December 6, 2017

Graduate Studies… with a View

    Imagine its the mid-1990’s and you’re trying to decide between grad schools while paging through all the printed catalogs you got in the mail last week. You come across these photos of stylish grad students, studying on the terrace of the spandy new Weisman Art Museum overlooking the Washington Ave bridge and Minneapolis’s¬†downtown…

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November 30, 2017

A Sonnet for WAM

In the summer of 2011 while the Weisman Art Museum was closed for construction, local visual poet Scott Helmes proposed a sonnet to honor the completion of an expansion to the iconic building. The correspondence from Helmes is as engaging to look at as the artist’s other works. Helmes proposal begins: Please send me a…

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November 22, 2017

Many Many Many Thanks

Thank you notes. Copies of hundreds and hundreds of hand written, personalized thank you notes, jam packed and bound into sturdy 4″ cloth covered binders that are labeled “datebooks”. These notes were all written by Lyndel King, Director of the University Gallery and Weisman Art Museum (WAM) since 1975.¬† King was director during the fundraising…

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November 21, 2017

Thank You!

Illustration of WAM student staff at work

From all of us at WAM, thank you for helping raise¬†$10,800.00¬†on Give to the Max Day in support of student employment at the museum. Your gift directly supports¬†student¬†jobs, internships, and fellowships at¬†the museum. Thanks to your gift, students of all backgrounds and majors are gaining real-world, professional experience¬†to prepare them for their future careers. Thank…

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November 21, 2017

WAM Collective 2017-2018

WAM Collective member Lexi Herman welcoming you to the museum

Meet the 2017-2018 WAM Collective! Laurel Darling is a junior studying English and Art History. In addition to the WAM Collective, Laurel is an editor at The Tower, the university’s art and literary magazine. She can often be found working at the Minnesota English Language Program office. In her limited free time, Laurel enjoys traveling,…

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November 16, 2017

“Art and Science Can Open the Door”

I find the two best parts of working in the archives are making discoveries while I’m processing materials, and helping people answer questions and make their own discoveries. In the library and archive world, the latter is called Reference Service. Recently, I was able to provide reference services using WAM’s archival collection, UMN’s digital conservancy…

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October 25, 2017

Remembering the Wellstones at WAM

In honor of Wellstone Remembrance Day today, we share the exhibition postcard for Twelve Years and Thirteen Days: Remembering Paul and Sheila Wellstone, photographs by¬†Terry Gydeson.¬†The photographic series became a book of the same title: Senator Paul Wellstone is remembered for his infectious enthusiasm and his ardent devotion to helping all people gain a voice…

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October 23, 2017

The Unusual Life of Painting No. 85

In a University Gallery Publicity Book dated 1968, amidst other article clippings about the gallery is an open letter to the University community from William C. Bernstien M.D., Clinical Professor and Director of Proctology. This item stands out from the rest–first, its a letter rather than an article, its written by a doctor rather than…

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September 22, 2017

Where in the world?

Could it be Delaware? Could it be Washington? Yes to both. Stumped?     ‚ÄĒHeather¬†Carroll¬†is the processing archivist for the Weisman Art Museum‘s collection at the¬†University of Minnesota Archives.¬†This project was made possible by funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

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September 15, 2017

A Curious Little Package

What could be in this curious little package, rubber band stuck, found jammed into to the front pocket of a 25 year-old blue binder?   Mystery slides!     The images on these slides look like mysterious runes or a secret language and in a way, that’s exactly what they are. These images depict potter’s…

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