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At the Walker: free admission to Elizabeth Peyton show and a panel on documenting culture

This Thursday (March 12) evening is a good opportunity for penny-pinchers to see the “Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton” show at the Walker Art Center. And for those who are curious about what it takes to document culture (as Peyton does through her portraits), there’s a panel on that very topic.

The events are part of “Target Free Thursday Nights” at the Walker in Minneapolis. (Regular admission is $10 for adults.)

Peyton aims to capture people at “that particular moment when they’re about to become what they’ll become,” according to a press release from the Walker. She is known for painting celebrities and icons. (Here’s MinnPost’s piece about the hot portraitist.)

Panelists include longtime music critic and author Jim Walsh, who writes occasionally for MinnPost; photographer Xavier Tavera; artist Melba Price and documentary filmmaker/journalist Chuck Olsen. They will “talk about their work, the people and cultures they cover, and why the public is so interested in these subjects,” according to the Walker.

The Walker’s galleries are open 5-9 p.m. The panel discussion begins at 7. Free tickets are available at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk starting at 6 p.m. The event is cosponsored by mnartists.org, which also is conducting an online discussion at mnartists.org/peyton during the exhibition, which ends June 14.

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