• MAR 19 to AUG 03
    Group Exhibition
    Midnight Party

    Category

    • Group Exhibition
    • Contemporary
    • Emerging Artists

    Dates and Opening hours

    MAR 19 to AUG 03, 2013

    Event Location

    Walker Art Center

    Minneapolis
    United States

    Artists

    • Bruce Conner
    • Clyfford Still
    • Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
    • Grace Hartigan
    • Guy Maddin
    • Joan Miró
    • Joseph Cornell
    • Kiki Smith
    • Lee Bontecou
    • Louise Nevelson

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    Information

    Dreams, fantasies, visions, and meditations have given rise to some of the most remarkable art made over the past century. Midnight Party, named for the fanciful 1938 film by Joseph Cornell that is a cornerstone of the exhibition, explores a fantastic range of highly subjective reflections on the world, from the psychologically charged portraits of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner to the transcendent, luminous paintings of Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko to the surreal multimedia works of contemporary artist Matthew Barney.

    Drawn mainly from the Walker’s permanent collection, some 150 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and films are displayed in evocative tableaux that animate the driving concerns of the artworks. For example, mid-20th century abstractions by Clyfford Still, Mark Rothko and Morris Louis are shown alongside Bruce Conner’s exquisite final film Easter Morning from 2008, probing the psychic space between matter and spirit. The galleries are transformed into intimate spaces through the use of color, and furniture, including a mock “cabinet of curiosities” and a room devoted to a changing selection of prints and drawings. Among the more than 100 artists included in the show are Lee Bontecou, Sherrie Levine, Joan Miró, Man Ray, Robert Mallary, Yayoi Kusama, Louise Nevelson, Susan Rothenberg, Marsden Hartley, Kiki Smith, Guy Maddin, Robert Gober, Willem de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Nari Ward, and Sigmar Polke.

    Guest Curator: Joan Rothfuss

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