At the Walker’s Free First Saturday in November, families are welcome to a day featuring activities that focus on the 1960’s and 1970’s counterculture movement as you explore the exhibition Hippie Modernism: the Struggle for Utopia. Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month from 10 am to 5 pm, with a variety of family activities scheduled from 10 am to 3 pm.
Art-Making: Road Trip
10 am – 3 pm
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
Document a journey from start to finish and all the stops along the way.
Performance: The Young Dance Company
11 am and 1 pm
The Young Dance Company will present a collection of works exploring the ideas and artwork featured in the Hippie Modernism exhibition. The program will feature “Social Disturbance”, a dance that explores the power of working as a collective; and, “Bulbous Bouffant” a postmodern word comedy, choreographed by Sarah Jacobs. To compliment these pieces, members of the young dance company will create new works exploring utopia, counterculture and psychedelia. Be prepared to dance along, this will be interactive!
Activity: Utopia Life
10 am-3 pm
Design, build and decorate furniture, everyday objects and more out of cardboard. Then help create a living space inside a dome designed by Julian McFaul of Adventures in Cardboard.
Julian McFaul has been a high school and middle school teacher, an actor, set designer and community arts organizer. Before directing AiC, Julian taught Dramatic Arts and Writing classes at Brooklyn Center Arts Magnet. He has also served as an instructor with the Flint Hills Children’s Festival, in Saint Paul, and as a staff collaborator with notable organizations in Minneapolis including Urban Arts Academy, ArtStart and Leonardo’s Basement where he designed and developed the first giant cardboard castle classes before looking for wilder spaces in the metro area.
Since 1992 McFaul has worked in communities across the Midwest to create public works of art and performance, facilitating projects that seek to reinvigorate festival life by celebrating local culture and history. Members of the community are often involved in all aspects of design and production.
McFaul is a founding member and associate artist of Bedlam Theatre and Barebones Productions’ which hosts the “Annual Mississippi Halloween Extravaganza”, currently in its 21st year of production. He conceived and organized the wildly popular “Powderhorn Art Sled Rally”, now in its 7th year and ever growing. He often participates as a Staff Artist for In the Heart of the Beast Theatre’s Mayday Parade and Celebration.
McFaul is unparalleled by his use of cardboard as a medium for sculpture. Regularly using cardboard in theatrical design, he won critical acclaim for his design of a spaceship interior that rotated around the audience in Terminus at Bedlam Theatre in Minneapolis, 2002.
He has hosted numerous creative cardboard furniture building workshops for adults at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and at Open Eye Figure Theater. As part of Naked Stages 2009 he produced a solo show at Pillsbury House Theater entitled “Disappearing Trick” based on live cardboard sculpture and improvised text.
As an actor McFaul has worked with companies including Children’s Theatre Company, the former Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Bedlam Theater, and Open Eye Figure Theatre. As a puppeteer he has had the honor of working with Lee Breuer & Mabou Mines, Improbable Theatre and with Basil Twist.
10 am-5 pm
U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge
Thoughts about existence and the meaning of life are explained by the interactions of strangers. Directed by Celeste Lai and Peyton Skyler, Taiwan/USA, 2014, 4 minutes.