Walker Art Center

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  • Admission: $15 (adults), $13 (seniors 62+), $10 (students), FREE for children and teens under 18 and Walker members. Active military $7.50. 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, Wednesday, and Sunday 11 am–5 pm, Thursday 11 am–9 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am–6 pm; Closed Mondays. Check walkerart.org for details and special holiday open hours.

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  1. 5 Ways In: Themes from the Collection

    725 Vineland Pl
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    Does a portrait need to resemble its subject? Can a landscape help us see the world differently? Can art create questions without answers? The Walker’s newest collection exhibition takes a look at these and other questions through an exciting selection of works from the not-so-distant past and the current moment. The presentation is organized by five familiar themes: portraiture, the interior scene, landscape, still life, and abstraction. Each of these areas features a diverse range of artists whose approaches to their subjects are often unconventional, innovative, and even surprising.

    With more than 100 works—painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and video installations—the exhibition 5 Ways In: Themes from the Collection invites us to become reacquainted with favorites from the collection and to discover new pieces by artists who are reinventing genres we thought we knew.

    Self
    Long used by artists as way to explore the self, identity, and the body, portraits have a unique capacity to capture the essence of an individual. This section includes both traditional portraits and others made in unexpected ways.

    Inside
    The indoor space can be a reflection of the artist’s creative environment and a site for observing the complexities or pleasures of life. Highlighted here are various takes on the subject of the interior, from domestic settings to public places to artists’ studios.

    Outside
    Many artists have reconsidered and expanded the notion of the landscape to include deeper meditations on the natural world—detailed observations of the outdoor environment that range from the specific to the abstract.

    Everyday
    Considering work by artists who celebrate the ordinary, this section brings together intriguing still lifes, singular takes on everyday language, and works that make the commonplace seem unfamiliar through changes in scale or materials.

    Everything
    Line, form, color, and shape are key to artists who embrace abstraction. The works here explore pure gesture and the physical properties of materials in compelling and inventive ways.

  2. Allora & Calzadilla: Chalk

    725 Vineland Pl
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    Based in Puerto Rico, collaborators Jennifer Allora (b. 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (b. 1971) create works that reach across sculpture, video, performance, and photography. Chalk (1998) is an ongoing art project in which the artists place human-size sticks of chalk - each piece measuring 64 inches in length - in public spaces for passers-by to use as they choose. Previously installed in Lima, Peru; Paris; Boston; and New York, the work takes on a new personal and political identity in each new location.

    The exhibition will be presented in the Walker's Gallery 7, a space adjacent to the museum's outdoor terraces, which are a hub for seasonal programming. Treated with a special chalk-friendly paint, the gallery will serve as a center of activity for audiences of all ages, encouraging participation. Visitors will be invited to draw or write with the chalk on the gallery's floor and walls, transforming the space into an immersive site for self-expression.

  3. An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns Prints, 1960-2018

    725 Vineland Pl
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    When Jasper Johns's paintings of flags and targets debuted in 1958, they brought him instant acclaim and established him as a critical link between Abstract Expressionism and Pop art. In the ensuing 60 years, Johns (US, b. 1930) has continued to astonish viewers with the beauty and complexity of his paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints. Today, he is today considered one of the 20th century's greatest American artists.

    An Art of Changes surveys six decades of Johns's practice in printmaking through a selection of some 90 works in intaglio, lithography, woodcut, linoleum cut, screenprinting, lead relief, and blind embossing - all drawn from the Walker’s complete collection of the artist's prints. Organized in four thematic, roughly chronological sections, the exhibition follows Johns as he revises and recycles key motifs over time. Viewers will see examples of his familiar flags and targets as well as images that explore artists' tools, materials, and techniques of mark-making; abstract works based on motifs known as flagstones and hatch marks; and later works that teem with autobiographical and personal imagery. To underscore Johns's fascination with the changes that occur when an image is reworked in another medium, the prints will be augmented by a small selection of paintings and sculptures.

  4. Carissa Rodriguez: The Maid

    725 Vineland Pl
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    New York-based artist Carissa Rodriguez (US, b. 1970) creates photography, sculpture, and moving image works that examine how art gets made, reproduced, collected, and consumed. In doing so, Rodriguez uncovers the complex and at times personal dynamics between artist, artwork, audience, and institution.

    The Maid is a short film that focuses on six sculptures residing in various locations - an auction house, museum storage space, and the homes of art collectors. Through the camera's meditative gaze, Rodriguez invites viewers to closely attend to the works, highlighting the extraordinary care given to these objects. The film borrows its title from a 1913 short story by Robert Walser (1878–1956). In the paragraph-long tale, a maid spends 20 years searching for a lost child once in her care. When she finally finds her, the maid dies of joy. This journey, driven by love and responsibility, serves as a powerful allegory for the attentive custodianship of works of art.

    The sculptures in Rodriguez's film were created by Sherrie Levine (US, b. 1947) in the 1990s. Known for copying or appropriating works of other artists, Levine modeled her pieces from an early 20th-century sculpture by Constantin Brancusi (Romania, 1876–1957). Referred to as "the father of modern sculpture," he aligned his artistic creation with birth using the title Le Nouveau Ne (The Newborn). Levine challenges this patriarchal lineage, adopting the newborns as her own by casting multiple versions in crystal or black glass. Rodriguez searched the globe to locate Levine's sculptures in public and private collections. Her film reunites several "siblings," documenting the commercial, domestic, and institutional afterlives of these enduring artworks.

