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Fashion at the Radical Presence Opening

July 24 celebrated the opening of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art in the Target and Friedman Galleries. As the show itself spans three generations of artists, similarly there were guests of all ages and backgrounds in attendance. Performances of the night were held inside and outside of the galleries and interacted with the […]

Jordan and Aaron Marx stop by Benjamin Patterson's Pond (1962) for a quick photo. Photo: Nehwoen Luogon

Jordan and Aaron Marx stop by Benjamin Patterson’s Pond (1962) for a quick photo. Photo: Nehwoen Luogon

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Terry Adkins’ The Last Trumpet set up at the entrance of Radical Presence. Photo: Nehwoen Luogon

July 24 celebrated the opening of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art in the Target and Friedman Galleries. As the show itself spans three generations of artists, similarly there were guests of all ages and backgrounds in attendance. Performances of the night were held inside and outside of the galleries and interacted with the artwork. Large crowds gathered around to view Terry Adkins’ The Last Trumpet, Senga Nengudi’s Untitled (RSVP) performed by Maren Hassinger, Pope.L’s Costume Made of Nothing, and Jacolby Satterwhite’s Orifice.

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Jacolby Satterwhite captures the audience’s attention on Satch Hoyt’s Say It Loud. Photo: Nehwoen Luogon

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Guests relax and chat in the Cargill lobby. Photo: Nehwoen Luogon

It was amazing to watch the artists perform and bring another experience to the pieces in the show. The space remained packed throughout the evening as everyone navigated their way through the galleries. The whole evening had immense energy and a shared sense of enthusiasm. In addition to the performances, it was fun to witness the different styles of expression through guests’ clothing. I was able to document just a few of the interesting styles seen that night and inquire about their fashion choices.

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Destiny Anderson’s fun outfit caught my eye before she even got to the exhibition. Photo: Nehwoen Luogon

Name: Destiny Anderson

What are you wearing? A red and black head scarf (store unknown), a white cropped tee from H&M, a calf-length African printed skirt, light brown heels from Goodwill

Describe your style in three words. Old school, colorful, and outlandish

Do you expect your style to speak for you? I feel my style describes me perfectly and can speak for my personality.

Have people from other generations inspired your style? My family. I always see pictures of my parents and aunts and uncles when they were younger. They always looked so cool to me, and their style now doesn’t stop me from going through their closet.

Social Media: @notorious_destiny on Instagram

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Jaafar Alnabi in the Radical Presence galleries. Photo: Nehwoen Luogon

Name: Jaafar Alnabi

Occuption: Art Student at MCAD

What are you wearing? Everything is H&M, and shoes are from Aldo

Describe your style in three words. Dark, Americana, and Curtain

Do you expect your style to speak for you? I think someone’s style speaks about them all the time. It’s a way of saying who you are without saying anything. I think my style speaks about me in a way, except you caught me on a lazy day!

Social Media: @jaafaralnabi on Instagram

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Junauda Petrus and Sarah White allowed me to capture their amazing outfits. Photo: Nehwoen Luogon

Names: Junauda Petrus & Sarah White

Occupation: Petrus—writer, dancer, derformance artist, co-founder of Free Black Dirt; White—singer, photographer, creative

What are you wearing? Petrus—I’m wearing a mustard-colored silk shirt from B. Resale, jeans from Buffalo Exchange in San Francisco, the knitted red necklace I bought from a sister in Brooklyn, sandals from DSW, gold earrings from Savers, and blue dangly earrings from a sister in front of Palmer’s.

White—Hat from H&M, earrings and top from Cliché, bracelet from Belle Weather, septum ring from BVLA, ring made by Sol Rebel, skirt from some shop off the beach in Orange County, vintage clutch, XOXO shoes.

Describe your style in three words. Petrus—Cosmic, warrior, goddess. White—Gangsta, hippie, and eclectic.

