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One of the Walker Art Center’s most popular programs, the Summer Music & Movies series will return just in time to have a little fun with time. The movies selected in this year’s newly announced lineup -- happening Mondays in August in Loring Park -- all have to do with watching the clock in one form or fashion, which is a tie-in with the Walker’s upcoming exhibit “Christian Marclay: The Clock.”
A punk-inspired visual artist who has collaborated with members of Sonic Youth and John Zorn, Marclay himself will be involved with the music on the last night of the series when it moves to the Walker’s Open Field. Local art-punk band the Cloak Ox will kick off the series, and another homegrown talent, Minneapolis rapper Greg Grease, will perform the second week with his new Afro-electronic band ZuluZuluu. Chicago-reared husband/wife Americana duo the Handsome Family is lined up for the third week. Here’s the full schedule:
Mondays, August 4–25, Free
Music begins at 7 pm; movies begin at dusk (approximately 8:45 pm)
Loring Park August 4, 11, 18
Walker’s Open Field August 25
In case of rain, events move to the Walker Cinema.
Music: The Cloak Ox
Movie: "High Noon"
Music: The Handsome Family
Movie: "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"
Music + Film: Christian Marclay’s "Graffiti Composition and Screen Play" with Laurent Estoppey, Ikue Mori, and Anthony Coleman
Introduction by Christian Marclay
Walker Open Field
University of Minnesota art students designed this distorted room mini golf hole for the 2013 course. Star Tribune photo by Brian Peterson.
Walker Art Center's popular artist-designed mini golf course returns for summer 2014 with fresh novelties (chickens, snake, gumball machine) and old favorites from past seasons including a giant maze, a gopher hole, a watering can and garden gnomes playing foosball. Plan for wait times due to course popularity.
The course will be open daily from May 22 through Sept. 1. Hours: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday - Wednesday; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. Closed June 20 - 22 for Rock the Garden concerts.
Tickets for a full 18 hole round are $18 adults, $15 students, $13.50 ages 7 - 12. For a half-course of 9 holes, fees are $12 adults, $10 students, $9 ages 7 - 12. All tickets include free admission to Walker's galleries. Excellent snacks are for sale at the Dog House cart adjacent to the course.
Call 612-375-7697 for weather-related closing information.
Above: Jan Tank of Milwaukee played the "Garden Gnome Foosball" hole in the 2013 course. Star Tribune staff photo by Rick Sennott.
Above: Nathan Pukal of Plymouth played the Watering Can hole on the 2013 course. Star Tribune staff photo by Brian Peterson.
Above: University of Minnesota art students designed a minature Minneapolis Sculpture Garden hole inside a giant golf ball for the 2013 course. Star Tribune staff photo by Brian Peterson.
Everybody loves Henri Matisse, the French artist whose life-sized cardboard likeness points the way to his namesake exhibition, "Matisse: Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art" in hallways and lobbies throughout the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The show has proved to be so popular that the museum has extended the exhibition's hours until 9 p.m. on Friday, May 9; Saturday, May 10, and Friday, May 16.
The show ends Sunday, May 18 which means there are only 12 more days to see it. So, for the record, it will be open as follows: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturday, May 17; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and on Saturday, May 10.
Tickets are $18 weekdays, $20 weekends and can be reserved at www.artsmia.org or by calling 612-870-3000 or toll-free at 888-642-2787. Tickets may be sold out at peak times and on weekends.
Rebricked Barnes wing of Walker Art Center; Star Tribune photo by Joel Koyama
Walker Art Center's "Midnight Party" exhibit features paintings, sculptures, films and installations drawn primarily from the museum's permanent collection. The title derives from a 1938 film by American surrealist Joseph Cornell in which "mystery trumps logic." In a similar vein, the often enchanting exhibit is a marvelous array of strange objects (a stairway to nowhere; mid-century modern abstractions, a bare white room reminiscent of an interrogation chamber).
The show opened in 2011, was reconfigured with new art in 2013, and is officially scheduled to close August 3. However, it has been closed since late March and the Walker has not set a reopening date.
The show is installed in Galleries 4, 5, 6 of the museum's 1971 brick-clad building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes. The deteriorating brick skin of that building was removed and replaced last year but some finishing touches are still underway.
"Although the scaffolding was removed in December, the final states of the [rebricking] project are still underway including some interior work. . . . As with any project of this scope, the Walker occasionally will close galleries or public areas in order to make a safe work environment for the builders and pleasant experience for our patrons," emailed Walker spokesperson Meredith Kessler.
Walker Art Center has just expanded its quest for worldwide brand recognition with a very aromatic new product – its own coffee. Dubbed “Catalyst” to underscore its creativity-sparking mission, the Fair Trade and organic – of course -- java is supplied and locally roasted by Morningstar Coffee. A one-pound bag of this “transformative brew,” available in the shop or online, costs $13.99, with proceeds supporting Walker programs. It will be also served at the Walker’s restaurants, natch. What next? We hotly anticipate the multidisciplinary club sandwich, oversized flatware designed by Claes Oldenburg and Henri le Chat Noir’s Ennui-scented kitty litter.
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