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Press Releases The Walker Art Center’s Free, In-Gallery Music Series, Sound Horizon, Curated by Jim Hodges Features Dave King, Shelly Hirsch, and Kevin Beasley

Minneapolis, February 17, 2013— 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 (March 6), Shelley Hirsch (April 10), and Kevin Beasley (May 8) for a series of 30-minute solo 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. Sound Horizon events take place during Target Free Thursday Nights.

Sound Horizon
Thursdays March 6, April 10, and May 8
Perlman Gallery, 6, 7, 8 pm, Free
Curated by Jim Hodges

Dave King

Thursday, March 6
6, 7, 8 pm
“Better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-‘60s jazz and indie rock,” —The New York Times

Revered as of one of the most prolific jazz/rock percussionists of his generation and best known for being a founding member of the jazz groups The Bad Plus and Happy Apple, Dave King has forged a reputation for rambunctious virtuosity, joyous showmanship, propulsive creativity and, of course, comic timing.

Shelley Hirsch
Thursday, April 10
6, 7, 8 pm

“One of New York’s most delightful experimental singers, Shelley Hirsch brings an impressive stylistic versatility to her explorations of the human voice.” —New York Times

An acclaimed experimental vocalist known for remarkable improvisatory facility and expressive range, Hirsch has been hailed as “A woman of a thousand voices… an enthralling demonstration of the way songs, vocal styles and language itself might have evolved out of more primal musical impulse.” —New York Times

Kevin Beasley
Thursday, May 8
6, 7, and 8 pm

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

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

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.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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 provided by Marilyn and Larry Fields, Martha (Muffy) MacMillan, and Michael J. Peterman and David A. Wilson. Media partner Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

Kevin Beasley

Photo: Ian Douglas

Shelley Hirsch

Photo: courtesy the artist

Dave King

Photo: courtesy the artist