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Press Releases Target Free Thursday Nights in January Feature Artist Intuitives Krystal Krunch, Teen Art Lounge, the Lecture Conserving and Collecting Performance Artifacts, Opening-Day Gallery Talk and Reception: Frank Gaard: Poison & Candy, and Tastings with Chef Saul Chavez in Gather

Minneapolis, December 16, 2011— The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in January feature intuitive readings with artists Krystal Krunch (Thursday, January 5, 6 pm) and the lecture Conserving and Collecting Performance Artifacts (Thursday, January 12, 7 pm). The monthly drop-in teen art lounge, Art Minor, debuts in the Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab on Thursday, January 19, 5–8 pm. Other special events include the Opening-Day Gallery Talk and Reception: Frank Gaard: Poison & Candy (Thursday, January 26, 6:30pm) and tasting with Chef Saul Chavez of MASA in Gather (Thursday, January 5, 5–9 pm).

Target Free Thursday Nights

Get inspired. Get in free. January 5, 12, 19 and 26 Galleries open 5–9 pm; special events follow. Free

Thursday, January 5

Tastings with Chef Saul Chavez Gather by D’Amico, 5–9 pm

Named “One of the Best New Restaurants of the Year” by Mpls./St. Paul magazine, Gather features a happy hour and full bar with an innovative specialty cocktail menu every Thursday night. Guest chefs unveil specially created small plates at tastings on the first Thursday of each month. In January, join Saul Chavez from MASA, an acclaimed chef with a passion for generations-old traditional Mexican recipes.

The featured happy hour drink for January’s tasting event is The Kings’ Krystal, a libation created by Gather mixologist Josh Reigert in celebration of Mexico’s Three Kings Day.

Chavez cooked regional Mexican staples and specialties for his family in Morelia, a mid-sized city in central Mexico’s Michoachan state, before moving to the US in 1986, at 19. After moving to Minneapolis from a stay in Chicago, Chavez landed a job as a dishwasher at the then trendy, now defunct, Coccolazone. He worked there until 1992, when prolonged road construction forced Cocolazone to close.

Chavez spent four years as a line cook, learning the ropes while working at the Galleria and Hopkins Sydney’s restaurants. After spending a year as chef at Ciao Bella, he landed with the D’Amico family, becoming sous chef at Campiello in 2002. Upon returning from a holiday trip to Mexico in December 2004, Chavez learned he was being tapped by the D’Amico’s to run their newest venture, MASA, a high-end Mexican restaurant featuring regional Mexican cuisine.

Krystal Krunch’s Never Been to Me Tour

Workshop: Skyline Room, 6–7:30 pm Tour: Meet in Hennepin Lobby, 7:45 pm

Watch your intuitive powers magically grow! Marvel as you instantly connect with human beings! Uncover the deepest mysteries of art! Krystal Krunch (aka Asher Hartman and Haruko Tanaka, two Los Angeles–based artist intuitives) introduce you to You in a fun workshop-plus-gallery tour revealing the hidden energies of the body, art, and architecture. Your inner journey begins with a workshop to open the mind’s eye, followed by a tour focusing on the art of the subconscious that culminates in the exhibition Midnight Party, where dreams, fantasies, and visions manifest in artworks from the collection.

The Krystal Krunch duo are dedicated to using intuitive reading to help people come in contact with their highest and best potential, discovering who they really are so that they might approach their lives and others with compassion, self-love, and wonder.

Krystal Krunch debuted in 2007 with TnT Explosive Advice: the 10 minute takeover at High Energy Constructs in Chinatown where they gave 10 minute intuitive readings to gallery visitors. They have since developed and presented numerous intuition building workshops including Dreaming the Invisible Body Politic at The Hammer Museum, Zero Max: Turning your trash into gold at the Eagle Rock Arts Center, Lovereflections at Machine Project and Seeing Beyond Speech with students at Pomona College, Loyola Marymount University, California Institute of the Arts, and SPACES in Cleveland, Ohio.

Thursday, January 12

Lecture: Conserving and Collecting Performance Artifacts

Medtronic Gallery, 7 pm

Do makeup smudges count as damage, or do they lend a patina of authenticity? How do you rebuild a 50-year-old stage set? Using objects from the Walker’s newly acquired Merce Cunningham Dance Company Collection, experts demonstrate the process of conserving and cataloging artworks and artifacts made for dance, theater, and other types of live performance. Join Walker registrar Joe King, Cunningham research fellow Abigail Sebaly, and conservators Beth McLaughlin and David Marquis for a behind-the-scenes look at creating the new exhibition Dance Works I: Merce Cunningham/Robert Rauschenberg.

Thursday, January 19

Teen Art Lounge

Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab, 5–8 pm

Art Minor is a monthly night for young artists to hang out, make art, meet other artists, and learn new techniques and processes with other teens at the Walker. Intended for ages 13 to 18, activities are drop-in and occur every third Thursday of the month. For details, visit facebook.com/walkerteens.

Thursday, January 26

Opening-Day Gallery Talk and Reception: Frank Gaard: Poison & Candy

Burnet Gallery and Cargill Lounge, 6:30–9 pm

Join us for a spirited evening celebrating the first major museum survey of Frank Gaard’s work in more than 30 years. Curator Betsy Carpenter leads a gallery tour, discussing his deeply personal and provocative works inspired by both underground comics and the history of modernism. Afterward, toast the artist and continue the conversation in the Cargill Lounge.

Mack Lectures are made possible by generous support from Aaron and Carol Mack.

Art Chat Every Thursday in January

Walker Galleries, 6:30–7:30 pm Have a question about contemporary art? Find an Art Chat guide as they roam the galleries engaging visitors on their topic of choice.

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 January is KOLA, a set of 8 gels that change the color of your photos when held up to either a camera’s flash or lens, when taking pictures. The results are surprising and fun. KOLA is compact, easy to carry, and works on any type of camera. So start coloring your life in January! The regular price is $13.99 and the special TFTN price is $10. Enter discount code JAN TFTN to take advantage of the special online. This offer is limited to one per person and can’t be combined with other discounts.

Target Free Thursday Nights sponsored by Target

Frank Gaard, Bust of St. Frank Smoking, 1986