Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A walk of confusion


This building is set in a kind of peaceful setting with a park across the street. It's not until you walk in that it gets you. This building is the most confusing building I have ever been in. You can find a piece that you like walk away from it for five minuets and not be able to find it again you could even pass that piece five or six times and not even realize that your standing right in front of it.

The Walker Art Center

Formally established in 1927 the walker art center began as the first public art gallery in the upper Midwest. The museum’s focus on modern art began in the 1940’s when a gift from Mrs. Gilbert Walker is made possible the acquisition of works by important artist of the day including sculpting by Pablo Picasso, Henry More, Alberto Giacometti, and others. During the 1960’s the walker organized increasingly ambitious exhibits that circulated to museums in the United States and abroad. The permanent collection expanded to reflect crucial examples of contemporary artistic education programs grew proportionately, film, and own national prominence through the next three decades.


Herzog & de Meuron expand Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center with quirky new volumes spun from the original building’s tight spiral

With chunky massing and silvery, lightly crumpled aluminum cladding, Herzog & de Meuron’s Walker Art Center expansion hovers over the sidewalk: a striking counterpoint to its adjoining neighbor, the center’s original, decisively grounded, brick-clad structure, by Edward Larrabee Barnes. On its own, the 1971 Barnes building offered little space for public mingling outside its tranquil succession of pure, white, rectilinear galleries stepping up in a spiral. With few windows and a solidly opaque exterior, it remained architecturally quiet and self-contained. Yet as an institution, the Walker evolved into an exceptionally animated place, known for its risk-taking and discoveries of new talent. In 1988, the museum first pushed outward, creating a sculpture garden on its own grounds. But now, with Herzog & de Meuron’s recent $70 million expansion—doubling the total interior space from 130,000 to 260,000 square feet—the container has begun to uncoil its tight spiral.


The piece at the top is one done by the architects that expanded the walked and after seeing this piece I wonder whatever made them want to work on the walker. Their other architectural piece does not make me like the walker any more than before. I still feel that the walker is a building that if I never set foot in it again for the rest of my life it would be too soon. So I do not see the walker as art I see it as something that someone decided to through together because they didn't really have a choice.

1 comment:

  1. group responces:

    - there's a broken window
    - not as good as the wiseman
    - why the obsession wih silver?
    - Angry bunny
    - no way asethericly pleasing
    - smell - like plastic , museum, funny
    - LABRENth: hard to manivor?
    - confusing space
    - grass holes
    - lots o white
    - no flow
    - different and I like it
    - cool gift shop
    - engaging -, keeps you thinking - intresting. Like finding my way arounf
    - texture
    - the guthry's better (is it the same architect)
    - where's its proboscus?
    - makes you wonder what's inside
    - fels like modern art
    -daraws attention
    - matches evirnonment
    -;ike the texture?
    - wil this be outdated? - and what do they do then?
    - how does the new part of the building compare to the end

    what we know
    - VERY FAMOUS architect - pomopus

    what we don't know
    - Architect
    -- dates
    - history
    - former building?
    - materials
    - building concpt
    - location
    - past work fo the architect
    - Statements from him"
    - architects maniefesto