A Walker Art Center After Hours preview party celebrates the opening of Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes, the first major museum exhibition to examine both the art and architecture of the contemporary American suburb, from 9 pm–12 midnight on Friday, February 15. Worlds Away features some 30 artists and architects exploring a variety of conditions that challenge preconceived ideas and expectations about the contemporary American suburb. Sponsored by Target, this Walker After Hours event features music by Alpha Consumer; spinning by DJ Glen Leslie; a screening of Jonathan Kaplan’s 1979 film Over the Edge, about kids run amok in a planned community; an Art Lab activity; cash bars; Wolfgang Puck appetizers; and a Party People Photo Booth to immortalize the evening. Tickets are $35 ($25 Walker members) at the door, and are available at walkerart.org or by calling 612.375.7600 (includes one complimentary drink). Save $2 per ticket when purchasing online.
Walker After Hours/Preview Party
Friday, February 15, 9 pm–12 midnight
$35 ($25 Walker members)
Tickets: 612.375.7600 or visit walkerart.org
Save $2 per ticket when purchasing online.
New members may choose one free ticket for joining.
Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes
The suburbs have always been a fertile space for imagining both the best and worst of modern social life. Worlds Away feature some 30 artists and architects exploring a variety of conditions that challenge preconceived ideas and expectations about the contemporary American suburb.
Art Activity: Satellite Suburb
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab, 9:15–11:30 pm
Using aerial maps of suburban communities, draw and discover abstract qualities for your own art creation.
Screening: Over the Edge (1979)
Cinema, 10 pm
Matt Dillon made his film debut in director Jonathan Kaplan’s damning film on suburban planned communities. The town of New Grenada is supposed to be an ideal place to raise a family, but with nothing in place for the children except for a dodgy recreation center, the kids rebel. 1979, video, 95 minutes.
Performance: Alpha Consumer
Gallery 8, 10–11:45 pm
Style-hopping local luminaries Jeremy Ylvisaker (guitar, vocals), Michael Lewis (bass, vocals), and J.T. Bates (drums) plunder the sonic stores of garage, indie, and prog with uncanny ease and ability.
Performance: DJ Glen Leslie
Cargill Lounge, 9:30–11:30 pm
Vinyl only please! Groove to the loungey goodness of DJ Glen Leslie. Spinning what he describes as “forgotten music from Thrift Store, USA,” his audio homage explores the whole hi-fi movement that developed concurrently with the suburban expansion and the “new” sound of stereo.
Party People Photo Booth
Cargill Lounge, 9 pm–12 midnight
Stop by the Party People Photo Booth to document your experience, then find your face on the wall. View all photos at www.flickr.com/groups/walkerafterhours.