Walker Art Center

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  • Admission: $14 (adults), $12 (seniors 62+), $9 (students), FREE for children and teens under 18 and Walker members. Free every Target Free Thursday Night (5–9 pm) and the first Saturday of every month.

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  • Located off Hennepin & Lyndale exit from either I-94 or 394, follow signs to Vineland Place. Parking available.

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  • Galleries:Tuesday–Sunday: 11 am–5 pm; Open late Thursday until 9 pm; Closed Mondays. Check walkerart.org for details and special holiday open hours.

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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Events

  1. Adios Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950

    1750 Hennepin Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    Adios Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 looks at how Cuba’s revolutionary aspirations for social utopia—and subsequent disillusionment—shaped 65 years of Cuban art. The exhibition brings together more than 100 of the most important works of painting, graphic design, photography, video, installation, and performance created by more than 50 Cuban artists and designers.

    Anchored by key moments of the 20th- and 21st-century Cuban history, Adiós Utopia is the most comprehensive and significant presentation of modern and contemporary Cuban art shown in the United States since 1944, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented Modern Cuban Painters.

    Although many artists have emigrated from Cuba to live and work abroad, Adios Utopia focuses on the untold narrative of those artists who remained in Cuba or whose careers took off after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. Through a selection of pivotal artworks—created in each of six decades since 1950—the exhibition explores Cuba’s artistic production through the lens of utopia, both its construction and its deconstruction. Adios Utopia introduces US audiences to key events in Cuban history and explores ways that this history affected individual artists, shaped the character of art produced on the island, and conditioned the reception of Cuban art both in Cuba and abroad. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

  2. Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World

    1750 Hennepin Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World is the first US retrospective of the work of one of the most compelling and multifaceted artists working internationally today. A visual artist, performer, poet, essayist, and activist, Durham (b. 1940, Washington, Arkansas) has for more than 40 years explored the potential of art to question ingrained cultural belief systems. Calling himself an “interventionist,” he has consistently made work that examines the notion of citizenship, the interface between art and activism, and the role of art and artists in society. Durham’s expansive practice spans sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, video, performance, and poetry and is noteworthy for its use of language and distinctive wit.

    After studying art in Geneva and working for the American Indian Movement, Durham became part of the vibrant New York City downtown art scene in the 1980s. He immigrated in 1987—first to Mexico and then to Europe, where he has lived since 1994—and has rarely exhibited in the United States over the past 20 years. Since his participation in Documenta IX (1992), however, his work has been widely shown and critically embraced in Europe. Yet his work remains connected to crucial developments in American art, such as found-object assemblage, appropriation, institutional critique, and the politics of representation. Durham’s art provides a singular and vital perspective on such topics as genocide, exile, and statehood. Featuring nearly 200 works dating from 1970 to the present, At the Center of the World provides an opportunity for audiences to gain a deeper understanding of, or perhaps encounter for the first time, the richly rewarding work of this complex and influential artist. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

    Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World is organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and curated by Anne Ellegood, senior curator, with MacKenzie Stevens, curatorial assistant. Following the Hammer Museum and the Walker Art Center presentations, the exhibition will travel to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

  3. Katharina Fritsch: Multiples

    1750 Hennepin Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    Celebrated as one of the most innovative sculptors of our time, Katharina Fritsch (German, b. 1956) mines the history, myths, and fairy tales of Germany as well as her own thoughts and dreams to explore the nature of human perception and experience. By using everyday objects as subject matter—small animals, body parts, religious figurines, and other elements from the made and natural worlds—and altering them through unexpected shifts in scale, color, and materials, Fritsch evokes a sense of wonder and blurs the boundaries between the ordinary and the deeply symbolic.

    Katharina Fritsch: Multiples spans the artist’s career, from early examples from her student years at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie to later pieces, providing a look into her long-standing themes and ideas through some 40 works drawn from the Walker’s collection. The show is presented as a companion exhibition to celebrate the installation of Fritsch’s monumental new work in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The 20-foot-high ultramarine blue Hahn/Cock (2013/2016), the artist’s largest public art piece in a US museum collection, will be unveiled in the newly renovated Garden in June 2017.

  4. Laure Prouvost

    1750 Hennepin Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    London-based artist Laure Prouvost (French, b. 1978) produces visually and aurally rich films and mixed-media installations in which she conflates reality and fiction, words and images, reveling in moments of mistranslation that open up new avenues for meaning. Recent works—including The Artist (2010), Farfromwords (2013), and Wantee (2013), for which Prouvost won the prestigious Turner Prize that year—offer immersive installations that combine painting, sculpture, and drawing alongside moving image work. As a part of the Walker’s ongoing initiative to introduce international living artists to American audiences, Prouvost’s presentation comprises a sculptural video installation in the Medtronic Gallery, complemented by the artist’s first evening-length ensemble performance piece in the McGuire Theater, organized in collaboration with EMPAC.

  5. Nairy Baghramian: Deformation Professionnelle

    1750 Hennepin Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    This exhibition is the first international museum presentation of the work of sculptor Nairy Baghramian (b. 1971, Iran; lives and works in Berlin). Baghramian explores and reflects on the legacy and languages of both modernism and Post-Minimalism, which she simultaneously pays homage to and disrupts. Over the past two decades, the artist has become known for her reflection on Minimalism and contextual approaches to exhibition making via sculpture and site-responsive installations that play off the body and its gestures. Her work marks boundaries, transitions, and gaps in the museum and the urban space, referencing interior and exterior, fashion and design, theater and dance, form and meaning, context and discourse. Using such materials as curved steel sheets and soft rubber, geometric frameworks and hybrid objects, plastics, waxes, and fabrics as well as cast or combined elements and photography, the artist challenges and questions the definition of sculpture. In doing so, she exposes the context of her exhibitions, making this tension inseparable from her artistic production.

    The exhibition features a series of new pieces that mirror or play off of the artist’s previous bodies of work while responding directly to the site, creating a new model of what a retrospective can be and allowing the installation to evolve in real time and space. Taking its title from a French phrase that indicates an adjustment made to one’s worldview from being overly specialized or made expert, the exhibition also speaks to the process of taking apart or making transparent one’s profession—in this case, the laying bare of the sculptor’s method. Through her playful take on the retrospective gaze, Baghramian unpacks and interrogates the conceptual, physical, and social aspects of sculpture.

    Nairy Baghramian: Deformation Professionnelle is accompanied by a major publication, the first comprehensive monograph on the artist’s work to date.

Meetings & Conferences

  • Facility accommodates meetings for 30 or more
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  • Meeting/Convention Facilities (maximum capacity): 600
  • Banquet Facilities (maximum capacity): 380
  • Number of Meeting Rooms: 9
  • Largest Meeting Room (sq ft): 3100
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