Opening-Day Talk: Kahlil Robert Irving
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Opening-Day Talk: Kahlil Robert Irving

Detail of a cermaic sculpture greated with many bits of found items from the street.
Kahlil Robert Irving, HE IS A MAN | Daily Mystery Law and Order - Serenity for US ALL, 2018. Courtesy the artist.

Join us for a dynamic conversation between artist Kahlil Robert Irving and creative consultant Jerald Cooper (@hoodcenturymodern), moderated by writer and curator Antwaun Sargent. Using Irving’s exhibition Archaeology of the Present as a reference point, the three will discuss how our present moment is composed of physical remnants that begin to tell a fragmented story of American history through art, design, and culture.

A reception follows the artist talk. Join us at 7 pm in the Cargill Lounge to enjoy conversation, a cash bar, and small bites by James Beard Award–winning Chef Justin Sutherland (Handsome Hog, Iron Chef winner, Top Chef alum) and his team.

These events are free, but the talk does require a ticket. Free tickets to the artist talk are available from the Main Lobby desk starting at 5 pm.

Gallery admission is free on Thursday nights, 5–9 pm. Admission tickets are available at the Main Lobby desk.

The artist talk will have ASL interpretation.

For more information or to request additional accommodations, call 612-375-7564 or email access@walkerart.org.

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St. Louis–based artist Kahlil Robert Irving (US, b. 1992) creates complex and layered assemblages of images and sculptures composed of replicas of everyday objects. Mainly working in ceramics, Irving critically engages with the history of the medium and challenges constructs around identity and culture in the United States, specifically questioning the historical conditions of unrecognized racism and anti-Blackness.

Antwaun Sargent is a writer, curator, and a director at Gagosian. His recent books are The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion (2019) and Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists (2020). His recent exhibitions include the group series Social Works and solo presentations of artists Rick Lowe, Tyler Mitchell, Awol Erizku, Amanda Williams, Virgil Abloh, and Alexandria Smith

Nationally recognized celebrity chef and entrepreneur Justin Sutherland is the cohost of the syndicated Fast Foodies. A notable Food Network Iron Chef winner and season finalist on Top Chef, Sutherland is classically trained in French cuisine but returned to his Southern roots when he opened his first restaurant, Handsome Hog, in St. Paul. He is committed to the social justice community and is the co-owner of Hybrid Nation, a socially conscious streetwear and lifestyle brand that promotes the importance of diversity and social equality. He has also been recognized by local and national publications for his contribution to the culinary world and his philanthropic endeavors, and community involvement. Sutherland has been awarded the 2019 Outstanding Chef, Charlie Awards, an annual event celebrating the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities–area restaurant, food, and beverage industry. He’s also a two-time Best New Restaurant winner from Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

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Education and Public Programs are supported by the Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation.