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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  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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Events

  1. 600 Highwaymen: The Fever

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

    One of the most talked-about companies to emerge in recent years from New York’s vital downtown theater community, 600 Highwaymen presents its latest hit among audience members seated on the McGuire Theater stage. The work tests the limits of individual and collective responsibility as well as our willingness to be there for one another—themes that resonate more urgently than ever in fractured and factionalized present-day United States. Performed in complete collaboration with the audience (participation optional), The Fever examines ways that we assemble, organize, and care for the bodies around us.

    Limited capacity.

  2. 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.

  3. Ali Chahrour: Leila’s Death

    818 S 2nd St
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    This devastatingly beautiful work by Lebanese theater artist/choreographer Ali Chahrour features a contemporary music trio from Beirut incorporating live vocal work by Leila, a professional mourner paid to sing at funerals and burials in Southern Lebanon. The striking vocalist is part of a fading tradition of singers who have long played a key role in rituals of condolence. Chahrour taps this custom and combines it with contemporary global dance, theatrical movement, and storytelling to make something glowingly universal and artistically fresh. In Arabic with English subtitles.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Choreographers’ Evening: Curated by Megan Mayer

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

    Over the course of 40-plus years, the Walker’s Choreographers’ Evening has offered an exciting range of Minnesota dance reflective of each choreographer/guest curator who frames the evening through a specific lens. From established dancemakers forging new ideas to the scene’s youngest and brightest, this cherished event has become an honored rite of passage in Minnesota dance circles. Grab your friends and get the inside scoop on our thriving local scene through this smart sampler of works. Curator Megan Mayer is a widely respected local choreographer, photographer, and video artist.

  7. Dana Michel: Mercurial George

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

    In her idiosyncratic yet masterful debut solo, Montreal-based choreographer/performance artist Dana Michel wanders through seemingly random heaps of debris onstage as she begins her intense and occasionally comical search for what lurks behind the concept of “identity.” This haunting performance carries audiences on a journey through alternate realities, identities, and emotional states as the artist uses props and objects in order to become the archeologist of her own enigmatic persona. Stretching out time with minimalist and deconstructed movement, she bathes her universe in childhood naivete and sacred mystery. Contains mature content.

  8. 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).

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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).

  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. 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

  18. Teatro El Publico: Antigonon, un Contingente Epico

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

    With sharp humor and shocking currency, director Carlos Diaz—Havana’s leading provocateur in the underground counterculture of fashion, theater, and drag—confronts the tyrannical themes of Sophocles’s tragedy Antigone. In this internationally acclaimed production, highly physical performers put on exotically absurd costumes at a rapid-fire pace. While doing so, they guide us through flashbacks set against a backdrop of archival news footage that connects the past with the present in unnerving and profound ways. In Spanish with English supertitles. Contains mature content.

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

  19. The Staves and yMusic

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

    British indie-folk sensations the Staves collaborate with classical ensemble yMusic and pair their graceful vocals and exemplary harmonies with the ensemble’s virtuosic, shimmering orchestral textures. Originally commissioned by the 2016 Eaux Claires Festival, the project is an expression of mutual admiration. For this expanded concert, the Staves have dug deep into yMusic’s catalogue of contemporary classical compositions to find pieces suited for the sisters’ poignant lyrics and vocals. The result is magical—music that fits snugly between art and pop, expressed with the utmost care and attention.

    Copresented with the Current.

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  • 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
  • Catering Available
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