He operated the Hudson Walker Gallery with his wife, Ione Gaul Walker, from 1936-1940.
As a collector he acquired works of art by Alfred Maurer, Albert Christ-Janer, Marsden Hartley, Joseph Hirsch, and prints by Harry Sternberg.
The gallery showed the work of artists such as Marsden Hartley, Mervyn Jules, Joseph Hirsch, Alfred Maurer, and Harry Sternberg.
The following is from an interview with Dorothy Seckler in 1965:
"I went to the University of Minnesota for most of three years, from '25 to '28 - then I went to the Fogg Museum from '28 to '30. I remember the first Sunday night that I had dinner at the Paul Sachs' when I told Mr. Sachs that I was inclined to go into the art dealing business. And he said, "Well, we'll have to think about that." And that's all that was ever said. I went to the Fogg for two years and the subject never came up again. After I left the Fogg I went into partnership with Nelson Goodman in Boston - the firm of Goodman-Walker where I was from '30 to '32. There wasn't enough business to take care of two of us so I went back to Minneapolis and the family's lumber and real estate business until '36 when I was married and my wife and I opened a gallery in New York at 38 East 57th Street, which we continued until 1940."
My grandfather was Thomas Barlow Walker who was born in Zenia, Ohio in 1840. He went to Minneapolis about 1862 and first got a job as a government surveyor which put him in touch with the timberlands that were in northern Minnesota which he gradually acquired, and as early as about 1875 he had formed a small art collection which he opened to the public. The collection has been open to the public free of charge ever since. So that it was really a pioneer venture on his part. He kept on collecting and built the present Walker Art Center, which has been altered considerably, beginning around 1926. It opened in 1927, and he died in 1928."
The entirety of the interview can be found at http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-hudson-dean-walker-11919.
Ione Avery Gaul Walker
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