Sound for Silents at the Walker Art Center Galen Fletcher


Sound for Silents: Film + Music

Aug. 15
8:30 p.m.
Art, Film, Museums, DJ, Funk, Hip-Hop, Soul

For the past few summers, the Walker Art Center has hosted a silent film screening on its grassy hill outside. This Thursday, a selection of pieces from the museum’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection will screen. They’re mostly newer works; four out of five shorts were made in the past decade. Amir George’s “Shades of Shadow” is a psychedelic trip into spiritualism, while Sondra Perry’s two pieces, “Double Quadruple Etcetera Etcetera I & II” and “Black Girl As a Landscape,” feature experimentations with Photoshop and explorations in black femininity, respectively. “Meditation on Violence” (1948) by Maya Deren follows the movements of a Chinese boxer in a style reminiscent of dance footage. It’s all set to a newly commissioned score performed live by Twin Cities-based funk, soul, and hip-hop collective Astralblak, who also curated the night’s selections. Food trucks and drink vendors will be on hand, and DJs Sanni Brown and Sean McPherson will spin tunes. Find more details at