t until this month that Denis visited the Walker to introduce her films. The nine-film retrospective concluded last weekend with a Regis Dialogue with critic Eric Hynes on Saturday […]

Ten years after her lauded 1988 film Chocolat debuted, French director Claire Denis’ films were showcased in a 1998 Regis Retrospective at the Walker. But it wasn’t until this month that Denis visited the Walker to introduce her films. The nine-film retrospective concluded last weekend with a Regis Dialogue with critic Eric Hynes on Saturday and a Sunday screening of Nénette et Boni (1996), which she introduced. Afterwards, film curator Sheryl Mousley grabbed a camera to chronicle the occasion, capturing Denis petting the digital version of the bunny from Nénette on the Cinema’s new digital signage. (more…)

Demystifying Development Department Duties: Cindy Sherman Party Planning

“Your job must be so fun! We always see you at parties.” As development associates for the Walker, my colleague Kate Tucker and I hear various iterations of the above comment on a regular basis — from friends, family, potential new hires, and Walker members. It’s true, we do have fun. And we work diligently […]

“Your job must be so fun! We always see you at parties.”

As development associates for the Walker, my colleague Kate Tucker and I hear various iterations of the above comment on a regular basis — from friends, family, potential new hires, and Walker members. It’s true, we do have fun. And we work diligently to organize fun events!

In addition to fundraising for the museum, the membership and development department plans more than 75 events every year specifically for Walker members, donors, and sponsors, like Friday’s After Hours opening for the Cindy Sherman exhibition. (more…)

After Hours with Cindy Sherman: Alter Ego

A bustling crowd and beat-heavy music illuminated the Walker on Friday for the biannual After Hours party. The opening event for Cindy Sherman, this After Hours was hot. While Sherman attend the party for a short while, she was omnipresent all night in the packed galleries; from the more recent “Society Ladies” to the classic […]


A bustling crowd and beat-heavy music illuminated the Walker on Friday for the biannual After Hours party. The opening event for Cindy Sherman, this After Hours was hot. While Sherman attend the party for a short while, she was omnipresent all night in the packed galleries; from the more recent “Society Ladies” to the classic “Untitled Film Stills” to the clever “Historical Portraits,” the walls were filled with a variety of works from her long-spanning career.

Eva Respini, Cindy Sherman, Siri Engberg, and Olga Viso

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From Framer to Curator: An Evening with General Mills Art Curator Don McNeil

The Walker Contemporaries recently took a field trip out to the General Mills Campus in Golden Valley and had a tour with Don McNeil, curator of the General Mills Art Collection. The Contemporaries, made up of young professionals at Twin Cities companies, had expressed an interest in learning more about corporate art collections, and there was a specific […]

The Walker Contemporaries recently took a field trip out to the General Mills Campus in Golden Valley and had a tour with Don McNeil, curator of the General Mills Art Collection. The Contemporaries, made up of young professionals at Twin Cities companies, had expressed an interest in learning more about corporate art collections, and there was a specific interest in General Mills as it has a focus on collecting contemporary art. Thanks to Don and Mark Addicks, chief marketing officer of General Mills and a member of the Walker board, the group was able to get a look at this private collection after work hours.

Don has worked at General Mills since 1976, and has been a consultant since 2006. “I had a degree in economics and masters in art history, but what General Mills was really interested in was that I had worked in a frame shop, and knew how to frame art,” Don told the group at the introduction to the tour.

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Searching for (my) Alter Ego

I have always loved costumes. I would dress up as a kid at any opportunity. I worked in the costume shop in college and designed costumes for a few shows in recent years. I still have a box of “dress up clothes” in my basement that I put to good use as often as possible. […]

2012 Walker Staff Halloween Party (that’s me as the Cheshire Cat wearing pink cords and a purple hoodie procured at the CostumeRentals sale)

I have always loved costumes. I would dress up as a kid at any opportunity. I worked in the costume shop in college and designed costumes for a few shows in recent years. I still have a box of “dress up clothes” in my basement that I put to good use as often as possible. So, heading to the Guthrie Theater and Children’s Theater‘s joint costume storage, CostumeRentals, was my version of a pilgrimage.

The occasion was sourcing items for the activity “Cindy’s Studio” for the upcoming After Hours: Alter Ego exhibition preview party for Cindy Sherman on November 9.  (more…)

Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, and a Keyboard-Playing Terrier

It was a Walker reunion 32 years in the making: After both gracing the Walker stage for 1980′s New Music America Fest, Laurie Anderson and David Byrne were together again Sunday in the McGuire Theater. Byrne, who was in the audience for Anderson’s “startingly hypnotic” performance of Dirtday!, is in town to present his gigantic […]

David Byrne and Laurie Anderson in the McGuire Theater. Photo: Philip Bither

It was a Walker reunion 32 years in the making: After both gracing the Walker stage for 1980′s New Music America Fest, Laurie Anderson and David Byrne were together again Sunday in the McGuire Theater. Byrne, who was in the audience for Anderson’s “startingly hypnotic” performance of Dirtday!, is in town to present his gigantic sound installation Playing the Building at Aria (formerly Theater de la Jeune Lune) in the Warehouse District. Featuring an organ wired to various architectural elements of the space, PTB’s Minneapolis run starts tonight and runs through December 4. Both artists have long histories with the Walker: Byrne’s engagements include the premier of The Knee Plays in 1984 and  Rock the Garden in 2004, while Anderson–who recently shared her thoughts with us on war, politics, and the Occupy movement–performed her work Happiness here in 2002. (more…)

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