Visitors to the Walker Art Center in May get a chance to take public tours of the new building designed by Herzog & de Meuron, as well as take gallery tours of the seven permanent collection exhibitions on view. Patrons can also participate in a culinary arts tour and workshop in conjunction with Kitchen Window Cooking School on Saturday, May 21, 10 am-3 pm. With the introduction of Target Free Thursday Nights, the Walker brings back its popular Better Looking gallery talks with a tour of the new building led by Walker Director Kathy Halbreich on Thursday, May 26, at 7 pm.
Gallery admission is $8 adults; $6 seniors (65+), $5 student/teen (with ID), and free to Walker members and children 12 and under. Admission is free with a ticket to a same-day Walker event, $4 with a ticket stub up to six days after an event. Gallery admission is free to all every Thursday evening from 5-9 pm and on the first Saturday of each month. Target Free Thursday Nights are made possible by generous support from Target. Free First Saturdays are sponsored by Coldwell Banker Burnet. Media sponsorship for Free First Saturdays is provided by WCCO-TV.
May Public Tours
Walker Tour Guides lead public tours every Thursday and Friday at 1 and 6 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm. A variety of topics are offered, including the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, exhibitions, and the architecture of the building. Saturday and Sunday 2 pm tours are of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Call 612.375.7600 for a complete list of tour topics.
The Art of Architecture
Join a guided tour of the architecture of the expanded Walker Art Center on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 noon. Free with gallery admission.
Free First Saturday Tours
Saturday, May 7, 2005, 11 am—4pm FREE
Let’s go to the movies! Families are welcomed back to Free First Saturday with the artful films of the Girls in the Director’s Chair. Catch several shorts on the silver screen, and learn what kind of camera action is happening among young women filmmakers living in Minnesota. Then it’s your turn to create a movie! Marjorie Thieman, a film and video artist living in Minneapolis, will show you how to make a moving picture from paper and wheels, an idea based on a 19th-century toy called a Phenakistoscope. Before becoming an official film buff, you’ll need to take a guided tour of film works in Shadowland: An Exhibition as a Film. All activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Family Gallery Adventures
Discover the new spaces in the expanded Walker on a guided architectural tour.
Explore the films and videos in Galleries 4, 5, and 6 with a Walker tour guide as you play a game of I Spy! in the exhibition Shadowland: An Exhibition as a Film.
Culinary Arts: Walker Art Center Tour and Lunch
Saturday, May 21, 10 am–3 p
Call Kitchen Window at 612.824.4417 to register.
The Walker is partnering with Kitchen Window Cooking School to offer a unique combination tour/cooking class. Walker Guide and Kitchen Window employee Becky Coate leads an interactive and educational tour of the new Walker before heading to Kitchen Window’s Cooking School & Event Center to enjoy a global lunch with Executive Chef Scott Rosenbaum. The menu will hail from the homelands of some of the artists viewed at the Walker. Continue discussing the tour while feasting on some tantalizing dishes!
Target Free Thursday Nights Better Looking Tour
Better Looking is Back!
This popular series of gallery talks returns on Target Free Thursday Nights for an in-depth discussion of works in the permanent collection and special exhibitions. For this first series, join Walker Director Kathy Halbreich and curators for a discerning look at the new building and the art it holds.
Thursday, May 26, 7 pm
Better Looking: The Welcome Back Tour
After years of planning and months of construction, we’ve swept away all of the dust and opened our doors. Come in and get to know the new Walker on a walk through the building with Director Kathy Halbreich. Listen as she reflects on the museum as a “town square” and other concepts that informed the design of the building. Meet in the Bazinet Garden Lobby.