The most recent incarnation of the Walk Art Center was built in 2005 to mimic an ice cube. We're in Minnesota, and everything is an ice cube all winter long. But, the Walker is a creative center that encompasses Moder Art, Music, Film, Dance, and a Sculpture Garden interspersed with events throughout each month.
The Walker's inception started in the home of a lumber baron, Thomas Barlow Walker in 1879. It ws an ear of lumber barons, major mansions and extensive art collections. The Walker Art Gallery became official in 1927, and keeps growing to 700,000 visitors every year. Minneapolis/St. Paul are art cities. Over 300 galleries and studios are open for Art A Whirl in May, Art Attack in October with ongoing openings, a performance school in St.Paul, multiple theaters, and classical music venues.
Adios Utopia is the current exhibit running through March 18, 2018. "Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art," is a retrospective of artists who left Cuba, and illustrate a narrative of those who stayed behind. Latin art has historically suffered political turmoil, which is reflected in art, literature, and cinema. It's often overlooked because of the conflicted nature of the work, but has recently come accepted into major galleries.
Coming up February 8, is a Target Free First Thursday, Winter at the Walker. The lobby transforms into a Hygge haven Walker Warming House (usually a small house to warm up while skating, skiing, or ice fishing) with art making, music, and moonlight snowshoe tours of the sculpture garden at 6 or 7:30PM. Imagine snowshoeing on a starlit night viewing snow capped sculptures under a starlit sky.
Minneapolis/St Paul galleries are family friendly. Free First Saturday: Cabin Fever offers art making, kids films, music on February 10 from 10AM-3PM. Minnesotans love basements because it gives us extra space to play during frigid winter days and nights. The Walker is inviting guests to don their wackiest winter gear (we look like colorful giant hand grenades wrapped in scarves, hats, mittens, boots and puffy coats( for a photo opp with a local photographer. The University of Minnesota is providing kid sized snow shoes to tour the sculpture garden, complete with the Spoon, and giant 20 foot high Blue Rooster.
It's all fun, free, and cozy in the middle of a frosty winter. Everyone is invited.