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. Claudia Rankine, Will Rawls, and John Lucas: What Remains

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

    What Remains unites the minds of genre-busting and Bessie Award–winning choreographer Will Rawls, poet and MacArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine, and filmmaker John Lucas. In a space representing the entombed imagination, the artists present resonant movement, language, and video inspired by Rankine's texts on racial violence - Citizen and Don't Let Me Be Lonely (Graywolf Press) - in response to black citizens' visibility and disappearances. Featuring performers Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Leslie Cuyjet, Jessica Pretty, and Tara Aisha Willis.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. ModernMedieval: The Living Word

    Call: (612) 375-7600

    Experts in both contemporary and early music, ModernMedieval interweaves in The Living Word ecstatic chants of 12th-century mystic Hildegard of Bingen with newly commissioned electronic and vocal music by Australian/Icelandic composer/producer Ben Frost and Puerto Rico–born composer Angelica Negron, who perform their new works live with the ensemble. Electronic/pop singer/composer Julianna Barwick, who was featured in the Walker's 2012 Sound Horizon series, also joins ModernMedieval for her new extended work Adder.

  7. Platforms: Collection and Commissions

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

    Platforms: Collection and Commissions looks at key artists from the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection together with newly commissioned film and video works by eleven international contemporary artists. Commissioned by the Walker between 2014 and 2018, the works respond to the influence, inquiry, and inspiration of leading artists and filmmakers in the collection to create new works that premiered first as an online series. These Moving Image Commissions bridge generations: contemporary artists create new works based on the history of experimental film while using multiple platforms to exhibit their work, from online to gallery exhibition. The dynamic initiative weaves together production, scholarship, distribution, and archival work to highlight and grow the collection.

    The first installment of the exhibition, Leslie Thornton’s commission They Were Just People (2016), was produced in direct response to the influence and inquiry of Bruce Conner. The piece is a chilling exploration of the purpose and repurposing of memory during wartime, combining Thornton’s manipulated footage of the La Brea Tar Pits in California with an oral account describing moments in the immediate aftermath of the 1945 US atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. They Were Just People is a dark, personal response to Crossroads (1976), Conner’s iconic film of the 1946 Bikini Atoll nuclear test.

    Future installations in Platforms will include pieces by James Richards and Moyra Davey, inspired by British filmmaker Derek Jarman; Shahryar Nashat and Uri Aran’s work based on the films of Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers; and Yto Barrada, Renée Green, Marwa Arsanios, and the duo of Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz’s commissions that were all influenced by German filmmaker Harun Farocki. The exhibition will conclude with two new commissions produced in 2018 by filmmakers Kevin Jerome Everson and Deborah Stratman.

  8. 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.

  9. The Body Electric

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

    In an age dominated by digital technology, The Body Electric explores themes of the real and virtual, the organic and artificial, moving from the world into the screen and back again. Today, computer and phone screens are fast becoming the primary places of encountering new information, effectively blurring the boundary between three-dimensional space and the two-dimensional image. The exhibition presents work by an international and intergenerational group of artists who examine ways that photographic, televisual, and digital media change our perceptions of the human body and everyday life.

    With works ranging from the 1960s to today, The Body Electric brings together artists including Trisha Baga, Nam June Paik, and Shigeko Kubota, whose across performance, sculpture, and the moving image conflates the physical world and its life on screen. For some artists, such as Martine Syms, Andrea Crespo, and Lynn Hershman Leeson, the lens of the camera creates a space to rethink the representation of sociopolitical identities and to question the structures that govern our understanding of race, gender, and sexuality. For others, such as Mark Leckey, Pierre Huyghe, and Bruce Nauman, technology offers the opportunity to consider the malleable, fragmented, and impossible body.

    Charting the embrace and manipulation of technology across varying generations, The Body Electric examines how the screen has increasingly shifted the way we picture ourselves and understand our place in the world.

  10. Wadada Leo Smith: America’s National Parks

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

    An innovative, much-admired trumpeter and composer for half a century, Wadada Leo Smith presents an expansive, politically charged suite that pays tribute to America's national parks as well as cultural zones not yet recognized by the government. Pairing his Golden Quintet (Pheeron Aklaff, Anthony Davis, John Lindberg, and Ashley Walters) with spellbinding video throughout, Smith explores and questions the luminous majesty, cultural histories, and violent realities of our natural areas - whether preserved, unprotected, or under attack.

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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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