Do you expect your style to speak for you? White—I try to speak though my style, but stay away from the expectations. In general, my style often reflects what I am feeling like at a certain stage of my life, but I think if I had more time to dig and more funds to splurge, I’d definitely turn it up a notch and be even more expressive.

Have people from other generations inspired your style?  Petrus—Yes, I am channeling Whoopi Goldberg from the Jumpin’ Jack Flash days, Afrobeat queen, 1970’s Abby Lincoln, and Sally Bowles from Cabaret.

Social Media: @sarahwhiteblack on Twitter, @shirodame on Instagram

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ADDAM gives a peace sign while in the galleries. Photo: Nehwoen Luogon

Name: ADDAM

What are you wearing? Hair styled by Loc Starz, pants from William Rast, top from Club Monaco, shoes from H&M, glasses from RETROSUPERFUTURE

Describe your style in three words. I like it.

Do you expect your style to speak for you? I expect my style to be an honest representation of myself, even when I fail to meet those expectations, which makes it all the more honest.

Have people from other generations inspired your style? Yes. My mother has been a big inspiration lately. I’ve raided her closet a few more times than I’d like to admit.

Social Media:  @AddamUp on Twitter

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Elliot Reed’s all black outfit caught my attention. Photo: Nehwoen Luogon

Name: Elliot Reed

Occupation: Artist, musician, part-time magician/full-time Walker employee

What are you wearing? Mesh hat, vintage jacket and shirt, skeleton pendant from somewhere in the American Southwest, modified silver chain originally from Kokorokoko Vintage, TRIPP NYC shorts (major shout out to Hot Topic circa 2005), 8-inch black leather steel toe boots.

Describe your style in 3 words. Big Black ” ____.”

Do you expect your style to speak for you? To be frank, no. I believe in the power of costume and think of my clothes as power objects in their own way. I am usually drawn to over-sized and loose pieces because they emphasize my movements and exaggerate different parts of my body.

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Donte Collins (center) with friends. Photo: Nehwoen Luogon

Name: Donte Collins

Occupation: Spoken word poet

What are you wearing? Red, black, and white newsboy hat from Wilson’s Leather, silver suit coat from H&M, red, black, and white checkered button up shirt from H&M, black belt from Wilson’s Leather, dark blue men’s jeans from Forever 21, shoes from H&M

Describe your style in three words. Music, remixed, and mine

Have people from other generations inspired your style? Yes. New York, 1920’s/1930’s. Suspenders, overalls, newsboys.

Social Media: @Donte_ThePoet on Twitter, @justdontecollins on Instagram

Sixties Style at After Hours

The 1960s were alive and well at the Walker on a recent Saturday night as party-goers celebrated their way through giant stuffed slices of cake, fries, sliders, ice cream, and more to mark the opening of the exhibition Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties. There were rock ‘n’ rollers, groovy dudes, Twiggy-look-alikes, classy people, Mad Men enthusiasts and more. While the […]

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The 1960s were alive and well at the Walker on a recent Saturday night as party-goers celebrated their way through giant stuffed slices of cake, fries, sliders, ice cream, and more to mark the opening of the exhibition Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties.

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Claes Oldenburg’s Floor Cake (1962)

Nicola Carpenter and Sean Donovan

Nicola Carpenter and Sean Donovan

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Mini-burgers and mock duck sliders

Kelsey Simpkins, Autumn Kovach, and all-you-can-eat Häagen-Dazs

There were rock ‘n’ rollers, groovy dudes, Twiggy-look-alikes, classy people, Mad Men enthusiasts and more.

Neal Tillotson and Gwyneth Dwyer

Neal Tillotson and Gwyneth Dwyer

Kevin Kirsch and Xena Huff

Kevin Kirsch and Xena Huff

Katy Corbin and DJ Nelson

Katy Corbin and DJ Nelson

Dan Jensen, Kevin Kunz, and Sandy Simmons

Shelly Ebnet and Emerson Gutierrez

Shelly Ebnet and Emerson Gutierrez

While the Anonymous Choir and the Ventures Cover Band gave a riveting live show of 60s soul music in the McGuire Theater, other revelers amped up the theme in the photo booth with psychedelic and oversized props, and the craftiest of guests sewed together clever stuffed protest signs out of burlap à la Oldenburg.

