Exhibitions - Walker Art Centre


The new Walker features 11 exhibition galleries for displaying special exhibitions and a renowned permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, videos, prints, drawings, photographs, artists’ books, and installation works. On view is work by artists the Walker has collected in depth; artist-designed installations; an exhibition unfolding a history of modernism and its alternatives; and a showcase of minimalist works. A commissioned Skyspace work by James Turrell, located in the new four-acre park, was unveiled in spring 2005.

Performing Arts:

The Walker’s Performing Arts program, one of the largest and most dynamic in the country, is committed to nurturing and celebrating the most important artistic visions in contemporary dance, music, theater, and performance art through presentations, residencies, and commissions. With nearly 100 commissions in the past decade alone, the breadth, scope, and influence of the Walker’s performing arts programming is comparable with few other organization in the country. The Walker provides artists with extensive resources and support, creates bold educational contexts for audiences to discover and enjoy new works, and, for more than 30 years, has provided the national and local performing arts communities a gauge of important new developments in performance. The Walker has presented performing arts on a regular basis since the 1940s, formally establishing the department in 1970.

In 2004 the Walker received a $10 million gift from William W. and Nadine M. McGuire, one of the largest ever committed to the commissioning, development, and presentation of new works in the performing arts. The gift encompasses three areas that together create a new model for contemporary arts programming: construction of the Walker’s new 385-seat theater; creation of the Walker’s first named curatorial position; and a $2 million fund to commission new work.

Film and Video:

Widely recognized for its presentation of moving-image arts that define and influence our time, the Walker showcases film and video in a year-round program featuring both contemporary and classic/historical works. Exploring our global community, culture, and society, programs draw from a range of genres, including contemporary world cinema, American independents, artist videos, short experimental works, and socially relevant media. In addition, programs of classic, repertory, or historically relevant films are presented to explore the history of the medium and to connect audiences, especially younger audiences, with a framework for engaging with film history.


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