We had a chance to swing by the Walker’s new show, “Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take,” yesterday. The exhibition is the first comprehensive US survey of the artists’ 25-year career, and what a run it has been.
The show unfolds quietly. But the longer you look, the more Hodges’ attention to detail and intricate handiwork call out for attention. It’s like stumbling upon one tiny magical moment after another as you turn corners and walk through the rooms in the exhibition.
Hodges work throws shadows and reflections on the walls and floors of the show, activating otherwise uninteresting spaces. He truly transforms everyday items (silk flowers, paper napkins, sheets of music) and otherwise “crafty” techniques (sewing and embroidery), and makes them museum worthy.
- Hodges’ work inspired the trio Sisyphus to produce a musical collaboration to be released in conjunction with the show.
- Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take
- Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
- Feb. 15 – May 11
The last room of the show is filled with a massive denim tapestry and glittering chains hung in the shape of spider webs in the corner. The sheer scope of the patchwork denim piece when you step in the room is at once overwhelming and awe inspiring. You have to crane your neck towards the ceiling to fully take in its size and enormity. That room is one of the many successes, and interesting pairings, in the exhibition.
In conjunction with the show, the Walker (along with the Dallas Museum of Art) published a catalogue packed with images that examines Hodges’ 25-year career. We’re giving one lucky Modern Midwest reader the chance to win that book. ENTER HERE for your chance keep a piece of the show with you long after it’s gone.