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The Walker embodies progressive design through both the presentation of an eclectic mix of exhibitions, events, and initiatives as well as through the practice of its award-winning in-house design studio and influential fellowship and publishing programs. More

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Lectures, Talks & Readings

Insights 2014 Design Lecture Series

The Insights series brings leading designers from around the world to the Walker to share the thinking, methods, and processes behind their work. This year, don’t miss your chance to see design legend Lance Wyman (New York), cultural designer Sara De Bondt (London), “conceptual entrepreneur” Martine Syms… More

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Paul Schmelzer

Design’s “Dark Lord” Discusses the Walker Art Center Black Metal Logo

Christophe Szpajdel, who has created some 10,000 brand marks since the 1980s, may be among the more prolific logo designers anywhere. He may also be one of the most unusual: he creates identities for bands such as Pyre, Vomit of Torture, and Godrot. When… More


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Olga Viso

Question Everything

What does it mean to present the art of our time? Why do we need a safe place for unsafe ideas? How can art show us who we are—and aren’t? The Walker’s founding as a public art center in 1940 was sparked by a question, and during the 75 years since it’s been… More

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Andrew Blauvelt

Design for Explication not Veneration: Remembering Mickey Friedman

For Mildred “Mickey” Friedman, curating design was less about acquiring objects than letting such artifacts tell stories within the galleries, “not for veneration but explication,” writes curator… More

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James Bridle

The Siege on Citizenship

“The cloud renders geography irrelevant,” writes James Bridle, “until you realize that everything that matters, everything that means you don’t die, is based not only on which passport you possess, but on a complex web of definitions of what constitutes that passport… More


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Paul Schmelzer

Rethinking Collections Publishing for the Digital Age

For many in the museum world, the term scholarly collections catalogue can conjure daunting impressions: a book about a museum’s holdings, it involves years of collecting, researching, photographing… More

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Jeff Huebner

Home Makers

Housing—as an aesthetic, conceptual, political, and environmental concern—has captured the imaginations and passions of artists and architects in recent years. In a flourishing yet undefined field, Rick Lowe, Rirkrit Tiravanija, N55, the Rural Studio, and others are… More

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Martin Friedman

Animating Space: Martin Friedman on the Sculpture Garden

Martin Friedman recalls the snowy day in 1987 when Claes Oldenburg unveiled a “captivating object”—his concept for the focal point of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. “There it was—a spoon, whose… More