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Situated both inside and outside of the Cargill Lounge, Chris Larson’s site-specific work in the exhibition The Spectacular of Vernacular invited visitors to climb inside and take in the view

Measures of Success

As a mission-driven organization, the Walker Art Center measures its successes beyond the balance sheet. The following statistics and information highlight key aspects of the Walker’s mission: Artistic Leadership and Innovation, Audience Engagement and Civic Commitment, and Stewardship.

Artistic Leadership and Innovation

Walker-Organized Exhibitions 10

  • From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America
  • A Shot in the Dark
  • Sol LeWitt: 2D + 3D
  • The Spectacular of Vernacular
  • 50/50: Audience and Experts Curate the Paper Collection
  • Midnight Party
  • Goshka Macuga: It Broke From Within
  • Tacita Dean
  • Eiko & Koma: Naked
  • Absentee Landlord

Walker Publications 3

  • Eiko & Koma: Time Is Not Even, Space Is Not Empty
  • The Spectacular of Vernacular
  • From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America

Performing Arts Commissions 5

  • Ralph Lemon: How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?
  • Dave Douglas/Bill Morrison: Spark of Being
  • Eiko & Koma: Naked
  • Sarah Michelson & Richard Maxwell: Devotion
  • Julian Crouch/Improbable Theater: The Devil and Mr. Punch

Performing Arts Premieres 5

  • Brad Mehldou and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: Lost Highway
  • Tyondai Braxton (The Battles)/Wordless Music Orchestra: City Market
  • Eiko & Koma: Naked
  • Julian Crouch/Improbable Theater: The Devil and Mr. Punch
  • Ralph Lemon: Meditation, part four of How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?

Film/Video Premieres 43

Selected Highlights

  • Olivier Assayas: Carlos
  • Blast Theory: A Machine To See With
  • Justin Chadwick: The First Grader
  • Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman: Howl
  • Sam Green: Utopia in Four Movements
  • Benjamin Heisenberg: The Robber
  • Terrence Malick: The Tree of Life
  • Kelly Reichardt: Meek’s Cutoff
  • Jay Rosenblatt: The D Train
  • Lynne Sachs: Wind in Our Hair
  • Julian Schnabel: Miral
  • Gillian Wearing: Self Made
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Regional and World Premiere Screenings 26%

Walker Traveling Exhibitions 2

  • The Talent Show
  • Trisha Brown: So That the Audience Does Not Know Whether I Have Stopped Dancing

Traveling Exhibition Attendance 240,911

  • Host Museums 3
  • Host Countries 2

Touring Walker Performing Arts Commissions 15

  • Ralph Lemon: How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?
  • John Jasperse Company: Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking and Flat Out Lies
  • Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton: Songs of Ascension
  • Lee Breuer/Bob Telson: Gospel at Colonus
  • Basil Twist: Petrushka
  • Bill Frisell Trio: Musical Portraits from Heber Springs: The Disfarmer Project
  • Dave Douglas/Bill Morrison: Spark of Being
  • Erik Friedlander: Block Ice and Propane
  • Eiko & Koma: Naked
  • National Theater of the United States: Chautauqua!
  • Elevator Repair Service: Gatz
  • Reggie Wilson/Andréya Ouamba: The Good Dance: Dakar/Brooklyn
  • Trisha Brown Dance Company: Foray Forêt, Glacial Decoy
  • Shirin Neshat: Logic of the Birds*
  • Ragamala Dance: Dhvee*

Touring Performance Attendance 51,900+

  • Host Venues 33
  • Host Cities 15
  • Host Countries 10

Artist Presentations and Engagements 1,401

Visual Arts 327

Design 16

Performing Arts 483

Education 402

Film/Video 173

Artist Residencies 15

Visual Arts 1

  • Goshka Macuga

Performing Arts 5

  • Ralph Lemon
  • Dave Douglas/Bill Morrison
  • Eiko & Koma
  • Sarah Michelson/Richard Maxwell
  • Julian Crouch/Improbable

Film/Video 5

  • Benjamin Heisenberg
  • Sam Green
  • Kerry Tribe
  • Ed Halter
  • Ju Row Farr/John Hunter (Blast Theory)

