The CONFERENCE YEAR PreConference Activity (Optional)

Walker Art Center Library & Archives Tour + Gallery/Sculpture Garden (Pre-Conference Activity)

Cherry on a Spoon sculpture
Cherry on a Spoon, photo by Necklenoakland

Nestled at the edge of downtown Minneapolis and located within a short walk through Loring Park or ride from the LOEX conference location, the internationally known Walker Art Center is a must-see contemporary art venue offering numerous galleries; educational programming; theatrical performances; street-level and rooftop terraces; plazas, gardens, and lounges.

Library & Archives

The Walker Art Center library contains a comprehensive collection of books and periodicals, including artists’ monographs and catalogues from exhibitions held worldwide from the 1940s to the present, as well as files of small format ephemera and clippings for over 5,000 contemporary artists.

The archives includes materials dating back to the private collection of T. B. Walker in 1879 to Walker Art Center’s most recent exhibitions and events. The archives also holds thousands of photographs, documents, artist letters, publications, ephemera, audio, video and film that document the Walker’s long history with numerous artists and houses the Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection of over 1,000 titles from the silent era to the contemporary.

Art Center Gallery & Sculpture Garden

The Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art. Walker programs examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, unites two of Minnesota’s most cherished resources—its parks and its cultural life. Since opening in 1988, the Garden has welcomed millions of visitors, showcasing more than 40 works from the Walker Art Center’s collections, including the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. A partnership between the Walker and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, the Garden is a must-see destination for visitors of all ages. Open 365 days a year, from 6 am to 12 midnight. Visitors are encouraged to download an interactive self-guided tour experience.

Tour Logistics & Schedule

Online RSVP for both options is now closed.
If you are still interested in attending, just show up in-person a few minutes before the appointed time and if there is room, we are happy to included you.

***The first Guided Tour of the Library/Archives (at 2pm) is now full; thus we scheduled another, an hour later (see below)***

2:00-3:00pm: We are delighted to offer a reduced rate for LOEX attendees to tour Walker Art Center galleries. Between the hours of 2:00 and 3:00pm (you may stay later, if you so choose), the group will go on self-guided tours of the indoor art galleries, which will be available at a group rate of $7.50 per person.

3:00-4:00pm: Jill Vuchetich, Archivist, Head of Archives + Library and John Lyon, Librarian, will provide an exclusive group tour of the Library and Archive for LOEX attendees.

Self-guided tours of the Sculpture Garden are available for free at any time between 6am and midnight.

Schedule (for second tour)

- 2:00-3:00pm Self-Guided Visit (Art Gallery): Meet your Group in the hotel lobby by 1:30. Arrive at Museum by 1:45pm
- 3:00-4:00pm Guided Tour (Library & Archives): Meet your Group in the hotel lobby by 2:30 (if you didn't go on the earlier Self-Guided Tour). Arrive at Museum Main Lobby by 2:45pm

See guidelines for visting the Walker Art Center (e.g., bags larger than 11”x17” and backpacks are not allowed). The museum closes at 9:00pm on Thursdays.

If you have any other questions, please email ATTENDEE EMAIL.