Anonymous Choir with the Ventures Cover Band

Anonymous Choir with the Ventures Cover Band

Karly Knutson, Ellora Parrington, and Leslie Olson show off their handiwork

Karly Knutson, Ellora Parrington, and Leslie Olson show off their handiwork

Twin Cities Photo Booth

Twin Cities Photo Booth

Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week Showcases High Fashion

MNfashion presented The Shows at Aria in the North Loop.
MNfashion presented The Shows at Aria in the North Loop. Photo: Meredith Kessler

MNfashion presented The Shows at Aria in the North Loop. Photo: Meredith Kessler

Similar to New York’s Fashion Week, MNfashion brings together several days of high fashion events and runway shows, connecting the fashion community to launch new seasons of the highest-profile designers’ work. This year’s Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week showcased the Walker’s Avant Garden gala in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and the Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties After Hours party where guests dressed in their favorite 1960s-inspired garb. Runway shows ushered in the final days of design when MNfashion presented The Shows, a two-night extravaganza showcasing eight of the Twin Cities’ best fashion lines.

With fashion forward flare, The Shows debuted Spring/Summer 2014 collections from top Minneapolis designers at Aria in the North Loop. We were lucky enough to be on the sidelines of the runway for Night One to see the newest creations from Christopher Straub, Cocoon, Lisa Hackwith and Samantha Rei.

The audience awaits The Shows presentation. Photo: Meredith Kessler

The audience awaits The Shows presentation. Photo: Meredith Kessler

Night One started with homegrown fashion celebrity Christopher Straub of Project Runway notoriety. Straub’s S/S 14 collection was an easily-accessible foray into street wear, focusing on everyday casual pieces. Slouchy stocking caps adorned models’ crowns as they stomped down the runway in combat boots. A muted chartreuse green pattern accented the grey, black and navy color palette to give the line a decidedly more springtime feel.

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Looks by Christopher Straub, Cocoon Photos: Rhea Pappas

Looks by Christopher Straub, Cocoon
Photos: Rhea Pappas

Cocoon by Elizabeth Geisler also utilized neutral tones in a collection filled with tailored dresses and high heels meant for a cocktail party. The line transcended decades and styles mixing ’60s-inspired jade jewelry and ’70s-inspired geometric patterns and pairing classic cropped trousers with trendy chunky, silver studded sandals.

Designs by Lisa Hackwith embodied a more subtle aesthetic, while still maintaining the creative glamour of a runway show. The softer tones and simple cuts of the pieces allowed for more focus upon the details and quality of the fabrics. Truly it was the subtle details of Hackwith’s designs that contributed to a cohesive concept throughout the show.

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Looks by Lisa Hackwith, Samantha Rei Photos: Rhea Pappas

Looks by Lisa Hackwith, Samantha Rei
Photos: Rhea Pappas

To end the show, Samantha Rei showcased her line of clothing titled Cyclone Wasteland. Rei’s pieces stood out in their balance of masculine materials as well as feminine details. The leather straps highlighted in many of the pieces were curiously balanced by lively headdresses and floral details. All of the looks were tied together with their unique balance of strength and softness. Though not subtle in detail, like Hackwith’s designs, the quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail was apparent.

The Visitors: People of Target Free Thursday Nights

A mostly soggy summer gave way to a much-needed sunny evening at last week’s Target Free Thursday Night, so we ventured out onto the green at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the Artist-Designed Mini Golf course to see what the weather did for moods. Behold the results as The Visitors continues to investigate the characters that […]

A mostly soggy summer gave way to a much-needed sunny evening at last week’s Target Free Thursday Night, so we ventured out onto the green at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the Artist-Designed Mini Golf course to see what the weather did for moods. Behold the results as The Visitors continues to investigate the characters that add to the spectacle of it all.

