Minneapolis, August 23, 2012—The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in September feature a Chef-in-Residence event with Seth Bixby Daugherty (Thursday, September 6, 5–9 pm), and the exhibition opening of The Living Years: Art after 1989 (Thursday, September 6, 5–9 pm). September also features the opening reception for Over-Booked: A Chapter from the NY Art Book Fair (Thursday, September 13, 5–9 pm). This reception kicks off a three-day artist book event copresented with Printed Matter. Additional highlights of Target Free Thursday Nights in September include a Free Verse event co-presented with Rain Taxi Review of Books featuring poet, Bernadette Mayer with special guests Jennifer Karmin and Philip Good (Thursday, September 13, 7 pm), the exhibition opening and screening of The Renegades: American Avant Garde Film 1960–1973 (Thursday, September 20, 6:30–9 pm), and a Making Music event with Sō Percussion and local guest artist Emily Johnson talking with Making Music host and local musician James Everest (Thursday, September 27, 7 pm).
Target Free Thursday Nights Get inspired. Get in free. September 6, 13, 20 and 27 Galleries open 5–9 pm; special events follow.
Thursday, September 6
September Chef-in-Residence: Seth Bixby Daugherty
Thursday, September 6, 5–9 pm
Gather by D’Amico
Taste complimentary samples of small plates created exclusively for Gather by chef Seth Bixby Daugherty. Returning from speaking on Capitol Hill about hunger issues plaguing the country earlier this month, he looks forward to coming back to his roots in the kitchen, a stint that earned him acclaim as one of the Best New Chefs from Food and Wine magazine in 2005.
Bixby Daugherty was the executive chef at D’Amico Cucina for three years before taking on the role at Cosmos where his culinary influence was seen in the restaurant’s Asian-inspired fare. Daugherty had, according to the Star Tribune, “set a new local standard for gastronomic extravagance.”
In 2007, Daugherty left Cosmos to pursue work with Real Food Initiatives, a partnership with local health experts to teach kids about food, wellness, and nutrition, hoping to improve K-12 school food programs.
Guests can sample his special menu creations, and the two featured items will be offered for sale on subsequent Thursday evenings throughout May. (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.
Exhibition Opening: The Living Years: Art after 1989
Perlman Gallery, 5–9 pm
Be among the first to take in this major new exhibition examining works in the Walker collection made since 1989.
The year 1989 signaled a seismic shift in the international geopolitical landscape. This exhibition showcases a range of works from the Walker’s collection from the 1990s to the present, including sculpture, paintings, photography, drawings, multiples, and installations.
Curators: Siri Engberg and Clara Kim
Thursday, September 13
Free Verse: Bernadette Mayer with special guests Jennifer Karmin and Philip Good
Walker Cinema, 7 pm Free
Join us for an unforgettable evening celebrating the art of contemporary poetry and its roots in the experimental tradition. Acclaimed poet Bernadette Mayer, an avant-garde writer associated with the New York School of poets, was director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York in the 1980s, and coedited the conceptual magazine 0 TO 9 with artist Vito Acconci. She is the author of more than two dozen volumes of poetry that have been widely influential. Mayer will be joined onstage by Chicago poet and artist Jennifer Karmin, author of the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice, and fellow New York poet Philip Good, author of Unititled Writings from a Member of the Blank Generation. Copresented by Rain Taxi Review of Books.
Over-Booked: A Chapter from the NY Art Book Fair
Walker Shop/Hennepin Lobby, 5–9 pm
This reception kicks off a three-day artist book event, copresented with Printed Matter. Hundreds of contemporary artworks-for-the-page fill the Walker in an unprecedented collaboration centered on art-book culture with Printed Matter. Over-Booked brings to Minneapolis a preview of the legendary bookstore’s NY Art Book Fair—the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals, and zines from more than 20 countries. The Walker Shop fair features a prime selection of titles from local and international publishers and designers as well as lectures and artist demonstrations. All publications are available for browsing and purchase. Cash bar.
Weekend highlights include Printed Matter executive director James Jenkins talk about tips and trends in artists’ book publishing on Saturday, and a Walker Library open house that offers an up-close view of the lauded Rosemary Furtak Collection. Copresented by the Walker Art Center and Printed Matter, Inc.
Printed Matter Pop-Up Shop
Thursday, 5–9 pm, Friday and Saturday, 11 am–6 pm Free
Join special guests from Printed Matter, who host a pop-up shop and preview of the NY Art Book Fair.
Sponsored by Shapco, Inc.
Thursday, September 20
Exhibition Opening: The Renegades: American Avant Garde Film
1960–1973 Reception and Screening
Cargill Lounge, 6:30–9 pm
Lecture Room, 7:30 pm
Contemporary renegade Apichatpong Weerasethakul organizes this screening of nine films from the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Film and Video Study Collection—an homage to his filmmaker forebears in the new exhibition of The Renegades: American Avant-Garde Film 1960–1973.
Thursday, September 27
Making Music with Sō Percussion
McGuire Theater, 7 pm, Free
On the eve of their world premiere performance, Where (we) Live , Sō Percussion and local guest artist Emily Johnson talk with Making Music host and local musician James Everest about the creation of the work, their collaborative process, and the unifying notion of home.
Related Performance: Where (we) Live
with Emily Johnson, Grey McMurray, and Martin Schmidt
Walker Commission/World Premiere
Friday–Saturday, September 28–29, 8 pm
“Time and again … you found yourself smiling in a quiet amazement that could verge on disbelief.” —New York Times
Experimental powerhouse Sō Percussion enlists a fresh mix of collaborators for the premiere of a potent, poetic new work. Swirling together movement and video projections amid Sō’s exacting, exhilarating percussive scores, Where (we) Live explores the many meanings of home, tapping emotions embedded in places both physical and symbolic. Collaborators include Minneapolis-based director/choreographer Emily Johnson, and new videos by electronic music/video artist Martin Schmidt (experimental pop duo Matmos), Brooklyn-based indie-rock guitarist/composer Grey McMurray; and a special Twin Cities guest artist each night. Copresented with the National Performance Network (NPN).
Where (we) Live is an NPN Creation Fund project commissioned by the Walker Art Center in partnership with the Myrna Loy Center and Vermont Performance Lab, with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Target Free Thursday Nights Special in the Walker Shop
The Walker Shop offers a discount on selected items during Target Free Thursday Nights. The featured items for September are Monkey-Design postcards. Available in assorted styles, these adorable cards regularly priced at $3, are 2 for 1 Thursday nights in September. Special price can’t be combined with other discounts.