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A Wintry Walker Celebration

Gliding past the Spoonbridge and Cherry on a crisp winter evening. Sipping cocktails served from an ice bar. Discovering new artworks among old favorites. Delighting in asking and answering questions about art. On Thursday evening Winter Walkerland festivities celebrating the opening of 75 Gifts for 75 Years filled the building and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with […]

Gliding past the Spoonbridge and Cherry on a crisp winter evening. Sipping cocktails served from an ice bar. Discovering new artworks among old favorites. Delighting in asking and answering questions about art. On Thursday evening Winter Walkerland festivities celebrating the opening of 75 Gifts for 75 Years filled the building and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with laughter and energy. Throughout the night the crowd bundled up to enjoy the delights outdoors or shed their many layers to wander the galleries.

Skaters by the Spoonbridge and Cherry

A few skaters stopped to pose with Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Spoonbridge and Cherry.

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But they were soon on their way again.

Hotline phone back at Winter Walkerland

Hotline made a reappearance and people stepped up to ask questions about art.

People writing down questions at Hotline.

People posed their questions and wrote them down.

People talking on phones in Hotline.

Question in hand, curious visitors picked up a phone to be connected to art experts on the other end.

People answering the phone for Hotline.

Art experts—including artists, curators, writers, critics, educators, and collectors—were ready to answer each question.

Ice bar outside Walker building.

What do you name a drink served at an ice bar in the dead of a Minneapolis winter? The North Star, of course!

Women holding drinks in front of ice bar.

Some lingered outside to enjoy the North Star, artfully served via an ice luge.

Yaoyi Kusama's Passing Winter is back in the galleries, this time part of the 75 Gifts for 75 Years exhibition.

Everyone was glad to see that Yayoi Kusama’s Passing Winter is on view again, this time part of the 75 Gifts for 75 Years exhibition.

Visitors looking at Kuitca.

Visitors stepped back to take in all of Guillermo Kuitca’s Everything, then moved closer to take in the details.

Couple kissing in front of LOVE.

Robert Indiana’s Cor-Ten LOVE was the perfect place to stop for a photo.

 

The Independent Spirit of Twin Cities Cinephiles

Last Tuesday, cinephiles from around the Twin Cities assembled at the Walker’s Gather restaurant to ring in what’s become a yearly tradition, a month-long screening marathon of Film Independent Spirt Awards nominees inside the Walker Cinema. For members of the Walker and the Independent Filmmaker Project MN, these free screenings offer the chance to catch […]

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Jeffery Perkey, filmmaker Ira Sachs, and Dean Otto, program manager, Walker Film/Video

Last Tuesday, cinephiles from around the Twin Cities assembled at the Walker’s Gather restaurant to ring in what’s become a yearly tradition, a month-long screening marathon of Film Independent Spirt Awards nominees inside the Walker Cinema. For members of the Walker and the Independent Filmmaker Project MN, these free screenings offer the chance to catch up on a year that was littered with brilliant films, including some that are finally making their first appearances in Minnesota. The festivities kicked off on Tuesday with It Felt Like Love, a film which earned director Eliza Hittman a nod for the John Cassavetes Award, and Love Is Strange, which is up for Best Feature. Ira Sachs, director of Love Is Strange, presented the two films and joined Walker and IFP MN members for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and some meaningful conversations about the importance of independent cinema.

For many guests, including longtime Twin Cities arts advocate Robert Spikings, Ira Sachs’ films embody the difference between independent and mainstream cinema. “Major studios try to make movies for a generic audience,” Spikings said, “But there’s a specificity of story to independent film, especially in Ira Sachs’ work, and I think intelligence comes from that specificity.” Love Is Strange, a film about a same-sex couple (Alfred Molina and John Lithgow) who get married after thirty-nine years together, may not have been created to reach a massive mainstream audience. But, as Spikings noted, “If it’s done right, specificity will appeal to a lot of people.”

With a year that featured some artistically adventurous films coming out of relatively large studios like Birdman and Nightcrawler, it’s become difficult to determine what makes a film truly independent. Some guests, like Walker Film/Video Program Assistant Kate Rogers and local filmmaker Jeremy Wilker, believe independent cinema is ultimately defined by the size of a film’s budget. Wilker, whose last film was made for “less money than The Hobbit spent on coffee,” worries that “independent film” is a phrase that is increasingly being co-opted by mainstream studios. Still, he believes the Film Independent Spirit Awards continue to recognize great small-budget films that fly under the radar of other awards ceremonies, including one of his favorite movies of the year, Land Ho.

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A screen shot from Land Ho, starring Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson and directed by Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens.

Others found more conceptual definitions of independence in cinema. Nancy Paul, Development Director for IFP MN, argued that independent film comes from groups underrepresented in the blockbusters you find at the multiplex. Jeffrey Perkey believes that films untied to genre, like director Ana Lily Amirpour’s Iranian Neo-Noir Vampire Western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (nominated for Best First Feature), embody the independent spirit of cinema. “Independent film is refreshing,” said actor, filmmaker, and Managing Director of the Twin Cities Film Fest Bill Cooper. Everyone seemed to echo Cooper’s sentiment. Despite the increased visibility for some outsider filmmakers, independent film will always go places where mainstream films won’t in order to show us something we’ve never seen.

