Siah Armajani: Follow This Line
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Siah Armajani: Follow This Line

Siah Armajani: Follow This Line is the first comprehensive US retrospective devoted to the work of Minneapolis-based artist Siah Armajani. Born in Tehran in 1939, Armajani moved to Minnesota in 1960 to attend Macalester College in St. Paul. He has lived and worked in the Twin Cities ever since, while exhibiting internationally.

Armajani is best known today for his works of public art—bridges, gazebos, gardens, reading rooms—sited across the United States and Europe. Near the Walker, the artist’s landmark 375-foot Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge connects Loring Park to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. This groundbreaking exhibition spans six decades of the artist’s studio practice and engages a range of references—from Persian calligraphy to the manifesto, letter, and talisman; from poetry to mathematical equations and computer programming; from the Abstract Expressionist canvas to the vernacular architecture of rural America, Bauhaus design, and Russian Constructivism. The exhibition is accompanied by a major catalogue published by the Walker Art Center.

Siah Armajani: Follow This Line is co-organized by the Walker Art Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Curators: Curated by Clare Davies, Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (Metropolitan Museum of Art); with Victoria Sung, Assistant Curator, Visual Arts (Walker Art Center); assisted by Jadine Collingwood, Curatorial Fellow, Visual Arts (Walker Art Center).

Tour Dates

  • Walker Art Center, Minneapolis | September 9, 2018–December 30, 2018
  • The Met Breuer, New York | February 20–June 2, 2019


  • Siah Armajani: Follow This Line is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

    Lead support for the catalogue and the Walker Art Center’s presentation of the exhibition is provided by Lannan Foundation.


  • Major support for the Walker’s presentation is provided by Judy Dayton, the Martin and Brown Foundation, the Prospect Creek Foundation, and Margaret and Angus Wurtele. Additional support is generously provided by Dolores DeFore, Nor Hall and Roger Hale, Miriam and Erwin Kelen, Anita Kunin, Donald McNeil and Emily Galusha, Mary and John Pappajohn, Jaleh and Patrick Peyton, Joanne Von Blon, Annette and John Whaley, and Penny Winton. Additional catalogue support is provided by Rossi & Rossi.