The Walker Anderson Window Gallery, featured in depth exhibitions on single artists and movements from the Walker Art Center’s permanent collection. As the name implies, the gallery featured a transparent glass door so audiences could witness the curatorial process including installations. The early exhibitions for the Window Gallery installation that I co-curated explored aspects of the Walker collection decade-by-decade.
The first exhibition was an in-depth exploration of first painting acquired for the collection, Edward Hopper’s Office at Night (1940). Acquired by a “vote for art” campaign, the installation included the painting itself, complete documentation of its acquisition and travel to different exhibitions, and a re-do of the painting by Victor Burgin in the 1980s. The gallery included a vintage desk and manual typewriter for visitors to type comments and a mulit-media timeline about the subject of women in the workplace.
The second Andersen Window Gallery exhibition, The Art and Life of Ann Ryan focused on this active member of the burgeoning 1950s New York art world, who was best known for her delicate collages. The installation presented her poetry, printmaking, painting, and collages, and materials from the Walker archives. Click here to download The Art and Life of Ann Ryan brochure.
Art of the 1960s: Media is the Message was designed as a modern Sixties era living room with a television in the center. The exhibition focused on works from the Walker’s vast 1960s holdings including key works of Pop art by Roy Jasper Johns, Lichtenstein, Richard Hamilton, Yayoi Kusama, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol; video art by Allan Kaprow and Nam June Paik and Fluxus work by George Maciunas, Wolf Vostell and Robert Watts. A newspaper with a timeline contextual information on art history and historical events of the 1960s accompanied the exhibition.
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Performance in the 1970s: Experiencing the Everyday included performance art artwork and documents by Vito Acconci, Lynn Hershman, and Yoko Ono; video work by Bruce Nauman and Nam June Paik and Fluxus and mail art work by George Brecht, Dick Higgins, Milan Knizak, George Maciunas, Larry Miller, and Chieko Suomi. The exhibition brochure was a mail art envelope filled with cards.
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To see the websites for these exhibitions go to: www.walkerart.org/archive