The Walker Art Center has evolved considerably since its roots in the downtown mansion of a 19th-century lumber baron. It wasn't until 1971, however, that the Walker most familiar to Minneapolitans, a sturdy brick structure designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, came to dominate the intersection at Hennepin and Lyndale Avenues. Fast-forward to the present, and the Barnes building now has company--and a bit of competition--in the form of a shimmery, chameleonic, aluminum-mesh-clad creation by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. The new Walker not only houses additional galleries but also a state-of-the-art theater. Gone are the days when performers--particularly dancers--had to alter their choreography in order to adapt to the narrow auditorium stage in the Barnes wing: The new William and Nadine McGuire Theater can accommodate all but the biggest productions in a 385-seat setting that feels... More >>>