July 27, 2022

Weisman presents Piotr Szyhalski: We Are Working All the Time!

A nighttime color photo depicts four people in white shirts and black pants raise a large white flag,surrunded by spectators at Northern Spark festival in Minneapolis.

  Weisman Art Museum (WAM) is pleased to present Piotr Szyhalski: We Are Working All the Time!, on view August 20 — December 31, 2022.  This major survey exhibition, curated by WAM Senior Curator Diane Mullin, features works in a variety of media across three decades of Szyhalski’s prolific and pioneering practice, including poster design,…

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June 2, 2022

WAM opens two new exhibitions this summer, on the Big River as “a way of knowing” and documenting urban change, past and present

Artwork by Berenice Abbott and Giovanni Battista Giovanni

  The Weisman Art Museum is pleased to present two new exhibitions opening in June: Capturing Change: The Urban Images of Berenice Abbott and Giovanni Battista Piranesi, opening June 3 in the Edith Carlson Gallery; and Bimiwetigweyaa — Tcubúhatceh (The Sound the River Makes Flowing Along / The Ripple and Roar of a Flowing Stream),…

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April 15, 2022

Essay: After Progress by Miranda Trimmier

A trainyard under a darkly cloudy sky.

After Progress An activist investor is leveraging his stake in Canadian Pacific to force the company into climate action, my friend Gudrun Lock tells me. This news overlays our walk through the patchwork of forest, park, and grassland that surrounds the CP-owned Shoreham Yards train and truck site in northeast Minneapolis. The air smells like…

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March 21, 2022

COVID Updates and Announcements

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

Masks Are Welcome, But Not Required March 21, 2022: As of today, masks are welcome, but not required for visitors and staff at the Weisman Art Museum (WAM) and WAM Shop, in accordance with University of Minnesota policy and current public health guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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October 28, 2021

ESSAY: Counterspaces in Medicine

A vivid blue and black poster design, bisected with a black silhouette of a gymnast against a blue background; on the right, blue text against black background that reads: Suni's gold medal was not the first Hmong contribution to America.

the wider you are the emptier and the more innocent of any signal the more precious the text feels to me as I make my way through it reminding myself listening for any sound from you [1] —From To the Margin, W. S. Merwin   The speaker in W.S. Merwin’s poem, To the Margin, addresses the margin…

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September 23, 2021

BJO Nordfeldt: American Internationalist Opens in Wichita, First Stop for Touring Exhibition

Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, announces the touring exhibition and catalogue BJO Nordfeldt: American Internationalist The project includes fresh new archival research and major loans. The Weisman Art Museum holds the largest collection of works by this innovative, early-Twentieth-Century, Swedish immigrant artist. For BJO Nordfeldt: American Internationalist the Weisman brought together works from fifteen…

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September 15, 2021

Alejandra Peña-Gutiérrez is Named the New Director of University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum 

WAM's newly named director, Alejandra Pena-Gutierrez, looks directly into the camera. She's standing in front of a dark, blurry background.

  September 15, 2021, Minneapolis, MN — Executive Vice President and Provost Rachel T. A. Croson has announced that Alejandra Peña-Gutiérrez will be the next director of the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum (WAM). Peña will begin her new role at WAM on November 29, 2021. An internationally accomplished museum leader and arts professional,…

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June 3, 2021

Arts Access: Beyond the Senses

A group of seven people stand in a semi-circle around a sculpture. At the right of the circle, Liza is signing. Some are looking at Liza directly, others are looking intently at the sculpture.

  Every experience is a multi-sensory experience, whether we actively perceive it as such or not. Changes in sensory input, likewise, change our composite experience of the world. Even so, people with sensory loss are rarely consulted during the planning process of collective experience-creation; not included in the development of those experiences, people with sensory…

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May 25, 2021

Q & A: Mike Gaines and Maggie Williams, Creators of #JustYesterday

This summer, the Weisman’s exterior façade features a series of poster designs, collectively entitled Just Yesterday, which will be on view through October 1, 2021. Just Yesterday was conceived by interning art director Mike Gaines and first-year copywriter Maggie Williams, as part of an initiative by Minneapolis advertising agency Solve, during the protests that swept the world in…

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