Minneapolis, August 19, 2014—The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in September feature a Gather by D’Amico Brewmaster-in-Residence event with Mike Salo of Fulton Brewery (Thursday, September 4); Social/Brief: Cat Poetry (Thursday, September 4); a performance by Pope.L: Costume Made of Nothing (Thursday, September 4); a preview of the Walker’s Performing Arts season (Thursday, September 11); Improv in the Gallery: Laughing with Art (Thursday, September 18); and a free performance of Ralph Lemon’s Scaffold Room and related events (Thursday, September 25).
Details about special events follow.
Target Free Thursday Nights
Get inspired. Get in free.
September 4, 11, 18 & 25
Galleries open 5–9 pm; special events follow.
Thursday, September 4
Brewmaster-in-Residence: Mike Salo
Gather by D’Amico, 5–9 pm
Throughout the fall, Thursday nights at Gather will feature some of the best beer on the local market. Meet the makers and sample a flight of their most desirable suds. In September, find out why Mike Salo, head brewer at Fulton Brewery, got his calling at an early age.
Social/Brief: Cat Poetry
Open Field, 6 pm
Join us, cat people, for an evening of lightning-quick poems celebrating all things feline (and their human servants). Twin Cities’ meowiest writers will take the mic to unleash their cat odes. Grab a drink and listen, or feel free to offer your own snippet of verse about the special furball in your life. The purring occurs prior to the screening of the 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival Reel in the Walker Cinema. Social/Brief is copresented by Rain Taxi Review of Books.
Performance: Pope.L: Costume Made of Nothing
Target and Friedman Galleries, 6:30 pm
Visit the exhibition Radical Presence to see this durational work in which a local performer interacts with a unique sculpture in the gallery. Interdisciplinary artist Pope.L is known for provocative performances steeped in dark humor.
The groundbreaking exhibition Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art is the first comprehensive survey of performance art by black artists working from the perspective of the visual arts from the 1960s to the present. While black performance has been largely contextualized as an extension of theater, visual artists have integrated performance into their work for more than five decades, generating an important history that has gone largely unrecognized until now.
Presenting a rich and complex look at this important facet of contemporary art, the exhibition chronicles the emergence and development of black performance art across three generations, beginning with Fluxus and conceptual art in the early 1960s through present-day practices.
Featuring more than 100 works by some 36 artists, Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art includes video and photo documentation of performances, scores and installations, interactive works, and artworks created as a result of performative actions. A dynamic range of performances, actions, and discussions accompany the exhibition’s run at the Walker.
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art is organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The exhibition is supported by generous grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the patrons, benefactors and donors to CAMH’s Major Exhibition Fund. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition is made possible by a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc.
The Walker Art Center’s presentation is made possible by generous support from Angela and Tom Wicka.
Curator: Valerie Cassel Oliver, Senior Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
Walker coordinating curator: Fionn Meade, Senior Curator of Cross-Disciplinary Platforms.
Thursday, September 11
Performing Arts Season Preview
Walker Cinema, 7 pm
Join Philip Bither, McGuire Senior Curator of Performing Arts, as he weaves the story of the upcoming season, complete with engaging personal anecdotes, exclusive videos from the artists, and behind-the-scenes insights on the Walker’s more than 20 dance, theater, music, and interdisciplinary programs from around the globe. A storyteller who holds audiences rapt with his descriptions of discovering new performances each year, he explains why every show he presents is his favorite. An onstage champagne toast for all concludes the presentation.
Thursday, September 18
Improv in the Gallery: Laughing with Art
Meet in Bazinet Lobby, 7 pm
What’s it like to look at art with a comedian? Jen Oleniczak, improv artist/art historian/founder of the Engaging Educator (a group that borrows from comedy to refresh teaching techniques) leads pop-up improv lessons and other activities in the exhibition Art Expanded, 1958–1978.
Thursday, September 25
“[Lemon is] a multimedia star of a new constellation.”
Scaffold Room, Ralph Lemon’s bold new “lecture-performance-musical,” refracts ideas and images of the female artist in American pop and contemporary art culture. Riveting performances by Okwui Okpokwasili and April Matthis—who take up iconic figures from popular entertainment, science fiction, and history including Beyoncé, Moms Mabley, Amy Winehouse, Kathy Acker, Adele, Ben Webster, and Samuel Delaney—evolve alongside video images of a rural Mississippi Delta community. The performance collapses past, present, and future, calling up the dreams of outer-space travel from fiction and film of the previous century. Sound score created live by composer Marina Rosenfeld.
Note: Contains adult subject matter and explicit language.
Following the preview on September 25, Scaffold Room continues in different formats, including ticketed evening performances and projects in the gallery throughout the day.
Scaffold Room Refraction
Burnet Gallery and Cargill Lounge, 5–9 pm Free
Enjoy parallel performance events by the Scaffold Room artists Okwui Okpokwasili, April Matthis, and composer Marina Rosenfeld. Cash bar available.
Scaffold Room SpeakEasy
Target and Friedman Galleries, 7–9 pm
Have a question about Scaffold Room? Join this informal audience discussion hosted by guest artist-facilitators Jessica Fiala, Caroline Kent, and Marcus Young to learn more.
McGuire Theater, 5–9 pm
A companion piece to Scaffold Room, this immersive sound and film experience by Ralph Lemon and Jim Findlay freely associates themes of love, loss, and redemption.
Scaffold Room is commissioned by the Walker Art Center with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A production of Cross Performance and MAPP International Productions, the work is co-commissioned by Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, Bard College/The Fisher Center for Performing Arts, and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), and was developed in part through a residency at the Park Avenue Armory.
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 September is ½ price on Unlace. Unlace is a colorful, rubber, twistable silicon “shoe lace” for untangling knotty problems with cords, cables, or any other loose end that needs organizing! Sold in a pack of 4 unlaces, in either 5” or 10” length. Choose between two nifty color options: citrus or forest. Limit one per customer. Offer valid in-store only and not combinable with other discounts.
Come in from the cold and see some art: Free gallery admission January 10–February 7.