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Press Releases Target Free Thursday Nights in April Feature a Night of Bad Art, Elliot Sharp Performance, a Dialogue with Candy Chang, Krzysztof Wodiczko and John Rajchman in Conversation, Chef-in-Residence Justin Frederick, and a Gallery Talk with Artist David Lefkowitz

Minneapolis, March 13, 2012—The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in April feature the second event in the Sound Horizon music series, in-gallery performances by multi-instrumentalist Elliot Sharp (Thursday April 5, at 6, 7, and 8 pm) and artists Krzysztof Wodiczko and John Rajchman in conversation as a part of the symposium Discourse and Discord: Architecture of Agonism from the Kitchen Table to the City Street (Thursday April 12, 7 pm). Other special free events in April include a sampling event with Chef-in-Residence Justin Frederick (Thursday April 5, 5–9 pm) and a free screening of the film Grand Canyon directed by Lawrence Kasdan (Thursday, April 12, 7:30 pm). The Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) takes over the building for an evening of subversion and rule-breaking inspired by the exhibition Absentee Landlord and its curator, camp icon John Waters, in A Night of Bad Art at the Walker Art Center (Thursday, April 19, 5–9 pm). April also features a Gallery Talk with artist David Lefkowitz (Thursday, April 19, 6:30 pm) and Talk-It Hennepin: Creative Urban Interventions—A Dialogue with Candy Chang (April 26, 7 pm).

Target Free Thursday Nights

Get inspired. Get in free.

April 5, 12, 19, and 26

Galleries open 5–9 pm; special events follow.

Thursday, April 5

Samplings with Chef-in-Residence Justin Frederick Gather by D’Amico, 5–9 pm

Gather by D’Amico will feature Justin Frederick of D’Amico Kitchen as its guest chef on Thursday, April 5. Frederick is the latest addition to the unique chef-driven sampler series at Gather featuring prominent local chefs. Guests can sample his complimentary menu items with the two featured items being offered for sale on subsequent Thursday evenings throughout April. (Reservations highly recommended.) On the first Thursday of each month, a new featured guest chef serves complimentary samples and is on site to answer questions and meet guests. Gather features a happy hour and full bar with an innovative specialty cocktail menu every Thursday evening.

At age 19, Frederick started cooking after his first taste of confit and has been with D’Amico and Partners since 1998. He spent several years cooking contemporary Mexican cuisine at MASA, Gather’s sister restaurant on Nicollet Mall, and prior to that Giorgio’s, Café Lurcat, Tryg’s and Grand Café.

Sound Horizon: Elliott Sharp

Perlman Gallery, 6, 7, and 8 pm

“Whether he plays jazz, rock or free improvisation, Elliott Sharp’s guitar can rip flesh, thanks to his astounding fretwork skills and an inventive musical vocabulary.” —JazzTimes

Equal parts multi-instrumentalist, extended guitar hero, and mad scientist, Elliott Sharp has been a pivotal experimenter in the downtown New York music scene for more than 30 years. This sure-to-be jaw-dropping performance of acrobatic dexterity and visceral composition will feature his Octal for eight-string guitar/bass.

Exploring the interstitial spaces of live sound and visual art, the in-gallery music series Sound Horizon continues this spring with three of the country’s most respected composers and solo sonic adventurers. Free performances take place within the Perlman Gallery, which features the exhibition Dance Works II: Merce Cunningham/Ernesto Neto. Presented in association with American Composers Forum.

Thursday, April 12

In Dialogue: Krzysztof Wodiczko and John Rajchman

McGuire Theater, 7 pm

Join a conversation on art, design, and agonistic democracy with artist Krzysztof Wodiczko and philosopher-theorist John Rajchman. This lecture kicks off the symposium Discourse and Discord: Architecture of Agonism from the Kitchen Table to the City Street (April 12-14) and will be webcast live and archived on the Walker Channel (channel.walkerart.org).

Copresented with Northern Lights.mn. Mack Lectures are made possible by generous support from Aaron and Carl Mack.

Film: Grand Canyon Directed by Lawrence Kasdan

Walker Cinema, 7:30 pm

A lawyer (Kevin Kline) is rescued from muggers by a tow-truck driver (Danny Glover), sparking a friendship that brings together an unusually diverse group. Advertised as “The Big Chill for the ’90s,” the film honestly confronts race and class issues in urban America. 1991, 35mm, 134 minutes. Part of the Regis Retrospective, Lawrence Kasdan: Rugged Terrain (April 11–20).

