A Walker Art Center After Hours Preview Party celebrates the opening of Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton from 9 pm–12 midnight on Friday, February 13. The fist U.S. survey of the artist’s work features some 100 paintings and drawings from her earliest portraits of musicians such as Kurt Cobain, Liam Gallagher, and Jarvis Cocker to more recent images of friends and celebrities from the worlds of art, fashion, cinema, and politics, including Matthew Barney, Marc Jacobs, Al Gore, and Michelle Obama. Sponsored by Target, this Walker After Hours event features karaoke by Arzu; tunes by DJ Jake Rudh; a screening of the film Kurt Cobain: About a Son; a portrait art-making activity with a forensic artist; cash bars; Wolfgang Puck appetizers; and the ever-popular 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). Save $2 per ticket when purchasing online. Tickets are limited. Buy your tickets in advance.
Walker After Hours/Preview Party
Friday, February 13, 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, while tickets remain.
Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton
For more than 20 years, Elizabeth Peyton has been painting pictures of friends, lovers, and iconic figures from popular culture, music, and history. Working from photographs, and more recently from live sittings, her radically contemporary and surprisingly intimate subject matter put her at the vanguard of an early 1990s “return” to figurative painting. As a group, the works have an energy that places them forever in the present.
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab, 9–11:30 pm
Join Forensic Artist Scott Mueller, the only forensic artist in the state, and create your own portrait based on selections from the computer program faces. Look to Peyton’s mastery of portraiture for inspiration.
Screening: Kurt Cobain: About a Son (2006)
Lecture Room, 9:30–11 pm
Directed by AJ Schnack
Kurt Cobain: About a Son is an intimate and moving meditation on the late musician and artist Kurt Cobain told entirely in his own voice without celebrity sound-bites, news clips, sensational tabloid angles, or attempts to mimic a grunge aesthetic. Instead, filmmaker AJ Schnack has created something closer to an autobiography of Cobain—a profound first-hand account of Cobain’s own successes and failures, thoughts and experiences, allowing the audience unprecedented intimacy with a legendary figure in popular culture set against the wildly divergent Pacific Northwest locations that loomed so large in Cobain’s life. 2006, DVD, 96 minutes.
DJ Jake Rudh
Cargill Lounge 9:30-11:30 pm
Named “Best Club DJ” by City Pages readers for six consecutive years (2003–2008) and recently elected as one of the top 100 reasons to love the Twin Cities by METRO Magazine, DJ Jake Rudh will spin new wave, post-punk, and indie rock hits for your party enjoyment.
Performance: Karaoke by Arzu
Gallery 8, 9:30–11:30 pm
Be an Elizabeth Peyton-inspired rock star for the evening by getting on stage and channeling your favorite musical celebrity. Arzu provides the fun.
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.