Saturday morning included a visit to the Walker Art Center and its new exhibit, Lifelike. Contemporary art can be harder for me to absorb because my interpretation often calls me to question “What is art?” But, perhaps that’s precisely the point. While art certainly reflects the creativity and interpretation of the artist, a work of art also becomes something to be interpreted by viewers who observe it, react to it, admire it, and maybe even question it. Based on each viewer’s life experiences and creativity, art can have vastly different interpretations and meanings. And in that sense, the study or reflection on a work of art is as relevant as the art itself.

Art museums are important because they not only give visitors the best possible stage to see the art, but also experience the art. You can better appreciate the scope of a large work, or the fine detail of a painting or sculpture, by walking around it from different vantage points and seeing it three-dimensionally. Museums are also a shared experience, if you take notice to watch and listen to others as they interpret the art in their own unique ways. Museum staffer Carol was on hand to share info about the Lifelike exhibit, the museum itself, as well as offer tips on the best vantage point for photos. It’s clear she has enthusiasm for the arts.

I left the museum with an increased appreciation for contemporary art, and I’ll be back for more than Lifelike as a new, card-carrying member. If you’re in the Twin Cities, you can visit the Walker Art Center Tuesday-Sunday, on Target Free Thursday evenings, or Free First Saturdays.

En route to my car, I stopped in the Cowles Conservatory to warm up a bit and snap a few pics. More photos below.

Carol, Walker Art Center museum staff

MushroomsMushrooms (or are they?)

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden - ConservatoryThanks to the couple who visited at just the right moment to make this photo.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Monkey Vines