    The exhibition also includes Rodriguez's All the Best Memories are Hers (2018), a series of photographs that brings artistic reproduction into dialogue with biological reproduction. As the artist describes, "By juxtaposing biological time with the eternal life of the art object, my works examine the interstices between subject and object, person and property, and delve into the structures of modern kinship and personhood."

  5. Elizabeth Price

    725 Vineland Pl
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    London-based artist Elizabeth Price (UK, b. 1966) creates richly layered, moving image works made specifically for gallery settings. Composed of a broad range of imagery sourced from analogue and digital photography, animation, and motion graphics, her works are often accompanied by scrolling text, narrated by a computerized voice and paired with music.

    Conceived in response to the architecture and past history of the Walker's gallery, this solo exhibition features two new moving image works - FELT TIP and KOHL (both 2018) - marking the artist’s first commission for a US museum. Projected floor to ceiling at more than 20 feet, FELT TIP focuses on design motifs of men's neckties from the 1970s and ’80s with patterns that evoke electronic networks and digital systems. Exploring the tie as both a sign of professional distinction and a sexually charged object, the work weaves together narratives of early computer technologies in the workplace and the gendered distinctions of its workforce. In KOHL, four fictional characters tell stories related to coal: its link to ink, writing, and the archive as well as its uses as a source of fuel and a cosmetic. Seen together, Price's new works take motifs of dress and body adornment to reflect upon the relationship between the material and digital, sites of labor, and markers of class.

  6. I am you, you are too

    725 Vineland Pl
    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.

  7. Selections from the Permanent Collection

    725 Vineland Pl
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    This exhibition, drawn from the Walker's world-renowned collections, looks backward and forward at contemporary art in our time, showcasing both cornerstone works that have built the collection and works by a younger generation that point to new strengths and directions. One of the hallmarks of the Walker's collection is its representation of multiple works by individual artists, affording the opportunity to examine an artist's practice through time.

    The exhibition will present groupings of works by artists with whom the Walker has had enduring relationships, such as Robert Gober, Dan Graham, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Joan Mitchell, Claes Oldenburg, Sigmar Polke, George Segal, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol. Laying an important foundation for the Walker's focus on collecting artists who embrace a wide range of media and approaches in working across artistic disciplines, these works will be shown alongside examples by artists acquired in more recent years - including works by Nairy Baghramian, Theaster Gates, Leslie Hewitt, Lee Kit, Elad Lassry, Mark Manders, Julie Mehretu, Dianna Molzan, Gedi Sibony, and Haegue Yang–who are leading the collection forward in bold and exciting ways.

  8. The Expressionist Figure: 100 Years of Modern and Contemporary Drawing

    725 Vineland Pl
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    This exhibition features some 100 works on paper that explore the expressive potential of the human body. In this richly varied presentation, viewers will find portraiture, social satire, narrative, fantasy, and erotica in mediums ranging from crayon, ink, and graphite to watercolor, pastel, and collage. The drawings span more than a century of artistic experimentation, beginning with an exquisite charcoal study of a bather by the French Impressionist Edgar Degas, executed around 1900, to a biting parody of The Wizard of Oz made in 2015 by the Minnesota-based Anishinabe artist Jim Denomie. Because many of the drawings are part of a gift to the Walker from an important private collector, the exhibition is not only a presentation of virtuoso artworks but also a testament to the pleasure of building a collection and the rewards of sharing it.

    Among the 73 artists in the exhibition are Max Beckmann, Chuck Close, Brett Cook-Dizney, Willem de Kooning, Edgar Degas, Jim Denomie, Otto Dix, Marlene Dumas, Arshile Gorky, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, William Kentridge, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, Rene Magritte, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Elizabeth Peyton, Pablo Picasso, Sigmar Polke, Egon Schiele, Ben Shahn, Zak Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol.

    Contains mature content.

  9. Theaster Gates: Assembly Hall

    725 Vineland Pl
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (612) 375-7600

    "How do we deal with abandonment, ruin, decay? How do we start to imagine ourselves as deeper caretakers of the things that exist in the world?" - Theaster Gates

    Theaster Gates's (US, b. 1973) multifaceted practice includes sculpture, installation, performance, and architectural interventions. An important aspect of his work entails reclaiming and revitalizing abandoned buildings in neighborhoods across Chicago's South Side. These spaces, which include Dorchester Projects and the Stony Island Arts Bank, have become catalysts for creative and cultural gatherings, and now also serve as repositories for thousands of objects. Taking things that have been cast aside from libraries, archives, and collections, the artist asks us to consider what it means to invest objects with new meanings through the simple acts of conversation, conservation, creation, and care.

    Assembly Hall brings a number of the artist's collections into a museum context for the first time. The Walker’s galleries are transformed into a total work of art, transposing his collections and studio environment into four immersive rooms, each infused with his own poetic interventions. The exhibition considers what Gates calls "resurrections," or the act of bringing old objects and spaces back to life, while examining the historical and social context of their making in the process. Included are selections from 60,000 slides of art/architectural history from the University of Chicago Glass Lantern Slides Collection; books and periodicals, furniture, and other ephemera from the 15,000-piece Johnson Publishing Company Collection; a range of objects from the Ana J. and Edward J. Williams Collection of "negrobilia"; and ceramic pots and other wares that the artist has made or collected over the past decade. Seen together, these items speak to Gates's "deep belief in the objects and histories of African American material culture" and capture moments of celebration and inspiration, exclusion and marginalization, renewal and invention.

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  • Banquet Facilities (maximum capacity): 380
  • Number of Meeting Rooms: 9
  • Largest Meeting Room (sq ft): 3100
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