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Northern Spark at Open Field

A Night of Artist Interventions and Activities

Part of Open Field 2012

The Walker is keeping the lights on again for this year’s dusk-to-dawn Northern Spark festival with a gathering inspired by the convivial, collaborative, and ephemeral atmosphere of Open Field.

Gather around the campfire for concerts and storytelling performances by local writers and musicians. Grab a glow stick and join in a NIGHTclub edition of Drawing Club, or stroll around the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Walker campus, where you’ll stumble upon artist interventions and other surprises. Inside, the exhibitions are on view for free and feature exclusive, one-night-only viewings of artworks from the collection, while a never-ending experimental film noir screens in the Lecture Room.

Fuel up for the night with the Garden Grill by D’Amico’s food and beverages, including s’mores, before crashing on the hill to watch the sun rise over the city skyline. Gallery admission and all activities are free.

Acoustic Campfire

Open Field, 9 pm–1 am

Join us for a series of intimate acoustic concerts by the Prairie Fire Lady Choir (9 pm), the White Whales (10 pm), Dear Data (11 pm), and closing with Brian Laidlaw & the Family Trade (12 midnight).

Fire Works

Catalog Projects with Chris Larson, Bruce Tapola, Sarah Ann Burns, Aaron Dysart, John Fleischer and Jennifer Danos
Cargill Lounge/Open Field, 9 pm–3 am

Fire Works is a one-night exhibition and performance featuring six Minnesota artists. Each is creating a new work for the festival. However, in the spirit of Alan Kaprow, the art objects will not be accumulated by the institution but rather liberated by a sacrificial act of burning upon the Open Field campfire. The event provides the opportunity to investigate our cultural tendencies toward acquisition while emphasizing a visceral experience of the present moment.

Drawing NIGHTclub

Open Field Grove, 9 pm–3 am

Like the very popular daytime edition, Drawing NIGHTclub invites local artists and the public to grab a pencil and add their contributions to an involving pool of pieces over the course of the night. Think glowsticks and blacklights for this nocturnal round of social art-making.

Where the Chill Came From

Nathan Lewis
Inside the Sky Pesher, 12 midnight–1 am

Minnesota is a hotbed for paranormal activity. From the Stillwater Bigfoot to the ghosts of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, nearly every town in our state plays host to a supernatural guest. Hear local stories of the strange and unexplained as well as share your own tales with Nathan Lewis, a paranormal investigator with the Twin Cities Paranormal Society for nearly half a decade. Be careful though—once you find out what’s in your neighborhood, you may not want to return home until daylight!

Midnight Padhandling

Scott Sayre and Vanessa Voskuil
Open Field, 1–1:20 am

Midnight Padhandling combines the shimmer and potentiality of a large-screen video display with the fluidity and independence of human movement. Twenty performers gather to tell an animated story through movement and visual transitions by manipulating Apple iPads accompanied by an acoustic sound score.

Bedtime Stories

Inside the Sky Pesher, 2 am

Wind down the night with surprise readings by local authors within the intimate space of James Turrell’s Sky Pesher, 2005 chamber on the Walker’s hillside. Dreamlike visions await! Presented in partnership with Rain Taxi Review of Books.

All-Night Programs

The Eye of the Walker

Rachel Knoll & Michael Selle
Hennepin Avenue, 9 pm–6 am

Local artists Rachel Knoll and Michael Selle transform the Skyline Room with an animation of a giant eye watching over Minneapolis from dusk ’til dawn.

Film Installation: whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir

Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation
Lecture Room, 9 pm–6 am This seemingly self-generating sci-fi film never ends, and never really begins, either. whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir continuously shuffles 80 voice-overs, 150 pieces of music, and 3,000 clips shot in Kazakhstan, Russia, and Dubai.

Exhibitions: One Night Only

Galleries 1–6, 9 pm–6 am

The exhibitions Midnight Party and Absentee Landlord open for a special late-night edition, spiked with rarely seen works from the Walker collection that will be installed for one night only in conjunction with Northern Spark, including an appearance by The Large Blue Horses, Franz Marc’s 1911 painting.

mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts CSA Pick-up

Lunalux (Loring Park), 8 pm–11 pm

The third season of Community Supported Art (CSA) launches with a pick-up event, featuring a behind-the-scenes look at Lunalux and its practice. Even if not a CSA shareholder, you’re invited to come to Lunalux and and learn about new economies in the arts.


Northern Spark at Open Field is presented by the Walker Art Center in conjunction with mnartists.org and Rain Taxi Review of Books.

Artist’s Cinema is made possible by generous support from Elizabeth Redleaf.

Midnight Panhandling and The Eye of the Walker are made possible with support by the Smaby Family Foundation.