How we connect: The scenes, settings, parties, and people of the Walker’s world.
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 […]
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.
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.
On Friday night’s A Think & A Drink, Walker members held a Happening of their own. Interactive tours of the exhibition Art Expanded, 1958–1978 encouraged discussion of this wonderfully disorienting era and provoked questions ranging from the profound (“What is art?”) to the puzzling (“Why is the cellist topless?”). When asked to imagine their own […]
On Friday night’s A Think & A Drink, Walker members held a Happening of their own. Interactive tours of the exhibition Art Expanded, 1958–1978 encouraged discussion of this wonderfully disorienting era and provoked questions ranging from the profound (“What is art?”) to the puzzling (“Why is the cellist topless?”). When asked to imagine their own Happening, here’s what some of our Walker members suggested:
“The experience has to be both pleasant and repulsive, with no explanation of the elements involved. Live animals should be included – probably lizards. For my Happening I’d have people walk past progressively larger terrariums housing progressively larger lizards until you encounter the biggest enclosure, which is empty. Then through a door participants would enter a room which is actually a giant terrarium, turning them into the lizards! And maybe I’d include someone in a French maid costume dusting and a bad tuba player performing while facing the wall. That sounds about right.”
“There would have to be vintage ’60s clothing – leather vests with fringe, jumpsuits, headbands, and frizzy wigs – with everyone performing a set task, the more mundane the better.”
“For me Happenings were like a Kafka play with no established cast. There would be food, music, lighting, plenty of props, and costumes for people to take, structural objects to stand on or against, and an agitating person to get things moving. Let’s throw some taxidermy cats in there, as well.”
Glen de Guzman
“Drinks, decorations, and door prizes!”
“I’d take every museum gift shop postcard and bring each corresponding work into one gallery, like my favorite museums combined. There would be a massive concert and top chefs serving dessert. And, if I pull a John Lennon and Yoko Ono, I can claim that it’s all for peace and is completely worthwhile.”
“I cannot top that, so I’m going to Amy’s. I’m also going to use the line ‘But it’s for peace!’ as an excuse in everyday life.”
“Kristi and Amy, would you mind if I took a photo of you for the blog? Come on, it’s for peace!”
A Think & A Drink: Member Events provide intimate looks at exhibitions, performing arts and film followed by drinks and conversation. Our next A Think & A Drink evening offers an insider’s introduction to Tere O’Connor Dance BLEED with curator Philip Bither, a discounted performance ticket, and a complimentary drink in the Balcony bar after the show. Space is limited, so RSVP here.
A Think & A Drink: Member Events provide intimate looks at exhibitions, performing arts, and film followed by drinks and conversation.
The evening of January 22 saw the opening of Mariano Pensotti’s Cineastas, a filmic drama which inundated its audience with myriad characters, sets, languages, and genres. Performers scrambled throughout a double-decker stage to project both the real and cinematic lives of four screenwriters in Buenos Aires, utilizing subtitles, scores, and Technicolor lighting to meld live action with film, reality with fantasy.
Walker members, after enjoying an introductory talk by writer and director Mariano Pensotti and performing arts curator Philip Bither, gathered in the McGuire’s Balcony Bar for a post-show toast with the artists. In the vein of Cineastas’ cinematic self-creation we asked members to envision their own biopics, whether it be directed by John Waters, narrated by Sarah Silverman, or starring Divine—or even all three. Here’s a few of our favorite responses:
Director: Ruben Östlund
Narrator: “A college English professor with a longstanding interest in film”
Starring: “A cross between George Clooney and Woody Allen”
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Narrator: Bill Beyer
Starring: Goldie Hawn
Director: John Waters
Narrator: Amy Sedaris
Director: Martin Scorsese
Narrator: Orson Welles
Starring: John Waters
Director: Wim Wenders
Narrator: Sarah Silverman
Starring: Winona Rider
Director: Woody Allen
Narrator: “Max, a character from East Enders with a classic cockney accent”
Starring: William Hurt
Our next A Think & A Drink event will invite members to take a tour of Art Expanded, 1958–1978, then join in casual discussion over light snacks and drinks from the cash bar. Free for members and a guest, you can RSVP here.