New York-based photographer Lauri Lyons, like most successful photographers, has taken on a huge variety of work in her career, from commercial assignments for major corporations to pics for well-known magazines to photo essays from around the world. Lyons has the kind of far-flung experience that makes her latest project, "Home Is Where You Make It," a series of portraits of homeless youth in the Twin Cities, all the more anticipated. Working with Kulture Klub Collaborative, a Minneapolis arts nonprofit pairing homeless kids with artists, Lyons and members of the club take black-and-white portraits and enlarge and mount them onto cardboard, which are then built into makeshift houses on the street. At the Walker, Lyons will speak about her career and how the "Home Is Where You Make It" project aims to make the plight of homeless teens more widely known and understood.
Thu., Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m., 2009