October tours at the Walker Art Center include a look at the new exhibition Heart of Darkness, opening on Saturday, October 21, which explores the promise and peril of darkness, both as artistic strategy and as metaphor. The exhibition presents three immersive installations by Thomas Hirschhorn, Ellen Gallagher, and Kai Althoff. Tours are also available for Ordinary Culture: Heikes/Helms/ McMillian, highlighting the work of three artists who examine culture by dissecting its systems of signs and values, and Cameron Jamie (closing October 22), featuring work that documents various underground and uncanny rituals of Western culture. On Saturday, October 7, as part of the Walker’s Free First Saturday, patrons can take part in a Garden Crawl. Also offered in October are tours of the Walker’s ongoing exhibitions and recently expanded facility, Spotlight Gallery Talks led by Walker curators and tour guides highlighting selected artworks or artists in the galleries, and a special joint tour between the Walker and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, winding through the collections of both institutions to tell the story of our entwined histories.
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.
October Public Tours
Gallery and Architecture Tours
Thursday and Friday, 1 and 6 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon
Free with gallery admission
Check the calendar listing, visit the lobby desk, or call the box office for details and tour topics. To schedule a private group tour, visit learn.walkerart.org or call 612.375.7609.
Heart of Darkness
Friday, October 27, 1 pm
Saturday, October 28, 12 noon
Sunday, October 29, 12 noon
Ordinary Culture: Heikes/Helms/McMillian
Sunday, October 8, 12 noon
Thursday, October 26, 1 pm
Saturday, October 14, 12 noon
Sunday, October 1, 12 noon
Sunday, October 15, 12 noon
Friday, October 20, 1 pm
Walker Collection Tours
Thursday, October 5, 1 and 6 pm
Friday, October 6, 1 and 6 pm
Thursday, October 12, 1 and 6 pm
Friday, October 13, 1 and 6 pm
Thursday, October 19, 1 and 6 pm
Friday, October 20, 6 pm
Saturday, October 21, 12 noon
Sunday, October 22, 12 noon
Thursday, October 26, 6 pm
Friday, October 27, 6 pm
Spotlight Gallery Talks
October 4: Donald Judd, Burnet Gallery
October 18: Gutai Art Association, Gallery 2
Wednesdays at 12 noon
Free with gallery admission
The Walker’s world-class collection of contemporary art takes center stage in these focused 15- to 20-minute gallery talks led by Walker curators and tour guides. Each talk highlights selected artworks or artists in the galleries and sets the stage for illuminating discussions. Bring a friend and continue the conversation over lunch at Gallery 8 Café or 20.21 Restaurant & Bar by Wolfgang Puck.
Adult learning opportunities are made possible by Richard and Claudia Swager.
Conversations between Collections
Thursday, October 26
Meet in the Bazinet Garden Lobby, 6 pm (Repeats Sunday, October 29,
The Walker and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts present a series of tours that wind through the collections of both institutions to tell the story of our entwined histories. For more information, call the Walker at 612.375.7650, or the MIA at 612.870.3140. Tours are offered twice at each museum. Sunday tour at the Walker is free with gallery admission.
Over The Top: Baroque Art Past and Present
The bold colors, lights and shadows, and dramatic stories employed by 17th-century artists painting in the baroque style are not lost to history. Contemporary artists are drawn to a similar aesthetic of theatrical extravagance. These tours explore artistic excess in the exhibitions A Passion for Paintings: Old Masters from the Wadsworth Atheneum at the MIA and Heart of Darkness at the Walker.
Free First Saturday Tour
Saturday, October 7, 10 am–5 pm
Garden Crawl: Science Stops, 10 am–2 pm
Learn how physics, chemistry, and math have inspired artists in the collection.