One of several exhibitions marking the occasion of the Walker’s 75th anniversary, this presentation focuses on the significant impact that gifts of art have made on the collection through its history. While the Walker has always made important purchases of art, often acquiring the work of artists early in their careers, this activity alone could not have built the museum’s collection into the preeminent repository of contemporary art that it is today. As institutions struggle to compete in today’s global art market, the Walker is more indebted than ever to the donors who have helped to strengthen its holdings.
The exhibition features a range of key gifts through the decades that have broadened the scope of the Walker’s collections by artists such as Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Joan Mitchell, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly, Donald Judd, Gerhard Richter, and Vija Celmins. These will be accompanied by a broad range of more recent gifts that have come to the Walker on the occasion of its 75th anniversary—by such artists as Siah Armajani, Tauba Auerbach, David Hockney, Dianna Molzan, Frank Stella, Kara Walker, and many more.
Curator: Siri Engberg