Join us for Where Y'Art?! on Friday, November 16th from 5pm to 9pm. Program includes:
- 5pm to 8pm: Art Making Activity
- 5:30pm to 8:30pm: Music by Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
- 6:30pm: Lifelike Gallery Talk with Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Miranda Lash
- 7:30pm: Screening: ART21: Change featuring the artist, Ai Weiwei.
Is it real? Organized by the Walker Art Center, Lifelike invites a close examination of artworks based on commonplace objects and situations, which are startlingly realistic, often playful, and sometimes surreal. This international group exhibition features artists variously using scale, unusual materials, and sly contextual devices to reveal the manner in which their subjects' "authenticity" is manufactured. Avoiding the brand-name flashiness embraced by 1960s Pop and the slick urban scenes introduced at that time by the Photorealists, the artists in Lifelike investigate the quieter side of the quotidian, choosing potentially overlooked items or moments as subject matter: a paper bag, an eraser, an apple core, a waiting room, an afternoon nap. They also favor a handmade, labor-intensive practice rather than technological enhancements. The resulting works – including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, and video – transform the ordinary into something beguiling, loaded with narrative and metaphor, and imbued with an arresting sense of humanity.
Lifelike showcases works from the late 1960s to the present by 55 artists, including Vija Celmins, Keith Edmier, Fischli and Weiss, Robert Gober, Alex Hay, Kaz Oshiro, Charles Ray, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Ai Weiwei.
About Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue
A few years ago, no one in New Orleans thought that country music would again thrive alongside jazz, zydeco and funk, but Vanessa Niemann and David Brouillette of award winning band Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue have proven the naysayers wrong. Having self-released their second studio album, "Set Two" in May of 2010 they spent 2011 traveling back and forth between the Left Coast and the Gulf Coast picking up players along the way. Performing over 150 dates a year with The Honky Tonk Revue and their new, drummed down version of the band which they call The Recessionaires, they show no signs of letting up for 2012. And with dates already on the books, Vanessa and Dave are looking forward to taking the band to new places and old including a trip back to Louisiana for their fifth appearance in a row at the world renowned New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival.
With a voice that conjures Patsy Cline, a Johnny Cash attitude and a reverence for Merle Haggard and Bob Wills, singer Vanessa Niemann pulls from the best of country, rockabilly and western swing classics. With the addition of a smattering of songs bordering on the obscure and a few originals thrown in for good measure, she and her band have managed to create a show that is pure American roots.
About Ai Weiwei (featured in Lifelike)
Ai Weiwei was born in Beijing, China in 1957. An outspoken human rights activist, Ai was arrested by Chinese authorities in April 2011 and held incommunicado for three months. Upon his release, he was prohibited from traveling abroad, engaging in public speech, and was subjected to continued government surveillance. Ai's position as a provocateur and dissident artist informs the tenor and reception of much of his recent work. He infuses his sculptures, photographs, and public artworks with political conviction and personal poetry, often making use of recognizable and historic Chinese art forms in critical examinations of a host of contemporary Chinese political and social issues. In his sculptural works he often uses reclaimed materials-ancient pottery and wood from destroyed temples -in a conceptual gesture that connects tradition with contemporary social concerns. He also employs sarcasm, juxtaposition, and repetition to reinvigorate the potency and symbolism of traditional images and to reframe the familiar with minimal means. A writer and curator, Ai extends his practice across multiple disciplines and through social media to communicate with a global public and to engage fellow artists with projects on a massive scale. Ai Weiwei attended the Beijing Film Academy and the Parsons School of Design in New York. He has received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Politics and Social Science, University of Ghent, Belgium (2010), as well as many awards, including the Skowhegan Medal (2011) and the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (2008). His work has appeared in major exhibitions at Kunsthaus Bregenz (2011); the Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2011); Asia Society Museum, New York (2011); Tate Modern, London (2010); São Paulo Bienal (2010); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2009); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2009); and Documenta XII (2007). Ai Weiwei lives and works in Beijing, China.
All programming is included with Museum admission.
Schedule subject to change.