February tours at the Walker Art Center offer a chance to see the latest exhibition Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes (opening February 16), featuring the work of 34 artists and architects who explore a variety of suburban conditions that challenge preconceived ideas and expectations about the contemporary American suburb. Walker design director and exhibition curator Andrew Blauvelt talks about how the American suburb has played a catalytic role in the creation of new art during a guided tour on Thursday, February 21, 7 pm. Tours are also offered for Present Tense: Photographs by JoAnn Verburg, featuring some 60 works surveying the artist’s 25-year career; Brave New Worlds (closing February 17), a groundbreaking show about art’s responsibilities in times of adversity; and of the Walker building and ongoing collection exhibitions. On Saturday, February 2, as part of the Walker’s Free First Saturday, patrons can take part in a gallery crawl through the JoAnn Verburg galleries. Also offered in February are Spotlight Gallery Talks led by Walker curators and tour guides highlighting selected artworks or artists in the galleries.
Gallery admission is $10 adults; $8 seniors (65+), $6 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.
February 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. Topics and tour guides subject to change. To schedule a private group tour, visit learn.walkerart.org or call 612.375.7609.
Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes Curator-led Tour
Thursday, February 21, 7 pm FREE
Meet in the Bazinet Garden Lobby
Join exhibition curator and Walker design director Andrew Blauvelt for a look at the many ways artists and architects respond to America’s suburban condition, and learn how the American suburb has played a catalytic role in the creation of new art.
Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes Gallery Tours
Saturday, February 23, 12 noon
Thursday, February 28, 1 and 6 pm
Present Tense: Photographs by JoAnn Verburg Gallery Tours
Friday, February 1, 1 pm
Sunday, February 10, 12 noon
Thursday, February 21, 6 pm
Friday, February 22, 1 and 6 pm
Friday, February 29, 1 pm
Brave New Worlds Gallery Tours
Thursday, February 7, 6 pm
Friday, February 8, 1 and 6 pm
Saturday, February 16, 12 noon
Sunday, February 17, 12 noon
Walker Collection Tours
Friday, February 1, 6 pm
Thursday, February 7, 1 pm
Saturday, February 9, 12 noon
Thursday, February 14, 6 pm
Friday, February 15, 1 and 6 pm
Sunday, February 24, 12 noon
Friday, February 29, 6 pm
Sunday, February 3, 12 noon
Thursday, February 14, 1 pm
Thursday, February 21, 1 pm
Spotlight Gallery Talks
February 6: Charles Ray
February 20: David Hammons
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 Gallery Activity
Minnesota-made on mnartists.org
Saturday, February 2, 10 am–3 pm
Gallery Crawl: Present Tense: Photographs by JoAnn Verburg, 12 noon–2 pm
Learn about the faces and places that have inspired St. Paul photographer JoAnn Verburg throughout her artistic career.
Free First Saturday is sponsored by the Medtronic Foundation. Media partner WCCO-TV.
Additional support for Free First Saturday, part of the Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids Initiative, is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.