Founded in 1879, this is one of the country's finest contemporary art museums. At the center of Twin Cities' cultural life, ... More
Walker Art Center
Founded in 1879, this is one of the country's finest contemporary art museums. At the center of Twin Cities' cultural life, the Walker often books highly regarded traveling exhibitions. The museum's large collection of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and multimedia works are displayed in nine galleries. The permanent collection includes important works by notable artists, such as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Franz Marc, Stuart Davis, Andy Warhol, Joan Mitchell, Roy Lichtenstein and Dan Flavin. Apart from its regular exhibits, the museum also plays host to innovative theater, music, dance, film, video, performance programs, and also sponsors numerous classes, workshops and lectures. The Walker Book Shop here in the premises sells a variety of gifts and museum related items. Call ahead or check the website for more details.
Saturday afternoon at the Walker should have been a lovely day
I visited 4 levels, thinking if I kept moving through the museum I'd see something other than artless porn. Hopefully there is some art above 4th floor?. Don't bring the kids.
I appreciated the layout of this art museum and its innovativeness.I appreciated its fine variety of second half of the Twentieth Century Art.I especially liked their works by;Marsden Hartley,Joseph Cornell,Joao Miro,Kiki Smith,and Cindy Sherman.I appreciated the enthusiast attitude of their staff
Having visited the old Walker years ago, I was curious to see how the Herzog de Meuron addition meshed with the old space. I can only say that both the site planning and overall design of the new building are horrible. Rather than making thoughtful use of the large grounds, the architects chose to perch the addition about twenty feet from the busiest street in Minneapolis. There is no way of easily dropping off or picking up someone, and there is no cohesive or comfortable outdoor space to welcome visitors. If you drive, you must pull into the parking ramp. This is the most attractive part of the addition, and indeed, it takes up all of the prime space right in the center of the Walker's main property, exactly where the new galleries should have been placed.
When entering the building from the parking ramp, there is a stair and an elevator. One is only on the periphery of the space, and has to go to the first floor. There, nothing is laid out in a way that is friendly to users. There is no central entrance space (as there was in the old Walker), just a low-ceilinged corridor with the ticket vendors tucked into awkward wall niches. One has to wonder what they were thinking, and if it's just a case of a midwestern museum being bullied into a bad design by the Tate Modern's celebrity architects. Hopefully the museum will get another addition in 20 or 30 years, with new architects who can transform the space into something more hospitable and inviting for the community.
If you're into contemporary art, they have a good permanent collection and a nice variety of stuff to see. If that's your bag, you'll want to see for yourself. If you're more interested in architecture, it might be worth a trip to the U of M campus to see the Gehry designed Weisman museum. More humble, but it's a little gem.
I thought the building itself was architecturally stunning in its unique shape with over 8 floors of gallerys, a terrace, gift shop and restauraunt by wolfgang puck. not to overpower the purpose of the establishment art... greatly laid out gallerys spaciciouly laid out the large rooms have very clean white walls to really feature and i think respect the the artists and there pieces that are so well and tastefully showcased. 4 stars would visit again for one of there visiting exhibitons.
the innovative art teaches many things. the frida khalo exhibit coming oct. 26th! it's a wonderful place to spend either a couple minutes or an entire day. but it isn't merely a museum, it also houses a cinema, a lecture room (with film screening compatibilities), a theater, and 2 restaurants. There are also many fun classes and workshops offered at the walker, and events such as concerts, films, artist talks, and much more!
I was so dissapointed when I went to the Walker Art Center hoping to see the work of some talented artists. I was incredibly dissapointed to see just a bunch of garbage, abstract peices with no talent needed to create, and the ones that were depictable were all porn images. I was especially disturbed by a child molestation peice they had on the wall. The art was horrible, and bland. No variety whatsoever. I have seen much better art in a kintergarden classroom, or on a train car. Will never go there again, would never reccomend it to anyone!
The Walker Art Center offers an ever expanding array of Artistic pieces, often moving away into contemporary. This museum is an experience which should not be missed, is a cultural hot spot and is amazingly welcoming.
The Walker is a fabulous museum for those who enjoy contemporary art. The works will delight, challenge and confound you. To help make sense of it all, the Walker provides a tour that you can download from itunes onto your ipod or you can call a number from your cell phone and receive information about the piece you are looking at.
Good lunches provided at the cafeteria.
Admission $8 for adults, but if you take the River City Trolley tour, you can get a coupon for $2 off.
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