Virtual Art Tour: Minneapolis - Saint Paul

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

Visit a new art community without leaving home! Thanks to online museum art collections and gallery art databases, as well as social media, public art maps and other resources, it is easier than ever to have a #virtualartadventure in a new city.

The Twin Cities are home to a strong community arts culture, with artist's studios, artist-run galleries and nonprofit spaces, as well as commercial galleries and interesting and diverse art museums.

Museums and College Galleries:

sculpture of spoon and cherry in water against trees
"Spoonbridge and Cherry," by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Photo by Susan Sharpless Smith: Licensed under CC.

The Walker Art Center: The Walker is a multi-disciplinary art center that includes galleries, cinema, a design studio and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The Walker began more than 125 years ago, when Thomas Barlow (T.B.) Walker built a room onto his house, mounted his favorite paintings on the walls, and opened his door to everyone who wanted to come in. These inclusive and community-minded beginnings are still evident today, as the Walker remains eclectic, diverse and welcoming. Its collection includes work by contemporary artists like Kara Walker, Naim June Pak and Katharina Fritsch, and one of its most recognizable pieces is "Spoonbridge and Cherry," by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. The Walker Online highlights interesting digital content like The Walker Reader magazine, Artists in their Own Words, and Garden Stories. Its permanent collection is online, and we especially enjoyed seeing and learning about work like Robert The's "Reader's Digest (cake book)", "Qu'on se le dise," by Ben Vautier and Julie Buffalohead's "The Garden," where you'll see some familiar imagery reused in unexpected ways.

The Museum of Russian Art: According to its Web site, The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA) is North America’s only museum devoted to exploring the art and culture of Muscovite Russia, the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, its former republics, and post-Soviet Russia. Visitors will find paintings, sculptures, textiles and decorative arts exhibitions and programming, as well as cultural initiatives, like this one centered on owls. Its online exhibitions cover the Silk Road, Postage Stamps, and Iconography, and we enjoyed learning about Soviet Posters through the museum's archive.

Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities: With its stand-out deconstructivist architectural style, the Weisman Art Museum is something special to look at even before you walk through its doors. A self-described "teaching museum" centered on art education, it considers itself a place for creativity, reflection and play. The museum's at-home art activities include Artful Writing, collection highlights and an in-depth look at The Big River Continuum – DETOUR project.

Law Warschaw Gallery - Macalester College: Law Warschaw Gallery presents solo exhibitions from local, national, and international artists, who are invited to show their work.

Augsburg University Art Galleries: Comprised of three galleries: Gage Gallery, Christenson Gallery and Gallery 720, these spaces represent artists at all stages of their careers, working in all mediums.

Minnesota Museum of American Art: The M's mission is to "explore expansively American identities through art, recognizing that the lived experiences and creativity of many artists, cultures, and communities have been historically, and presently are, underrepresented by museums." Currently, it hosts The M @ Home, a comprehensive online program that includes a close look at "Gordon Parks: A Homecoming," coloring pages by artist Jamel Shabazz and other all-ages Art Activities, and archives "deep dives" in The Scrapbook. You can also explore some of its online collection and see work by artists like Joan Mitchell, George Morrison and Frederick D. Jones.

Minneapolis Institute of Art: Make a virtual visit through this large museum's online exhibitions and collection, and discover art from artists like Pierre Daura, Ishimoto Yasuhiro and Elizabeth Murray. It also incorporates 3D models, informational podcasts, verbal descriptions and multimedia "Art Stories" to be