Mn Artists Presents: Marcus Young
Thursday, May 4, 5-9 pm
Walker Art Center, Free

How is art a resource for daily life? When does our own behavioral practice of life become art? Mierle Laderman Ukeles reminds us not to undervalue the mundane work of maintaining life: "After the revolution, who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?" But what if there isn’t going to be a revolution? Or what do we do with our minds, bodies, and spirits while we work on that revolution, especially at a time when the world is in need of healing? With conversations, viewing experiences, guided meditation, protest singing, and more, the evening's events explore how behavioral practice becomes healing becomes art.

Marcus Young 楊墨 is an multidisciplinary artist making work for the concert stage, museums, and the public realm. His work seeks new tones of belonging and liberation through design of behavioral and social forms, through shifts in systems and in awareness that turn things into art. From 2006 to 2015, he served as City Artist in St. Paul, MN. Since 2008, he has been creating Don’t You Feel It Too?—a participatory street dance practice of social healing and inner-life liberation. He is ongoing Collaborating Director with Ananya Dance Theater, and a recipient of awards from the McKnight, Bush, and Jerome Foundations. https://www.DYFIT.org/ http://www.mnartists.org/marcusyoung

Schedule of events:

  • 5-8 pm: Meditation space facilitated by Dr. Joi Lewis and Myra Rucker - Main Lobby
  • 5-9 pm: Re-staging of Emma Sulkowicz's Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) by Reb L. Limerick and Laura Torgeson - Hennepin, Cargill, and Main Lobbies
  • 5:30-6 pm: Mindfulness tour of galleries with meditation instructor and Walker tour guide - Departs from Main Lobby
  • 5:30-6 pm: Phone conversation on gratitude with Mierle Laderman Ukeles - Cinema
  • 6-6:30 pm: Skype conversation on resilience with Emma Sulkowicz - Cinema
  • 6:15-7:30: Live acupuncture demonstration with Dr. Xinrong He - Cargill Lobby
  • 6:45-7:15 pm: Mindfulness tour of galleries with meditation instructor and Walker tour guide - Departs from Main Lobby
  • 8:15-8:45 pm: Vocal performance with Passed Presents (Jayanthi Kyle and Alicia Steele) - Main Lobby
  • 8:45-9 pm: Closing reflections - Main Lobby

About Mn Artists Presents:

Mn Artists, the Walker’s platform for local artists, brings its online network live and into the museum. A local artist guest-curates performances, temporary installations, and other projects. Connect with local artists of all disciplines, and engage with the questions driving the MN arts community.

Save the date for future Mn Artists Presents programs:

August 24 - Mn Artists Presents: Free Black Dirt

October 5 - Mn Artists Presents: Eric Larson

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