The 2015 Film Spirit Awards Screenings continue every Tuesday and Wednesday until February 11. Screenings are free for members of the Walker and IFP MN.

The Citizens of Miranda July’s New Society

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Looking around the Walker’s Skyline Room, you could sense that everyone had just been through something big together. Following the debut performance of Miranda July’s brilliant theatrical experiment, New Society, contributing members gathered for a reception to meet July and talk over what exactly they’d just seen. The dazed looks on their faces began to disappear when they started to process the experience. I wish I could tell you precisely what it was that happened during New Society, but I can’t. In an effort to preserve the element of surprise for future performances, July added a note to the program requesting that everyone keep the internet chatter about the show to a dull roar. Still, without giving too much away, several guests at the reception were kind enough to share some of their raw reactions to New Society with me.

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Terry, left, and Emma, right, eagerly waiting to meet Miranda July.

Emma: I really had no idea what to expect from New Society coming in, but it was amazing and fun.
Terry: I’d say it was curious, not in the Minnesotan use of the word “curious,” though. The whole thing was hilarious, but she managed to make the end quite emotional and inspiring.

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Megan and Jeff found New Society to be surprisingly cohesive.

Megan: I was worried about the audience participation element we’d heard about going into the show, but it ended up being lovely. I was really struck by how Miranda was able to seemingly create something out of nothing.
Jeff: Exactly. It wasn’t just a hodge podge of people doing weird stuff. Everything depends on the audience, yet she was able to make it into something cohesive. There was also this really powerful feeling of just giving yourself up, of giving yourself over to the performance.

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Mark and Mary, longtime fans of Miranda July, meeting her for the first time.

Mary: The piece was so innovative. I was amazed by the talent of some of the people in the audience and how Miranda was able to bring it out of them.
Mark: She was so funny too.
Mary: She was, but it was humor with a message.
Mark: I am just in awe of a person with so much talent. I’ve seen a lot of theater, but this was completely unique. I’m usually an introvert, but we were totally game to participate. We sat in the front row, but she didn’t end up picking us for anything.
Mary: Maybe we looked too eager [laughs].

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Xandra ended up getting her fair share of stage time during New Society.

Xandra: I really didn’t expect to participate, but it was thrilling. I felt a real responsibility to the performance and the audience while I was up there. I even felt protective of Miranda because she put so much trust in me.

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July was nice enough to share a few of her own thoughts on the debut of New Society with me.

Miranda: The audience really had so much energy and willingness. Everyone was so enthusiastic, and the challenge for me was to sculpt that enthusiasm into an actual arc. The first thing I did when I got back to by dressing room was take notes.
Me: Were you worried about debuting a piece that relies so much on audience participation in Minnesota? We’re not exactly famous for our willingness to put ourselves out there in public.
Miranda: No, I wasn’t too worried about you guys. I knew you’d come through [laughs].

Walktoberfest: 75th Anniversary Party

Waiting for the opening of Walktoberfest, the Walker Art Center’s 75th anniversary celebration, as an art-lover and a Walker intern was like waiting for Christmas morning. The anniversary is a celebration of the 75 years that the Walker Art Center has been challenging the way we perceive art, creating safe spaces for radical artists and […]

Waiting for the opening of Walktoberfest, the Walker Art Center’s 75th anniversary celebration, as an art-lover and a Walker intern was like waiting for Christmas morning. The anniversary is a celebration of the 75 years that the Walker Art Center has been challenging the way we perceive art, creating safe spaces for radical artists and ideas, and inspiring us as individuals, cultures, and communities. And with it, of course, comes a celebration of epic proportions, kicking off with a huge Target Free Thursday Night opening party. I did my best to capture some of the highlights of this day jam-packed with activities and people.

Walktoberfest. Photo by Courtney Perry.

Walktoberfest. Photo by Courtney Perry.

The day started rather quietly actually, inside, the Walker Cinema was screening The Gold Rush, a silent film directed by Charlie Chaplin. However, the room lit up with laughter watching the Little Tramp in one of his most famous comedies and the film for which he most wanted to be remembered. Each night of this weekend-long celebration there will be one or more free film screenings.

When the evening festivities kicked off, I decided that because we are celebrating Art at The Center at the Walker Art Center, my first stop was… the beer garden! How often will we be able to see the Walker turn into its very own beer garden? Offering local craft beer (and root beer) from favorites like Summit and Fulton, there is nearly as much to enjoy outside as there is inside. And who could enjoy their beer without a freshly cooked brat and/or sausage from the Butcher & The Boar. While enjoying their tasty treats, DJ Christy Hunt spun laid-back tunes and made the outdoor party an instant success.

