An all-staff email Wednesday afternoon alerted Walker staffers to be in the Medtronic Gallery in eight minutes for a surprise. There, director Olga Viso was waiting with glasses of champagne poured to toast staff for all their hard work and passion in preparing for commencement of the WALKER@75 anniversary celebration and tomorrow’s opening of the Art at the Center exhibition. As we were all gathered in the Selfie Station—a gallery filled with massive murals from key moments in Walker history—we stopped in front of a photo documenting a 1940 children’s dance festival in the original Walker lobby for a group portrait.
Come celebrate with us during Walktoberfest this Thursday through Sunday (free admission! a beer garden with local brews! free films and live music! tons more!) and throughout the months leading up to January 4, 2015, the 75th anniversary of the Walker rebirth as a public art center. If you wind up at the Selfie Station—where you can reenact the Trisha Brown Dance Company’s 2008 performance of Man Walking Down the Side of a Building, pose with a Once Group performer who in 1965 was duct-taped to a wall, or vamp with Keith Haring in 1984—be sure to use the #AtTheWalker hashtag on Instagram.
“Seen” highlights one-off photos of Walker life as captured by our staff.