Instagram Live Artist Talks: Aaron Spangler and Theaster Gates
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Instagram Live Artist Talks: Aaron Spangler and Theaster Gates

Every Saturday, we’re going live on Instagram with artists from around the world! In conversation with Walker curators, they’ll discuss the issues that matter right now.

On May 16, Visual Arts curator Victoria Sung talks with two artists who merge histories of craft with the contemporary in their practices. At 2 pm (CDT) Aaron Spangler will join her from his studio in northern Minnesota to discuss woodcarving, his current projects, and how his family’s largely self-sufficient lifestyle has prepared them for long bouts of quarantine.

At 3 pm (CDT), she talks with Theaster Gates. From his studio on the South Side of Chicago, he’ll describe how throwing a pot becomes a metaphor for building community, and what this time of physical and mental space means for him as an artist. Gates’s solo exhibition Assembly Hall opened at the Walker last fall.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is open! You can visit Aaron Spangler’s Bog Walker (2017) and Theaster Gates’s Black Vessel for a Saint (2017) in the Garden, while enjoying these special Garden Stories.

Follow us on Instagram @walkerartcenter and never miss a conversation. There’s a new topic every week, so tune in and stay connected.