February 13, 2018

Springing Forward into Spring

As Minnesotan’s when we hear vanishing ice we think the long dark night is over and winter has finally gone. We are excited to break out our shorts and enjoy the 40-degree weather. However, when the Inuit people of Baffin Bay hear about vanishing ice they see their livelihood disappearing. With sea temperatures rising and…

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February 8, 2018

WAM Files

WAM Files Archivist Heather Carroll reaches into a drawer filled with WAM memorabilia.

WAM Files Phase II began this summer, an archival and interpretive project that will make archival records accessible. These curatorial, educational, and administrative records, office files and museum staff correspondence, architectural drawings, press clippings, and ephemera will give the public a secret window into WAM’s past and present. This project is a continuation of a…

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February 7, 2018

Focus on the Collection: “Repellent Fence”

Postcommodity, Repellent Fence, 2015, photograph. Gift of Russell Cowles.

Swaying slowly in the wind, a line of bright yellow balloons extends in a diagonal line over the desert scrub. The concentric circles emblazoned on four sides of the inflatable surface resemble staring eyes, encouraging sustained eye contact with these objects that seem both alive and inanimate. The repeated patterns on the floating spheres contribute…

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February 6, 2018

Boris Oicherman, Curator for Creative Collaboration, receives Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship

  Scientists, architects, educators, psychologists, artists—seemingly disparate, these people gathered in May 1970 in the studio of the artist Robert Irwin to learn together: what does it take to build habitable environments in space. This was the First National Symposium on Habitability of Environments, designed by artist Robert Irwin and the space program psychologist Ed…

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January 9, 2018

Meet Boris at the Water Bar

WAM’s curator for creative collaboration, Boris Oicherman, is relocating his office hours to the the Water Bar, a space that is nurturing creative collaborations in the Twin Cities. As the curator of WAM’s Target Studio for Creative Collaboration, Boris is dedicated to cultivating collaboration opportunities at WAM. During his office hours he will be available…

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November 21, 2017

Thank You!

Illustration of WAM student staff at work

From all of us at WAM, thank you for helping raise $10,800.00 on Give to the Max Day in support of student employment at the museum. Your gift directly supports student jobs, internships, and fellowships at the museum. Thanks to your gift, students of all backgrounds and majors are gaining real-world, professional experience to prepare them for their future careers. Thank…

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November 21, 2017

WAM Collective 2017-2018

WAM Collective member Lexi Herman welcoming you to the museum

Meet the 2017-2018 WAM Collective! Laurel Darling is a junior studying English and Art History. In addition to the WAM Collective, Laurel is an editor at The Tower, the university’s art and literary magazine. She can often be found working at the Minnesota English Language Program office. In her limited free time, Laurel enjoys traveling,…

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September 5, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 UMN School Year

Welcome back to campus folks! While you are gearing up for the start of classes and the hectic school schedule stop by WAM for some incredible art and friendly faces. The museum is the perfect calming atmosphere for studying, relaxing, or just hanging out with your pals.  Is there a better way to get into…

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August 11, 2017

The Curator is Present

WAM recently hired Boris Oicherman, the curator for the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration (learn all about him here). The Target Studio for Creative Collaboration is a permanent space at the museum that is dedicated entirely to supporting the wildly cross-disciplinary artistic collaborations. As Boris gets settled in at the University, there are many people…

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