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Mn Artists Presents: Marcus Young

May 4, 2017

How is art a resource for daily life? When does our own behavioral practice of life become art? Mierle Laderman Ukeles reminds us not to undervalue the mundane work of maintaining life: “After the revolution, who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?” But what if there isn’t going to be a revolution? Or what do we do with our minds, bodies, and spirits while we work on that revolution, especially at a time when the world is in need of healing? With conversations, viewing experiences, guided meditation, protest singing, and more, the evening’s events explore how behavioral practice becomes healing becomes art.

Guest curator:

Marcus Young (楊墨) is a multidisciplinary artist making work for the concert stage, museums, and the public realm. His work seeks new tones of belonging and liberation through design of behavioral and social forms, through shifts in systems and in awareness that turn things into art. From 2006 to 2015, he served as City Artist in St. Paul, MN. Since 2008, he has been creating Don’t You Feel It Too?—a participatory street dance practice of social healing and inner-life liberation. He is ongoing Collaborating Director with Ananya Dance Theater, and a recipient of awards from the McKnight, Bush, and Jerome Foundations.


  • Meditation space facilitated by Dr. Joi Lewis and Myra Rucker
  • Re-staging of Emma Sulkowicz’s Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight) by Reb L. Limerick and Laura Torgeson
  • Mindfulness tour of galleries with meditation instructor and Walker tour guide
  • Phone conversation on gratitude with Mierle Laderman Ukeles
  • Skype conversation on resilience with Emma Sulkowicz
  • Live acupuncture demonstration with Dr. Xinrong He 
  • Vocal performance with Passed Presents (Jayanthi Kyle and Alicia Steele)