The infectious sound and sonic presence of local electro duo Lookbook highlight a Walker Art Center After Hours Preview Party from 9 pm–12 midnight on Friday, November 20. Celebrating the opening of Event Horizon and Benches & Binoculars, two exhibitions reflecting the Walker’s unique range of artistic disciplines, the evening, sponsored by Target, also features cameo appearances by Afro-Cuban percussionist Dafnis Prieto and Trisha Brown dancer Judith Sanchez Ruiz; tunes by DJ Scott Stulen; screenings of the Kenneth Anger film Scorpio Rising; an art-making activity where visitors become the curators; cash bars; Wolfgang Puck appetizers; and Party People Pictures to immortalize the evening. Tickets are $35 ($25 Walker members), and are available at walkerart.org or by calling 612.375.7600 (includes one complimentary drink). Tickets are limited; advance purchase recommended.
Event Horizon showcases the Walker’s cross-disciplinary programming and holdings, uniting painting, sculpture, and photography with film, performance, and video in a changing presentation that will unfold over a nearly three-year period. Benches & Binoculars offers a lively and purposely overwhelming chronicle of recent art history—from local discoveries to renowned masterpieces—raising questions about changing tastes over time and what it means to be “contemporary.”
Walker After Hours/Preview Party
Friday, November 20, 9 pm–12 midnight
$35 ($25 Walker members)
Tickets: 612.375.7600 or visit walkerart.org
New members may choose one free ticket for joining, while tickets remain.
Event Horizon and Benches & Binoculars
Galleries 1, 2, 3; Linda and Lawrence Perlman Gallery
Event Horizon showcases the Walker’s remarkable holdings of postwar art in the context of the events that produced them. With a bit of serendipity, a touch of aesthetic friction, and a profusion of paintings, Benches & Binoculars features unpredictable juxtapositions and side-by-side pairings of more than 120 works.
You’re the Curator
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab, 9:15–11:30 pm
Actively curate your own collection of Walker Art Center art and plan for the installation.
Screening: Scorpio Rising (1963)
Directed by Kenneth Anger
Lecture Room, 9:30 and 10:30 pm
Anger’s salacious classic film pairs pop songs from the early ‘60s with clips from discarded films layered over candy colored hep-cat rebel bikers gathering for a wild blowout party. The result is s cacophony of chaos and lurid characters from avant-garde cinema’s notorious master. 1963, 16mm, 29 minutes.
DJ Scott Stulen
Cargill Lounge, 9:15–11:30 pm
Gallery 8, 10–11:45 pm
From a recent Pitchfork review: “A Minneapolis-based electro duo, Lookbook make songs that recall sparkly neon nights, heavy blue eye shadow, and electric-shock perms. But despite indulging in the superficial trappings of the era, neither vocalist Maggie Morrison nor multi-instrumentalist Grant Cutler seems content with exclusivity.”
Performance: Dafnis Prieto and Judith Sanchez Ruiz
Burnet Gallery, 10 and 11 pm
Stop by the Burnet Gallery and catch an improvisational duet by renowned Afro-Cuban drummer/composer Dafnis Prieto and (Trisha Brown) dancer Judith Sanchez Ruiz. These brief, alternately propulsive and meditative pieces investigate the dynamic interplay of dance and music.
Party People Pictures
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.