I sense the Walker Art Center has started a revolution of sorts. Last night, 10,000 people packed into Open Field at the Walker Art Center to watch videos of cats. The festival had been recognized by Time Magazine, Gawker, ABC News, among others. Last night, #catvidfest trended nationally on Twitter.
I had super high expectations for The Internet Cat Video Film Fest and Open Field totally blew me away. The weather was perfect and the crowd eventually swelled to standing room only! For an event held in an “open” field, that’s really impressive. Before the film fest started, there was plenty of activities to get attendees in the mood for fun. Food and beverage was available for purchase. There was live music by Brian Laidlaw and the Family Trade. This folk and bluegrass band was really terrific. They also had free yarn kitty toys courtesy of The Big String Thing yarn bombers and make your own custom letterpress posters by Lunalux. We also visited the station where you could make your own buttons to support your favorite cat (Maru, obviously). We had such a blast before the film fest even started. Once we sat down to relax, we started noticing all the cats on tour. Tons of unusually calm cats were on leashes and making the rounds with their owners to say hello to everyone.
The film fest itself was absolutely fantastic. The crowd completely ATE IT UP! Everyone was having so much fun cheering and laughing. It’s good that everyone was in such a friendly spirit because we were all piled on top of each other. I’m not sure exactly how many people showed up but it was completely packed . Next year they will definitely need a larger screen and probably to extend the fest over a few days because there would be no more room for growth!
The entire set of film fest videos can be seen here. This is the perfect set list of videos to watch when you feel sad. I spent most of the evening laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my face. This festival put me in a fantastic mood and is probably my favorite event of 2012! It’s hard to believe that so much enjoyment could be entirely free (except for food purchased).
I have embedded my favorite video of the night below for your enjoyment (MAKE SURE YOUR SOUND IS ON). It may not be as cute as many of the videos in the fest but it’s one of the most creative. If you’re curious, viewer’s choice went to Henry 2, Paw de Deux, which can be seen here.
What a great way to get crafty and support our community!
Everybody loves mail, hand written notes, especially birthday cards! Come help me celebrate everyone’s birthday! We will have cake, candles to blow out, a book to write your wishes in, and most importantly supplies to make birthday cards. Please help Amanda Lovelee make enough cards to supply a local nursing home with love for a year because it is always someone’s birthday!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Walker Art Center – Open Field
I went to this event last year and it was TERRIFIC!
Cribbage in the Field invites participants of all ages and skill sets to spend a few hours at the Walker playing, teaching, learning, and sharing a Minnesota classic–cribbage! Replicating last year’s highly successful event, cribbage-goers need only show up. Boards and cards will be provided, but players are encouraged to bring their favorite boards or pegs from home to share with others.
As a social game, cribbage encourages community, and the boards are often as beautiful as they are functional. Several custom boards will be featured, as well as a possible giveaway! Field goers can also expect to learn a few unexpected historical facts about this unique game, from its bizarre history to its unlikely modern applications. See you there!
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Outside of the Walker Art Center
Come together and relive the Reagan years through art, music and fashion.
Wear your neon, shoulder pads, and stirrup pants for an evening that looks back on an oft-maligned decade. Start the night with a special ‘80s-themed edition of Conversationalist’s Café (6–8 pm) a project where strangers, friends, and guest artists share dialogue based on a menu of topics crafted around the era. Then check out the exhibition This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, during a curator-led tour (7–8 pm), and stick around as Jim Walsh (author of The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting: An Oral History) rounds up fellow musicians and artists who lived through this special time for a round of stories and songs with the Mad Ripple Hootenanny that harks back to a decade when CDs were the next big thing (8–10 pm).
Come rekindle your love for the post office and the physical act of letter writing with Jenni Undis from local letterpress studio Lunalux. We will explore the history of the post office, refresh our sense of mail etiquette, and utilize some nostalgic tools to create one-of-a-kind correspondence. Special letter making and decorating supplies will be on hand for postal personalization.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Walker Art Center Open Field Minneapolis
Art Swap invites you to swap a work of your creation for a work from a collection of original creations. Your piece then becomes part of our collection, available to others through swapping. How to swap: (1) Bring a work of art to leave; (2) select a new work to take home; (3) pose for your “I brought/I got” photo with those pieces. If you call it art, we call it art!
I rarely post notice of events so far in advance unless they are really special and the date on your calendar MUST BE SAVED! This event is worth of such advanced notice.
On August 30, 2012, the Walker Art Center will host the Internet Cat Video Film Fest! This FREE film fest will feature the best the internet has to offer with respect to goofy and adorable cat videos. Really, what more could you ask for?
Thursday, August 29, 2012
Walker Art Center Open Field
Like to draw? Join the Walker Art Center Drawing Club! Come doodle, sketch, or paint during weekly sessions hosted by local artists to add to a pool of collectively created artworks. Art supplies are provided on large tables in shaded areas of the outdoor Open Lounge. Start a new drawing or select one in progress from the table. Slide it back into the pool, pass it around, and alter, edit or amend it until the group declares it complete. All ages, abilities, and aesthetics welcome.
Thursdays in June 7 – August 30, 2012
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm Open Field – Walker Art Center