Walker Art Center
Minneapolis / Saint Paul

The Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art. Walker programs examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities.

More than 125 years ago, a Minneapolis man built a room onto his house, mounted his favorite paintings on the walls, and opened his door to everyone who wanted to come in. In 1879, lumber baron Thomas Barlow (T. B.) Walker’s art gallery was a unique venue for the art of its time. It was also a modest start for a contemporary art center now revered throughout the world for the range and vitality of its visual arts, performing arts, and media arts programs.

The museum’s focus on modern art began in the 1940s, when a gift from Mrs. Gilbert Walker made possible the acquisition of works by important artists of the day, including pieces by Franz Marc, Lyonel Feininger, and Edward Hopper. During the 1960s, the Walker organized increasingly ambitious exhibitions that circulated to museums in the United States and abroad. The Walker’s collections expanded to reflect crucial examples of contemporary artistic developments; concurrently, performing arts, film, and education programs grew proportionately and gained their own national prominence throughout the next three decades. Today, the Walker is recognized internationally as a singular model of a multidisciplinary arts organization and as a national leader for its innovative approaches to audience engagement. Ranking among the five most-visited modern/contemporary art museums in the United States and, together with the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, attracts more than 700,000 visitors per year.


Authored Articles
An Art of Changes: Jasper Johns
Feb 16 – Sep 20, 2020
This exhibition surveys six decades of the artist's practice in printmaking, highlighting his experiments with familiar, abstract, and personal...
Nairy Baghramian: Déformation Professionnelle
Sep 7, 2017 – Feb 4, 2018
Nairy Baghramian: Déformation Professionnelle marks the artist’s first international museum presentation. Over the past two decades, Baghramian (b. 1971,...
Allen Ruppersberg / Intellectual Property
This major retrospective presents the work of Ruppersberg, one of the most rigorous practitioners to emerge from the Conceptual...
Follow This Line / Siah Armajani
Sep 9 – Dec 30, 2018
This retrospective spans 6 decades of the artist’s practice engaging the range from Persian calligraphy to writings, from poetry...
Our 5th Year Anniversary
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We are rounding out our fifth year with nearly 3 million visits strong. A very exciting journey it has been, indeed.
American Art 1961–2001
Walker Art Center Collections
The exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of over 80 works by 53 artists exhibited in Florence through a...
I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating
Alec Soth
This exhibition comprised of large scale portraits and interiors focuses on Soth’s depiction of the individual, posing questions about...
A Matter of Black Lives
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Following the murder of George Floyd by police officers, demonstrations across the U.S. and beyond ignite against racism and...
Alec Soth / Magnum Gallery
Nov 7, 2019 – Jan 24, 2020
"Rather than trying to make some sort of epic narrative about America, I wanted to simply spend time looking...
A Conversation with Mitch Epstein
interview series
Mitch Epstein is a fine-art photographer who helped pioneer color photography in the 1970s. His works are in major...
Frieze New York
May 4–6, 2018
Frieze New York 2018 will bring together over 190 galleries from 30 countries, showcasing some of the world's most...
Becoming American
Aug 4 – Sep 30, 2018
It is exactly the uneasy imaginary of becoming American that novelist and essayist James Baldwin took up in his...
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Directed by Ramell Ross
Director and Photographer RaMell Ross’ acclaimed feature documentary film Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a study of...
I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating
Alec Soth / Mar 21 – Apr 27, 2019
the exhibition comprised of large scale portraits and interiors focuses on Soth’s depiction of the individual, posing questions about...