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Opening Weekend: 9 Artists

On October 24, the much anticipated group show 9 Artists opened in the Target and Friedman galleries. The night brought with it some surprises and kicked off an extended weekend of events in and out of the Walker. Much of the excitement came in the reveal of the night’s surprise guest—Phùng Vo, father of artist […]

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Opening-night visitors in front of Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s I can’t work like this (2007). All photos by Gene Pittman

On October 24, the much anticipated group show 9 Artists opened in the Target and Friedman galleries. The night brought with it some surprises and kicked off an extended weekend of events in and out of the Walker. Much of the excitement came in the reveal of the night’s surprise guest—Phùng Vo, father of artist Danh Vo and the obvious subject of his piece Tombstone for Phùng Vo. Attendees had plenty to see, hear, and discuss amongst the wide array of installations from Vo, Yael Bartana, Liam Gillick, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Renzo Martens, Bjarne Melgaard, Nástio Mosquito, and Hito Steyerl.

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Artist Danh Vo introduces his father, Phùng Vo, in the Walker Cinema.

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Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu playing while Phùng Vo’s calligraphy is projected on the screen

The projection of Phùng Vo's writing during the performance

Artist Danh Vo's father Phùng Vo and family

Artist Danh Vo’s father, Phùng Vo, and family

Renzo Martens and Liam Gillick in front of a part of Gillick's installation

Artists Renzo Martens and Liam Gillick in front of Gillick’s wall text, The State Itself Becomes a Super Commune (2006)

Artists Nástio Mosquito and Vic Pereiró in the gallery

Artists Nástio Mosquito and Vic Pereiró in the gallery

Visitors inspecting the new exhibition

Visitors discovering the many facets of the exhibition

Attendees sit and watch Bjarne Melgaard's _Untitled_ (Bjarne Melgaard interviews Leo Bersani) (2011)

Attendees watching Bjarne Melgaard’s Untitled (Bjarne Melgaard interviews Leo Bersani) (2011)

Artist Marie Karlberg in the gallery

Artist Marie Karlberg in the gallery

Artist Hito Steyerl with _9 Artists_ curator Bart Ryan

Artist Hito Steyerl with 9 Artists curator Bartholomew Ryan

Danh Vo and a portion of his massive _I M U U R 2_ installation

Danh Vo and a portion of his massive I M U U R 2 installation

Museum goers inspect the contents of Danh Vo's I M U U R 2

Museum-goers inspect the contents of Danh Vo’s I M U U R 2

Hito Steyerl's _Red Alert_ (2007) glows in the middle of the gallery

Hito Steyerl’s Red Alert (2007) glows in the middle of the gallery, Bjarne Melgaard’s video interview plays in the background

Natascha Sadr Haghighian with her piece _de paso_ (2011)—with part of Liam Gillick's installation in the background

Natascha Sadr Haghighian with her piece de paso (2011)

Trying to comprehend Natascha Sadr Haghighian's with _de paso_ (2011)

Visitors observe Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s de paso (2011)

9 Artists is on view through February 16, 2014. Are you a Walker member? Make sure to come to the next installment of the ongoing series Art School: What the %#@! is Contemporary Art?; Art School: Visual Arts focuses on 9 Artists on Sunday, November 10.