Blogs Crosscuts Olga Viso

Olga Viso is the Walker Art Center's executive director. As an art historian and curator of contemporary visual art, she is known for her scholarship in contemporary Latin American art and the work of the performance-based Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta. Recent curatorial projects include a major survey of contemporary American sculptor Jim Hodges, which she co-curated with Jeffrey Grove at the Dallas Museum of Art in 2013. Before coming to the Walker in 2008, Viso spent 12 years at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, as a Curator of Contemporary Art and ultimately as Director. At the Hirshhorn, she organized or co-organized significant exhibitions of leading artists, including Robert Gober, Guillermo Kuitca, Ana Mendieta and Juan Muñoz. Prior to joining the Hirshhorn, Viso was Curator at the Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach, Florida), and held several curatorial and administrative positions at the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, Georgia). She currently is on the board of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York and has been a trustee at the American Association of Museum Directors. In 2013 she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on the Arts. She received her master’s degree in art history from Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia) in 1992.

Re-envisioning a Community Treasure

Many of you are aware that Summer Music & Movies will be on hiatus this year. We understand and appreciate how beloved the series is by the Twin Cities community. Over the more than three decades we have offered this free series to the public, Summer Music & Movies has become part of the cultural […]

Many of you are aware that Summer Music & Movies will be on hiatus this year. We understand and appreciate how beloved the series is by the Twin Cities community. Over the more than three decades we have offered this free series to the public, Summer Music & Movies has become part of the cultural fabric of the city. We are aware of the special significance of the program to the civic life of the metro area and are extremely grateful to the community for embracing it all these years.
 
As a contemporary art center committed to bringing art, artists, and audiences together in innovative ways, we think it is critical to re-evaluate all of our programming from time to time and experiment with new ideas that inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities. This summer the Walker plans a number of free events from June through August including Target Free Thursday Nights, Free First Saturdays, our new, summer-long outdoor initiative called Open Field, and, of course, our largest free attraction, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Throughout these programs you’ll find activities and amenities for all ages including an array of local bands, artist projects, and our new outdoor bar and grill.
 
Summer Music & Movies and other Walker programs—Rock the Garden, Momentum, and Choreographers’ Evening—have taken hiatuses in the past only to return reinvigorated and better than ever. We hope you’ll take part in the many free activities planned at the Walker all summer long as we re-envision how a popular program like Summer Music & Movies can be even better in the future.