Walktoberfest Beer Garden

Walktoberfest Beer Garden

Next, I headed over to the Selfie Station. Located in the Medtronic Gallery, the station was filled with people of all ages posing with props and taking pictures in front of the large photo murals from Walker history that line the walls.

Visitors posing with a photo mural of Keith Haring.

Visitors posing with a photo mural of Keith Haring.

I finally headed to the galleries, with plenty of time to take in the Walker’s greatest hits as the galleries stay open until 10 pm during Walktoberfest. It was truly an incredible experience to trace the path of the Walker’s evolution through decades of former curators and their all-star acquisitions. The art exhibited wowed everyone with visual theatrical scenes from the Walker’s history; including pieces such as Franz Marc’s The Large Blue Horses, Chuck Close’s Big Self-Portrait, and Sherrie Levine’s Fountain (After Marcel Duchamp: A.P.). One of the final pieces in the exhibit, Lost Forty (2011), by Polish artist Goshka Macuga brings the exhibit to a beautifully self-reflective close. The piece is a monumentally sized tapestry depicting a pristine forest in northern Minnesota. The undisturbed forest harkens to the roots of the museum, as the Walker family formerly owned a lumber company. Within the image are references not only to the Walker’s history, but also to the history of contemporary art, and current politics. Macuga’s piece links the history of the Walker and contemporary art to the past, present, and future.

Visitors with Goshka Macuga Lost Forty tapestry.

Visitors with Goshka Macuga Lost Forty tapestry.

I highly encourage you to visit Walktoberfest and the Art at Center exhibition. Who doesn’t want an early Christmas present?

Visitors take in Chuck Close Big Self Portrait

Visitors take in Chuck Close, Big Self Portrait

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

Party Around The Clock: Northern Spark 2014

From sundown to sunup, Northern Spark was a splash and arts lovers braved the howling winds to fill the Walker on a soggy Saturday night. With an interactive multimedia projection, poetry tarot, a roving accordion player, and the opening of two exhibitions, it was a popular place to dry off, pass the time, and grab a cup of coffee […]

Graffiti Angel in Sophronia by Joellyn Rock, Kathy McTavish, and Rob Wittig

Graffiti Angel in Sophronia by Joellyn Rock, Kathy McTavish, and Rob Wittig

From sundown to sunup, Northern Spark was a splash and arts lovers braved the howling winds to fill the Walker on a soggy Saturday night. With an interactive multimedia projection, poetry tarot, a roving accordion player, and the opening of two exhibitions, it was a popular place to dry off, pass the time, and grab a cup of coffee before heading back out into the city to explore more projects.

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Members of the Atelier School spent the evening sketching an Office at Night tableau for Old School Art School

Edward Hopper’s beloved Office At Night came to life for Old School Art School.

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Drawing Club moved to the Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab

Drawing Club moved in from Open Field and stayed low and dry tucked away in the Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab.

Graffiti Angel in Sophronia

Graffiti Angel in Sophronia

Graffiti Angel in Sophronia incorporated video, images, music, and text inspired by Italo Calvino’s imaginary city of Sophronia. Improvising on audience suggestions sent via Twitter, a team of writers wove together words to tell a story projected on the walls of Medtronic Gallery.

Ed Bok Lee reading tarot cards for Poetry Tarot

Ed Bok Lee reading tarot cards for Poetry Tarot.

Poetry tarot offered a chance to confer with a poet for a personalized poem-fortune.

People waited for their first chance to catch all 24-hours of Christian Marclay's The Clock

People waited for their first chance to catch all 24-hours of Christian Marclay’s The Clock

Some chose to pass the time with Christian Marclay’s looping, 24-hour film, The Clock.

Costumes: a Northern Spark tradition

Costumes: a Northern Spark tradition

Although the storm moved much of the action indoors, people dressed up—in their best costumes or rain gear—and went out into the evening to celebrate the vibrant and boisterous arts community that pulls together every year around Northern Spark.

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 Night Party: Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada

On Thursday night, the multimedia exhibition Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada opened in ­the Burnet gallery. Greeted with a large map of Tangier and hand-painted film posters, guests of all ages and backgrounds were invited to explore the work of Yto Barrada. DJ/rupture aka Jace Clayton enhanced the atmosphere with unique musical selections […]

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DJ / rupture spinning Maghrebi music in Cargill Lounge.

On Thursday night, the multimedia exhibition Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada opened in ­the Burnet gallery. Greeted with a large map of Tangier and hand-painted film posters, guests of all ages and backgrounds were invited to explore the work of Yto Barrada. DJ/rupture aka Jace Clayton enhanced the atmosphere with unique musical selections and hip-hop–infused Moroccan music, accompanying attendees as they viewed the gallery.

Curator Clara Kim, aritst Yto Barrada, and film curator Sheryl Mousley

Curator Clara Kim, artist Yto Barrada, and Walker senior curator of film / video curator Sheryl Mousley

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Cinematheque Tangier

Cinematheque Tangier

Cinematheque Tangier

Sign painters Forrest Wozniak and Dan Madsen in front of the map of Tangier

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.

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

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