The People

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Andrew Blauvelt

Behind the curtain of the Walker Art Center are offices with, well, a lot of curtains. While the physical office space was designed by museum architects Herzog & de Meuron, it was the in-house eye of Andrew Blauvelt who added the “color path” of reds, yellows, blues, and purples that line the glass walls. “It’s just cheap chiffon . . . you know prom dresses,” he laughs. As the museum’s curator of architecture and design, Blauvelt is also the man behind recent exhibitions on subjects such as prefab architecture, Eero Saarinen, suburbia, and sustainability. A fan of modern architecture (he and his partner live in an ultra modern home in south Minneapolis designed by Julie Snow Architects that was featured in Dwell magazine), he spent two years in 2004 working on the prefab show. “Worldwide prefab was heating up, especially in Minneapolis with Charlie Lazor and FlatPak,” he says. Blauvelt sourced eight full-scale prefab structures, including one by Wee House and one by Lazor (the exact FlatPak that now resides by the sculpture garden), to produce the first contemporary show on prefab. Currently Blauvelt is working on a show for 2014 with Vincent James and Jennifer Yoos of VJAA on skyway systems. “It’s a complex subject; architects aren’t really supposed to like skyways,” he says. “It’s like suburbia—it’s so dominant but we don’t really talk about it—I really like those subjects.” On the deck for 2015 is a show on hippy modernism counter culture life from 1964 to 1974. Covering all aspects of design, Blauvelt inherently has more ideas than time to produce, but fortunately gets to run with many of them and create his own vision, adding, “I’m very lucky that way.”

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