April 21, 2017

From the Artist: Melissa Stern

Last September WAM hosted artist Melissa Stern for the opening of her Target Studio for Creative Collaboration exhibition, The Talking Cure. I had the opportunity to sit down with Melissa during her visit and ask her some questions about her inspiration, her practice, and her works in the exhibition. Check out some highlights of the interview here….

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March 1, 2017

Radical Listening, Pt. 2

On Relational Aesthetics and Rebecca Krinke To avoid diving in head first into a topic, an often overlooked topic in art education, (I’ll owe you a box of Girl Scout cookies if your high school teachers mentioned relational aesthetics). I will synthesize the important components of major key works regarding participatory work and the transformation…

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March 1, 2017

IMPRINTS update: February

Last week we had the chance to see the students’ garments for the design showcase. To sum up the class visit in one experience: wow! It is always incredible to see the designs students come up with every year. Taking inspiration from The Talking Cure exhibit as well as following the prompt of how students…

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March 1, 2017

Gülgün Kayim Talks the State of Creativity in Minneapolis

Gülgün Kayim is the Director of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy for the City of Minneapolis. She spoke at Bring Your Own Business Card, our networking event for creative students last week. Essentially, Gülgün’s work is to facilitate growth and improvement in the creative sector. I had the chance to ask her a few…

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February 26, 2017

Museum Interpretation & Visitor Engagement

The Weisman Art Museum offers many opportunities for students to get involved, whether through the student tour guide program, the WAM Collective, employment as student staff, or internship opportunities. This spring semester, I am rounding out my coursework with an internship at the Weisman in museum interpretation and visitor engagement. After a semester of reading and…

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February 21, 2017

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? Pt. 1

“Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” is a new WAM Collective blog series highlighting the overlooked and underrepresented artistic contributions of American artists. The title of the series references a 1971 essay of the same name by art historian Linda Nochlin, which examines the institutional boundaries that have prevented Women artists from succeeding in the arts….

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February 10, 2017

The Reality of the Beautiful Brain

Right now at the Weisman Art Museum there is a lot of buzz about brains. Following the opening of The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal last week, there is a lot of excitement about neuroscience, microscopes, and the relationship between art and science. However, as developed as our brain imaging technologies may…

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January 31, 2017

Design Showcase IMPRINTS Under Way

Our 6th annual design showcase IMPRINTS is in full swing this semester as apparel design students visit the museum and begin concept development for their designs. Taking inspiration from Melissa Stern’s exhibition The Talking Cure and Rebecca Krinke’s practice in What Needs To Be Said students are tasked with creating a runway garment that utilizes…

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January 31, 2017

Radical Listening, Pt. 1

Rebecca Krinke’s artwork, What Needs to Be Said, is a project within the exhibition The Talking Cure, located in the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota. In this post and those to follow, I will be reflecting upon the work’s location within the larger field of museology as well…

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