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Press Releases Target Free Thursday Nights in October Feature Chef Charlie Schwandt, Bucky Fuller Night, an Artist Talk With Renzo Martens, and an Opening-Day Talk With Artists Dahn Vo and Jamie Stewart

Minneapolis, September 13, 2013— The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in October feature a Chef-in-Residence event with Charlie Schwandt), and Bucky Fuller Night (Thursday, October 10). Target Free Thursday Nights also feature an artist talk with Renzo Martens and the Institute for Human Activities (October, 17) and the opening-day talk with Danh Vo & Jamie Stewart (October, 24), part of 9 Artists.

Target Free Thursday Nights
Get inspired. Get in free.
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Galleries open 5–9 pm; special events follow.

Thursday, October 3

Tastings with Chef-in-Residence Charlie Schwandt
Gather by D’Amico, 5–9 pm

Thursday evenings at Gather by D’Amico feature $5 small plates and drink specials, and limited-edition dishes from a roster of stellar guest chefs who share tastings each month.
In October, sample the offerings of Charlie Schwandt of Parma 8200, featuring his small plates menu created exclusively for Gather.

Thursday, October 10

Bucky Fuller Night
Medtronic Gallery, 7pm
Filmmaker Sam Green and other guests chat about visionary architect and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller, the subject of Green’s latest live documentary, The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller. Throughout the night, hands-on activities in the exhibition Fritz Haeg: At Home in the City further explore Fuller’s influences on sustainability, conservation, and social change.

Thursday, October 17

Artist Talk: Renzo Martens and the Institute for Human Activities
Walker Cinema, 7pm
Part of 9 Artists

The artist lectures on the work of the Institute for Human Activities, an organization dedicated to increasing living standards in the Congo through artist-initiated gentrification. The project centers on a former Unilever plantation 800 miles north of Kinshasa on the Congo River.

About the Artist
Dutch artist Renzo Martens (b. 1973), who lives and works in Brussels and Kinshasa, is known for his satirical and disturbing video documentaries in which he travels to war-torn countries and places himself narcissistically at the center of the action, demonstrating how Western spectators consume distant trauma. In 2012, Martens helped found the Institute for Human Activities and initiated its five-year Gentrification Program.

Thursday, October 24

Opening-Day Talk: Danh Vo & Jamie Stewart
Walker Cinema, 6:30pm
Part of 9 Artists

Artist Danh Vo is joined by LA singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart of the band Xiu Xiu for this opening program for the exhibition 9 Artists. The event will be a dedication of the sculpture Tombstone for Phùng Vo (2010), with singing, conversation, and a very special guest.

About the Artists
A recent addition to the Walker’s collection is artist Danh Vo’s (Danish, b. 1975, Vietnam, lives and works in Basel) absolute-granite sculpture Tombstone for Phùng Vo, currently installed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The work will leave Minneapolis upon the death of the artist’s father to adorn his grave in Copenhagen. 9 Artists will also feature a new presentation of Vo’s recent Guggenheim Museum/Hugo Boss Prize exhibition, I M U U R 2, based on the personal archive of deceased Lower East Side painter Martin Wong that was developed over many years in collaboration with his mother Florence Wong.

Jamie Stewart is a singer, songwriter, and frontman of the Los Angeles–based group Xiu Xiu. This will be his first collaboration with Vo, though the artist titled a recent exhibition after Stewart’s song “Fabulous Muscles.”

Support for this program is provided by James Cahn and Jeremiah Collatz.

Target Free Thursday Nights Special in the Walker Shop

The Walker Shop offers a discount on selected items during Target Free Thursday Nights. The special for October is the Bobino Slim Pen. Slim Pen was designed to be as thin as possible. At only 4mm (1/8 inch”) thick, the pen can be safely secured inside your favorite notebook or agenda. Bobino Slim Pens are priced at $5 each and are buy-one-get-one-free on Target Free Thursday Nights in October.

The Walker Art Center is located at 1750 Hennepin Avenue—where Hennepin meets Lyndale—one block off Highways I-94 and I-394, in Minneapolis.

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