Tours in January at the Walker Art Center go inside the exhibition Text/Messages: Books by Artists, opening December 18. Examining artists’ use of the book as medium, material, and subject, this exhibition features works drawn from the holdings of the Walker’s library and museum collections. On view are deluxe tomes that illustrate texts, as well as editions that are sculptural, multidimensional, or made from unconventional materials. This broad variety of examples showcases a thriving area of artistic invention. Guided tours of the exhibition will take place on January 8, 23, and 31, complemented by a curator talk on January 15.
Also in January, the Walker offers a multidisciplinary tour experience designed to draw connections between the gallery and stage. On January 29, visitors can engage in a preshow discussion of Young Jean Lee’s theater/performance piece CHURCH, part of the Out There 21 series.
Sound Bites gallery talks, held on select Thursday evenings at 6:30 and 7 pm, illuminate an artist or work of art from the Walker’s world-class collection or one of its special exhibitions.
Gallery admission is $10 adults; $8 seniors (65+); $6 students/teens (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.
January Public Tours
Gallery and Architecture Tours
Thursday–Sunday, 2 pm
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.
Text/Messages: Books by Artists Gallery Tours
Thursday, January 8, 2 pm
Friday, January 23, 2 pm
Sunday, January 31, 2 pm
Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future Gallery Tour
Sunday, January 4, 2 pm
Tetsumi Kudo: Garden of Metamorphosis Gallery Tours
Saturday, January 10, 2 pm
Sunday, January 11, 2 pm
Walker Collection Tours
Friday, January 2, 2 pm
Friday, January 9, 2 pm
Thursday, January 15, 2 pm
Saturday, January 17, 2 pm
Sunday, January 18, 2 pm
Thursday, January 22, 2 pm
Friday, January 30, 2 pm
Friday, January 16, 2 pm
Saturday, January 24, 2 pm
Sunday, January 25, 2 pm
Thursday, January 29, 2 pm
Text/Messages: Books by Artists Curator Talk
Thursday, January 15, 7 pm
Meet in the Medtronic Gallery
Exhibition curators point out key artists’ books in the Walker’s collection and discuss the wide world of art they inspire.
Out There: CHURCH Preshow Gallery Tour
Thursday, January 29, 7 pm
Free with event ticket
This special tour explores Young Jean Lee’s Out There theater/performance piece CHURCH. The tour is limited to 25 people and takes approximately 45 minutes. Reservations and information: 612.375.7600.
January 8: Tetsumi Kudo’s Your Portrait series
January 15: Angus Fairhurst’s _The Birth of Consistenc_y
January 22: Art and Everyday Science
January 29: Text in Art
Select Thursdays at 6:30 and 7 pm
Contemporary art and artists are the focus of these 15-minute gallery conversations led by Walker curators and tour guides. Each offers an illuminating discussion, and participants leave feeling connected to new and exciting ideas. Carry this fresh, energized perspective with you to one of the Target Free Thursday Nights programs.