October 7, 2021

Changing Perceptions: Nona Faustine’s Contested

A statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of an entrance to the American Museum of Natural History with a red line obscuring the middle third of the photograph

  New York City’s American Museum of Natural History is the stuff of wonders. Filled wall to wall with countless dioramas, statues, and artifacts that are sure to jog the imagination, it is no wonder that the museum attracts five million visitors a year. The vast majority of those visitors pass through the building’s Central…

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September 20, 2021

Mexico in Minneapolis Folk Arts Residency

Headshot of Jacobo and María Ángeles pictured with a sculpture alongside two images of other sculptures

Internationally renowned artists visit Minneapolis, focus on reviving and enriching Mexican traditional art forms In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, the City of Minneapolis Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy and the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum will host a Mexican Folks Arts Residency to strengthen and elevate the presence of and…

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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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July 26, 2021

The Weisman’s Target Studio for Creative Collaboration to Receive $140,000 from National Funders for On Site, Supporting the Development and Exhibition of Incarcerated Artists’ Work

One of the artists of SEEN, a 2021 collaboration between We Are All Criminals and WAM's Target Studio, performs his work.

  The Weisman is thrilled to announce two major grant awards from national funders which will support On Site, a project to develop and exhibit new artwork jointly created by a cohort of incarcerated artists and Twin Cities artists .  On Site is a collaboration of WAM, We Are All Criminals (WAAC), and the Minnesota…

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June 29, 2021

American Alliance of Museums Honors Former WAM Director Dr. Lyndel King with 2021 Award for Distinguished Service to Museums

(1981 - 2020) Weisman Director and Chief Curator Lyndel King is pictured in a blue shirt, scarf and statement necklace at the museum

On June 7, at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors of AAM, the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community, honored Dr. Lyndel King with the Award for Distinguished Service to Museums. This award recognizes Dr. King’s exemplary work as Director and Chief Curator of the…

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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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June 1, 2021

Gen Z Envisions the Future of Museums

For their final program of the semester, the Weisman Art Museum’s student group, WAM Collective, convened a virtual roundtable with peer student advisory groups, the Student Advisory Council at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, and the Agents for Creative Action (ACA) of the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA). On the afternoon of May…

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May 26, 2021

Unlearning the Elephant: Against Multidisciplinarity (excerpt)

An elephant in a cage hovers above blindfolded men sitting at tables while an artist with a a palette looks up at the sky

Institutions, the control of meaning, and the artist’s potential to subvert the foundations of knowledge   The parable of the blind men and an elephant is frequently used as an illustration of multidisciplinary research. There is an elephant (say, in the room) and blind men surround it, each touching a different part of the animal. Subsequently, each…

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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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May 19, 2021

A New Take on ‘Visualizing Black America’: Just Yesterday at WAM

This summer, Weisman Art Museum presents the outdoor poster exhibition, Just Yesterday, developed by artists Mike Gaines and Maggie Williams. Through dynamic image layering and bold type, the campaign uses iconic pop-culture references to raise awareness around systemic racial injustice in the United States in our recent, and not so distant past.  Over a century…

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