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 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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