On Friday September 3, we invite you to the penultimate Open Field event: the Harvest Picnic at 6pm. In the spirit of gastronomical celebration, we want to reflect on our favorite “ingredients” of the cultural commons and thank our Open Field participants with lots of cake. Sharing food is an important aspect of the commons, and cakes in particular are made to be shared, passed around, and enjoyed in good company. Cake and celebration go hand in hand at the Walker, where commemorative cakes have surfaced on every big anniversary. In 1972, the Walker commissioned a chocolate-covered cake for the first anniversary of the Barnes building.
In 1981, the Walker celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Barnes building with a cake by Betty Nelsen.
In 1998, the Walker brought in a cake for the tenth anniversary of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. This cake seems to be a more abstract representation of the Sculpture Garden (except the small spoon and cherry on top!). The Open Field cake may be either representational or abstract, but it will surely be delicious.
There have also been several artists cakes for exciting openings.
The Harvest Picnic will be a delectable opportunity to share thoughts on the cultural commons and favorite events, and brainstorm the perfect recipe for an Open Field. And of course, you will have the chance to take part in the long and honorable tradition of eating a commemorative Walker cake.