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“What brought you out to the Sculpture Garden today?”

“Stumbled down the rabbit hole. Ended up here.”

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“You two look so cute!”

“Thank you! I’ve taught him everything he knows.”

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“Do we look like we’re at a museum yet?”

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“What brought you out to the Walker tonight?”

“I got lost looking for the grocery store!”

“Did you ever find it?”

“No. Spent all my money at the Walker Shop.”

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Asked these two for a pic mid-trek into the gardens. Didn’t have time to talk. Assuming they had to execute a grand plan before sundown.

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“Mini-golf may just be my new favorite sport if a photographer comes with the deal!”

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I asked this little one for a pose and she gave me about 300 good ones to pick from. I think this is the winner.

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“Are you gentlemen enjoying your evening?”

“Yeah, we’re trying to come up with our ninja names.”

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“How about a smile, ladies?”

“A smile? Oh I don’t know about this…”

“Oh what the heck. Let’s do this, Mary Anne.”

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“How long have you two been together?”

“Four years. Our anniversary is next week, and I’m expecting diamonds!”

“How about a nice hat instead?”

“I’m getting diamonds.”

Mini Golf, Accessorized: The Necklaces of Be a Sculpture!

When we’re not at the Walker working as interns in the Performing Arts department, Nicola Carpenter and I make miniature golf holes. For this year’s Artist-Designed Mini Golf in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, we collaborated with Nicola’s parents on a piece called Be a Sculpture! On the course, players are encouraged to stand on the […]

<em>Be a Sculpture</em>. Photo: Susanne Dehnhard Carpenter

Be a Sculpture. Photo: Susanne Dehnhard Carpenter

When we’re not at the Walker working as interns in the Performing Arts department, Nicola Carpenter and I make miniature golf holes. For this year’s Artist-Designed Mini Golf in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, we collaborated with Nicola’s parents on a piece called Be a Sculpture! On the course, players are encouraged to stand on the various scattered footprints of the green to become a sculpture as their friends play. In the spirit of “being a sculpture,” we decided to create a necklace for each of us to wear for opening night. It’s a fitting homage to both our hole and the reason for the the mini golf course in the first place: the Sculpture Garden’s 25th anniversary.

<em>Untitled</em> by Jim Hodges; necklace. Photo: Kevin and Sean Donovan

Untitled by Jim Hodges; necklace. Photo: Kevin and Sean Donovan

<em>Front of Snowwoman</em> by Gary Hume ; necklace. Photo: Sean Donovan and Nicola Carpenter

Front of Snowwoman by Gary Hume ; necklace. Photo: Sean Donovan and Nicola Carpenter

<em>Spoonbridge and Cherry</em> by Claes Oldenburg &amp; Coosje van Bruggen ; necklace. Photo: Nicola Carpenter and Susanne Dehnhard Carpenter

Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen ; necklace. Photo: Nicola Carpenter and Susanne Dehnhard Carpenter

<em>Double Curve</em> by Ellsworth Kelly ; necklace. Photo: Nicola Carpenter and Susanne Dehnhard Carpenter

Double Curve by Ellsworth Kelly ; necklace. Photo: Nicola Carpenter and Susanne Dehnhard Carpenter

The Day in Sweaters: Life, Death, Dance

Spotted in the Performing Arts office today: Assistant Curator Michèle Steinwald wearing her passion for dance on her chest. The LIFE/DEATH/DANCE Venn diagram was screenprinted on a donated sweater, she says, during the American Realness Festival.

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Spotted in the Performing Arts office today: Assistant Curator Michèle Steinwald wearing her passion for dance on her chest. The LIFE/DEATH/DANCE Venn diagram was screenprinted on a donated sweater, she says, during the American Realness Festival. (more…)

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