Laure Prouvost (Photo: Gene Pittman, ©Walker Art Center)
October is a perfect time to visit the Walker. Thursday nights, look at things in a new way by gaining perspectives from near and far places. This month features captivating events in the Walker Cinema and in the galleries, highlighting continuing exhibitions and the opening of Laure Prouvost: They Are Waiting for You.
Get inspired. Get in free. Gallery admission is free from 5 to 9 pm every Thursday night.
Upcoming Target Free Thursday Night Events:
Photo: Eric Larson
Mn Artists Presents: Eric Larson
October 5, 5:00 pm
ArtLab & Walker Cinema
Mn Artists, the Walker’s platform for local artists, brings its online network live and into the museum. Join guest curator Eric Larson, a Minneapolis-based emerging performance-maker, to explore the possibilities of Internet memes.
Find out more about the elusive and entertaining form in a pop-up “Meme Town,” alongside Minnesota artists from a range of disciplines including visual art, performance, and music. Through interactive installations, digital playgrounds, and a town hall meeting on the corruptibility of the meme, attendees will help populate the meme landscape in imaginative new ways.
More info and a full schedule of events can be found here.
Laure Prouvost, At night this water turns black, in For Forgetting, 2014. Exhibition view at New Museum, New York, 2014. Courtesy the artist, carlier | gebauer, Natalie Obadia and New Museum, New York. (Photo: courtesy Benoit Pailley)
Opening-Day Artist Talk: Laure Prouvost
October 12, 6:00 pm
Join artist Laure Prouvost and exhibition curator Victoria Sung for a conversation about Prouvost’s work and the development of They Are Waiting for You.
Laure Prouvost (French, b. 1978; lives and works in Antwerp) produces absorbing moving image and sound installations in which she conflates reality with fiction and art with everyday life. Prouvost’s environments often confound expectations through a rapid-fire succession of sound and image. Narrated in the artist’s soft, seductive voice, they are interspersed with spoken and written instructions that directly address the viewer. Combining painting, sculpture, and found objects alongside her projected images, Prouvost lures the viewer-turned-participant into an abstracted, preverbal state of consciousness from which to rediscover the joy of learning language, words, and meanings.
Photo: Gia Biagi
Minneapolis Parks Foundation: Next Generation of Parks
October 12, 7:00 pm
Free (Tickets available at the Main Lobby desk from 6:00 pm)
The series Next Generation of Parks, in partnership with the Walker, showcases global design innovators, highlights the most exciting new park destinations, and delves into important issues of place affecting the Twin Cities community.
This lecture features Gia Biagi, principal of urbanism and civic impact at Studio Gang Architecture in Chicago, who is widely regarded as a thought leader on the intersection of public space and social connection. She guides Studio Gang’s urbanism work, including Polis Station and the Civic Commons.
Laura Poitras, Risk, 2016 (Photo: courtesy Praxis Films)
Cinema of Urgency: Laura Poitras: Risk
October 19, 7:00 pm
Free (Tickets available at the Main Lobby desk from 6:00 pm)
“Risk is another fascinating piece of cinema-as-history that reminds us that Laura Poitras remains one of our most original, courageous and valuable filmmakers.” -*-Roger Ebert
Having cemented her reputation as a preeminent documentarian with Citizenfour, filmmaker Laura Poitras now turns her camera to the elusive Julian Assange. Shot over the course of five years and with unprecedented access to the Wikileaks founder, Risk goes beyond chronicling controversy to reveal a powerful character study of Assange-*-his quest for the truth via the release of huge troves of classified documents and his subsequent entrapment and asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy. 2016, DCP, 92 minutes.
After the screening, join producer Yoni Golijov in person for a lively discussion in the Walker Cinema.
Risk is a part of the Walker’s Cinema of Urgency documentary series.
Domietta Torlasco, Sunken Gardens, 2016 (Photo: courtesy the filmmaker)
This is an Island: Video Essays by Domietta Torlasco
October 26, 7:00 pm
Chicago-based filmmaker and critical theorist Domietta Torlasco captures what life looks like in unseen places. In these three video essays, Torlasco layers personal interviews, archival footage, and silent portraits to document experiences of entrapment and endurance. Presented in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Cultural Studies Department.
Join the filmmaker after the screening for a Q&A.
Philosophy in the Kitchen
Gleaning, collecting, and reframing images of domestic labor from key European films, Philosophy in the Kitchen sketches an alternative history of the cinema in which the blurring of work and life gives rise to a new image and thought of time. 2014, 21 minutes.
Documenting a visit to the Stasi Museum, Berlin, in the summer of 2013, a few weeks after the leak of classified NSA documents, Torlasco mixes shots of the museum’s homelike curtained windows and mundane office furnishings with glimpses of the American West. 2015, 8 minutes.
An old roadside motel in Florida is revealed to be a prison for people in debt-*-the unemployed, the working poor, and the disenfranchised middle class. Part documentary, part fictional scenario, Sunken Gardens juxtaposes disparate materials-*-silent portraits, personal interviews, staged readings-*-to glimpse how lives are led in unseen quarters of our economic and justice systems. 2016, 19 minutes.
Patricia Kopatchinskaja (Photo: courtesy Marco Borggreve for Naive)
Patricia Kopatchinskaja: La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura
October 26, 7:30 pm
Galleries 4, 5, 6
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, “one of classical music’s great risk-takers” (Bachtrack), brings to life the music of 20th-century Marxist and anti-fascist composer Luigi Nono in the galleries of the Walker exhibition Nairy Baghramian: Déformation Professionnelle. The fiery Moldovan violinist performs La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura, a work for violin and electronics inspired by an inscription found on a monastery in Toledo, Spain. Kopatchinskaja lends a contemporary perspective to Nono’s mid-century cry for meaningful political change. Copresented with the SPCO’s Liquid Music Series.