I visited Walker today after a walk through the Mpls Sculpture Garden. The garden and conservatory were great, but the museum was trash and filth. I like modern and contemporary art, but the works they have on display there don't qualify as either. In fact, it shouldn't qualify as art. Yes, the pieces ""push the envelope."" But there's no point to it. The impression I got from the works on display was that they were there for shock value and nothing more. I know, people will surely call me ignorant and unable to grasp the true concept being conveyed by the artists. And perhaps they'd be right. But I lack appreciation for things that have no meaning and simply exist to shock in the name of ""creativity."" Example....one HUGE exhibit on sexuality and private parts. What's the point? The works weren't beautiful, they weren't interesting. They were kindergarten calliber. Another exhibit on the suffering of African Americans, racism, oppression and prejudice.....first, the drawings and paintings were hardly provocative and were so simplistic it was more like a preschool drawing show and tell. And quite frankly the them is getting OLD and overused in art museums. I can appreciate the topic of race and oppression if it's provocative. But this exhibit was just more of what you see in any museum, in fact you can IMAGINE what you'd see in a museum on the topic, and you'd come away with the same impact as going to the museum. I paid $5 for admission using my university ID (student price). And I left the museum feeling robbed of $5. Should've bought a good burger somewhere instead. Also thought it was ridiculous how people in there were totally studying the pieces as if there was some hidden meaning behind them. Honestly, I went in enthusiastic to see art, and kept an open mind. There wasn't a single piece I saw in the whole museum that was worthy of a minute of my consideration. Never going back again. See the sculpture garden though....it's a nice stroll.
Pros: Interesting building, adjacent sculpture garden is cool.
Cons: Worthless art, only shock value, pointless, DON'T take kids there!