Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections

View of the exhibition Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections, 2014

Art at the Center: 75

With an eye toward the future, and across disciplines and geography, the Walker’s collecting practices have long sought to provide support to artists early in their careers. Looking at works in Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections, exhibition curators Joan Rothfuss and Olga Viso tell the stories behind well-timed purchases of favorite, not to mention important, works from artists including Chuck Close, Maya Deren, Nam Jun Paik, Cindy Sherman, and Za Wou-Ki.
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Marsden Hartley, Cleophas, Master of the “Gilda Grey”, 1938–1939

Art at the Center: 75
Years of Walker

Part of Walktoberfest: Celebrating the Walker’s 75th Anniversary

In 2015, the Walker will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding as a public art center dedicated to presenting and collecting the art of our times. Curated by the Walker’s executive director Olga Viso and guest curator Joan Rothfuss, the exhibition looks at 75 years of collecting at the Walker—a history distinguished not only by bold and often risk-taking choices but also acquisitions that have consistently breached the boundaries of media or disciplines. The exhibition foregrounds many of these prescient choices.

On view for a two-year period will be many iconic works from the collection, including Edward Hopper’s Office at Night (1940), Franz Marc’s The Large Blue Horses (1911), Chuck Close’s Big Self-Portrait (1967–1968), Yves Klein’s Mondo Cane Shroud (1961), and others.

Curators: Olga Viso and Joan Rothfuss, with Andrew Blauvelt, Jill Vuchetich, and Mia Lopez

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Art at the Center: 75 Years of Walker Collections is sponsored by

Major support for the exhibition is provided by Elizabeth Redleaf. Additional support provided by Ann Birks and Miriam and Erwin Kelen. Media partner Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

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