There will be a free artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 20.
There’s so much more to Siah Armajani’s work beyond the famous Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge connecting Loring Park and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Born in Tehran and now a longtime Minnesota resident, Armajani has created pieces that balance such art and architectural styles as abstraction, constructivism, and Bauhaus with social and political content, poetry, computer language, and Persian calligraphy. The Walker has teamed up with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create this comprehensive retrospective. The exhibition includes 150-some maquettes from his “Dictionary for Building” series, during which he disassembled and reassembled elements of residential architecture. Sculpture, models, and collages from an array of other series reduce his otherwise monumental works to a viewable, digestible size.