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Avant Garden 2013

Celebrate the end of summer with an even bigger and better Avant Garden as we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the opening of the exhibition
Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties. Experience a transformed Garden full of music, art, gourmet fare, and cocktails at this stylish affair. Mingle with friends, hit the dance floor, bid on one-of-a-kind auction items, and round out the evening at the After Party on a most singular night out.

Proceeds from Avant Garden support the Walker’s award-winning artistic and educational programming.

Tickets Now on Sale

Purchase tickets online or for more information, call 612.375.7642 or e-mail To stay up to date, like Avant Garden on Facebook. A preview of live and silent auction items is now available online.

Gold Key

6–11 pm
($394 tax deductible)

  • Complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and other delectables catered by Modern Events by D’Amico
  • Live and silent auctions featuring one-of-a-kind artworks and curiosities
  • All the benefits of Silver Keyholders

Platinum Key

6–11 pm
($7,940 tax deductible)

  • An exclusive experience for 10 guests
  • A copy of Siah Armajani’s Bridge Book, a signed and numbered limited-edition artist’s book with original woodcuts, valued at $1,000
  • All the benefits of Gold and Silver Keyholders

Silver Key

8:30–11 pm
($60 tax deductible)

  • Amazing views of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden from the garden lounge and dance floor
  • Late-night sweets and savories, plus two free drink tickets
  • Opportunity to participate in the silent auction

After Party

11 pm–1 am
Platinum, Gold, and Silver Keyholders also have access to a VIP Lounge during the After Party, located in Gather by D’Amico. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a private cash bar.


6–10 pm

Live and silent auctions at Avant Garden 2013 feature artworks, curiosities, and experiences. For more information on the auction or to place a proxy bid, contact or 612.375.7641.

  • Live art auction open to Platinum and Gold Keyholders, 8 pm
  • Silent auction open to Platinum, Gold, and Silver Keyholders, 6–10 pm

Avant Garden 2013 Committee

  • Lisa Denzer and Monica Nassif, co-chairs

Gold Key Host Committee

  • Amy Kern and Wim Stocks, co-chairs

Silver Key Host Committee

  • Jori Miller and Lindsay Pohlad, co-chairs

Sponsorship Committee

  • Andrew Humphrey and Terry Rasmussen, co-chairs

Auction Committee

  • Carol Bemis and Debby Christakos, co-chairs

Marketing Committee

  • Sally Blanks and Michelle Fitzgerald, co-chairs