Break up the monotony of the week and get those creative juices flowing at the Walker Art Center. As a part of Target Free Thursday Nights, the gallery will be open to the public free of charge, with plenty of activities for everyone's inner artist. Better yet for teens, the space will be open for free during the day, courtesy of the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council. There will also be a special emphasis on the annual Student Open House. This year will feature modern, metamorphic street art, including wheat-pasted posters and graffiti. Participants will have the chance to join a T-shirt design workshop led by members of the North Minneapolis non-profit youth organization, Juxtaposition Arts. Visitors can also join Jesse Graves and Nicholas Lampert from the social activist art cooperative Justseeds to stencil with all-natural materials. For those interested in street art, Swoon will discuss her experiences wheat-pasting her vivacious prints throughout the city. She will also speak about her involvement with the Miss Rockaway Armada in 2006, creating rafts from recycled and salvaged parts. A screening of Next: A Primer on Urban Painting, directed by Pablo Aravena, will wrap up the evening's events, demonstrating the international appeal of urban art. Showcasing art from nine different countries, the film is teeming with graffiti's inventive essence. For more info, visit www.walkerart.org.
Thu., Oct. 14, 5-9 p.m., 2010