Minneapolis, February 24, 2014—The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in March feature a Chef-in-Residence event with Amy Thielen, host of the Food Network series Heartland Table and author of The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes (Thursday, March 6), and the first event of the Sound Horizon music series curated by Jim Hodges, a series of 30-minute performances in the galleries of the exhibition Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take featuring Dave King (Thursday, March 6).Target Free Thursday Nights in March also includes the Opening-Night Party for Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process (Thursday, March 13) featuring the launch of Old School Art School, a fully functioning drawing studio built within the exhibition; Videotect 4: Two People Walk into a Bar, Architecture Minnesota magazine’s fourth annual video competition (Thursday, March 13); and Free Verse: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (Thursday, March 20). Diggs presents poems, songs, and myths from her acclaimed debut book TwERK. Target Free Thursday Nights in March also feature Expanding the Frame with Yto Barrada (Thursday March 27). Barrada, whose work is currently on view in the exhibition Album: Cinematheque Tangier, discusses and screens her short films.
Target Free Thursday Nights
Get inspired. Get in free.
March 6, 13, 20, & 27
Galleries open 5–9 pm; special events follow.
Thursday, March 6
Tastings with Chef-in-Residence Amy Thielen
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.
Join chef-in-residence Amy Thielen, host of the Food Network series Heartland Table and author of The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes, who shares tastes from her small plates menu, created exclusively for Gather and featured throughout the month.
About the Chef
A born-and-raised Minnesotan, Thielen is a former restaurant chef who returned to America’s heartland after a stint in the Big Apple. Her all-new series, Heartland Table, shines a light on the comfort food favorites she’s known for creating in her rural log cabin.
Trisha Brown on Screen
Lecture Room, 5–9 pm
In anticipation of the Trisha Brown Dance Company’s final performances in the William and Nadine McGuire Theater (March 12–14), a selection of films related to the choreographer’s extensive history with the Walker will screen continuously in the Lecture Room.
Sound Horizon: Curated by Jim Hodges
Galleries 1, 2, and 3 and Perlman Gallery, 6, 7, and 8 pm
Exploring the space between live sound and visual art, the fourth season of Sound Horizon returns this spring. This in-gallery music series presents three US composers and solo sonic adventurers selected by celebrated visual artist Jim Hodges.
Join Dave King on March 6th for a series of 30-minute performances in the galleries of the major exhibition Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, on view at the Walker February 15– May 11, 2014.
Thursday, March 13
Opening-Night Party: Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process
Cargill Lounge, 5–9 pm
Kick off the exhibition with music, fashion, and films that capture Edward Hopper’s America. Dress up in your favorite 1930s or ‘40s look, peek into an Old School Art School drawing atelier, sip cocktails of the era, and catch a screening of the film The Savage Eye, which “looks like a Hopper canvas set in motion and filmed in black and white” (New York Times).
Old School Art School
Friedman Gallery, 6 and 7 pm
Thursday March 20, and 27
A fully functioning drawing studio built within the exhibition Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process offers a series of drawing classes led by local art instructors. Join artist-instructor Joe Sinness on March 20 and Jaron Childs on March 27. Classes are 45-minutes long and limited to 15 participants. All skill levels welcome.
Videotect 4: Two People Walk into a Bar
Walker Cinema, 7 pm
Architecture Minnesota magazine’s fourth annual video competition challenged entrants to show how design can enhance social interaction in a restaurant, bar, or cafe. The audience will cast final votes for the Viewers’ Choice Award, and the judges— Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society director Susan Smoluchowski, Surly Brewing Company’s Omar Ansari, MPR film critic Stephanie Curtis, and Gensler director Jon Buggy—will present their selections for the Grand Prize and Honorable Mentions.
Thursday, March 20
Free Verse: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
Walker Cinema, 7 pm
“Here it is: a dope jam of dictions; a remixed, multicultural, polyphonic dance of vocabularies; a language of high stakes, hijinx, and hybridity. TwERK is subversive, vulnerable, and volatile.” —Terrance Hayes
Join us as writer and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs presents poems, songs, and myths from her acclaimed debut book TwERK. Concerned with popular media and history, code switching and cultural inclusivity, the work in TwERK is as rooted in lyric as in innovation, in Black music as in macaronic satire—it asks only that we imagine America as it has always existed.
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of four chapbooks and the album Televisíon. Her work has been published in journals such as Nocturnes, Ploughshares, Fence, The Black Scholar, and jubilat, and her interdisciplinary work has been featured at The Kitchen, Exit Art, MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. As a vocalist, she has worked with the likes of Vernon Reid, Akilah Oliver, Mike Ladd, Edwin Torres, Elliot Sharp, DJ Logic, Vijay Iyer, and Ryuichi Sakamoto. As an independent curator, she has directed literary/musical/theatrical events at Symphony Space, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Schomburg Research Center for Black Culture, BAM Café, Dixon Place, and El Museo del Barrio. A native of Harlem, she is the cofounder (with writer Greg Tate) of yoYO/SO4 Magazine.
Free Verse is co-presented by Rain Taxi Review of Books.
Thursday, March 27
Expanding the Frame with Yto Barrada
Walker Cinema, 7 pm
The Walker’s annual Expanding the Frame series highlights artists breaking the conventions of filmmaking in the 21st century. Yto Barrada, whose work is currently on view in the exhibition Album: Cinematheque Tangier, discusses and screens her short films.
An Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada is made possible by generous support from the Bentson Foundation.
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 March is the Bübi bottle. This unique, reusable container, was originally designed and created to be a water bottle, but has proven to be so much more. Just scrunch down flat and roll up to conveniently fit into your pocket, backpack or bag for beverages on-the-go. Hot liquid and freezer-safe, microwaveable, dishwasher safe and reversible for cleaning, detachable carabiner, BPA-free silicone. The Bübi bottle is priced at ½ off on Target Thursday Nights in March, (14oz or 22oz sizes, regularly $18-$25) limit one per customer. Offer valid in-store only and not combinable with other discounts.
Photo: ©Benoît Peverelli