Walker Art Center divvies up curatorial duties 50/50

Categories: Art
Collection Walker Art Center Miriam and Erwin Kelen Acquisition Fund for Drawings, 2005 Copyright retained by the artist
Laylah Ali, "Untitled", 2005
Everyone is choosing sides lately: Team Coco, Team Edward, Team Jacob. At the Walker Art Center, chief curator Darsie Alexander has decided to do something different, sharing the playing field instead of competing on it.

Beginning December 16, the Perlman Gallery will give equal space on their walls to all, allowing Walker staff and museum-goers alike to curate the exhibition "50/50: Audience and Experts Curate the Paper Collection."


From August 1 through September 15, the public will be able to cast votes for specific artworks in the Walker's massive collection of post-1960s pieces made with pencil, marker, pen, and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. (And we thought picking out a shirt for work was difficult!) Several voters will be selected at random for a private tour of the exhibition.

The works will be displayed salon style, much like the current Benches & Binoculars exhibit, in which art of all sizes hang close together, crowding together like pieces of a puzzle. And true to the name of the exhibit, each expert and audience grouping gets 50% of the gallery walls.

To vote for 50/50: Audience and Experts Curate the Paper Collection, visit the kiosk in the Perlman Gallery or online beginning August 1.

Walker 50/50 Ruscha 2002.jpg
Collection Walker Art Center T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, McKnight Acquisition Fund, 2002 © Ed Ruscha
Edward Ruscha, "Air", 1969


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