Minneapolis, February 25, 2013—The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in March feature a Chef-in-Residence event with chef Don Saunders (Thursday, March 7); Architecture Minnesota magazine’s annual Videotect competition returns to the Walker for a third year (Thursday, March 7); and Painter Painter exhibition artists Dianna Molzan and Alex Olson present a Studio Talk (Thursday, March 14). Target Free Thursday Nights in March also include a Teen Art Lounge with Abraham Cruzvillegas (Thursday, March 21), Challenging Perspectives: Negotiating Spaces, a one-night exhibition featuring more than two dozen artists with developmental and/or physical disabilities co-organized by the nonprofit Partnership Resources (Thursday, March 21); the launch of a new season of the in-gallery music series Sound Horizon with avant trumpeter Nate Wooley (Thursday, March 21); and a Free Verse event with artist/poet Tan Lin (Thursday, March 28).
Target Free Thursday Nights
Get inspired. Get in free.
March 7, 14, 21 and 28
Galleries open 5–9 pm; special events follow.
Thursday, March 7
Chef-in-Residence: Don Saunders
Gather by D’Amico, 5–9 pm
Top talents from Twin Cities restaurants create limited-edition small plates exclusively for this ongoing series—meet them on the first Thursday of every month for a tasting. On March 7, meet Don Saunders, of The Kenwood, and indulge in tastes from his small-plates menu featured this month.
Videotect 3: The City of the Future
Walker Cinema, 7 pm
What’s in store for the metropolis of tomorrow? Are we heading toward the bleakness of Blade Runner or Brazil or a brighter vision à la the cult novel Ecotopia? Creative talents share their predictions in a program of short videos projected on the big screen, as Architecture Minnesota magazine’s annual Videotect competition returns to the Walker for a third year. Attend the show and cast a vote for the Viewers’ Choice award.
Thursday, March 14
Studio Talk: Dianna Molzan and Alex Olson
Walker Cinema, 7 pm
Get an inside view of ways that artists are making the age-old medium of painting contemporary with Painter Painter artists Dianna Molzan and Alex Olson. Rather than deconstructing painting, Molzan says she’s “exploring and maximizing everything up for grabs inherent to it.” Olson focuses on making works “that prompt a desire to read, but without providing precise language to do so.”
Los Angeles–based Molzan received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2001) and an MFA from the University of Southern California (2009). She has had solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (2012), the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011), and her gallery, Overduin and Kite in Los Angeles (2009). Several of her works were included in the show All of this and nothing at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011).
Olson, who also lives and works in Los Angeles, received a BA from Harvard University (2001) and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (2008). She is represented by Lisa Cooley, New York; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
Thursday, March 21
Teen Art Lounge with Abraham Cruzvillegas
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab, 5–8 pm
Cruzvillegas, whose survey exhibition opens on March 23, joins young artists as a guest host at this ongoing, informal gathering hosted by the Walker’s Teen Arts Council.
Challenging Perspectives: Negotiating Spaces
Skyline Room, 5–9 pm
Art inspired by the Walker and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is featured at a free one-night exhibition. More than two dozen artists with developmental and/or physical disabilities recently took part in a program co-organized by the nonprofit Partnership Resources, which included curator-led tours of the Walker and the Garden. “Their spontaneous aesthetic choices delighted me,” says Art Lab coordinator Ilene Krug Mojsilov of the artists. “They were also refreshingly direct and intuitive in assessing both the Walker’s spaces and the art in our galleries.” Challenging Perspectives: Negotiating Spaces—a show featuring paintings, video, sculpture, and architectural models in an installation designed by ROLU—is open to the public on March 21 from 5 to 9 pm in the Skyline Room, during Target Free Thursday Nights.
Sound Horizon: Nate Wooley
Perlman Gallery, 6, 7, and 8 pm
“Nate Wooley is one of the most interesting and unusual trumpet players living today, and that is without hyperbole.” —Jazz trumpet master Dave Douglas
Combining vocalization, noise and drone, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor, avant trumpeter Nate Wooley plugs in and turns it up to explore the outer reaches of his instrument miles beyond his predecessors.
Exploring the interstitial spaces of live sound and visual art, the in-gallery music series Sound Horizon showcases a number of the most respected US composers and solo sonic adventurers. These free 30-minute performances take place within the Walker galleries. Presented in association with the American Composers Forum.
Thursday, March 28
Free Verse: Tan Lin, 7 pm
Working against traditional notions of avant-garde “difficulty,” artist/poet Tan Lin takes cues instead from various forms of pop culture, including social networks, yoga, disco, television, and electronica. Join him for a reading and screening of video work. Copresented with Rain Taxi Review of Books.
Target Free Thursday Nights Special in the Walker Shop
The Walker Shop offers a discount on selected items during Target Free Thursday Nights. The featured items for March are Squish Drawer Organizers. With these squishy containers, your desk drawers will be organized in no time! They are the perfect size for collecting and keeping together small but necessary desk items like paper clips or sticky notes. Squish Drawer Storage Organizers are available in two styles and eight colors, and each set contains three square drawer organizers. Regularly priced at $10.50/set, the organizers are buy one, get one free during Target Free Thursday Nights in March. Special price can’t be combined with other discounts.