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Art School: Music

A Program for Walker Art Center Members

Part of Art School: What the %#@! Is Contemporary Art?


Join Mark Wheat of 89.3 The Current DJ and electronic music duo Beatrix*JAR to gain an appreciation of indie pop and electronic music in anticipation of several upcoming shows in the Walker’s 2013/2014 performing arts season, including CocoRosie, Tim Hecker + Oneohtrix Point Never, and Olga Bell. After the program, participants are invited to take part in Study Hall (3:15–4 pm), an opportunity to go deeper through casual conversation and a special music-making session with the artists.

Art School demystifies contemporary art by putting it into context—culturally, historically, and personally. Through short, succinct sessions, you’ll come to understand what the fuss is all about—and even feel like a connoisseur yourself. This program for Walker members is copresented by the University of Minnesota Departments of Art and Art History.

To Register

Registration is required online at members.walkerart.org, by e-mail to membership@walkerart.org, or by calling 612.375.7655.

Featured Presenters

Mark Wheat has been a DJ with 89.3 The Current since it launched in 2005. Wheat was raised near Cambridge, England, permanently relocating to the United States in 1983. In 1991, he created “Local Sound Department” on KFAI, which was awarded Best Local Radio Show by the Minnesota Music Academy in 1996–1998. He spent 18 months at Zone 105, hosting an overnight shift and “Across The Pond,” a weekly specialty show playing music from all over the world. In 1998, he became director of student programming at the University of Minnesota’s Radio K and created a weekly magazine show, “The Music Lovers Club.” From 1999 to 2003, he was a resident DJ at First Avenue and the Lounge, for which he was awarded the honor of Best Club DJ in 2000–2001 by the Minnesota Music Academy. Wheat won the City Pages’ Best AM Radio Personality in 2004, and Best FM Radio Personality in 2009.

Since 2004, sound artists Bianca Janine Pettis (Beatrix) and Jacob Aaron Roske (JAR) have collaborated and toured extensively, spreading the good word of DIY electronics with hands-on circuit-bending workshops and sound collage performances. The duo approaches work as play, creating music that utilizes everyday objects, including modified battery-powered children’s toys, AM radios paired with flash cameras, and vintage found sounds such as radio commercials and public service announcements. They have been featured at the Andy Warhol Museum, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, the Hammer Museum, and Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, to name a few. They have released three albums—I Love You Talk Bird, Golden Fuzz, and Art Star—and are recipients of a 2010 Archibald Bush Artists Fellowship in Media Arts.