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Press Releases Target Free Thursday Nights in May Feature Brewer-in-Residence Event, Poet Michael McClure, Hopper Stories, Motionpoems, DJ Kevin Beasley, Siri Engberg on Hopper’s Drawings, Old School Art School and McKnight Media Artist Fellowship Panel

Minneapolis, April 14, 2014—The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in May feature a kick-off event for Gather By D’Amico’s Brewer-in-Residence series with Matt Hall, master brewer of Lift Bridge brewery (Thursday, May 1); a Free Verse event with poet Michael McClure (Thursday, May 1); a Mack Lecture with author/curator Mary Jane Jacob (Thursday, May 8); a Sound Horizon free, in-gallery performance by DJ Kevin Beasley (Thursday, May 8), a Gallery Talk with curator Siri Engberg on Edward Hopper’s Drawings (Thursday, May 15); a screening of Hopper Stories, 8 short films about Hopper, (Thursday, May 15); Motionpoems, a program that turns contemporary poems into films (Thursday, May 22); and a McKnight Media Artist Fellowship Panel (Thursday, May 29).

Target Free Thursday Nights
Get inspired. Get in free.
May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Galleries open 5–9 pm; special events follow.

Thursday, May 1
Brewer-in-Residence: Matt Hall
Gather by D’Amico, 5 – 9 pm
Expanding on its popular chef-in-residence events, the Walker’s Gather by D’Amico Gather by D’Amico will feature local breweries on the first Thursday of each month, May through July.
Join master brewer Matt Hall of Stillwater’s Lift Bridge brewery for samples of Farm Girl Saison, Hop Dish IPA, and Getaway Pilsner.

Free Verse: Michael McClure
Walker Cinema, 7 pm
Join us for a May Day extravaganza as poet Michael McClure unleashes a mighty roar! A central figure of the Beat Generation, he has enchanted audiences through his poetry, plays, and performances for nearly six decades and has collaborated with artists such as Wallace Berman, Bruce Connor, and Ray Manzarek. McClure’s poetry is heavily infused with an awareness of nature, especially the animal consciousness that lies dormant in mankind. Don’t miss this special event with a living legend.
Free Verse is copresented by Rain Taxi Review of Books

Old School Art School
Target and Friedman Galleries, 6 – 8 pm
May 1: Andy Ducett
May 15: David Rathman

A fully functioning studio within the exhibition Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process offers visitors a place to test their drawing skills. Whether you want to try to master Hopper’s techniques at an instructor-led class or simply doodle for a few minutes on your own, Old School Art School is the place where inspired sketches can happen.

Open Field Info Session, May 1 and 15
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab, 6–7 pm

From June to August, Open Field transforms the Walker’s green space into a cultural commons. The space is designed to explore what happens when people get together to share and exchange skills and interests, to create something new, or delve into the unknown. In each of its previous summer seasons, Open Field was home to more than 100 public-created activities that all have one thing in common: they exhibit a spirit of play, sharing, and social interaction.

Interested in engaging the Open Field community with your activity this summer? Whether you’re searching for an activity idea or intend to lead a lively balloon animal workshop or a performance illustrating the secret life of plankton, we invite you to attend an information session to learn more.

Thursday, May 8
Mack Lecture: Mary Jane Jacob
Walker Cinema, 7 pm
Free tickets available at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk from 6 pm

Artists speak passionately about working with the public; curators, stretching their practices, have found it rewarding; and audiences are changed. Then why are critics so averse to considering the lived experience of the participant-viewers? Can’t we look to human nature as well as sociopolitical theories or art histories? Drawing on the writings of John Dewey, author/curator Mary Jane Jacob addresses the process and aim of the art experience and ways that it motivates people to join in artists’ social projects.
Through hundreds of exhibitions, site-specific and community-based projects, and public programs, Jacob has actively worked with artists to expand the practice and public discourse of art as a shared process. Her study into the nature of the art experience has lead to a trio of anthologies: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art, Learning Mind: Experience into Art, and Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society. As professor and executive director of exhibitions and exhibition studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jacob is currently spearheading a major research project on Chicago social practice and authoring a book titled Dewey for Artists. Copresented with the University of Minnesota Department of Art.

Mack lectures are made possible by Aaron and Carol Mack.

Sound Horizon: Kevin Beasley
Curated by Jim Hodges

6, 7, and 8 pm, Galleries 1, 2, 3, and the Perlman Gallery

“Evokes and alters the social, emotional, and political contours of hip-hop.” —ArtSlant New York

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. This evening, join Kevin Beasley 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 through May 11.

