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Artist Talk by Park McArthur

The Walker Art Center (1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis) will host a talk with sculptor Park McCarthur and excerpts from a documentary film in the Bentson Mediatheque on Thursday, April 20, 6:30 PM. ASL interpreting and Open Captioning will be provided (captioning only for the film). Free tickets will be given out an hour before the talk at the Bazinet Main Lobby Desk, Phone: 612-375-7600; Access questions: 612-375-7564 or email access@walkerart.org.
Website: http://www.walkerart.org/calendar/2017/artist-talk-park-mcarthur.
The free event features Park McArthur, 34, who was diagnosed with an unknown form of muscular dystrophy, and at age 20 began using an electric wheelchair. After finishing a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Miami, she moved back to her family’s home in North Carolina, becoming part of a large percentage of people with disabilities who are unemployed. She used her time to plan, read, think, sit, stare off into space, and write about projects and larger goals she wanted to pursue. One, Presence is Progress, came from a desire to see people with disabilities in public places. “Usually the only visibly disabled person at the party or in the classroom or at the grocery, I wondered why, though I have some ideas.” She has been actively pursuing sculptural projects internationally since then, and will be at the Walker to discuss her work in the exhibition Question the Wall Itself. Using everyday materials that often carry signs of movement, McArthur constructs sculptural environments (including ramps) that draw upon her reliance on caregivers to aid in her daily mobility. This program will begin in the Bentson Mediatheque (accessed via the Lower Level or Level 1) with a screening of excerpts from the documentary Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992, directed by Dagmar Schultz. After the screening, McArthur and Walker education curator Daniel Atkinson will discuss her practice and her work in the show. A reception with the artist follows in the Bazinet Main Lobby. Other links for Park McArthur are:
http://bombmagazine.org/article/1000039/park-mcarthur;
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/jan/26/park-mcarthur-poly-chisenhale-gallery-london-sculpture-art, http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/park-mcarthur/, https://presenceisprogress.wordpress.com/about-park-mcarthur/, http://moussemagazine.it/park-mcarthur-daniel-s-palmer-2015/.

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