So, you’re still smarting because you couldn’t snag tickets to the Walker Art Center’s upcoming sold-out dialogue with famed Hollywood director Christopher Nolan.
Cinema, as a vital and sustaining art form, is very much on the Walker’s mind, and even if you missed the deadline for special lottery tickets for Nolan’s May 5 gig, there’s still plenty to do if you venture up to Minneapolis. And, in some cases with the price of gallery admission, most of this won’t set you back any more money, either.
For instance, as part of its ongoing International Pop Cinema installation, there are daily screenings of short films from such heady filmmakers as Ken Russell, Yokoo Tadanori, Peter Whitehead, and Andy Warhol. There are continuous, as well as slotted daily, screenings of so many short films, it would be easy to make an entire day of it.
Then, Thursday nights through June, you get a chance to see the likes of Jean-Luc Godard’s 85-minute “Made in U.S.A.” from 1966. There’s also, along the way, a 44-minute gem by controversial U.K. director Ken Russell called “Pop Goes the Easel.” Screening times vary, but one of the benefits of such variety is the chance to take it all in.
If your interests are closer to home, the Walker also has you covered. There’s a three-part showcase of Minnesota filmmakers, titled MNTV, which screens continuously during gallery hours. It covers everything from narrative filmmaking to documentary and animation, as well as more experimental work from artists such as Peter Franco, Christopher Lange, and Neha Belvalker. Each program is only 60 minutes long, but it offers infinite insight into emerging and important local artists.
Now, whoever said going to the movies has to be a passive experience? Clearly not the Walker, who’s all but rolled out the ubiquitous red carpet and awaits your arrival.