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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  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. Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968–2018

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

    This major retrospective presents the work of Allen Ruppersberg (US, b. 1944), who has not been the subject of a comprehensive US survey for more than 30 years. The artist is one of the most rigorous and inventive practitioners among the generation of conceptual artists to emerge in the late 1960s. Ruppersberg’s work, rooted in language, has been wide-ranging in media and approach. His projects have consistently had at their center a focus on the American vernacular—its books, music, popular images, and ephemera—mining the nuances of our culture through its visual details, unsung conventions, and modes of the everyday. Often participatory, Ruppersberg’s works invite a layered experience for the viewer through language, visual density, accumulated elements, and ideas

    Many of the works included, from private and public collections in Europe and elsewhere, have never before been exhibited in US museums. Featured artworks include early installations such as Al’s Cafe and Al’s Grand Hotel,his groundbreaking participatory projects of the late 1960s; photo-based narratives combining text and image; and a progression of more recent installations containing his commercial letterpress posters, drawings, and films. The show will also include a broad selection of drawings and artist’s books. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

    In conjunction with the exhibition, Ruppersberg’s You & Me (2013)—a public artwork first shown as a billboard next to New York’s High Line—will be featured in the Target Project Space, an exhibition space adjacent to the Walker’s restaurant Esker Grove.

  3. Antony Hamilton & Alisdair Macindoe: MEETING

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

    A fascinating articulation of the body and mind in motion, MEETING is a choreographic study stripped to the bare essentials and combined with a minimalist, invented-instrument concert. This playfully precise work from Australia pairs Antony Hamilton’s compulsive choreography with Alisdair Macindoe’s obsessive machine-making practice. While the two performers share the stage with 64 robotic percussion instruments, a relentless stream of activity unfolds, all propelled by the meditative pulse of the mechanized beat. MEETING composes the body, the space, and the robots into a delightful and riveting movement/sound installation.

  4. Dayme Arocena

    416 Cedar Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55454
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    A startlingly new voice, singer/composer Dayme Arocena is an inviting ambassador for Cuba’s contemporary music scene. The artist and her trio deliver swirling Santerian chant, rhythmic complexity, fluid jazz styling, and sophisticated Afro-Cuban sound, channeling the island’s musical soul in joyous fashion.

    Presented in conjunction with the Walker exhibition Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 (November 11, 2017–March 18, 2018).

  5. Forced Entertainment: Quizoola!

    514 2nd St SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    Out There 2018 concludes with an unconventional six-hour performance/social event at which Forced Entertainment unfurls its dark and hilarious classic. Audiences come and go as they please (bar open throughout) while performers unceasingly ask and answer questions—philosophical, trivial, or deeply personal—creating an unforgettable marathon performance experience. Stay after the performance (10 pm to 12 midnight) for a party with the artists as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Out There.

    Presented in partnership with the Soap Factory.

  6. Forced Entertainment: Real Magic

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

    To the sound of looped applause and canned laughter, a group of performers attempts an impossible illusion—part mind-reading feat, part cabaret act, part chaotic game show. Real Magic creates a world of absurd disconnection, struggle, comical repetition, and acting virtuosity in which they endlessly revisit moments of defeat, hope, and anticipation. The Forced Entertainment collective, founded and directed by Tim Etchells, has long been the lauded and leading experimental theater company in the UK and one of the most influential in the world.

  7. I am you, you are too

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

    At a time of heightened uncertainty, division, and geopolitical tensions, I am you, you are too foregrounds works from the Walker’s collections that explore contemporary life through themes of citizenship and belonging, borders and barriers, and ways in which everyday life informs our understanding of ourselves. Bringing together a diverse, multigenerational, and international group of artists, the exhibition questions how we memorialize the past and understand the social, geographic, and political structures that shape us.

    The show’s title is taken from I M U U R 2 (2013), a room-scaled installation by Danh Vo that considers how collected objects, such as knickknacks and souvenirs, can communicate who we are. Monuments and shared public space play a key role for Francis Alÿs, Song Dong, and Robert Longo, whose works examine the relationship between the individual and the state. Chantal Akerman and Julie Mehretu reflect upon shifting geographical borders and changing political systems, while Postcommodity and Wolfgang Tillmans reference recent debates on the Mexico-US border and Brexit, respectively. While some artists draw on recognizable places and known stories, others turn to abstraction to elicit themes of the place of the home, the city, and national belonging.

