Subtlety is a hallmark of brilliant art, whether it's the hint of a smile on the Mona Lisa or the cow on a motorcycle in the background of American Gothic. Dive into the details with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $60 for one Friend-level museum membership (a $100 value) and $20 toward gift-shop merchandise (a $120 total value)
- $80 for two Dual-level museum memberships (a $70 value each) and two tickets to a screening of the 2012 British Arrows Awards (up to a $20 value; up to a $160 total value)
All members receive unlimited gallery admission and benefits such as 10% off at the museum shop, up to half off film screenings and performances, and access to members-only events and programs. Friend-level members receive unlimited free access to more than 450 museums.
At the gift shop, members browse through contemporary housewares such as concrete coasters ($12), copies of the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia ($32.95), and Cubebot building toys ($8). Screenings of the 72-minute 2012 British Arrows Awards celebrate the best in British television, film, and web advertising, and the museum restaurant hosts a pop-up English pub during each event. Screenings are scheduled from November 30 through December 30. The Walker Art Center cinema recently includes upgrades like a new high-definition digital projectors; a new Kinoton dual projector for 16- and 35-millimeter film; a redesign of the Cinema’s acoustics; new seats; and other connectivity and equipment improvements.
Walker Art Center
In 1879, a lumber baron named Thomas Barlow Walker built an extra room onto his house. He mounted his 20 favorite paintings on the room's walls and opened it to the public. This private collection transformed into a public gallery with the founding of Walker Art Center in 1927. Over the following decades, the center's staff amassed a collection focused on modern art, gathering works from Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, and Alberto Giacometti. Today, this permanent collection has expanded to encompass more than 11,000 modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, and photographs, more than 800 film pieces, and more than 1,200 artists' books.
In the whimsical multistory geometric helix of the Barnes building, seven cube-shaped galleries radiate from a central core on terrazzo floors and under lofted ceilings. Docents lead group tours through the galleries to see rotating exhibitions or play hide-and-seek with Jackson Pollock. Current exhibits have explored the contemporary still photography of Cindy Sherman, American avant-garde film from 1960 to 1973, and prints, paintings, and sculptures produced after 1989. Inside the museum's social spaces, docents also host artist talks, film screenings, and open houses.
Designed as a contemporary twist on old European opera houses, the center's McGuire Theater draws visitors into its intimate space for live dance, theater, and music performances as well as performance art. Museum exhibits and events also spill outside to a central square and the four quadrants, bordered by granite and evergreen hedges, of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. As visitors walk across its lawns, they can glimpse iconic modern sculptures, cross a 375-foot steel-and-wood footbridge, or watch staff teach plants to paint in the Cowles Conservatory.