333 E River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Celebrate the end of the first year of the new program at the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration and meet the studio cohort and their UMN collaborators for an evening of celebration, conversation, and performance.
Target Studio Activations and Performances | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Performances, installations and activations by the artist-fellows of the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration: Aniccha Arts and Pramila Vasudevan, Terry Hempfling and Rachel Jendrzejewski, Nooshin Hakim and Pedram Baldari, Marcus Young and his students at the Art for Social Change program at HECUA, Anna Marie Shogren, Peng Wu, Yuko Taniguchi, Alison Hiltner, and Monica Sheets.
Meet Boris Oicherman, WAM's Cindy and Jay Ihlenfeld Curator for Creative Collaboration, for an informal conversation about the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration program.
Conversation on Performance and Public Art | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
In contemporary art, “performance” stands for an extremely broad range of creative practices that use live action as the basis of work. Meet artists Nooshin Hakim, Pedram Baldari, Monica Sheets, Pramila Vasudevan, and Peng Wu for a conversation about ways in which their diverse performance-based work activates public spaces, and the challenges and opportunities the public sphere imposes on ephemeral art practices.
Featuring artists Jay Afrisando, Pedram Baldari, Sean Egan, Maja Radovanlija, Manja Risti, and Christopher Rochester. The piece is performed with the barrels of guns decommissioned by the Minneapolis Police Department and converted to wind instruments by Baldari.
The performance and the preceding workshop are in conjunction with the conference of the International Society for Improvised Music.
Peng Wu is an interdisciplinary artist and designer dedicated to creating socially engaged art in public space. His work combines the power of design thinking with contemporary art strategies to address various urgent social issues including immigration, health disparity, queer rights, etc.
Nooshin Hakim Javadi works at the intersection of sculpture, installation, and performance. As an Iranian now living in the United States, Javadi’s practice investigates the material culture of conflict, displacement, and transition, considering how these experiences are internalized by the body. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Tehran University and an MFA from the University of Minnesota in Visual Arts with a minor in Projection Design.
Pedram Baldari is an Iranian born artist, sculptor and architect, working in installation, site specific art and performance. He is an artist fellow at the Target Studio of the Weisman Museum, UMN, where in collaboration with Nooshin Hakim they work to realize Radio Rhizome; and an assistant professor (term) at the Art Department, UMN.
Monica Sheets creates platforms for communication as a means of civic engagement for herself and other participants. She was born in Toledo, Ohio, and her experiences growing up in America’s Rust Belt were pivotal to her decision to work directly with participants, coming from a desire to reach audiences who might not normally visit galleries and museums.