April 1, 2020

The Weisman’s Response to Coronavirus/COVID-19

Photo of the exterior of Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Updated April 1, 2020: Weisman Art Museum (WAM), under the guidance of University of Minnesota leadership and public health officials, at the direction of Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health, is following the current “stay at home” order to help curb transmission of COVID-19. University of Minnesota has closed all major campus venues…

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March 26, 2020

WAM@Home

Like arts spaces and other public gathering spots throughout the Twin Cities, Weisman Art Museum is temporarily closed to the public, as we all do our part to try and keep our community healthy. WAM’s staff, student workers, and partnering artists may be working from home, but they’re also finding new ways to connect and build community…

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February 12, 2020

BioMess: Call for Collaborators

Large display boxes holding scientific and biological specimens stand alongside each other in the middle of the room.

The Weisman Art Museum is calling scientists to collaborate on the upcoming exhibition “BioMess,” by Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr of the SymbioticA Lab at the University of Western Australia.

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January 30, 2020

Celebrating Women’s History Month at WAM

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Amoke Kubat (YO MAMA’S HOUSE, is curating a Pop Up Museum in the Target Studio. This follows Amoke’s curation of Black History Month, and is called ART & SOUL: Indigenous, Rural and Urban HERstories Month.   Watch this space for more!     ALYA ANSARI, Target Studio Assistant

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January 15, 2020

Harriet Bart: Abracadabra and Other Forms of Protection

A framed print of "ABRACADABRA" in a downward-pointing traingle shape floats above a white shelf. To the right on the shelf are what looks like golden flakes in a scientific glass tube. It stands ontop of a book whose spine reads, "The UNIVERSE"

February 1 – November 29, 2020 On the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, WAM is proud to open the career survey exhibition Harriet Bart: Abracadabra and Other Forms of Protection. A cofounding member of WARM (the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota, one of the first feminist art collectives in the United…

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January 4, 2020

Yo Mama’s Story | An Interview with Amoke Kubat

  Amoke Kubat is an artist, weaver, sacred doll maker, and occasional stand-up comedian, and has been in-residence at the Target Studio since fall 2019. She uses her art to speak truth to power and to maintain a position of wellness in an America sick with inequalities and inequities. In 2010, Amoke founded Yo Mama and…

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September 30, 2019

The Urgency of The Great Lakes Cycle

This fall, WAM is proud to present Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle. Organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) in Michigan, the exhibition features an ambitious suite of paintings and works on paper by New York–based artist Alexis Rockman. In a state bound by Lake Superior and part of a region contiguous to…

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September 23, 2019

Walk Back to Your Body

  What does it mean to be in conversation with your body? Many social, cultural, and political conventions we live by today discipline how we experience our bodies. They are often defined by their productivity, utility, fitness, and so on, but rarely through vulnerability and reflection. Through this series of collaborations between artists and researchers…

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August 22, 2019

Communities React to “Remembering Rondo” | Videos by The StoryMobile

Melvin Giles, Program Director at The StoryMobile, blows his bubbles in front of the StoryMobile bike.

  Remembering Rondo is a landmark retrospective of Rose and Melvin Smith’s expansive careers in the arts. Currently living in Eagan, MN, Melvin R. and Rose J. Smith were residents of St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood for many years. The works in this exhibition are drawn from the artists’ Rondo series—a sprawling body of work that stands as…

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June 7, 2019

Meet the Artists in State Your Intentions: New Works in the WAM Collection

The artist is in a gallery, working over a colorful canvas.

In expanding the permanent collection, WAM aims to accession new works wisely and with the utmost intention. To our Senior Curator Diane Mullin, this means attentively developing our collections of work by Black and women–identifying contemporary artists, and works considered international art, Minnesota art, and video and other moving-image art. Opening in mid-July, a number of…

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