The exhibition Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950 brings together more than 100 significant works of painting, graphic design, photography, video, installation, and performance created by some 50 Cuban artists and designers. The exhibition also unites the Walker with Dorsey & Whitney and PNC Bank, two generous corporate partners without whom we would not be able to organize such an ambitious presentation.
The Walker’s longtime corporate partner, Dorsey & Whitney—an international law firm with 20 offices across the United States and in Canada, Europe, and Asia—has been a steadfast underwriter of the Walker and its programs, including the institution’s presentations of Diane Arbus Revelations (2006), From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America (2010), Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties (2013), and Ordinary Pictures (2016). The firm is also a generous corporate member and its partners have provided guidance as trustees over the years. “Dorsey & Whitney began in Minneapolis over 100 years ago,” explains Dorsey partner and Walker trustee William Jonason. “We’re just grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community that has been so good to us.”
Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank has amassed a robust business in construction and real estate lending in the Twin Cities in recent years and just opened its first commercial lending office in downtown Minneapolis. The bank commits resources to local partnerships so that employee volunteers, community leaders, clients, and residents can contribute to the vibrancy of their neighborhoods. To this end, PNC supports initiatives and organizations connected to early childhood education, community, and economic development, which include areas such as arts, culture, and financial education. “PNC Bank provides resources to seed ideas, foster development initiatives, and encourage leadership in nonprofit organizations where imagination and determination are at work enhancing people’s lives every day,” says Kate Kelly, PNC regional president for the Twin Cities. “We are thrilled to partner with the Walker.”
Dorsey & Whitney and PNC have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to their communities, both through sponsorship initiatives and employee service. These companies’ partners, executives, and employees donate their time, talent, and leadership to nonprofit organizations in the cities where they serve. “The generosity of these important corporate citizens is essential in allowing us to premiere exhibitions by such a diverse range of practitioners,” says Walker executive director Olga Viso. “We simply would not be able to bring these works to our Minneapolis audiences without the help of these two vital corporate partners.”