Walker Art Center tours in August offer visitors a chance to dig deeper into the museum’s ongoing exhibitions, including Dirt on Delight: Impulses That Form Clay, on view through November 29. Synonymous with the building of industries and cultures, clay also has a tactile and earthen sensuousness that makes it a medium with which artists have long created forms, objects, and ornaments. Organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Dirt on Delight presents works ranging from modestly scaled pots to large sculptures that cross a spectrum of art, craft, and outsider practices.
Guided tours of Dirt on Delight take place August 15, 23, and 27. Visitors can also explore the exhibition during an August 20 Sound Bites tour, focusing on the ceramics work of featured artist Lucio Fontana. Sound Bites tours are held on select Thursday evenings at 6:30 and 7 pm and illuminate an artist or work of art from the Walker’s world-class collection or one of its special exhibitions. The Walker offers three additional Sound Bites tours in August, including a closer look at artist Kris Martin’s buried work, Anonymous II, featured in the exhibition The Quick and the Dead (August 6); Isamu Noguchi’s Theater Set Element from Judith (August 13); and artist Tomás Saraceno (August 27).
August tours also focus on the exhibition Tomás Saraceno: Lighter than Air (August 7, 29, 30), in which the artist looks to scientific principles and technological innovations to push the conventions of art and architecture and imagine sustainable communities and new models for social interactions. Also, tours are offered for The Quick and the Dead (August 2, 13, 21), a show that expands beyond the here and now, reaffirming conceptual art’s ability to engage some of the deeper mysteries and questions of our lives. The exhibition brings together more than 90 works, juxtaposing a core group from the 1960s and ‘70s with more recent examples that might only loosely qualify as conceptual.
Gallery admission is $10 adults; $8 seniors (65+); $6 students/teens (with ID); and free to Walker members and children 12 and under. Admission 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.
August Public Tours
Garden, Gallery, and Architecture Tours
Wednesday–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.
Dirt on Delight: Impulses That Form Clay Gallery Tours
Saturday, August 15, 2 pm
Sunday, August 23, 2 pm
Thursday, August 27, 2 pm
Tomás Saraceno: Lighter than Air Gallery Tours
Friday, August 7, 2 pm
Sunday, August 9, 2 pm
Saturday, August 29, 2 pm
Sunday, August 30, 2 pm
The Quick and the Dead Gallery Tours
Sunday, August 2, 2 pm
Thursday, August 13, 2 pm
Friday, August 21, 2 pm
Walker Collection Tours
Thursday, August 6, 2 pm
Friday, August 14, 2 pm
Saturday, August 8, 2 pm
Thursday, August 20, 2 pm
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Tours
Sunday, August 16, 2 pm
Saturday, August 22, 2 pm
Friday, August 28, 2 pm
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.
August 6: A Search for Buried Art: Kris Martin’s Anonymous II, 2009
August 13: Isamu Noguchi’s Theater Set Element from Judith, 1950
August 20: Lucio Fontana’s ceramics
August 27: Tomás Saraceno