Founded in 1940, the multidisciplinary art center is considered one of the "Big Five" museums for modern art. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art.
Walker Collections reflect a diverse range of artistic pursuits, including: a permanent collection of visual arts, the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection, performing arts commissions, the library’s Rosemary Furtak Collection of artists’ books, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Collection, and the Digital Arts Study Collection.
The Walker’s expansion, which was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, opened in April 2005. Adjacent to the museum is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (see separate listing), one of the nation’s largest urban sculpture parks. The Garden’s centerpiece and most popular work is Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Spoonbridge and Cherry (1985–1988), which has become a beloved symbol of the Twin Cities.
The Walker Art Center's expanded space is Herzog & de Meuron's first public building in the United States. Expanding the Center: Walker Art Center and Herzog & de Meuron considers Herzog & de Meuron's shimmering but grounded design, which mirrors the textures and shades of the Walker's original space, and an institutional philosophy based in innovation and risk-taking, the exploration of alternative approaches to learning, the experimental use of technologies to communicate information, and the design of spaces to enhance a variety of museum experiences. The book is organized around the decisions and actions of the architects, builders, Walker staff and the audience--i.e. designing, constructing, unveiling, staging, gathering, patterning, framing, collecting--and highlights the thinking that led to the visible form of the Center as well as the innovative projects and initiatives that give it its inimitable character. The book includes generous selection of images, including sketches, renderings and photographs of the construction process and the completed work.
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Human-size pieces of chalk in public spaces for passers-by to use
Layered moving image works accompanied by scrolling text, music, and narration
National identity, shifting political borders, and international and intercultural dialogue
Looking backward and forward at contemporary art in our time
Invites the viewer to become reacquainted with favorites from the collection
Artist serially tracks recurring impressions of conflict