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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February 8, 2017

WAM Collection Feature: World’s Fair Mural

  One of my favorite things about working at the front desk of WAM over the summer was seeing first time visitors’ jaws drop and then form into a smile when greeted by Roy Lichtenstein’s  enormous “World’s Fair Mural.” Impossible to miss, this giant mural is proudly  displayed above the front desk of the building….

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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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December 21, 2016

Artist Feature: Jim Denomie

Jim Denomie was a University of Minnesota art student when he began the work of re-claiming his tribal heritage and re-connecting with his Native identity. Nearly twenty years later, he is nationally known for his humorous, critical depictions of United States history and religion. His paintings address colonization, assimilation, white washing, and other violences that the Native population has…

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December 20, 2016

The Inclusive Holiday Party Check-List

It’s that time of the year again, the time to spread joy and cheer and rejoice that finals are almost over. The best way to show you are grateful for your friends and family for always having your back is to throw a little party. As you gear up for the holiday season, be mindful…

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December 13, 2016

Fall Reflections

I find I am always sadder during the fall semester. It’s difficult to adjust after the lazy warmth of summer and in three fall semesters, I’ve moved into three different places. I am very rooted in safety and environment. In order to feel good and work hard, I need time to turn off and be…

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December 8, 2016

Lauren’s Declassified Finals Survival Playlist

  Like many of my fellow students, listening to some good tunes help me get through many hours of studying. As you buckle down this weekend to study for finals, here are some of my favorite jams for focusing in and tuning the world out. These chill tunes should get your brain waves moving and ready…

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December 7, 2016

How to Survive Finals: A Step by Step Guide

While December may be “the most wonderful time of the year” for some, every college student knows that it is certainly the most stressful. With the impending doom created as a result of term projects and final exams, these last few weeks of the school year may seem impossible to get through. This is my…

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