Last time we took over Walker After Hours, our tickets sold out fast. This time we’ve upped our numbers, and in collaboration with Walker, curated a special experience. Guests will have VIP access to the party one hour before it officially begins. Starting at 8pm, we’ll meet in the Bazinet Lobby for a special pre-party and talk with one of Walker’s guides about their newest exhibition, Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia.

At 9pm, the rest of the festivities begin… “a late-night party that will be a mind-expanding experience. Listen to the neo-psychedelic rock of Magic Castles, experience your phantasmic self in their Mylar photo booth, and satisfy your munchies in 1960s style. Tune in to the radical art and design of the counterculture or make your own alternate reality.”

Date: Friday, October 23
Time: 8PM - 12AM. TWC members have VIP access one hour before the event officially begins at 9PM
Location: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Tickets: No need to print your Eventbrite tickets - your name will be on a list at Walker.
Parking: If you’re not taking public transportation, there is free street parking on Vineland Place and and parking garage off of Vineland Place that charges a $4 flat fee. 

About Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia

This Walker-organized exhibition curated by Andrew Blauve examines the intersections of art, architecture, and design with the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s. A time of great upheaval, this period witnessed a variety of radical experiments that challenged societal and professional expectations, overturned traditional hierarchies, explored new media and materials, and formed alternative communities and new ways of living and working together. During this key moment, many artists, architects, and designers individually and collectively began a search for a new kind of utopia, whether technological, ecological, or political, and with it offered a critique of the existing society.

Loosely organized around Timothy Leary’s famous mantra, “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out,” the exhibition charts the evolution of the period, from pharmacological, technological, and spiritual means to expand consciousness and alter one’s perception of reality, to the foment of a publishing revolution that sought to create new networks of like-minded people and raise popular awareness to some of the era’s greatest social and political struggles, to new ways of refusing mainstream society in favor of ecological awareness, the democratization of tools and technologies, and a more communal survival.

Presenting a broad range of art forms and artifacts of the era, Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia features experimental furniture, alternative living structures, immersive and participatory media environments, alternative publishing and ephemera, and experimental film. Bringing into dramatic relief the limits of Western society’s progress, the exhibition explores one of the most vibrant and inventive periods of the not-too-distant past, one that still resonates within culture today.