Families are invited to take part in activities inspired by the designs of influential architect Eero Saarinen at the Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturday event
Styled by Saarinen
from 10 am–3 pm Saturday, January 3. Events include the performance Sharing the Gift, featuring Larry and Jessup Yazzie performing the colorful Fancy Dance; an art-making activity where visitors can make a chair based on an animal, plant, or insect; a building challenge involving cardboard scraps and tape; a story reading of Andrea Beaty’s Iggy Peck Architect; a screening of the film Tops, made by Saarinen’s friends Charles and Ray Eames; and an interactive gallery tour of the exhibition Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future.
Activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 am–3 pm. Gallery admission is free from 10 am–5 pm on Free First Saturday.
Free First Saturdays are for Families!
Activities recommended for kids ages 6–12.
Styled by Saarinen
Saturday, January 3, 10 am–3 pm, Free
Art-Making for the Entire Family: Sit on It!, 10 am–3 pm
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
Get into the design process as you create your own chair loosely inspired by an animal, plant, or insect.
Art-Making for the Entire Family: Building Challenge, 10 am–3 pm
Ready, set, build! Using only cardboard scraps, tape, and markers what kind of structure will you create?
Story Time: Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty, 10:30 am
Young master builder Iggy Peck is able to construct the Great Sphinx from sand and the St. Louis Arch from pancakes and coconut pie, so how long will it take for his teacher, Miss Lila Greer, to appreciate his talents?
Performance: Sharing the Gift, 11 am and 1 pm
Father and son duo Larry and Jessup Yazzie of the Meskwaki/Dine and Lakota nations perform the fast and colorful Fancy Dance.
Film: Tops by Charles and Ray Eames, 12 noon and 2 pm
Charles and Ray Eames, Saarinen’s friends and fellow designers, capture the dizzying world of spinning tops in this short classic film.
Gallery Crawl: Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, 12:15 and 1:45 pm
Discover how teamwork and design innovation go hand in hand for this visionary architect, on a guided family tour of Eero Saarinen’s furniture, corporate campuses, churches, and more!