Summer Social: Primary School of Behavioral Art with Marcus Young
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Summer Social: Primary School of Behavioral Art with Marcus Young

A man stands on one leg with the rest of his limbs pointed outward on a city street.
Marcus Young, Univ Ave. Photo: Ryan Stopera, courtesy the artist.

Relearn some of the basics of life at the Primary School of Behavioral Art, conceived by artist Marcus Young 楊墨. Every hour will be a rotating participatory art experience covering the simple things we’ve forgotten these past two years. Attend the school dance by doing the public movement and liberation practice Don’t You Feel It Too?. Study mindfulness (or nap) during study hall in the art library. Take a history lesson and collaborate with others through the restaging of iconic participatory artworks. At the Primary School of Behavioral Art the motto is: “Awareness is art. Participation is essential.”

The 24-minute program from the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image collection loops from 5 to 9 pm in the Bentson Mediatheque, located in the Walker’s Main Lobby.

Enjoy two video/dance collaborations by Charles Atlas from the “Summer Dance” episode of Alive from Off Center, the mid-1980s video art variety show produced by Melinda Ward, the Walker, and Twin Cities Public Television. Made with choreographer Douglas Dunn, Secret of the Waterfall (1983, US, digital, 3 min.) features dancers performing in the streets to poetry by Anne Waldman. In From an Island Summer (1983, US, 16mm, digital, 8 min.), Atlas follows choreographer Karole Armitage and company dancing to samba music along the Coney Island boardwalk.   

Miranda Pennell’s Human Radio (2001, UK, digital, 9 min.) celebrates dancing behind closed doors in private moments of personal abandon with various “living room dancers,” discovered through an ad in a London newspaper. In You Made Me Love You (2005, UK, digital, 4 min.), Pennell plays a game of cat and mouse with 21 dancers collectively performing with an unpredictable camera. 

Marcus Young 楊墨 makes art to expand the repertoire of human behavior and the expressivity of social forms for the stage, museums, mindfulness practices, and the public realm. From 2006 to 2015, he served as city artist in St. Paul, where he transformed the city’s sidewalk repair program into a publishing entity for poetry—Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk. At the Minneapolis Institute of Art he presented With Nothing to Give, I Give Myself, living for 10 days around-the-clock in the museum to foster the revelation that people are the great overlooked works of art. Young is stage director with Ananya Dance Theater and recently served as artist-in-residence at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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Admission is free on Thursday nights, 5–9 pm. Gallery admission tickets must be reserved separately; quantities are limited. Mask-wearing is encouraged indoors for visitors ages 2 and older.

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