Education 4

  • Futurefarmers
  • Red76
  • Works Progress
  • Field Office Fellows

Cross-Departmental Interdisciplinary Collaborations 8

  • Artists’ Cinema (Visual Arts, Film/Video)
  • Sound Horizons (Performing Arts, Visual Arts)
  • Blast Theory: A Machine To See With (Film/Video, New Media Initiatives)
  • Berlin: Bonanza (Performing Arts, Film/Video)
  • David Green/Richard Serf: Utopia in Four Movements (Performing Arts, Film/Video)
  • Eiko & Koma: Naked (Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Film/Video)
  • Lucinda Childs: Dance (Performing Arts, Visual Arts)
  • Open Field (Education & Community Programs, Design, mnartists.org, Film/Video, Visitor Services, New Media Initiatives)

Walker Staff Honors and Awards 13

  • International Association of Art Critics, USA Award for Best Historical Museum Show Nationally: Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers
  • 2011 Infinity Awards for Best Publication, International Center for Photography: From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America
  • 2011 Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award, Society of Architectural Historians: Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes

Visual Arts Awards 1

Education & Community Programs Awards 1

Design Studio Awards 11

Walker Staff Lectures, Juries, and Panels 130


Audience Engagement and Civic Commitment

Total Walker Attendance 588,677

Garden Attendance 326,535

Gallery Attendance 144,635

Event and Building Attendance 117,507

Gateway Event Visits 42%

Free Gallery Visits 64%

Visitors of Color 12%

Teen and Youth Visitors 22%

Lower Income Visitors ($25K or Less) 19%

Total Online Visits 3,524,134

walkerart.org User Sessions 1,735,275

  • Average Length of Visit (Minutes) 1:54
  • Blog User Sessions 377,165
  • Walker Channel Presentations 80
  • Walker E-mail Subscribers 49,975

mnartists.org User Sessions 905,406

  • Average Length of Visit (Minutes) 2:10
  • Registered Artists 18,208
  • All-Time Articles 6,135
  • E-Newsletter Subscribers 11,655

artsconnected.org User Sessions 883,435

  • Average Length of Visit (Minutes) 3:27

iTunes U Downloads* 19,626

  • Tracks Added 50
  • Pages Browsed 26,879
  • Subscription Requests 617

*Data only available for 32 weeks.

YouTube Views 538,148

  • Videos Added 92

Flickr Views 222,769

  • Photos Added 6,155

Twitter Followers 223,564

  • Feeds 7

Facebook Fans 47,771

  • Domains 13

Art on Call User Sessions 8,186

  • Average Stops per Call 2
  • Walker Collections Artworks Featured 112
  • Exhibitions Featured 5
    • Absentee Landlord
    • From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America
    • Guillermo Kuitca: Everything—Paintings and Works on Paper, 1980–2008
    • Mark Manders: Parallel Occurrences/Documented Assignments
    • Midnight Party

Total Media Mentions 1,061

  • Features, Previews, and Reviews 411
  • Online Features and Blogs 500
  • Radio and Television Features 25

Total Print Media Impressions 238,934,385

  • Local and Regional 164,156,247
  • National and International 74,778,138

Local Community Partnerships 172

  • Education 112
  • Performing Arts 25
  • Film/Video 16
  • Design 12
  • Visual Arts 4
  • New Media Initiatives 3

Copresentations 47

  • Education 35
  • Performing Arts 7
  • Film/Video 4
  • Visual Arts 1

Stewardship

Artists in Walker Permanent Collection 1,617

  • Women Artists 21%
  • Minnesota Artists 11%
  • Artists of Color (Self Identified) 8%
  • Global Artists (Non-Western; US, Canada, and Europe Omitted) 8%

Works in Walker Collections 12,930

  • Artworks in Permanent Collection 10,246
  • Works in Special Collections 1,822
  • Ruben/Bentson Film Collection 862

New Acquisitions 87

  • Purchases 61
  • Gifts 26

Collection Works on View 696

  • Permanent Collection Works 661
  • Ruben/Bentson Film Collection 35

Works on Loan 45

  • Museums 27
  • Countries 7

Works Requested 92