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Alex Lauer was a web content intern at the Walker Art Center in 2014 and 2014.

Valentine’s Day with Jim Hodges and Sisyphus

On February 14, lovers of all kinds — art lovers, music lovers, museum lovers, Sufjan lovers — came out to spend Valentine’s Day at the Walker. Assembled to preview our newest exhibition, Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, guests dressed up for a photo booth, drank heart-inspired cocktails, danced to DJ sets from Olga […]

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Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Director Bill Arning, Jim Hodges, and Sisyphus (Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti, Son Lux) at the entrance to Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take. All photos by Courtney Perry.

On February 14, lovers of all kinds — art lovers, music lovers, museum lovers, Sufjan lovers — came out to spend Valentine’s Day at the Walker. Assembled to preview our newest exhibition, Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, guests dressed up for a photo booth, drank heart-inspired cocktails, danced to DJ sets from Olga Bell and Angel Deradoorian, and let loose in Gallery 8 with Sisyphus, a supergroup/side project by Sufjan Stevens, Serengeti, and Son Lux. After opening remarks from Hodges and exhibition curators Olga Viso and Jeffrey Grove, the galleries were buzzing until past midnight.

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Exhibition co-curators Jeffrey Grove of the Dallas Museum of Art and Walker Exectuive Director Olga Viso with Jim Hodges

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“How do I look?”

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Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak with friends in the galleries

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Trying on giant glasses for the photo booth set up in the Garden Café

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Lining up to walk through and still this, 2005–2008, an intricate work of 23.5k and 24k gold

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Getting a closer look at the glass sculpting of ghost, 2008

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Viewing their distorted reflection in Untitled, 2011, a 12-foot diameter mirror

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Getting those Instagrams and selfies

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The view through You, 1997

Gazing at the 24-foot-long denim sky that is Untitled (one day it all comes true), 2013

Gazing at the 24-foot-long denim sky that is Untitled (one day it all comes true), 2013

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Inspecting the various light bulbs of Another Turn, 1999

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Olga Bell starting the dance party before the dance party

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Son Lux and Olga Bell getting the crowd ready for Sisyphus

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Glasses on, Stevens takes the stage

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All Smiles Serengeti

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Double-shades Son Lux

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Sing-Along Stevens

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The best way to kick of Sisyphus’ new album: a maximum-capacity gallery dance party

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Things quiet down on the special-edition Valentine’s Day After Hours

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.

Artists Installing: 9 Artists

The Target and Friedman galleries have been full this past week as artists, their teams, and Walker staff prepare for the group show that is 9 Artists. Fortunately for attendees, the artists won’t be leaving once the show debuts tonight. The opening is only the beginning of a weekend of engaging talks and performances—one relying […]

Danh Vo installing his portion of the group exhibition9 Artists. Photo: Gene Pittman

Danh Vo installing his portion of the group exhibition 9 Artists. All photos by Gene Pittman

The Target and Friedman galleries have been full this past week as artists, their teams, and Walker staff prepare for the group show that is 9 Artists. Fortunately for attendees, the artists won’t be leaving once the show debuts tonight. The opening is only the beginning of a weekend of engaging talks and performances—one relying on audience participation. Renzo Martens already gave a lecture on gentrification, but the rest of the group—Bjarne Melgaard, Liam Gillick, Hito Steyerl, Danh Vo, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, and Nástio Mosquito—will be presenting in some fashion on October 24, 25, and 26. Walker photographer Gene Pittman captured these glimpses into the installation process of this international, multigenerational show.

Artist Peter Broda at the beginning of the installation process. Photo: Gene Pittman

Peter Broda, artist and friend of Danh Vo, at the beginning of a long process

Danh Vo getting some installation help from Peter Broda. Photo: Gene Pittman

Danh Vo getting some installation help from Peter Broda

Natascha Sadr Haghighian (center) discussing her installation with Curator Bartholomew Ryan and Curatorial Fellow Mia Lopez. Photo: Gene Pittman

Natascha Sadr Haghighian (center) discussing her installation with curator Bart Ryan and curatorial fellow Mia Lopez

Danh Vo looking over his sculpture _Tombstone for Phùng Vo_ (2010), with Exhibition Technician Doc Czypinski. Photo: Gene Pittman

Danh Vo looking over his sculpture Tombstone for Phùng Vo (2010), with exhibition technician Doc Czypinski

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Artist Marie Karlberg, Tim Smith of Artist Resources Management, and the photographer Johannes Worsøe Berg watching Karlberg’s video after it was installed in the Bjarne Melgaard installation for the first time.

 

Artists Danh Vo and Liam Gillick look over the space while curator Bart Ryan takes a much needed sit. Photo: Gene Pittman

Artists Danh Vo and Liam Gillick look over the space while curator Bart Ryan takes a much needed sit

Liam Gillick putting on some finishing touches. Photo: Gene Pittman

Liam Gillick putting on some finishing touches

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