Public tours at the Walker Art Center in September include a chance to learn more about the artists in the Walker collection who collaborated with or were inspired by legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham and influential composer John Cage. These special tours, held Thursday–Saturday, September 11–13, 2 pm, are offered in conjunction with the Walker’s once-in-a-lifetime restaging of Cunningham and Cage’s monumental Ocean on the floor of the dramatic Rainbow granite quarry in Waite Park, MN (September 11–13, 8 pm).
Gallery tours of special exhibitions feature Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, offered every Thursday–Sunday at 2 pm, presented jointly with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (opens September 13 at both institutions), the first major museum retrospective of this Finnish-born American architect’s short but prolific career; Journeys to Nowhere (through December 7), featuring works by artists chosen for broad thematic connections to expedition and adventure; and Richard Prince: Spiritual America (through September 14), a critical overview of the celebrated American artist’s work, organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In addition, tours showcase collection exhibitions; the Walker building; and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. 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.
September Public Tours
Gallery, Garden, and Architecture Tours
Thursday–Sunday, 2 pm
Free with gallery admission. Garden tours are always free.
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.
Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future Gallery Tours
Thursday, September 18, 2 pm
Sunday, September 21, 2 pm
Sunday, September 28, 2 pm
Richard Prince: Spiritual America Gallery Tours
Thursday, September 4, 2 pm
Sunday, September 14, 2 pm
Journeys to Nowhere Gallery Tours
Friday, September 5, 2 pm
Walker Collection Tours
Saturday, September 27, 2 pm
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Tours
Sunday, September 7, 2 pm
Saturday, September 20, 2 pm
Friday, September 26, 2 pm
Friday, September 19, 2 pm
Thursday, September 25, 2 pm
September 18: FlatPak House, 6:30 and 7 pm
These 15 to 20-minute, lively, informative conversations are led by Walker curators and volunteer tour guides on select Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm and 7 pm. September’s Sound Bites focus on FlatPak House, a one-room version of a larger prefabricated house designed by Minneapolis-based Lazor Office recently installed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The modern wood and glass structure is not only a work of art, but also functions as a space where visitors can obtain information about other pieces on view in the Garden, and where art-making classes and workshops are held. Experience FlatPak House before attending one of the Thursday night programs! Sound Bites meet in the Bazinet Garden Lobby.
The Fantastic Collision of Art and Dance: Celebrating Ocean
Thursday–Sunday, September 11–14, 2 pm
Free with gallery admission
Join a Walker tour guide for an exploration of the Walker’s collection that focuses on visual artists who collaborated with or were inspired by Merce Cunningham, John Cage, and other innovative performers of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Coproduced by the Walker Art Center and the Cunningham Dance Foundation, with the Benedicta Arts Center of the College of Saint Benedict and Northrop Dance at the University of Minnesota. Major support is generously provided by Sage and John Cowles and the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces: Presenting program. Additional support provided by The
Minneapolis Foundation: Goodale Arts Fund, Leni D. & David Moore, Jr./The Moore Family Fund for the Arts, and the Dale Schatzlein and Emily Maltz Fund; HRK Foundation: Hayes Fund, Hynnek Fund, Art and Martha Kaemmer Fund, Pugsley Fund, and the Mary H. Rice Foundation; Russell Cowles; Josine Peters; Molly Davies; Michael J. Peterman and David A. Wilson; Noa and Ted Staryk; Penny Rand Winton; and the Sewell Family Foundation. Media partner Charter Communications. Special thanks to Martin Marietta Materials and the city of Waite Park.
This revival of Ocean is a co-commission of the Benedicta Arts Center of the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, MN and Dance Umbrella. Major support is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and members of the Board of Directors of the Cunningham Dance Foundation. The filming of Ocean is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support provided by The Ford Foundation and Save America’s Treasures, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
The Walker Art Center’s Dance Season is sponsored by Gray Plant Mooty.