Kevin Beasley has been busy turning the tables on the expectations of DJ culture through conceptually rich live performances that combine found and generated sound with deconstructed hip-hop. Beasley has also been conducting intriguing investigations into tactile sound-based sculptures.

Thursday, May 15
Gallery Talk: Siri Engberg on Hopper’s Drawings

Target and Friedman Galleries, 7 pm

Walker senior curator Siri Engberg discusses themes running throughout the exhibition Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process on this guided tour.

Hopper Stories
Walker Cinema, 8 pm
Free tickets available at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk from 7 pm

For the series Hopper Stories, French/German cultural television channel Arte commissioned eight European directors to each create a short film based on a painting by American artist Edward Hopper. Three of the films are featured in the exhibition Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process, as they directly relate to works on view in the galleries. See all eight films in this rare screening in the Walker Cinema.

The featured directors are Mathieu Amalric (who also acted in the recent The Grand Budapest Hotel), Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls), Dominique Blanc (actress in Queen Margot), Martin de Thurah (James Blake: Limit to Your Love), Sophie Fiennes (Over Your City Grass Will Grow), Valérie Mréjen (Iris in Bloom), Valérie Pirson (animator on Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?), and Hannes Stöhr (Berlin is in Germany). 2012, DCP, 40 minutes.

Thursday, May 22

Walker Cinema, 6:30 and 8 pm
Free tickets available at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk from 5:30 pm

Minneapolis-based Motionpoems turns contemporary poems into films. This world premiere sneak preview of a dozen innovative shorts includes poems by Pulitzer and National Book Award winners adapted by filmmakers from coast to coast. It’s poetry for the film lover in you!

Motionpoems is hosted by Minnesota Public Radio’s Movie Maven and Cube Critic, Stephanie Curtis.

Thursday, May 29

McKnight Media Artist Fellowship Panel
Walker Cinema, 7 pm
Free tickets available at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk from 6 pm

McKnight Media Artist Fellows Todd Cobery, Susan Marks, and Todd Melby—two filmmakers and one radio producer—track their accomplishments, from National Public Radio to Netflix to the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival in this panel discussion, copresented by Independent Film Project MN.

The purpose of the McKnight Fellowships for Media Arts program is to support excellence in the media arts for mid-career artists in Minnesota. Three $25,000 fellowships were awarded in 2013. Eligible applicants included independent producers, directors, writers, and developers in film, television, radio, web, computer/video games, transmedia, and other emerging forms of media.

About the Artists
Todd Cobery is an award-winning filmmaker working in narrative films, music videos, television, and commercials. His short films have screened internationally at genre festivals such as Fantasia and Sitges, with four projects also premiering at SXSW, including a music video for P.O.S. An accomplished film producer, his most recent feature, a 2011 IFP Narrative Lab project titled Stuck Between Stations was directed by Brady Kiernan and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Most recently, Cobery produced and directed reenactments for the History Channel television series America Unearthed. He is currently working on a feature-length version of Eden, which will mark his feature-film directorial debut.

Susan Marks is a documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, and author. Her recent film on dollhouse crime scenes, Of Dolls & Murder, features John Waters as narrator and was recently picked up for national distribution and is available on Netflix and iTunes. Marks’s The Betty Mystique is a documentary and companion book (Simon & Schuster) on the secret life of Betty Crocker, which follows a teen who thinks Betty Crocker is her biological mother. Currently, Marks and her filmmaking partner, John Kurtis Dehn, have two documentary films in development: a biography of Frances Glessner Lee, the crime-fighting grandma who made miniature crime scenes; and a film on author/photographer Dare Wright, who created the Lonely Doll book series. Marks is the recipient of two Jerome filmmaking grants and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant.

Todd Melby is lead producer of Black Gold Boom, a public media project exploring North Dakota’s oil boom. As part of the series, he directed and wrote Rough Ride: The Oil Patch Tour, an interactive documentary on the boom. In addition, Melby has cocreated five public radio documentaries on topics ranging from senior sexuality to green burial. Those documentaries have won several national prizes, including a pair of Edward R. Murrow awards.

Todd Cobery

Photo: courtesy the artist

Keri Moller (filmmaker) and Bob Hicok (poet), Circles in the Sky

Video still courtesy the artists

Edward Hopper, Study for Office at Night, 1940

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Josephine N. Hopper Bequest
© Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Kevin Beasley

Photo: Ian Douglas

Mary Jane Jacob

Photo: Taikkun Li

Matt Hall

Photo: courtesy D’Amico

Old School Art School

Photo: ©Walker Art Center