    In the exhibition’s final gallery, a selection of works from the collection hang against wallpapers by Yto Barrada, Yoko Ono, and Adam Pendleton, forming unexpected juxtapositions across generations, geographies, and media. Seen together, these pieces chart ways that artists have challenged prevailing systems, including gender, race, and sexual orientation. In presenting a broad range of artistic approaches, I am you, you are too draws out timely questions of national identity, shifting political borders, and international and intercultural dialogue.

  8. Jan Martens: The Dog Days Are Over

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

    This complex, mathematical, and ultimately ecstatic hour-long work features eight performers who surrender themselves to a single movement: the jump. Dutch choreographer Jan Martens’s conceptually rigorous and dynamically engaging The Dog Days Are Over has been captivating audiences across Europe since 2009. This astounding piece helps confirm Brussels’ continued position as a hothouse for compelling new dance.

  9. Jason Moran

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

    The work of interdisciplinary artist Jason Moran (US, b. 1974) is grounded in musical composition, yet bridges the visual and performing arts through stagecraft. Moran is known for using personal experience to create dynamic musical compositions that challenge the conventional form of the medium. His experimental works embrace the intersection of objects and sound, pushing beyond the traditional staged concert or sculpture to amplify ways that both are inherently theatrical. This exhibition, the artist’s first museum show, features the range of work Moran has explored, from performance and collaborations with visual artists to his own sculptural works.

    In all aspects of his work, Moran’s creative process is informed by one of the essential tenets of jazz music: the “set” in which musicians come together to engage in a collaborative process of improvisation, riffing off of one another to create the musical experience. The exhibition will highlight Moran’s mixed-media “set” installations STAGED: Savoy Ballroom 1 and STAGED: Three Deuces (both 2015), sculptural vignettes based on storied music venues from past eras that were his acclaimed contributions to the 2015 Venice Biennale. The exhibition will also premiere a new sculptural commission as part of this series. The presentation also features a selection of Moran’s most recent charcoal drawings and time-based media works from his long-standing collaborations, or sets, with visual artists including Lorna Simpson, Glenn Ligon, and Theaster Gates. In-gallery performances and a new commission for the stage will be orchestrated during the run of the show to complement the gallery presentation.

  10. Jason Moran with Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch: Jazz Fest

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

    Celebrated jazz pianist/composer/visual artist Jason Moran returns to the Walker to present a new multimedia performance that examines the various ways jazz functions: as freedom music, as a model of democracy, and as a prop. The work features Moran’s trio the Bandwagon (with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits) in collaboration with prescient artists Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin, whose narrative-driven video installations explore the fluid nature of identity, community, and cultural subjectivity.

    80 minutes

    Walker Commission/World Premiere

    Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Jason Moran, on view April 26–August 19, 2018.

  11. 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.

  12. Laure Prouvost in collaboration with Sam Belinfante and Pierre Droulers: They Are Waiting for You

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

    For this world premiere, inquisitive French-born conceptual artist Laure Prouvost presents her first major production for the stage. The winner of the 2013 Turner Prize, Prouvost is known for weaving together fiction and fact to create complex and humorous stories that challenge the ways we create our own life histories. Expect an unpredictable yet thoroughly charming experimental mash-up of video work, dance, immersive stage décor, and choral music. Prouvost is joined by renowned dance artist Pierre Droulers—one of Belgium and France’s leading choreographers—and a Minnesota-based choir.

    Presented as part of the Walker exhibition Laure Prouvost (October 12, 2017–February 11, 2018).

  13. Little Box Sauna

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

    Not into the cold? Sweat it out in the portable Little Box Sauna, designed by Andrea Johnson and Molly Reichert. Little Box Sauna will set up shop outside of the Esker Grove patio in front of the Walker for about a month, with an outdoor winter patio lounge to bookend your sauna experience.

    Little Box Sauna is a "mobile hot spot" that generates vital and embodied social space in the contemporary city. The dynamic form moves from site to site, acting as a visible small-scale stitch in the holes of the urban fabric, over time weaving together a web of shared experiences between diverse groups of people and neighborhoods. Supporting social engagement, relaxation, health and fun in a custom-designed yet freely accessible structure, Little Box Sauna is at once is a beacon for quality and equality in the built environment.

