University of Minnesota

U of M to host variety of artistic events for this weekend’s Northern Spark arts festival

Annual city-wide event runs from 9:01 p.m. to 5:26 a.m., June 14-15

June 10, 2014

The University of Minnesota is excited to once again host a variety of artistic events during this year’s Northern Spark Arts festival – the popular overnight Twin Cities arts extravaganza. The festival kicks off at sunset on Saturday, June 14, and wraps up at sunrise on Sunday, June 15.

In addition to exhibits, installations and activities throughout the University’s Minneapolis campus, 28 other local art hot spots like the Walker Art Center, Orchestra Hall and Minneapolis Institute of Arts will host a combined 125+ artistic projects throughout the night.

The following are just a few of the events being held on the University of Minnesota campus:

100 course dinner on the Mall
9 p.m. – 2 a.m., Northrop Mall
Participants are invited to engage in a 100-course dinner prepared by University Dining Services’ Executive Chef Scott Pampuch and his culinary team. Served at a communal table situated on the U of M Mall between Northrop and Coffman Student Union, guests may join in the meal for 10 course intervals, while a few lucky participants will be allowed to sit for the entire 100 courses. Each course will be thoughtfully prepared in one and two-bite tastings and will entertain guests with their combinations of flavors. University Dining Services is managed by Aramark Higher Education. 

9 p.m. – 5:26 a.m., Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis
This interactive exhibit allows guests to choose a chimeric skeleton that mirrors their movements.  The skeletons exist in a virtual diorama space and participants are able to control the skeleton’s movement and interactions with their own bodies. Chimera was created by Minneapolis Art on Wheels members Aaron Westre, Andrea Steudel and Ashley Monk as part of the Bell Museum’s Fall 2013 Resident Artist Research Project.

9 p.m. – 5: 26 a.m.. Northrop, 84 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis
Erik Satie’s seminal piece Vexations consists of a simple theme for piano, which bears the inscription “to play the theme 840 times in succession.” For this rendition, nine performers will successively stage Vexations in one hour-long shifts throughout the night. Simultaneous performances taking place in other cities will be broadcast live. Video works exploring movement will be screened on monitors throughout the building.

Gossip Orchestra
9 p.m. - 5:26 a.m., Weisman Art Museum, 333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis
This interactive installation positions twenty musicians in a large circle. Audience members have the opportunity to step within the circle and take the role of “conductor” by selectively activating or deactivating members of the orchestra, creating an ensemble of two to twenty musicians improvising with one another. Each “conductor” will also have access to a “mood switch” that acts as an emotional guide for the musicians to express in their improvised music.

The Outdoor Cinema
9 p.m. – 3 a.m., Regis Art Center, 405 21st Avenue S., Minneapolis
The U of M Art Department’s Outdoor Cinema will showcase the extraordinary wealth of talent in the University’s Arts Quarter and among its community partners. A juried selection of short films and experimental media work will be projected onto the façade of the Barbara Barker Center for Dance during the night. The Outdoor Cinema will feature work by students, alumni, faculty and community partners.

The Audible Edge
9 p.m. – midnight, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, 405 21st Avenue S., Minneapolis
This exhibit explores intersections of architecture and sound inside and outside the gallery space. Special performances, events and lectures will include With Hidden Noise, an exhibition of sound art, as well as various works by local and national artists and U of M students.

Glassicles with artist Karl Unnasch
9 p.m.- 5:26 a.m., Weisman Art Museum, 333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis
Karl Unnasch illuminates the night with Glassicles - light installations made from repurposed bottles and drinking devices. These chandelier designs consist of a steel framework, reclaimed bottles and glassware held in place by a combination of outdoor-friendly glazing techniques, metal and rubber mounts. What were once cast-off potables are now recycled into light fixtures of fellowship and celebration.

For more information on Northern Spark or to view general event schedules, visit

For a complete list of Northern Spark events taking place on the University of Minnesota campus, visit

The University of Minnesota is a proud partner of this year’s Northern Spark arts festival. By encouraging artistic collaboration across a variety of disciplines, the U is helping light the way to a more innovative and creative future. University department participants include the Institute for Advanced Study, Northrop, Weisman Art Museum, Bell Museum of Natural History, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, U of M Department of Art and University Dining Services. 

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