Permanent Collection - Walker Art Centre

The Walker Art Center's collection has increased dramatically since its current building opened in 1971, and has grown 40 percent (to more than 9,600 objects) in the last decade alone. The expanded Walker will increase total exhibition space from 30,000 to 40,000 square feet, creating 11 exhibition galleries and doubling the space allocated to the collection.

With the opening of the expanded Walker, the entire building will showcase the permanent collection. Featured will be a series of exhibitions rather than a single linear, chronological presentation. These installations will provide a thorough examination of the Walker's holdings as well as highlight those artists and artistic movements that have been the focus of the Walker's collecting practice.

Curators: Deputy Director and Chief Curator Richard Flood; Senior Curator Philippe Vergne; Curator for the Permanent Collection Joan Rothfuss; Curators Siri Engberg and Douglas Fogle; and Assistant Curator for the Permanent Collection Elizabeth Carpenter.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden:

Since its opening in 1988, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has become one of the Twin Cities’ most popular and acclaimed attractions. One of the largest urban sculpture parks in the United States, it features four 100-fort-square plazas containing works by leading American and international artists; the Cowles Conservatory, which houses seasonal plantings and a glass-and-wood sculpture, Standing Glass Fish, by California architect Frank Gehry; the 29-foot-high fountain-sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry, designed for the Garden by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen; the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, a 375-foot-long footbridge designed by Twin Cities-based artist Siah Armajani, which spans 16 lanes of traffic and connects the Garden to Loring Park; and, in the expanded north end of the Garden, the 300-foot-long Arlene Grossman Memorial Arbor and Flower Garden.

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