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Spotlight: Rock the Garden Volunteers

More than 600 shifts were filled by volunteers at last month’s two-day Rock the Garden festival, making it our largest volunteer event of the year. Volunteers assist at nearly every turn on the Walker campus: festival entrances, Eureka Recycling’s zero-waste composting stations, beer tents, and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden VIP areas! We are continually delighted and […]

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More than 600 shifts were filled by volunteers at last month’s two-day Rock the Garden festival, making it our largest volunteer event of the year. Volunteers assist at nearly every turn on the Walker campus: festival entrances, Eureka Recycling’s zero-waste composting stations, beer tents, and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden VIP areas! We are continually delighted and impressed by the dedication, energy, and pure excitement that volunteers bring to this event. We love our volunteers! From their stories, it sounds like they had a great time, too!

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Susan Mikutowski:

I was positioned at the entrance putting on wrist bands. All the attendants were pleasant and cordial. That fact made the wrist band application streamlined and easy. I enjoyed saying a few words to each visitor, welcoming them and saying, “Please enjoy the show.” I think that they appreciated this, which made me feel good about the job I was doing. Even without that, I felt good about having this opportunity to help out at Rock the Garden. I’m so thankful for the extraordinary organization of all of the volunteers. It must have been an enormous endeavor to coordinate everyone.

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Emily Davis volunteering next to the Ampersand, Martin Puryear’s 1988 sculpture

Emily Davis volunteering next to the Ampersand, Martin Puryear’s 1988 sculpture

Emily Davis:

This year was my very first experience and I enjoyed every minute!  It was wonderful to people watch while listening to some awesome performances.

Mid shift volunteers on Saturday!

Mid-shift volunteers on Saturday!

Courtney Kleckner:

My favorite part of Rock the Garden was meeting Caroline Smith! I was able to chat with her for a few moments at the entrance. I love meeting local artists.

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Jennie Eisert and Carla Super stand guard next to a high-traffic zero-waste station

Jennie Eisert and Carla Super stand guard next to a high-traffic zero-waste station

Jennie Eisert:

I have been volunteering at RTG since 2008 on the Green Team (helping make this large scale event waste free). This year I had an awesome time volunteering with my buddy Carla. The day was beautiful, and the bands were great. Lizzo from the Chalice was amazing, and De La Sol knocked it out of the park.  I’ve learned so much about composting and have thought about what an accomplishment it would be for Minneapolis to become the first (at least 90%) waste-free city!

Volunteer Ashlee Haluptzok helping at the entrances

Volunteer Ashlee Haluptzok helping at the entrances

Ashlee Haluptzok:

2014 marks my fourth year volunteering at Rock the Garden. I look forward to that precious weekend every single year. The atmosphere is my favorite part. Everyone is so excited, happy, and friendly. This year was my first time wrist-banding at the entrances, and it was a whirlwind of fun. Greeting attendees into the greatest summer festival in Minnesota is enlightening and put a permanent smile on my face that weekend. The volunteer program at Walker is extremely organized. Crystal and her team truly make the experience inviting and uplifting. You can tell how appreciated you are the second you put on your volunteer t-shirt.

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Julianne Queensen helping a visitor to sort compost and recycling at a zero-waste station

Bonnie Berquam:

What a well-organized volunteer event! I’m proud to be involved with a zero-waste event and impressed that it can be done! People at the event were so nice and accommodating with keeping the site clean and manageable.

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Theater HORA in Minneapolis

Ten actors from Zürich-based Theater HORA came to Minneapolis in November to perform Jérôme Bel’s Disabled Theater at the Walker. They were excited to visit the Twin Cities after performing a seven-show run of Disabled Theater in New York City. When not rehearsing and performing at the Walker, they went shopping and bowling and had the chance […]

Ten actors from Zürich-based Theater HORA came to Minneapolis in November to perform Jérôme Bel’s Disabled Theater at the Walker. They were excited to visit the Twin Cities after performing a seven-show run of Disabled Theater in New York City. When not rehearsing and performing at the Walker, they went shopping and bowling and had the chance to meet some of the artists at Interact Center, a visual and performing arts organization for people with disabilities in the Twin Cities. The photos below are also on the Theater HORA blog, where they shared some of their observations and reflections (in Swiss German!) from their time in America.

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The Theater HORA company with Jérôme Bel in the Walker green room after a performance. All photos by Cornelia Marinucci.

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Sara, Miranda, and Tiziana from Theater HORA at the Interact Center art studios.

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Theater HORA actors with members of the Interact theater company.

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Theater HORA at the visual arts studios at Interact.

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In their free time, the Theater HORA company went bowling at Elsie’s.

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Theater HORA’s autographs on the signature wall, backstage at the Walker.

 

Jérôme Bel Roundtable Lunch

Today over the lunch hour, Walker staff from all departments, along with artist-in-residence Fritz Haeg, Lucky Dragons, and J. Morgan Puett (who performed at the Walker last night) had a conversation with Jérôme Bel. Bel is in town for Disabled Theater, a collaboration with Theater HORA. This wide-ranging conversation, full of humor, stories, and “mistakes were made” confessions from Bel, […]

Today over the lunch hour, Walker staff from all departments, along with artist-in-residence Fritz HaegLucky Dragons, and J. Morgan Puett (who performed at the Walker last night) had a conversation with Jérôme Bel. Bel is in town for Disabled Theater, a collaboration with Theater HORA.

Performing Arts Curator Philip Bither, Jérôme Bel, Director of Education and Curator of Public Practice Sarah Schultz, and Executive Director Olga Viso

Performing Arts Curator Philip Bither, Jérôme Bel, Director of Education and Curator of Public Practice Sarah Schultz, and Executive Director Olga Viso

This wide-ranging conversation, full of humor, stories, and “mistakes were made” confessions from Bel, explored some of these questions—questions that are often top-of-mind at an interdisciplinary institution like the Walker:

  • Why use theater as a platform, when there are so many other forms of expression? What is so attractive about the “black box,” the lights going down, and people taking their seats?
  • How do visual arts folks experience theater differently than those grounded in the world of performance?
  • How can you collect dance, when it is so closely connected to the body of the dancer? And what happens when collectors want to own it, and monetize it?
  • Is bringing the performing arts into the museum gallery context just a trend?

Towards the end of the conversation, Viso remarked that, instead of trying to translate his existing work into the “white cube” of the museum,  perhaps the real question is “What can Bel produce within the context of the white cube?” After seeing his works in the theater and spending time him this afternoon, I’m fascinated to know how he might answer that question.

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 […]

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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…)

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…)

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…)