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1750 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403 | Minneapolis (Downtown) | 612-375-7600

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Opened in 1927 as the first public art gallery in the Upper Midwest, the Walker Art Center has since become one of the top contemporary art museums in the nation. Holding court in the Lowry Hill neighborhood, it’s impossible to drive by without catching a glimpse of the Spoonbridge and Cherry in the Sculpture Garden -- one of the most iconic landmarks in all of Minnesota. The museum runs several exhibitions at a time, with dozens featured every year, in addition to the lectures, classes and workshops, tours, and screenings at the Walker Cinema that are also frequently featured. Not to be confined by its own walls, however, the Walker hosts many events outside of the venue itself, like the annual Rock the Garden music fest on the museum lawn or the summer movie series held across the street in Loring Park. Even the Sculpture Garden hosts its own selection of events and activities, such as an artist-designed mini golf course that was introduced in 2013. Once you’ve gotten your fix of the latest collections, head upstairs to Gather by D’Amico for lunch. The first Saturday of each month is free, often featuring a rotating schedule of special events and activities, and space rental for private parties or other events is also available. Whether you are into paintings, digital work, film, dance, or art of the extremely conceptual variety, the Walker has it all.


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  • Dressing Room: What To Where
    With bands like Doomtree and Trampled by Turtles on the lineup, it's no surprise that this year's Rock the Garden sold out in an hour. The daylong concert fest, put on by the Walker Art...
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    The 10th installment of Rock the Garden, the Walker Art Center and 89.3 the Current's yearly outdoor music festival, has a distinctly local feel. Although the evening's final performance...
  • Dressing Room: Art
    The Walker Art Center has acted as a bit of a matchmaker in the pairing of Minouk Lim and Emily Johnson for an interdisciplinary performance, titled "FireCliff 3," that's happening tonight...
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    Korean artist Minouk Lim's first U.S. exhibition features three immersive, multidisciplinary environments integrating documentary video that comments on modernization in Korea. In one, a...
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    This Saturday marks the opening of the Walker Art Center's Open Field, where the big grassy hill on the museum's north side becomes a park, a coffee shop, a school, and even a bar and...
  • Dressing Room: Dance
    Yesterday, the Walker Art Center announced its 2012-2013 performing arts season. It looks like it's going to be a fantastic year filled with a number of powerhouse women performers,...
  • Dressing Room: Freeloader Friday
    Freeloader Friday won't be published until tomorrow morning. However, this week's Target Free Thursday Nights at the Walker is loaded with so much stuff that we had to give it an...
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    Tired of assigned seating for concert dance? Want the freedom to move around at will, whether for a better view or just to try out a move? Venezuelan-born choreographer David Zambrano...
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    Colin Stetson plays a multitude of instruments and makes most of them sound like nothing you've heard before. His arsenal includes alto, tenor, and the outsized bass saxophone, along with...
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    In what's being billed as a "612-meets-312 experiment," the Walker has arranged for what promises to be an intriguing, ear-opening collaboration between veteran Chicago avant-garde rock band...
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    This weekend, Minnesota's favorite storyteller Kevin Kling will be making an appearance at Free First Saturday at the Walker Art Center. Kling has previously earned accolades as a performer...
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    Although this collective is rife with evidence of its base in New York's cutting-edge downtown music scene, the 802—as in area code—tag gives away the Vermont origins of most of...
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    Can public transportation be perceived as cool? This was the task that faced Michael Lejeune of LA Metro Design Studio. While a project like this may be easy in Minnesota, where hipster bike...
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    Last year, the multifaceted California-based artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph was in residency at the Walker Art Center. During that time, he posed the question "what sustains life in your...
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    "Ethereal" is a word overused by music writers, but seldom is it more apt than in the case of Julianna Barwick. The Brooklyn-based artist essentially creates audio stained-glass windows with...
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    This weekend, families may want to skip the Saturday-morning cartoons and check out the far superior flicks to be screened at Free First Saturday: Foreign Flix. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. guests...
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    Praised far and wide as one of the most vital contemporary jazz musicians, pianist and composer Vijay Iyer has racked up truckloads of awards and accolades for music that embraces both the...
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    Videotect Awards, an architecture-inspired short-film contest now in its second year, returns to the Walker this Thursday for a free public screening. Last year the Architecture MN-sponsored...
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    AraabMuzik The Loft, Wednesday 2.29 In the typically background-work world of hip-hop production, AraabMuzik has become a front-and-center presence in a way that's surprised people who...
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    Ever since Marcel Duchamp turned a urinal upside down, signed it R. Mutt, named it Fountain, and submitted it to the Society of Independent Artists exhibit in 1917, interest in the everyday...
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    In an interview with performing-arts curator Philip Bither on the Walker Art Center's website, choreographer Bill T. Jones describes iconic artistic collaborators John Cage and Merce...
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    In Pina, German filmmaker Wim Wenders's stunning homage to the late-choreographer Pina Bausch, the ardent expressionism of Bausch's singular approach to dance-theater is visible in the...
