January 22, 2019

The Magical Art of Fairy-Tale Postcards with Jack Zipes

Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota professor emeritus of German and comparative literature, returned to campus Wednesday night to deliver a lecture in conjunction with WAM’s exhibition, The Wonderful World Before Disney. An acclaimed scholar of myth, folk, and fairy-tales, Zipes discussed the past and contemporary social and political roles of these stories, turning to his…

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January 18, 2019

Baggage Claims: February 2 – May 12, 2019

This spring WAM is excited to present Baggage Claims, an exhibit that examines the significance of the things we carry with us through the lens of luggage. Suitcases and crates symbolize the movement of people and belongings across the world, and they evoke the political and economic concerns that incite and result from this travel….

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January 18, 2019

The Wonderful World Before Disney: January 12 – July 7, 2019

  In 2017, the Weisman Art Museum received a collection of over 3,000 fairy-tale themed postcards from Jack Zipes, professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. As one of the most prolific scholars of folk and fairy tales, he has been influential in highlighting their social and political role in…

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December 21, 2018

Protest through Political Posters with Leon Wang

To coincide with WAM’s ongoing exhibition, I Want to Make This Perfectly Clear, the WAM Collective recently hosted local artist and activist Leon Wang to lead a protest poster-making workshop. A special art form with the potential to be an extremely powerful method of protest, posters have a long history within political and performative activism….

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December 21, 2018

WAM Book Club: Spring Selections

The WAM Book Club is excited to announce our brand new book selections. Our guided book tours offer valuable insight and discussion of museum artworks that correspond with the contents and authors of selected titles. Our spring book choices share meaning and connection with Baggage Claims, a new exhibition that grapples with themes of immigration,…

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August 1, 2018

Fight or Buy Bonds: Mobilizing Women for World War I

  Some of the most striking World War I posters in the Fight or Buy Bonds exhibit were directed at mobilizing women to meet national needs. The massive mobilization required by twentieth-century warfare put great strains on American society. With four million men taken into the armed forces, labor shortages developed in many sectors which…

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June 26, 2018

Fight or Buy Bonds: Mobilizing Manpower for World War I

Many of the World War I posters included in the Weisman Art Museum exhibit focus on mobilizing manpower for the military and assuring adequate labor resources for the war effort. When the United States entered the war in April 1917, the country was poorly prepared both militarily and economically. For several years there had been…

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