July 17, 2018

Mapping (your) body

Reflections on the performance felt room by BodyCartography Project The performance space is a stage-less, featureless, roomy white cube with only the functional elements in it: white dance floor, lights, speakers, no chairs. Five dancers share floor with the audience. A pile of white cloth in the corner: dancers will use that. Most of the…

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June 26, 2018

Fight or Buy Bonds: Mobilizing Manpower for World War I

Many of the World War I posters included in the Weisman Art Museum exhibit focus on mobilizing manpower for the military and assuring adequate labor resources for the war effort. When the United States entered the war in April 1917, the country was poorly prepared both militarily and economically. For several years there had been…

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June 5, 2018

Director Lyndel King to Retire After Forty Years

Congratulations to director Lyndel King on her retirement! Director and chief curator Lyndel King, announced today that after a forty-year tenure with the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota she will step down from her post in June 2020. “I am planning my departure from the museum because WAM is in a great…

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May 2, 2018

Lyndel King Wins Outstanding Service Award

Congratulations Director Lyndel King! 2018 Recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Service We are proud to announce that Lyndel King was awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Service, joining an elite group of staff and faculty who have provided exceptional service to the University of Minnesota. The President’s Award for Outstanding Service is presented each year in the spring…

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April 23, 2018

(Re)Generation: Meet the Designers

Event Title: Regeneration in green leaves

The global fashion industry is one of the most resource-intensive industries in the world. Emerging designers from the University of Minnesota’s College of Apparel Design program are reimagining this process in (RE)generation. On April 25 the Weisman will host the annual Design Showcase. Inspired by WAM’s exhibition Vanishing Ice, each student will present a ready-for-the-runway…

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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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