    Visit the Little Box Sauna:
    • Free open sauna on Target Free Thursdays Nights for Winter #atTheWalker: February 8, 15, 22 from 5-9 pm.
    • Free open sauna for families to check out on Free First Saturday, February 10th from 10 am-3 pm.

    Reserve a Sauna:
    • Book a sauna reservation here: littleboxsauna.com
    • Cost is $20 for a 90-minute group session, max 10 people
    • Dates include February 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, and March 1-4 (5:00-9:30 pm on Fridays, and 1:00-5:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays)
    • Private group rentals available for $300 for two hours before or after times listed above.

  14. Moonlight Snowshoe Tours

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

    Bundle up in your winter best and join us for moonlight snowshoe tours of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Meet your guide inside, then venture out to see the snow-covered sculptures. Snowshoes are available free of charge, courtesy the University of Minnesota Center for Outdoor Adventure. Meet in Main Lobby.

  15. 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.

  16. Nora Chipaumire: Portrait of Myself as My Father

    1324 Quincy St NE
    Minneapolis, MN 55413
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    Fierce and charismatic Zimbabwe/New York–based choreographer Nora Chipaumire continues her investigations of the black body, Africa, and the self. Situated in a real boxing ring, Chipaumire trades jabs with the specter of her estranged father as he fights against prejudice, social pressures, and the weight of history in this bright, loud, and penetrating work. Outfitted with boxing gloves, African talismans, and football pads, they stagger between combat and jest in this symbolic dance-ritual that forces us to question stereotypes of race and gender. Contains mature content.

  17. Robert Lepage: 887

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

    For decades considered one of the world’s greatest theater visionaries, Canadian director/creator Robert Lepage presents an alternatingly comic and poignant remembrance of his boyhood home in Quebec City. Replete with dollhouse-scale buildings and painstaking miniatures, 887 combines ingenious storytelling with awe-inducing illusions through high-tech scenic transformations. Written, directed, and performed by Lepage, this solo tour de force investigates universal questions of identity and self through bewitching tales of the things we can’t quite remember and the things we can’t forget. Don’t miss the global theater blockbuster of the season!

  18. Rock the Garden

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

    Copresented by the Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current

    Why Rock the Garden for one day when you can rock it for two? The Twin Cities’ favorite annual summer concert returns for two days this summer. The weekend festival blowout will showcase some of the best music from our backyards and around the world. Stay tuned for announcements about this highly anticipated event in the coming months.

  19. Siah Armajani: Follow This Line

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

    Siah Armajani: Follow This Line is the first comprehensive retrospective in the United States devoted to the work of Minneapolis-based artist Siah Armajani. Born in Tehran in 1939, Armajani moved to Minnesota in 1960 to attend Macalester College in St. Paul, where he immersed himself in the study of philosophy and American literature. He has lived and worked in the Twin Cities ever since, while exhibiting internationally.

    Armajani is best known today for his works of public art—including bridges, gazebos, reading rooms, and gathering spaces—across the United States and Europe. Near the Walker, the artist’s landmark 375-foot Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge connects Loring Park to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. This groundbreaking exhibition spans seven decades of the artist’s studio practice and resituates his work first within the context of prerevolution Tehran and, later, postwar and present-day United States. The exhibition encourages viewers to “follow the line” of language woven throughout Armajani’s practice, which engages a range of thinkers and references—from Persian calligraphy to the manifesto, letter, and talisman; from poetry to mathematical equations and computer programming; from the Abstract Expressionist canvas to the vernacular architecture of rural America, Bauhaus design, and Russian Constructivism.

  20. Sonic Universe Project: Douglas Ewart/Wadada Leo Smith/Roscoe Mitchell/Oliver Lake/Anthony Cox/Hamid Drake

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

    An all-star lineup of master jazz innovators spanning three cities (Minneapolis, New York, and Chicago) and two generations creates a new sextet for an exclusive Walker engagement. The ensemble includes visionary trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith, a transformative figure in jazz; powerhouse saxophonist/composer Roscoe Mitchell, a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago; Hamid Drake, one of the great drummers working in jazz and global music today; Oliver Lake, longtime member of the World Saxophone Quartet; bassist Anthony Cox, one of Minnesota’s most in-demand musicians for years; and composer/flutist/saxophonist Douglas Ewart, who helped bring these master musicians together.

    World Premiere

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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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