Since its founding in 1940, the Walker Art Center has collected the visual, performing, and media arts of our time. A reflection of our multidisciplinary mission and the increasingly cross-disciplinary practice of artists, Walker Collections reflect a diverse range of artistic output, including painting, sculpture, films, performances, books, artist archives, and more.
Living Collections Catalogue
The Living Collections Catalogue is an on-going serial publication that presents unique documents, original interpretation, and rich media resources about select artworks from the Collections. Each volume of the Living Collections Catalogue includes media-rich essays on broader themes as well as in-depth investigations of specific works of art. Implicit in the concept of a “living catalogue” is the dynamic nature of an online volume about the Walker’s collections. Information in the database is updated as new research and presentations occur, while essays are versioned and citable with assurances of a permanent address to the information referenced.
Library & Archives
The Library & Archives provide research support to the Walker’s staff and visiting scholars. The Library collection includes over 37,000 books, exhibition catalogues, journals, and artist clipping files. The Archives hold the Walker’s institutional memory, preserving and making accessible documentation regarding the Walker’s history starting in the 1860s and running through to most recent correspondence and programming files, as well as a collection of over 6,000 audio, video, and film files documenting Walker events and programming.
Interdisciplinary Initiative at the Walker, 2016–2020
What do we mean by the term interdisciplinary? At the Walker, an art center committed to showcasing the art of our time, this term describes our mission to follow the artists and to allow our program to embrace ways that many contemporary practitioners work, which since the 1960s has often meant loosening boundaries between artistic labels—painting, film, dance, performance—in favor of a more open and flexible view toward the art experience itself.