Minneapolis, November 11, 2011— It’s time for the Walker’s annual open house extravaganza, Wall–to–Wall Walker, Saturday, December 3, 10 am–8 pm. The celebration starts out with family programming throughout the building as part of Free First Saturday, 10 am–3 pm. The day also features member discount shopping, cooking demonstrations with Gather by D’Amico Executive Chef Josh Brown, and British snacks and libations in Gather and the Walker Pub.
Gallery admission is free during Wall-to-Wall Walker for all current exhibitions including the recently opened Graphic Design: Now in Production and Dance Works I: Merce Cunningham/Robert Rauschenberg shows. The day turns to eve with screenings of the British Arrows Awards (formerly the British Television Advertising Awards). Advance ticket purchase recommended.
During Wall–to–Wall Walker, visitors can experience every aspect of the building—from galleries and restaurants, to the Walker Cinema, the McGuire Theater, and the Walker Shop. A custom scavenger hunt has been created to aid tours. Those familiar with the Walker and first time visitors will both enjoy this ultimate sampling of one of the Twin Cities cultural gems.
Wall–to–Wall Walker: A Free Open House
Saturday, December 3
Free Gallery Admission, 10 am–8 pm
Free First Saturday
Free First Saturdays Are for Families
Activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis from
10 am–3 pm.
Families can enjoy live performances, films, gallery adventures, and hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12.
Saturday, December 3, 10 am–3 pm, Free
Visual art, film, and performance mix, mingle, and mesh through activities in every gallery. Watch a vintage film from the collection about Red Grooms’ famous Target Store installation and take part in a specially designed scavenger hunt. Experience the William and Nadine McGuire Theater as a studio space, and make your own work of art in the Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab.
Cooking for Kids Demonstration with Chef Josh Brown
11:30 am–12:30 pm, Cargill Lounge
Gather’s Executive Chef Josh Brown demonstrates his spin on the oooey, gooey, melty lusciousness of an American classic, the grilled cheese sandwich. Have a sample and then head up to Gather by D’Amico for the real thing.
Exhibitions on View During Wall-to-Wall Walker
Free Gallery Admission
The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg
Burnet Gallery Closes December 31
Swedish artists Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg present an unnerving menagerie of handcrafted bird sculptures and animated films, drawing sometimes disturbing connections between human psychology and animal behavior.
Dance Works I: Merce Cunningham/Robert Rauschenberg
An exploration of the rich collaboration between these two legendary artists, this exhibition features stage attire, scenery, backdrops, and other décor designed by Rauschenberg as well as other works by the artist from the Walker’s collection.
Graphic Design: Now in Production
Target and Friedman Galleries
This ambitious survey of cutting-edge ideas and breaking cultural revolutions in graphic design charts the rise of entrepreneurial, designer-produced goods and the renaissance in digital font design, among other developments from the past decade.
Galleries 1, 2, 3
Filmmaker/provocateur John Waters asserts his singular personality over artworks, public spaces, and audiences in this curatorial intervention.
Galleries 4, 5, 6
Explore the dreams and private visions that have given rise to some of the most remarkable art made in the past 150 years—from the transcendent, luminous paintings of Mark Rothko to the surreal multimedia works of Matthew Barney.
ASL Interpreted Public Gallery Tour, 2 pm
Meet in the Bazinet Garden Lobby
iPad Sample Tours, 11:30 am, 12:30 and 1:30 pm
Tour guides will chat with visitors about the Walker’s experimentation with the devices on tours and then offer an abbreviated tour of several works. Tour length: 20–30 minutes.
10 am–9 pm
Walker Shop, Graphic Design: Shop
Members save 20%: December 2–4
Many new collections await you in the Walker Shop this holiday season. Hostess gifts include elegant icicle wine chillers, colorful cotton napkins on a roll, and ski-pole potato mashers. Update your home with a license-plate ceramic butter dish, colorful balloon vases, and bone china mugs in hand-knitted cozies. Make this your destination for award-winning contemporary home and office accessories; artisan jewelry; books on contemporary art, design, and culture; creative toys; and exclusive Walker products.
We love our members and as thanks for their support, we’re offering them free parking all weekend and gift wrapping during Wall–to–Wall Walker. Members save 20% on purchases in the Walker Shop and Graphic Design: Shop on December 2–4.
Discounts apply to in-stock merchandise; no other discounts or offers apply. Current membership card must be presented at time of purchase.
2011 British Arrows Awards
Saturday, December 3, 5, 7, and 9 pm
$10 ($8 Walker members)
Recognizing that advertising venues in the United Kingdom have radically expanded beyond the telly in this age of social networking, the British Television Advertising Awards has reinvented itself as the British Arrows Awards. The program continues to feature the best of the UK’s advertising ingenuity, selected by top ad executives and producers from across the globe. This year’s winners cross the finish line with the strikingly clever, funny, and poignant spots for which the series is known. Screenings sell out quickly. New Walker members receive two free tickets for joining.
Make Sure You See All the Winners
This year’s program includes a selection of ads from finalists that screen exclusively—for free—in the Walker’s Lecture Room from December 1–31. Screens from 12 noon during gallery hours. 2010, video, 10–15 minutes each. Part one: December 1-15; Part two: December 16-31.
The Walker Art Center’s presentation of the British Arrows Awards is sponsored by Thomson Reuters.
Media partner Star Tribune.
10 am–11 pm
Garden Café/Walker Pub, 10 am–10 pm
Gather by D’Amico, 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Round out the day or make a night of it with classic pub fare, cocktails, or dinner. Stop by the Garden Café/Walker Pub located in the Bazinet Garden Lobby for some grab-n-go soup, salads, sandwiches, or choose from a variety of British–inspired sweets and savory fare. British ales and cocktails available after 6 pm. Or head to Gather by D’Amico for lunch, including Chef Josh Brown’s December specials: ale-battered fish and chips with malt vinegar and pub sauce; smoked lamb carpaccio with black currents, rocket, and fried artichokes; and cinnamon-raisin bread pudding.