Internationally recognized as a leading arts venue, the Walker Art Center presents contemporary visual arts and design exhibitions; dance, theater, and music performances; and film screenings. The Walker hosts lectures, classes, and events for visitors of all ages with many of today’s leading figures from the worlds of art and culture.
The building’s elegant brick tower, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, opened in 1971 and is complemented by a dynamic aluminum mesh and glass expansion by Pritzker Prize–winning Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, completed in 2005. Overall, the campus has 11 exhibition galleries, a cinema, the McGuire Theater, a series of indoor lounges and outdoor terraces, and a café, bar, and restaurant.
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, a joint project of the Walker and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, is one of the crown jewels of the city’s park system. The 11-acre site, located across the street form the Walker building, is home to the iconic fountain-sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry bu Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
We’ve begun renovation of the Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden campus, an ambitious project that will bring a unified, one-campus feel to this 19-acre expanse of urban green space. Notable changes include a new entry pavilion for the Walker and reconstruction of the 26-year-old Garden, the greening of Hennepin Avenue, and the addition of hundreds of new trees to the Walker hillside and the Garden.
The Walker will remain open during the entire renovation project, with the completion of the new entrance anticipated in November 2016. Nearly all Garden artworks will be placed in storage during construction, with a few sculptures, including Spoonbridge and Cherry, remaining on view on-site until spring 2016. Other beloved favorites, including works by Frank Gehry, Mark di Suvero, and others, will be accessible to the public through short- and long-term loans to community partners.
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden will be closed from spring 2016 until its reopening in summer 2017, when the vision for the 19-acre Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden campus will be realized. For more information and to sign up for project and schedule updates from our partners at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, click here.