The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in September feature a free film screening of The 100 Years Show, a documentary about Cuban artist Carmen Herrera on September 8. The film will be introduced by Walker executive director Olga Viso. The Cinema of Urgency film series continues with an evening of local documentaries on September 15. Other free events include an in-gallery, work-in-progress showing of a new work by Alessandro Sciarroni, a transformative new figure in contemporary dance, on September 22, and a performance and record release of Chris Larson’s Land Speed Record on September 29.
Target Free Thursday Nights
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September 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Galleries open 5-9 pm; special events follow.
The 100 Years Show
Directed by Alison Klayman, Introduced by Walker Art Center Executive Director Olga Viso
Born in Cuba in 1915, artist Carmen Herrera charted her own alternative modernism while working in virtual obscurity for some seven decades. Filmmaker Alison Klayman (known for her documentary on Chinese artist Ai Weiwei) set out to tell the story of this abstract painter’s life as she approached her 100th birthday. 2016, digital video 30 minutes.
Introducing the screening is Walker executive director Olga Viso, who appears in the film on a visit to Herrera’s studio. Viso has been interested in the artist’s work for years and brought pieces into the collections of both the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, and, more recently, the Walker. Herrera’s sculpture (Untitled, 1971) is on view in the exhibition Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections until the end of August. In mid-September the Whitney Museum of American Art will open the exhibition Carmen Herrera: Lines of Sight, which spans three decades of her work.
Date: September 8, 2016
Place: Walker Cinema
Free tickets available at 6 pm from the Hennepin Lobby desk.
Documentaries by Remy Auberjonois, E.G. Bailey, D.A. Bullock, Karl Jacob, Dawn Mikkelson, Keri Picket, and Norah Shapiro
Part of Cinema of Urgency
Part of a dynamic series posing critical questions about today’s most pressing issues, this month’s Cinema of Urgency showcases a selection of contemporary works (some in progress) by Minnesota filmmakers. The evening includes excerpts of documentaries that tell the stories of the rise of progressive political star Ilhan Omar (who recently won a historic primary election) and Winona LaDuke’s environmental activism and defense of the White Earth Reservation. Featured works also address the topics of police violence, forgiving the unforgivable, and more. The program includes works by Remy Auberjonois, E.G. Bailey, D.A. Bullock, Karl Jacob, Dawn Mikkelson, Keri Picket, and Norah Shapiro. All digital format. Program length: 120 minutes.
A panel discussion with the filmmakers will be held after the screening.
Cinema of Urgency is programmed in partnership with Full Frame Documentary Festival.
Program of Films
Directed by E.G. Bailey
New Neighbors tells the story of a mother who is determined to keep her family safe in the face of the assaults on black lives, after they have moved to a new neighborhood. (2016, short film)
First Daughter Black Snake
Directed by Keri Pickett
Using an out-of-the-box approach to environmental protection, Native American activist and former Green Party vice-presidential candidate Winona LaDuke focuses on Enbridge’s pipelines for fracked oil, calling attention to its dangers and ways that the shale oil boom is adversely affecting the land. (work in progress, excerpt)
Directed by Karl Jacob
A 12-year-old girl raised within a matriarchal household is taken through the right of passage of killing a deer for the first time. Expectations dissolve into chaos, and she finds herself alone, relying on instinct and training to follow through with her decisions and face becoming an adult in the North American wilderness. (2016, excerpt)
Time for Ilhan (working title)
Directed by Norah Shapiro
Rising progressive political star Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee and mother of three, challenges a longstanding, successful incumbent for the Minnesota State Legislature, vying to be the first Muslim African-born woman elected to state office in the United States. (work in progress, excerpt)
Directed by D.A. Bullock
Killing Mookie is the story of Terrence Franklin, a black man killed by the police before the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. The film is a portrait of a failure of justice with little response and no systemic change. (work in progress, excerpt)
Directed by Remy Auberjonois
Our Sergeant returns home to a small town in Minnesota after a third tour with the US Marines in Afghanistan. Unable to sleep, wracked by paranoia and anxiety, it is clear that she carries unseen wounds in addition to the scars she bears on her torso. When a boisterous homecoming party provokes her into an explosive outburst, she runs … deep into the North Woods, but finds she can’t outrun her own heart of darkness. (2016, excerpt)
Directed by Dawn Mikkelson
From a mother’s meeting with her child’s killer to a genocide survivor’s decision to reject vengeance, Risking Light explores the complex and unique emotional journeys of four remarkable people from the United States, Cambodia, and Australia who have forgiven the unforgivable. (work in progress, excerpt)
Date: September 15, 2016
Time: 7 pm
Place: Walker Cinema
Free tickets are available at the Hennepin box office from 6 pm.
CHROMA_don’t be frightened of turning the page
Part of Alessandro Sciarroni
Don’t miss a US exclusive, free bonus performance as Alessandro Sciarroni–a transformative new figure in contemporary dance–presents an in-gallery work-in-progress showing of his latest work, CHROMA _ don’t be frightened of turning the page.
Date: September 22, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Walker Art Center
Sciarroni Makes his Midwest debut at ticketed performances of UNTITLED_I will be there when you die on September 23 & 24 in the William and Nadine McGuire Theater. Click for tickets and information.
TAC Lab: Teens Take Charge
Join the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) as they create a space for creativity and exploration. Come see their ideas in action at this 2016-2017 kickoff for Teen Programs. Meet new people, make something, and check out the galleries!
Follow Walker Teens on social media for the latest on what we’re doing, what we think is interesting, and events around town.
Date: September 28, 2016
Time: 7-9 pm
Place: Walker Art Center
Land Speed Record Live and LP Release
Part of Chris Larson: Land Speed Record
Join us in the gallery as Yousif Del Valle performs the complete drum track from the newly released, limited-edition LP Land Speed Record. A set by his thrash metal band Hate Beast follows.
The limited-edition, clear vinyl LP contains a rendition of Hüsker Dü’s original drum track played by Del Valle and recorded live at 7th St Entry on April 14, 2016. Published by the Walker, the album serves as the catalogue for Larson’s exhibition and includes liner note essays by Walker exhibition curator Siri Engberg, Walker artistic director Fionn Meade, independent curator Dieter Roelstraete, and Rev. Russell Rathbun, founding preacher at St. Paul’s House of Mercy. A separate, deluxe edition of the LP additionally features a color photograph, signed and numbered by Larson, of the salvaged objects from the home of Hüsker Dü drummer Grant Hart, which are the subject of his film on view in the Walker galleries.
Available in the Walker Shop, this 2016 LP release coincides with the 35th anniversary of Hüsker Dü’s Land Speed Record and Del Valle’s in-gallery performance. Album $19.81 ($17.83 Walker members); deluxe edition $500 ($450).
Date: September 29, 2016
Time: 7 pm
Place: Medtronic Gallery
Free tickets available at the Hennepin lobby desk from 6 pm
Art Lab: Paper City
This summer as the construction encompasses the Walker, the Art Lab will be transformed into a construction zone of its own. Through September 3 during gallery hours, join us to help design and build a collaborative paper structure. Fold and connect polygon pieces to participate in the Paper City project and influence ways that this marvelous architecture evolves over time.
Paper City was designed by artist/architect Noa Haim of Collective Paper Aesthetics, the Rotterdam-based design initiative she established in 2008. The project was inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s exploration of the relationship between objects, space, and experience.
Stop in often and watch the structure grow throughout the summer.
Date: July 2, 2016 -September 3, 2016
Time: Open during gallery hours
Place: Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab