SEPTEMBER 24, 2000-JANUARY 7, 2001
THE CITIES COLLECT
Exhibition
GALLERIES 1, 2, AND 3



   
As any collector will verify, the pleasures of building a collection are many. For Walker founder T. B. Walker, the pursuit filled his life--and his mansion on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. His collection, like those of Twin Cities collectors today, reflects a variety of impulses: the delight of living with things one finds beautiful; the intellectual challenge of research and connoisseurship; the memories of people, places, and moments in time that accumulate around favorite objects; and, of course, the sheer joy of the hunt. Almost everyone collects something, and most collections take on a distinctive identity as they are shaped by the personalities, taste, and habits of their owners.

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Egon Schiele
DER AKT (NUDE)
1910
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Otto Dix
KUPPLERIN
(THE MADAM)

1923
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Gilbert & George
THREE WAYS
1984

For many collectors, as evidenced by Walker, who in 1879 opened his home to establish the Midwest's first public art gallery, the personal pleasure of the activity is combined with their allegiance to a community or an institution, and they eventually donate their holdings to a public museum. This means that the collecting habits of individuals in any given region can clearly be seen in the galleries of its museums; at the same time, the mission and connoisseurship of museums can help guide collectors to new areas of interest. This natural symbiosis between the individual's urge to accumulate and the museum's mandate to preserve has been crucial in securing the world's cultural production for the enjoyment of future audiences.

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Pablo Picasso
BUSTE DE FEMME
D'APRES CRANACH
LE JEUNE

1958
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Francisco Clemente
I
1982
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Georg Baselitz
GLASTRINKER
(GLASS DRINKER)

1981


As an appreciative nod to both our founder and the arts patrons in our area, The Cities Collect celebrates the important role collectors have played in the creative life of our community with a selection of works from many of the superb metro-area collections of modern and contemporary art. Many of the collectors represented support not only the Walker but other area museums--the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Weisman Art Museum, the Minnesota Museum of American Art. The extraordinary range of works on view illustrates a variety of moments and locations in the history of 20th- and 21st-century art: early Modernist experiments such as German Expressionism, Synchronism, and Fauvism; mid-century abstraction, Minimalism, and Pop Art; work by regionally based artists; postwar experimental printmaking and high Modernist photography; and very recent pieces by an international sampling of young practitioners. Paintings, sculpture, prints, photographs, and drawings will be included. This rich variety of work will serve to highlight the breadth of commitment Twin Cities collectors have shown to the art of our time.

ARTISTS FEATURED IN THE EXHIBITION INCLUDE:
SIAH ARMAJANI HANS HOFMANN CLAES OLDENBURG
MILTON AVERY ROBERT INDIANA RAYMOND PETTIBON
MATTHEW BARNEY ELLSWORTH KELLY PABLO PICASSO
GEORG BASELITZ ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO
DAWOUD BEY OSKAR KOKOSCHKA SIGMAR POLKE
FRANCESCO CLEMENTE SOL LEWITT RICHARD PRINCE
CHUCK CLOSE ROY LICHTENSTEIN GERHARD RICHTER
WILLEM DE KOONING GLENN LIGON EDWARD RUSCHA
OTTO DIX PAUL MANSHIP ROBERT RYMAN
HELEN FRANKENTHALER HENRI MATISSE CINDY SHERMAN
GILBERT & GEORGE JOAN MITCHELL ROBERT SMITHSON
ROBERT GOBER ROBERT MOTHERWELL THOMAS STRUTH
ANDREAS GURSKY BRUCE NAUMAN JOSEF SUDEK
PHILIP GUSTON SHIRIN NESHAT CY TWOMBLY
EVA HESSE ISAMU NOGUCHI KARA WALKER
DAVID HOCKNEY GEORGIA O'KEEFFE ANDY WARHOL

 

RELATED EVENTS

FREE FIRST SATURDAY
FAMILY TOUR: HEAR ALL ABOUT IT
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2000, 2 PM
FREE
During this engaging gallery tour, find out more about the cool colors in the exhibition The Cities Collect. Meet in the lobby.


SUNDAY FUN: COLLECTION BOXES
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2000, 1-2:30 PM
$8 ($4 WALKER MEMBERS)
What kinds of things do people collect? Find out about some of the possibilities as you explore the art in the exhibition The Cities Collect. Talk about what you like to collect, then make a decorative box to hold your new or old treasures. Led by local artist Janet Parker.


FREE THURSDAY TOUR
THE CITIES COLLECT
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 6 PM
FREE
Take a tour of The Cities Collect, an exhibition that celebrates the important role collectors have played in the creative life of our community. On view are paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, and drawings from more than 60 metro-area collections of modern and contemporary art. Meet in the lobby.



NOVEMBER EVENTS

FREE WARE
THE GLOBAL ONLINE WUNDERKAMMER
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 7:30 PM
FREE
Web artist Marek Walczak presents his digital chamber of wonders.


ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
COLLECTING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 7 PM
$6 ($3 MEMBERS OF THE FOUR PARTICIPATING MUSEUMS)

The directors of four area museums discuss the current state of collecting art.

PANEL DISCUSSION
HUNTERS & GATHERERS
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 6:30 PM
FREE
A unique panel of experts address various aspects of building a collection.


THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE
A LECTURE BY DAVID WILSON
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2 PM
$6 ($3 WALKER MEMBERS)

Founder of the Museum of Jurassic Technology, David Wilson talks about the museum and his book The Eye of the Needle: The Unique World of Microminiatures of Hagop Sandaldjian.

FREE VERSE
RIKKI DUCORNET AND ROSAMOND PURCELL
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 7:30 PM
FREE
These author-artists will read from their books The Monstrous and the Marvelous and Special Cases: Natural Anomalies and Historical Monsters.



OCTOBER EVENTS

FREE OPEN HOUSE FOR STUDENT
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2000, 5-10 PM
There are collectors and there are collectors. Lucky for you, we'll be exploring both types at this free Open House for Students. From culture jammers who stockpile tidbits of consumer culture and rework them for subversive ends to art lovers who carefully select new pieces for their collections at home, here's your chance to examine collecting in many of its weird and/or wonderful forms.


OPEN MONDAYS TEACHER WORKSHOP
OCTOBER 16, 2000, 4 PM
$8 ($6 WALKER MEMBERS)
This series of in-depth workshops for teachers provides interdisciplinary links to Walker exhibitions.


SEPTEMBER EVENTS

EXHIBITION PREVIEW PARTY
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2000, 9 PM-12 MIDNIGHT
$14 ($7 WALKER MEMBERS)
Join us for a preview of 20th-century masterworks from area private collections and sneak a peek at treasures that rarely leave their Twin Cities homes. Tour the galleries and enjoy live entertainment, a cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, and more.
OPENING-NIGHT EVENTS ARE MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM CHRISTIE'S. PROMOTIONAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY MPLS.ST.PAUL MAGAZINE.

OPENING-DAY GALLERY TALK
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2000, 2 PM
FREE WITH GALLERY ADMISSION
Join exhibition co-curator Joan Rothfuss for a closer look at rarely seen works from private collections. Meet in the lobby.

FILM SERIES
COLLECTOR'S EDITION: FILMS FROM THE BOB DEFLORES LIBRARY
SEPTEMBER 20-29, 2000, 7 PM
$6 ($3 WALKER MEMBERS)
AUDITORIUM
In conjunction with The Cities Collect, film historian-archivist Bob DeFlores presents selected works from his extensive personal film collection.