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Olga Viso resigns as Walker Art Center director

Olga Viso resigns as Walker Art Center director”

Walker Arts Center's executive director, Olga Viso, will step down from her position at the end of the year, the museum's board of trustees announced Tuesday.

"It has been a privilege to lead this venerable contemporary arts institution the last 10 years and to support the work of some of the most compelling and adventurous global artists working today across disciplinary boundaries", Viso said in a press release. "She led the organization through a major capital campaign to fund the vision and re-design of our entire campus, including the new Minneapolis Sculpture Garden". Sam Durant's sculpture Scaffold, a playground-like piece representing the largest mass execution (38 Dakota men) in US history, drew protests from the community.

"I think we very much regret the pain and suffering the work is causing in our local community", Viso said. Eventually the Walker relented and removed the sculpture.

Viso took over as executive director of the contemporary art museum in 2008.

The Walker under Viso organized a number of popular exhibitions, including "Hippie Modernism", "International Pop" and "Merce Cunningham: Common Time".

"It has been a privilege to lead this venerable contemporary arts institution the last 10 years and to support the work of some of the most compelling and adventurous worldwide artists working today across disciplinary boundaries", she states via press release. "Adios Utopia", now on display at the museum, features art from Cuba. "... We wish her well for her next career opportunity". In a statement, the Walker said its board and Viso "agreed that now is an ideal time for a transition". That office will include the Walker's chief advancement officer, Christopher Stevens; its chief financial officer, Mary Polta; its senior curator and director of exhibitions management Siri Engberg; and its director of human resources, Rishi Donat.



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