Thursday, April 19

The Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council Presents Bad Art: A Night of Bad Art at the Walker Art Center, 5–9 pm

The Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) takes over the building for an evening of subversion and rule-breaking inspired by the exhibition Absentee Landlord and its curator, camp icon John Waters. Join our team of troublemakers for mischievous play, unexpected visual interventions, and a bawdy cabaret in the McGuire Theater. For one night only, bear witness to works by these young visual artists and performers.

Gallery Talk: David Lefkowitz

Target and Friedman Galleries, 6:30 pm

David Lefkowitz’s paintings of obsolete fixtures and electrical outlets are dispersed throughout the exhibition Lifelike, which explores an array of approaches that artists take in reproducing common objects in painstaking detail. Join the Minneapolis-based artist as he discusses the role of humor, the uncanny, and realism in the exhibition and his own work.

Film: Wyatt Earp Directed by Lawrence Kasdan

Walker Cinema, 7:30 pm

Idealistic tenderfoot, horse thief, gunslinger, embittered drunk, Dodge City marshal of lore—Wyatt Earp traces the long and turbulent life of its eponymous hero, with Kevin Costner in the lead. Also stars Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Michael Madsen, Bill Pullman, and Isabella Rossellini. 1994, 35mm, 191 minutes. Part of the Regis Retrospective, Lawrence Kasdan: Rugged Terrain (April 11–20). For more information visit walkerart.org.

Thursday, April 26

Talk-It Hennepin: Creative Urban Interventions—A Dialogue with Candy Chang

Walker Cinema, 7 pm

Tickets are free, but advance registration is required: call 612.375.7600

Minneapolis’ Hennepin Avenue has evolved over a couple of centuries from an American Indian trail to an iconic, essential—and often contested—urban thoroughfare. Two of its modern-day major landmarks—the Walker and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden—have long held a crucial interest in this place. The Walker is partnering with Hennepin Theatre Trust, Artspace, the City of Minneapolis, and the public in a yearlong Plan-It Hennepin initiative to shape the avenue’s two-mile downtown segment as a lively corridor for arts and culture.

This spring, the Talk-It Hennepin series of free events around Minneapolis brings Hennepin Avenue stakeholders together with today’s foremost thinkers and professionals in city planning and design. Topics will cover everything from Hennepin’s history and creative urban design strategies to arts-driven development, creative economies, and cultural districts around the world.

On April 26, join artist, designer, and urban planner Candy Chang at the Walker. Cofounder of the New Orleans–based studio Civic Center, Chang is dedicated to making cities more comfortable for people. Many of her projects combine street art with urban planning and social activism, sparking conversations among strangers in public places and providing people with easy and innovative ways to have a voice.

With Before I Die, she transformed an abandoned house in New Orleans into an interactive wall for residents to share their dreams; The Atlantic called it “one of the most creative community projects ever.” She created fill-in-the-blank I Wish This Was stickers for people to express what they want in vacant storefronts. She’s worked with communities in other metropolises around the world—including New York; Johannesburg, South Africa; Turku, Finland; Nairobi, Kenya; Vancouver, Canada; Querétaro, Mexico; Almaty, Kazakhstan—to address a range of issues from tree planting to street vendors’ rights.

Chang is a TED Senior Fellow, an Urban Innovation Fellow, and was named a “Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah Magazine. This lecture is a Plan-It Hennepin event, copresented by the Walker, Forecast Public Art, and Hennepin Theatre Trust.

Target Free Thursday Nights Special in the Walker Shop

The Walker Shop offers a discount on a selected item during Target Free Thursday Nights. The featured item for April is the Corkcicle. How to keep your wines at just the right drinking temperatures—it’s the wine lover’s dilemma. Too cold, and it could mask the vintner’s uniquely crafted complexities. Too warm, and the flavors may take a back seat to the alcohol. The answer to this conundrum is Corkcicle! Simply place Corkcicle in the freezer for at least two hours, and insert into your chilled wine bottle. Corkcicle will chill your wine from the inside, keeping both whites and reds at perfectly balanced drinking temperatures. Not only do you eliminate the need for a messy ice bucket, you can clean the non-toxic Corkcicle and return it to the freezer for re-use again and again. The regular price is $24 and on Thursdays in April the special price is $12.

Special price limited to two per customer and can’t be combined with other discounts.

Members of WACTAC 2011, with teen programs manager Adriana Rimpel (lower right)