  • Gimme Noise: Concert Preview
    On March 22 and 23, a collective of young, folk-rooted composers who were drinking buddies back in Vermont will perform at the Walker's William and Nadine McGuire Theater. If you read that...
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    "Panties and ponies," someone said to me. "That's what Frank Gaard's all about right now." Sure. Even Gaard, who has excited and incited the Twin Cities arts scene for decades (particularly...
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    You may be used to viewing art, but how often have you seen it with your third eye? This Thursday at the Walker Art Center, two L.A.-based "artist intuitives," Asher Hartman and Karuko...
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    The name might be different—the British Arrows Awards were known through last year as the British Television Advertising Awards—but there's something almost tradition-bound about...
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    This Saturday, the Walker Art Center will host its annual open house. The day starts off with the monthly, family-friendly Free First Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. kids can enjoy...
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    This annual, not-to-be-missed survey of local dance yields numerous rewards: veteran choreographers trying new stuff, folks new on the scene, and well-known envelope-pushers and...
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    Anne Carson tends to divide people into two camps: those who haven't gotten around to her yet, and those who think she's a genius. The poet, essayist, and classicist is a master of hybrid...
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    Merce Cunningham is gone and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, now on its "Farewell Legacy Tour," will perform its final Minneapolis engagement this weekend. But the Walker Art Center,...
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    It may feel early to start your Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving, but this Saturday's event at the Walker Art Center is an ample opportunity to shop for that jewelry aficionado in your...
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    The 10-day celebration of the late, great choreographer and all-around experimental genius Merce Cunningham kicks off with a performance-cum-memoir by former Cunningham and Lyon Opera Ballet...
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    The starting point for this poignant, breathtaking work was a bridge collapse. Not ours, the 1970s collapse of a bridge in Melbourne that killed 35 workers. But the work is no less potent...
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    Although it's tempting to say St. Vincent is the alter ego as well as the stage name of Annie Clark, the art-pop she creates is so multidimensional and highly textured that two personalities...
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    In 2007, Faustin Linyekula and his company, Les Studios Kabako, performed "Festival of Lies" at the Cedar Cultural Center. The two-hour performance, intertwining dance, music, and theater,...
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    This is a surviving component of the Walker's mini-festival Despair Be Damned: New Music and Dance from the Congo. The Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili was forced to cancel its entire tour...
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    Choreographer Bill T. Jones is almost an institution in the Twin Cities. His long relationship with Northrop and the Walker Art Center has resulted in such legendary performances as "Last...
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    Forget about the Kosta Boda glassware and Dala horses. Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg is entirely of another world. With metal, foam, clay, hand-painted fabrics, and other materials, she...
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    The more high tech our culture becomes, the less we need our folksy traditions. But in some special instances, people keep them going strong. Such is the case for Amanda Lovelee, the artist...
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    Yarn bombing is a vibrant street art, created from knitted and crocheted fabric rather than aerosol cans. A cozier form of graffiti, it's also non-permanent. And while it's still technically...
  • Gimme Noise: Local Music
    As much as it pains us to admit that not only is the Walker's Music & Movies series underway but already half over, the organizers are giving us something extra-auspicious to look...
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    If high school teachers around the world used Mexican artist Pedro Reyes's "Baby Marx" to teach history, we'd be overrun by randy teenage political scientists with the creative inspiration...
  • Dressing Room: Art
    The Walker Art Center is looking for wrestling fans -- or anyone willing to act the part -- for a film shoot with pro wrestling legend Baron von Raschke tonight. Raschke will be speaking...
  • Gimme Noise: Just Announced
    With severe weather hitting the metro area, the Walker Art Center has decided to move its inaugural 2011 Music & Movies night in Loring Park indoors to the Walker Cinema, which...
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    Can a series of sculptures and installations work as a memoir? Artist Mark Manders strives to convey the emotions, thoughts, and memories of his day-to-day life through objects. It is a...
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    Nothing says "summertime fun" like a big backyard to play, picnic, and lounge in. The Walker seems to agree with this sentiment, and is once again opening its grassy green lawn to the...
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    It takes a special talent to be able to turn trash into art. Filmmaker, author, and artist John Waters has this skill in spades. Over the years Waters has produced brightly colored cinematic...
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    There's something faintly elegiac about the Walker Art Center's new photography exhibition, which opens this weekend. At a time when seemingly everyone—from celebrities to everyday...
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    "Surreal" as an evocative descriptor loses all meaning when a show like the Walker Art Center's "Midnight Party" goes up. As if one film by Matthew Barney isn't bizarre enough to incite a...
  • The Hot Dish: Free Stuff!
    Picnicking days are coming to a close, but here's one of your last opportunities: Walker Art's Open Field is hosting a picnic Friday, September 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.  This year they've...

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