Garden Grill by D’Amico

The Open Field Bar & Grill features classic Americana foods like angus beef/black bean burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, keg beer, and lemonade. Learn more

Meet the Artists in Residence

Machine Project from Los Angeles (July 20-29) and Marc Bamuthi Joseph from Oakland, California (August 15-18).

Come Create!

Drawing Club is about the social experience of art-making, collaboration and play. Come add your creative touch during weekly sessions open to local artists and the public alike.
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Northern Spark at the Walker

Saturday–Sunday, June 14–15, 2014
9 pm–6 am

The lights stay on and the galleries remain open for Northern Spark , the annual city-wide dusk-to-dawn festival. Join us for a range of indoor and outdoor activities to engage curious all-night adventurers. The Garden Café by D’Amico and a range of food trucks stationed next to Open Field—AZ Canteen, A Cupcake Social, and Gastro Truck—provide fuel throughout the night.

Northern Spark is presented by Northern Lights.mn, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to transform our sense of what’s possible in public space.

Free Exhibitions

Christian Marclay: The Clock
Experience a 24-hour screening of a tour de force cinematic work The Clock by Christian Marclay, and get a late night glimpse of two of the Walker’s major exhibitions featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, video, and more. Free gallery admission all night.
Burnet Gallery
Saturday, 11 am–Sunday, 5 pm

Art Expanded, 1958¬–1978 ,
Galleries 1, 2, and 3 and Perlman Gallery
Saturday, 9 pm–Sunday, 12 am

Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process
Target and Friedman Galleries
Saturday, 9 pm–Sunday, 2 am

Old School Art School
Saturday, 9 pm–Sunday, 2 am
Cargill Lounge
Artists from the Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art bring American artist Edward Hopper’s painting Office at Night to life as they sketch from a tableau with live models.

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

Saturday, 9 pm–Sunday, 6 am
Level 8 Terrace (Rain Plan location: Medtronic Gallery)
In his novel Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino writes: “The city of Sophronia is made up of two half-cities, in one there is a great roller coaster with its steep humps, the carousel, the Ferris wheel, the death-ride with crouching motorcyclists, and the big top. The other half-city is of stone, with the bank, the factories, the palaces, the slaughterhouse, the school, and all the rest. One of the half-cities is permanent, the other is temporary. …”

Inspired by Calvino’s imaginary cities, Graffiti Angel in Sophronia is an interactive multimedia work by Joellyn Rock, Kathy McTavish, and Rob Wittig that mixes video, images, music, and text to create a second Sophronia. Improvising on audience suggestions, a team of Netprov (networked improv narrative) writers weave in stories of the half-cities.

Visitors can contribute on Twitter at #sophroniatwo or learn more at sophroniatwo.com . Copresented with Northern Lights.MN.

Poetry Tarot

Saturday, 10 pm–Sunday, 2 am
Garden Terrace Room
Take a moment’s respite for a unique kind of poetry “reading.” A tribe of writers affiliated with the Minneapolis-based literary cohort Rain Taxi Review of Books will lay out cards containing themes, images, and questions (instead of the traditional Tarot), then will write—on the spot—a poem for you based on the results. You’ll emerge from this reverie with a personalized poetry fortune to take with you on the rest of your Northern Spark journey and beyond.

Accordion with Dan Newton

Saturday, 10 pm
Open Field (Rain Plan location: Bazinet Lobby)
Dan’s fresh approach to the much-maligned squeeze-box and his mind-boggling repertoire of both original and traditional material will change the mind of the most hardened accordion skeptic. Dan draws influences for songs and tunes from such sources as French Musette, Gypsy Swing, Cajun, Jug band, Tex-Mex and Cumbia. He calls this global gumbo “ethnoclectic” music.

Drawing NIGHTclub

Saturday, 9 pm–Sunday, 2 am
Open Field (Rain Plan location: Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab)
Join local artists for this nocturnal round of social art-making that explores collaborative drawing activities.

Glow Games

Saturday, 9 pm–Sunday, 4 am
Open Field (In the event of rain Glow Games will be canceled.)
Get energized by a friendly round of glow-in-the dark volleyball.