April tours at the Walker Art Center offer patrons the chance to see up close ongoing exhibitions, including Paper Trail: A Decade of Acquisitions (through June 17), which addresses the means by which artists today are exploring notions of time, place, and narrative through the intimacy of paper, and highlights works acquired by the Walker within the last 10 years, including many pieces that have never before been exhibited; Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love (through May 13), the artist’s first full-scale American museum survey, featuring her signature cut-paper silhouettes, film animations, and works on paper; and Body Politics: Figurative Prints and Drawings from Schiele to de Kooning (through July 15), featuring works from public and private collections that explore the expressive potential of the human figure in images taken from the first half of the 20th century. Also in April, Conversations Between Collections: Kara Walker in Context is a two-part tour which features select pieces from the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) and the Walker, which are used to establish a context for Kara Walker’s complex work (Part 1: April 5, 6 pm, at the MIA; Part 2: April 13, 6 pm, Walker Art Center). On Saturday, April 7, as part of the Walker’s Free First Saturday, patrons can take part in a gallery crawl to see how artists have given new meaning to everyday objects. Also offered in April are Spotlight Gallery Talks led by Walker curators and tour guides highlighting selected artworks or artists in the galleries.
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.
April 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.
Paper Trail: A Decade of Acquisitions
Thursday, April 12, 6 pm
Sunday, April 15, 12 noon
Friday, April 20, 6 pm
Friday, April 27, 1 pm
Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love
Sunday, April 8, 12 noon
Thursday, April 19, 1 pm
Thursday, April 26, 6 pm
Body Politics: Figurative Prints and Drawings from Schiele to de Kooning
Thursday, April 5, 1 pm
Friday, April 13, 1 pm
Saturday, April 21, 12 noon
Saturday, April 28, 12 noon
Walker Collection Tours
Sunday, April 1, 12 noon
Friday, April 6, 1 and 6 pm
Thursday, April 12, 1 pm
Friday, April 13, 6 pm
Saturday, April 14, 12 noon
Thursday, April 19, 6 pm
Friday, April 20, 1 pm
Sunday, April 22, 12 noon
Thursday, April 26, 1 pm
Friday, April 27, 6 pm
Sunday, April 29, 12 noon
Conversations Between Collections: Kara Walker in Context
Thursday, April 5, 6 pm: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis
Friday, April 13, 6 pm: Walker Art Center; meet in the Bazinet Garden Lobby
$10 ($8 Walker and MIA members) for both tours
During this two-part tour, select pieces from the collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) and the Walker are used to establish a context for Kara Walker’s complex work. From African sculpture to early colonial American decorative arts, a number of works at the MIA are reflected in the exhibition Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love. Participants discuss themes of history, mythology, and power as seen in artworks and cultural objects from the past and present. A reception with wine and cheese follows the second session. To register, call 612.375.7600.
Spotlight Gallery Talks
April 4: Kara Walker, Galleries 4, 5, 6
April 18: Women Artists Working Today, Meet in Bazinet Garden Lobby
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.
Free First Saturday Tour
Saturday, April 7, 10 am–5 pm
Gallery Crawl: A New Spin
10 am–2 pm
Find out about ways that several artists have given new meaning to everyday objects.
Free First Saturday is sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, with programming supported by the Medtronic Foundation. Media partner WCCO-TV.