September 9, 2016

WAM Social Hour: September

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BACK TO artSCHOOL w Lexi Lexi Herman. Here are your September must sees:

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WAM-O-RAMA
Time: 6:00-10:00 pm
Date: September 9th
Location: Weisman Art Museum

VIBE:
It’s everything you didn’t know that you wanted in a concert: A Rock Opera, screen printed posters, free pizza, a photobooth, DJ’s, and projectionists.

WHY WE’LL BE THERE:
This year we will be debuting the performance Froth Forth and Float On, a collaborative movement and musical event. Watch out for river monsters on the bridge, they’re known to thrive in unexpected places (like University funded “whimsical” potholes).


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Land Speed Record Live and LP Release
Time: 7:00 pm
Date: September 29th
Location: Medtronic Gallery, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

VIBE:
It’s the Chris Larson concert we’ve all been waiting for. Finally we arrive at the culmination of Chris Larson’s boyhood dreams. A dude banging on the drum for 28 minutes.*

WHY WE’LL BE THERE:
If you’ve never met Chris Larson, he’s a St. Paul native with a distinctive sculptor-cowboy/all american underdog aesthetic. He’s faculty at the U, editor of In-Review, and secretly a prankster (insert radical left turn here) . It may or may not have taken me two years to determine those three facts.

*Land Speed Record has artistic merit that will not be discussed in this post. Chris Larson forever.


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MAEP Artist Talk: Austin Swearengin
Time:  7:00-8:30 pm
Date:  September 15
Location: U.S. Bank Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

VIBE:
Post grads waxing semantics about ikea hacks and Pierce v. Saussure.

WHY WE’LL BE THERE:
Impress your professor with overly filtered instagram photos featuring the MIA bathroom after a few drinks. Disregard your friend’s premeditated opinions on the transgressive semiotics of discarded candy wrappers and poetic landscapes. Plus, you can bring your roommate to hear the artist Austin Swearengin discuss his exhibition, “Sweetheart the Rent is Due”. Hopefully, they’ll catch your drift.


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Bagels, Films & Yoga @ WAM
Time:  11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Date:  September 11
Location: Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN, 55414

VIBE:
Hey!  it’s the one and only Sam Hoolihan back by popular demand. Sam has rented a small collection of films that will be enjoyed to the sound of eating bagels (almost silent). Grab a La croix and watch as delicate objects fall from an airplane.

WHY WE’LL BE THERE:
To enter the void.

It is fear of direct contact with the uncontrollable present that motivates the flight into concept. The filmmaker seeks the safety net of an idea, or something to accomplish that is already known.” Nathaniel Dorsky- Devotional Cinema


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The Talking Cure: Conversations
Time: 6:30 pm
Date: Wednesday September 14th
Location: Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN, 55414

VIBE:
The Talking Cure is a combination of vaguely absurdist figures, written dialogues, and Freudian tactics. What do I see? I see a character from Animal Crossing, a guy that you are taking a picture of on your iphone, and a radioactive skeleton.  

WHY WE’LL BE THERE:
Michael Sommers (resident puppetry expert), Melissa Stern (absurdist ceramicist), and Madelon Sprengenther (contributing writer), come together to discuss the ideas of Freud that come up in the exhibition.. Moderated by a psychoanalyst, it should be better than therapy. Think the more brains the better.


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ISOSCELES TRAPEZOID ARCH
Time: Opening Reception, September 10, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Date: September 10 – October 22
Location: Midway Contemporary Art, 527 SE 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414

VIBE:
Midway is so hip right now (this is not news), to prove how hip they are they made an even hipper website. Basically if contemporary art does anything, it turns your cursor into a gloved hand when you navigate it.

WHY WE’LL BE THERE:
Midway has an amazing library (non-circulating) and they are top notch at bringing fresh blood into the Twin Cities from far away lands. For this show, they’ll be bringing in an isosceles trapezoid from LA.


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Transplant Eyes
Time: Opening Reception, September 10, 6:00 pm
Date: September 10 – October 22, 2016
Location: Instinct Gallery, 940 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

VIBE:
It’s about eye-dentity, identity, eyes, and potentially more. Instinct describes their exhibitions as “Socially relevant, thematic group exhibitions that engage audiences.” Be sure that you are engaged whilst viewing the art and don’t forget to bring new audiences, so Instinct can reach them.

WHY WE’LL BE THERE:
The line-up includes some pretty talented transnational artist from the scene and beyond. Be ready for a lot of eye contact (we’re talking third eye), fluctuating identities, and that sometimes insinuating question: where are you from?

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The Women and Money Project Artist Panel
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 p.m.
Date: Saturday, September 10
Location: Regis Center for Arts, 419 21st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454

VIBE:
Stacks n Snacks or Mo Money, Mo Problems. Pick your own adventure.

WHY WE’LL BE THERE:
The Women and Money Project & associated artist panel (featuring Kate Durbin, Beth Grossman, Shira Richter, and Tonja Torgerson) is all about the relationship between women and their $$$ (or lack thereof). We are women who need money, & thus will be attending for ideas on how to get some. Follow the money.

 

Lexi Herman is a B.F.A candidate at the University of Minnesota studying contradictions, the absurd, and the confluence of the two in her personal life. She is the Education Assistant at the Weisman and can often be found wandering art galleries and museums pretending to be someone important. In her free time she enjoys sweetly admiring her mid-century modern furniture. 

Elise