April 13, 2017

Imprints : Dancers

One of our favorite annual WAM Collective events is our exhibition inspired garment design showcase. Developed in collaboration with the College of Design, the yearly showcase features runway-ready garments created by undergraduate design students from non-traditional materials. Each year the course takes on a different theme, inspired by one of WAM’s featured exhibitions. This year the…

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April 12, 2017

WAM Coffee Break

Alta and Jesse Keller are coffee entrepreneurs, music enthusiasts, and overall neat people. They operate Coffee Cart MPLS, a mobile espresso bar that efficiently brews Dogwood coffee with a fun twist. This year WAM Collective asked Coffee Cart MPLS to bring lattes into the gallery as part of our January Open Mic Night event. The collaboration was…

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April 11, 2017

Sarah Super Answers ‘What Needs to be Said?’

The Target Studio for Creative Collaboration’s current exhibition The Talking Cure features an interactive art piece by artist-in-residence Rebecca Krinke titled What Needs to be Said? The work was inspired by Japanese tokonoma. The tokonoma is a raised alcove space often found in traditional Japanese architecture and used to comment, question, or illuminate aspects of…

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April 10, 2017

Radical Listening, Pt. 3

On Gallery Guards and Audience Engagement While examining Krinke’s work I find a certain restriction in observing the visitor’s interaction with the piece. In this post, I hope to examine the indirectly look at the interactions of the visitors through an altogether different source, the gallery guards. I hope to spotlight the effort of the…

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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 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

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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