November 25, 2020

New to the Collection: Cara Romero’s TV Indians

  At an accessions meeting at Weisman Art Museum (WAM) in December 2019, committee members voted to bring Cara Romero’s TV Indians into the permanent collection. With funds gifted by Russell Cowles, WAM purchased Romero’s striking photograph from the Bockley Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), where the work was on view for her solo exhibition, Jackrabbit &…

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November 24, 2020

Essay: Vesna Kittelson’s Young Americans

Four portraits of Kittelson's students, from her "Young Americans" series

  Upon entering Vesna Kittelson’s North Loop Minneapolis studio, you notice that her space is populated with the faces of Young Americans. The painted portraits, slightly larger than life, are unfettered by frames and hung directly on the wall, most of them at eye level or just above. You can’t help but meet their gazes;…

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May 6, 2020

ArtWords 2020: “Real Colorful Creatures” by Samantha Sanvik

Real Colorful Creatures I’m reminded of the crisp new pages of my inexperienced youth, quickly turned into crumpled corners, faded lines, ripped edges. I’m reminded of the boundless possibilities that arise from a single plot. A plot that has a rise and a fall, with an ending that comes too soon. I’m reminded of Where…

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May 6, 2020

ArtWords 2020: “Around Here” by Joey Gotchnik

Around Here “Time? What is time? We don’t have that around here,” she says. But how then, I thought, can I compare yourself to me? No number to make us seem similar, no skin wrinkle, hair color, or light amid your eyes. The balance of unbalanced strings lapping against bright plywood, yellow coated and a…

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November 19, 2019

Native American Heritage Month: Maria and Julian Martinez

Sheen black pear-shaped pot with matte black geometric design on the upper half of the pot.

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we are featuring Indigenous artists and their work that we hold in our permanent collection on our blog, social media, and Collection Highlight E-Newsletters. Our intention is to both recognize the varied contributions of Indigenous artists while acknowledging how their works are disproportionately underrepresented in museum collections nationwide,…

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November 5, 2019

Native American Heritage Month: Wendy Red Star, Star Wallowing Bull, and Julie Buffalohead

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we are featuring Indigenous artists and their work that we hold in our permanent collection on our blog, social media, and Collection Highlight E-Newsletters. Our intention is to both recognize the varied contributions of Indigenous artists while acknowledging how their works are disproportionately underrepresented in museum collections nationwide,…

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August 20, 2019

Focus on the Collection: “Wood Collage: Landscape”

An image of Morrison's "Wood Collage: Landscape," which includes pieces of driftwood of various colors, sizes, and shapes placed together into a single frame.

To make Wood Collage: Landscape, George Morrison collected driftwood and fit the pieces together to form what he described as a “painting made of wood.” He assembled a loose grid structure, with the smaller fragments seeming to coalesce into squares, divided by beams that stretch across the composition. In places, the texture of the wood…

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