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Walker Art Center & Sculpture Garden

Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN

Phone: 612-375-7622
TTY: (612) 375-7585

Statement of Purpose

The Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences.

Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a multidisciplinary approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art.

Walker programs examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities.

Highlights & Collections

Housed in an award-winning building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, the internationally acclaimed Walker Art Center is known for its major exhibitions of 20th-century art, for its presentation of vanguard music, dance, theater, and film, and for its innovative education programs.

The museum has evolved from a small-scale, primarily regional institution into a major national and international artistic resource. Many of the Walker's exhibitions travel to major museums, and artists and performers are frequently commissioned to create new works for premiere in Minneapolis.

Just across the street sits the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, a project of the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Open to the public year-round, this 11-acre urban garden features some 40 sculptures by leading American and international artists, the Cowles Conservatory, and Spoonbridge and Cherry, a giant fountain-sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

The Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, designed by Siah Armajani, connects the Garden to Loring Park and downtown Minneapolis. A section added in 1992, designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, features groves of deciduous trees, a rectangular granite-paved sculpture plaza, a 300-foot-long vine-covered arbor, and a perennial garden.

The Cowles Conservatory, which contains the Regis Gardens, houses permanent and temporary exhibitions of horticulture and works of art.

The glass-and-wood sculpture Standing Glass Fish, by California architect Frank Gehry, is on view in the Conservatory's center house.

The Gallery 8 Restaurant offers cafeteria-style dining with a view of the downtown Minneapolis skyline. Menu chages daily. Wine and beer available. Indoor and outdoor terrace seating (weather permitting). Open Tuesday - Sunday, 11:30 am - 3 pm.

Walker Art Center Shop sells artist-designed jewelry, unique gift items, children's books and toys, and an excellent selection of books and periodicals on art and contemporary culture.

The Walker is internationally renowned for its permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, videos, prints, drawings, photographs, artists' books, and installation works.

Consisting of some 8,000 pieces, the collection represents important artistic currents of the 20th century, in a range of styles from figurative to abstract. New installations of works from the collection are presented once every two years.

Established in 1984, the McKnight Print Study Room was designed to encourage serious study and appreciation of 20th-century graphic art. The Walker houses the complete Tyler Graphics archive of editioned work, the only complete museum collection of American painter-printmaker Jasper Johns' work, and a comprehensive archive of the editioned works of German painter-printmaker Sigmar Polke which constitutes the largest holding of Polke's work in an American Museum.

Other major collections include the most comprehensive collection of Joseph Beuys' multiples outside of Germany and the Edmond R. Ruben Film Study Colletion which ranges from classic silent films to experimental video work.

Exhibits & Special Events

Selections from the Permanent Collection

The Walker has reopened its permanent collection galleries with a fresh look at art history. Focusing on the specific history of the Walker's collection, as well as shifting notions as to what the limits of art can be, this exhibition provides a critical engagement with the received wisdom of art history as we approach the end of the millennium. The Walker's own development from a private art collection into a public art institution is explored in an area of the exhibition specifically devoted to the Walker's extensive archives.

Masterworks by Jasper Johns, Agnes Martin, Louise Nevelson, and Andy Warhol are featured along with works by lesser-known but equally influential artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Anne Ryan, Paul Thek, and the Italian Arte Povera artists Giovanni Anselmo, Giulio Paolini, and Luciano Fabro. The exhibition also includes works by some of the most exciting young artists of the 1990s, such as Matthew Barney, Katharina Fritsch, Ann Hamilton, and Georgina Starr, whose innovative uses of new media redefine notions of beauty and history.

The Andersen Window Gallery offers a new view of the permanent collection by focusing on a particular artwork, movement, theme, or artistic practice. These multidisciplinary explorations, involving new ways of presenting and interpreting works of art, change several times a year.

Selections from the Permanent Collection and The Andersen Window Gallery are part of the Walker Art Center's New Definitions/New Audiences initiative. This museum-wide project to engage visitors in a reexamination of 20th-century art is made possible by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.

Selections from the Permanent Collection is supported by the members of the Walker Art Center. Additional support for The Andersen Window Gallery is provided by Andersen Corporation, Bayport, Minnesota. Furnishings provided by Herman Miller, Inc. Special thanks to Hammel Green and Abrahamson, Inc.

Curators: Walker Visual Arts curators


Admission & Directions:

$4 adults, $3 young adults 12 - 18, students with ID, seniors, groups of 10 or more. Free to Walker members, children under 12, AFDC cardholders. Free to all every Thursday and the first Saturday of each month. (Free First Saturdays made possible by Burnet Realty.)

The Walker is located on the southwestern edge of downtown Minneapolis on Vineland Place where Lyndale and Hennepin Avenues merge.

Key Personnel:

Ms. Kathy Halbreich, Director
Richard Flood, Chief Curator

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