January 15, 2020

More is More: The Lyndel and Blaine King Collection

Titled "Lyndel Queen," this acrylic and pencil on paper artwork pictures Lyndel's portrait from the eyes upward. On top of her head is a Weisman Art Museum building crown.

February 29 – July 19, 2020 When my WAM colleagues asked if I would be willing to show the art collection my husband, Blaine, and I have built over the years, my first thought was that we just acquire things that give us pleasure, things we like to have around us. But that is what…

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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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December 2, 2019

Walk Back to Your Body: Anna Marie Shogren

A dancer in a costume constrcuted of white medical gloves holds a seated audience member's hand above their head with during the Lifelong Choreographies performance.

Last fall, four artists and five medical researchers embarked on interdisciplinary collaborations that have led to new cultural perspectives on complex medical questions. This series of blog posts is meant to highlight their processes before the culmination of these collaborations, taking place in the Target Studio on December 5. More info about that event here >>…

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October 30, 2019

Call for Collaboration: Rebuilding the Library at the University of Baghdad

The Weisman Art Museum (WAM), the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), and the Minnesota Design Center (MDC) invite University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students to collaborate with the internationally renowned artist Wafaa Bilal and help reimagine the once-besieged library of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad….

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October 14, 2019

Palms to Pines: What a River Weaves

  Monique Verdin is a multidisciplinary artist who has been working with the complex interconnectedness of environment, economics, culture, climate, and change along the Gulf South for decades. She is one of two artists comprising the The Big River Continuum, an initiative that turns the Mississippi River in its entirety into a platform for creative collaboration.  …

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October 3, 2019

Ways of Knowing Water

We often talk about the problems of water or water issues, but one thing I have learned by spending time with the Collaborative is that water is not a problem. It takes the shape of the container that it’s in, and our culture is the container that gives meaning and shape to water and to…

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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 29, 2019

The Big River Continuum

  The Weisman Art Museum announces the creation of The Big River Continuum. It is one thing to know about a river, and yet another altogether to consider the river itself as a way of knowing. The University of Minnesota’s Itasca Biological Station at the Mississippi headwaters, the Weisman Art Museum in the Twin Cities, and Tulane University’s A Studio in the Woods in…

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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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