On this special Walktoberfest event for members, visit the Walker Art Center Library, including its singular artist’s book collection, with our librarian Margit Wilson. Then, take a white glove dive into Walker history as it relates to the exhibition Art at the Center: 75 Years of Collections, led by archivist Jill Vuchetich.
The Walker’s Library is one of a small number of museum libraries in the United States devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It contains a comprehensive collection of books and periodicals, including more than 13,000 artists monographs and 35,000 catalogues from exhibitions held worldwide from the 1940s to the present. The collection of artist’s books presents more than 1,800 examples of contemporary book art.
The Walker’s Archives and Visual Resources are a rich resource for study, consisting of 4,000 linear feet of materials dating from the private collection of T. B. Walker in 1879 to the Walker’s most recent exhibitions. Included in the Archives are more than 600,000 photographs, 2,800,000 documents, and 6,000 rare audio and videotapes. In addition, the Archives maintains the Ruben/Bentson Film and Video Study Collection of some 1,000 titles ranging from Soviet silent era to experimental avant-garde.