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Walker Art Center

Founded: 1940; Minneapolis
Art Centre
The Walker Art Center is a multidisciplinary contemporary art center in the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. The Walker is one of the most-visited modern and contemporary art museums in the United States and, together with the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the Cowles Conservatory, it has an annual attendance of around 700,000 visitors. The museum's permanent collection includes over 13,000 modern and contemporary art pieces including books, costumes, drawings, media works, paintings, photography, prints, and sculpture. The Walker Art Center began 1879 as a personal art gallery in the home of lumber baron Thomas Barlow Walker. Walker formally established his collection as the Walker Art Gallery in 1927. With the support of the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, the Walker Art Gallery became the Walker Art Center in January 1940. The Walker celebrated its 75th anniversary as a public art center in 2015. The Walker's new building, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes and opened in May 1971, saw a major expansion in 2005. Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron's addition included an additional gallery space, a theater, restaurant, shop, and special events space.
Areas of Specialization
Visual arts, Performing Arts, Moving Image, Design, Digital Media, Education and public programs, Publishing.
Publications & References
Vincenzo de Bellis and Caroline Dumalin, ed. MARIO GARCÍA TORRES: ILLUSION BROUGHT ME HERE. Minnesota: Walker Art Center, 2019.
Fionn Meade and Joan Rothfuss and Olga Viso, ed. MERCE CUNNINGHAM: COMMON TIME. Minnesota: Walker Art Center, 2017.
Andrew Blauvelt, ed. HIPPIE MODERNISM: THE STRUGGLE FOR UTOPIA. Minnesota: Walker Art Center, 2015.
Siri Engberg, ed. FROM HERE TO THERE: ALEC SOTH'S AMERICA. Minnesota: Walker Art Center, 2010.
Exhibitions & Events
1998 - 1999