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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February 2, 2018

Power, Mutiny and Monster Island

While processing the archival materials of the curatorial department of the Weisman Art Museum, I came across an article from MN Daily called Imaginative Immersion: Three Days, Five Artists, which was about an atypical exhibit at the Weisman Art Museum in February of 2008. These five artists were part of a group independent study with UMN’s art…

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January 25, 2018

Library Amnesty Success

    As with any loan from a library, a bank or otherwise, unexpected things can happen. The University of Minnesota’s permanent art collection has long had an art rental program and at one point in time there were no rental fees to University employees. It happened one day in 1969 that a loan gone awry…

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January 22, 2018

Jacob Lawrence: Thirty Years of Prints

Jacob Lawrence (September 7, 1917 – June 9, 2000) was an artist, storyteller, educator and chronicler African American life in America. Lawrence’s works are in collections such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Art Institute Chicago, and Seattle Art Museum. Locally, Lawrence’s works are included…

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January 15, 2018

In the Spirit of Martin

Fifteen years ago this weekend, the anticipated exhibition In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. opened at the Weisman Art Museum with a full schedule of events. The purpose of the exhibition is clearly stated in the invitational brochure:  “By juxtaposing accounts in Dr. King’s life with visual…

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January 10, 2018

Time Capsules: A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota

        Photography has a curious way of encapsulating and immortalizing what might otherwise be a fleeting moment. Contemporary architectural photography is often devoid of people, sometimes placeless and gives a sense that the structures exist outside of time. While processing hundreds of photos for  A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota, these uncropped, raw, pre-published versions…

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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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January 8, 2018

Hard Lines: A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota

          Straight lines, crisp angles, geometric forms, and openly planar surfaces in buildings become an embodiment of human’s power over the elements and ability to manipulate materials and environments. A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota defines most of the buildings included in this post as Moderne (Art Deco) Style, International Style,…

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January 5, 2018

Sculptures: A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota

        Minnesota has no shortage of roadside attractions, including sculptures of monumental scale. Third in a series of photo-posts inspired by A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota, published in 1977 as a supplement to University Gallery’s Bicentennial exhibition The Art and Architecture of Minnesota, this post is dedicated to just a few of…

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