During Target Free Thursday Nights at the Walker Art Center in April, become entrenched in the power of words. Join a reading party in the Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property gallery space, or hear from local artists, legislators and activists on citizenship, immigration and equality while reflecting on works in the exhibition I am you, you are too.
Target Free Thursday Nights
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April 5, 12, 19, 26
Galleries open 5–9 pm; special events follow.
Citizenship Series: Filling The Void
Thursday April 5, 6:30pm
Gallery 1, Free
Carey Young’s Declared Void II (2013) calls for our attention now, more than ever. Join us as local artists step inside the box of Young’s piece to ask questions about immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. Artists include Zoe Cinel, Moheb Soliman, Essma Imady, Xochi de la Luna, and Safy Hallan Farah. Legislators from the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota will be present to answer questions and discuss issues following the gallery presentations.
Silent Reading Party
Thursday April 12, 5:30pm
Medtronic Gallery, Free
You and a book are invited to a silent reading party in the installation “The Shoes Are Centered on the Shelf” (Allen Ruppersberg, 2018)! For this one night only, the gallery will transform into a special space for reading, hosted by Coffee House Press. Looking for something new to dive into? We’ve got you covered. Check out a book at our pop-up library, featuring volumes from Coffee House Press and the Walker Library.
“The Shoes Are Centered on the Shelf” (2018)
As part of his retrospective, Ruppersberg was invited to explore the Walker’s library and archives to create a new piece. He visited periodically over the course of several years, pouring over boxes of ephemera, including newspaper clippings, invitations, and printed material collected by the museum over the course of many decades. He assembled items of interest on the color copier, creating photo-collages to fill the walls of the exhibition’s final gallery. Commissioned by Walker Art Center, 2018.
In conjunction with Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968–2018.
Community Talks: On This Day in 1968
Thursday April 19, 6:30pm
Gallery 1, Free
On April 5, 1968, the world mourned the loss of great American hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a funeral procession following his assassination. Fifty years later, we remember this event through stories and discussions with local activists—those who participated in responses to this culture-shattering moment and who continue working towards justice and equality today.
Robin Hickman is the CEO and Executive Producer of the company SoulTouch Productions, an organization dedicated to film production, youth mentorship and media consulting based in St. Paul.
Hickman is the grandniece of the late Gordon Parks, a prominent figure in twentieth century photography who’s body of work focused on poverty, race relations and social justice.
Job advocate Bill English is a former Control Data employment equity executive with a background in business and social work. English works alongside Northside Job Creation Team (NJCT) and for the past few decades has been focused on job creation in North Minneapolis.