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Martin Friedman

Art in the Urban Environment

About Martin Friedman

Martin Friedman is the director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He joined the Walker in 1958 and became its director in 1961. Under his guidance, the Walker’s collections expanded to reflect crucial examples of contemporary artistic development, while concurrently developing innovative approaches to audience engagement. He has organized more than two dozen major exhibitions. In 1971, he oversaw the construction of the new Edward Larrabee Barnes’ award-winning building, as well as its expansion in 1984, and in 1988, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Today, the Walker is recognized internationally as a singular model of a multidisciplinary arts organization.


The Town Hall Forum will broadcast on this page of the website, and also on our Facebook page. It will also be archived here for future viewing!


Forums will NOT be live broadcast on MPR this fall. Instead, MPR will present the entire fall season of the Town Hall Forum as a special week of programs, November 29 – December 2 each day at 11 a.m. You can still listen/watch live here on our website.