Walker Art Center
2013 Exhibitions: Cindy Sherman (November 10 - February 17), Dance Works III: Merce Cunningham / Rei Kawakubo (October 4 - March 24)
The Walker Art Center is now known as a cornerstone of American museums, but it began as an institution founded by a lumberman by the name of Thomas Barlow Walker in 1879. Many artists such as Joseph Cornell, Frank Gehry, Julie Mehretu, Kara Walker, and Mario Merz had their first major museum exhibitions at the Walker. The museum continues to live up to its prestige with its progressive dance, film, and music department, as well as with its Contemporary Art programming. In addition to standout performances and exhibitions, the Walker Art Center is also a cultural center for the Twin Cities. It is home to Open Fields, a place where people gather to participate in free events, ranging from food truck gatherings to the Internet Cat Film Festival. The Walker Art Center also includes the eclectic and far-reaching Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and within its grounds lies the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry monumental water sculpture. In addition to the Spoonbridge, the garden holds several notable works from Mark di Suvero, Frank Gehry, Jenny Holzer, Dan Graham, and Isamu Noguchi, as well as a prefabricated office-turned-information-center designed by architect Charlie Lazor.