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 Open Field
9 pm Sat. June 9 – 6 am Sun. June 10


June 9– 10, 2012

Walker Art Center is keeping the lights on again for this year’s 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 whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir, an experimental, ever-changing film noir from artist Eve Sussman, 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.  All activities and gallery admission are free.


Acoustic Campfire
Open Field

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

Fire Works
Catalog Projects with Chris Larson, Bruce Tapola, Sarah Ann Burns, Aaron Dysart, John Fleischer and Jennifer Danos.
Cargill Lounge/Open Field

In conjunction with Northern Spark and Open Field, Catalog Projects presents Fire Works, a one-night exhibition and performance featuring six Minnesota artists.  Each artist 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.
Presented in partnership with mnartists.org and Catalog Projects.

Drawing NIGHTclub
Open Field Grove

Join in making collaborative drawings under the twinkling lights of the Open Field Grove. 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. www.mnartists.org/drawingclub

Where the Chill Came From
Nathan Lewis
James Turrell Sky Pesher

Minnesota and the Midwest in general is a hotbed for paranormal activity.  From the Stillwater Bigfoot to the ghosts of the MIA, nearly every town in our state plays host to a supernatural guest.

Join us to hear local stories of the strange and unexplained, as well as share your own. Be careful though, once you find out what’s in your neighborhood you may not want to return home until morning! A paranormal investigator with the TCPS (Twin Cities Paranormal Society) for nearly half a decade, Nathan Lewis will be your guide through the legends of the region and share his personal investigation experiences.

Midnight Padhandling

Scott Sayre and Vanessa Voskuil
Open Field
1am – 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.

Midnight Panhandling is made possible with support by the Smaby Family Foundation.

Bedtime Stories
Open Field

Wind down your Northern Spark experience with surprise readings by local authors within the intimate space of the James Turrell Sky Pesher. 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

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.

The Eye of the Walker is made possible with support by the Smaby Family Foundation.

whiteonwhite: algorithmicnoir: A film installation by Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation
9pm – 6am
Lecture Room

whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir is a noir-ish film that never ends, and never really begins, either. A computer dubbed “The Serendipity Machine” continuously shuffles 3,000 shots, 80 voice-overs, and 150 pieces of music, creating an ever-changing story involving Holz (Jeff Wood), a geophysicist stuck in a 1970s-era metropolis called City-A. Just as the citizens are subjected to time manipulations, Holz’s own fate is dictated by the machine editing this film. 2011, video.

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

Exhibitions: One Night Only

The exhibitions Midnight Party and Absentee Landlord open for a special late-night edition, spiked with rarely seen work from the Walker collection that will be installed for one night only in conjunction with Northern Spark. Works include an appearance by Franz Marc’s Die grossen blauen Pferde (The Large Blue Horses), 1911.

Nearby Programs
mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts CSA pick-up
Lunalux (Loring Park)

mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts celebrate the launch of the third season of Community Supported Art (CSA) with a pick-up event in conjunction with the Northern Spark festival, featuring a special behind-the-scenes look at Lunalux and its practice. Even if you’re not a shareholder in CSA, we invite you to come to Lunalux and appreciate our vibrant local art community, learn about new economies in the arts, and enjoy Northern Spark.

Developed by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts, the CSA program supports artists and the engaged local arts community. CSA supports artists in the creation of new work, by helping them establish relationships with local collectors and patrons, and by providing an exciting new model of art distribution. CSA member benefits include multiple works of original art from emerging and midcareer artists at a fantastic value. CSA shareholders have the opportunity to develop relationships with local artists, discover new artists, explore a variety of disciplines, directly support artists’ careers, and actively participate in a vibrant arts community.  www.mnartists.org/csa