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Press Releases Walker Art Center and SPCO Liquid Music Series Commission Limited Edition Album by Sisyphus (Formerly S/S/S)- Serengeti, Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens- In Celebration of the Exhibition Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take

Event With Jim Hodges and Sisyphus in Minneapolis February 14-15, 2014

Minneapolis, December 19, 2013—The musical collaborative Sisyphus—formerly S/S/S—comprised of Chicago-based rapper Serengeti, Brooklyn-based composer/producer Son Lux, and Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/composer Sufjan Stevens releases its first and self-titled LP, co-commissioned by the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series (Minneapolis/Saint Paul). The limited edition album is inspired by the work of visual artist Jim Hodges which is being presented at the Walker Art Center. Issued by Asthmatic Kitty and Joyful Noise Recordings, it features a cover designed in collaboration with the artist and will be available exclusively at the Walker Shop on February 14—opening day of Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take at the Walker. Listen to the single “Calm it Down” here.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take February 15 – May 11, 2014 Walker Art Center

This comprehensive survey, the first to examine the trajectory of the American sculptor’s twenty five-year career, shows the breadth and complexity of Jim Hodges’s thoughtful, materials-based practice. Hodges’s work typically begins with humble, even overlooked objects from everyday life—silk scarves and flowers, mirrors, light bulbs, glass, clothing, metal chains, decals, and sheet music—that are transformed through simple gestures and actions such as drawing, sewing, folding or unfolding, transferring, cutting, assembling, and unraveling. These acts of poetic reconsideration elevate his pieces to other levels of interpretation and meaning, and the results are poignant sculptural mediations on life, love, loss and a range of human experience.

In addition to showcasing rarely seen works and a new, expansive tapestry made specifically for this exhibition, Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take positions Hodges’s work in the context of its time and illuminates its singularity and subtle, radical subversion. No other artist of his generation has tackled the notions of beauty, sentimentality and craft as forthrightly as Hodges, harnessing all its delights and discomforts with such audacity and integrity.

Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take is co-curated by Olga Viso, Executive Director of the Walker Art Center, and Jeffrey Grove, Senior Curator of Special Projects & Research at the Dallas Museum of Art.

EVENTS

Walker After Hours
Friday, February 14, 9 pm – midnight
$30 ($20 Walker members, students and seniors)


Come together this Valentine’s Day for a celebration of everyone’s right to love. Be the first to see the exhibition Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, and catch a cameo appearance by Sisyphus. Indulge in luscious small bites and cocktails by D’Amico, and dance the night away to DJ sets from Olga Bell (Dirty Projectors), Angel Deradoorian, and Tom Vek (in town for the Liquid Music/Walker Art Center co-presented engagement the evening prior). New Walker members receive a free party ticket (or other premiums) for joining. Visit walkerart.org/tickets or call 612.375.7600.

Opening-Day Dialogue
Jim Hodges and Sisyphus
Saturday, February 15, 2 pm
$12 ($10 for Walker, SPCO, MPR and ACF members, students and seniors)
Walker Cinema


Join Jim Hodges and musical trio Sisyphus in conversation with Bill Arning, director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. This Composer Conversation Series event is presented by the Walker Art Center, SPCO Liquid Music series, Minnesota Public Radio and American Composers Forum. Tickets on sale Tuesday, January 14.


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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take is co-organized by the Walker Art Center and the Dallas Museum of Art

Major support for the exhibition is provided by Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman, John and Amy Phelan, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is generously provided by the Ames Family Foundation, Anonymous in honor of Olga Viso, the Chadwick-Loher Foundation/John and Arlene Dayton, Dirk Denison and David Salkin, Ann Hatch, Karen and Ken Heithoff, Dean Johnson and James Van Damme, Jeanne and Michael Klein, Agnes and Edward Lee, Toby Devan Lewis, Pizzuti Collection, Donna and Jim Pohlad, Dallas Price-Van Breda, Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert, and Robin Wright and Ian Reeves.

The Walker Art Center’s presentation is sponsored by BMO Private Bank. Additional support is generously provided by Marilyn and Larry Fields, Martha (Muffy) MacMillan, and Michael J. Peterman and David A. Wilson. Media partner Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series

Liquid Music is a new concert series presented by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra that seeks to expand the world of classical music through innovative new projects, boundary-defying artists, and unique presentation formats. Liquid Music performances invite adventurous audiences of all ages to discover the new and the fascinating among the colorful landscape of classical music today. thespco.org/liquidmusic

Generous support for the 2013-14 Liquid Music season provided by The Augustine Foundation, City of Saint Paul Cultural STAR, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Crowne Plaza Saint Paul Riverfront, Lipton Tea, Stella Artois, Meritage, Classical MPR, 89.3 The Current, Big Table Studio, Alpha Video, Ruth and John Huss, David and Leni Moore Family Foundation, Jack and Linda Hoeschler, Mary and Jim Gearen, Pete and Bebe Magee, Olga Viso and Cameron Gainer, John Nuechterlein, Stephen Prutsman and Mark Warnken.

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Cover art for Sisyphus (Asthmatic Kitty and Joyful Noise Recordings, 2013), designed in collaboration with Jim Hodges