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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September 11, 2019


Friday night, students traveled from east bank, west bank, yes, even from St. Paul campus, to ring in the new school year and celebrate at WAM-O-RAMA. Standing in a long line that wrapped around the outside of the building and jamming out with Radio K to pass the time, sophomore Bianca Vivas and junior Aidan…

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September 9, 2019

Peng Wu and the Art of Sleep

Peng Wu and the Art of Sleep a reflection by Susan Armington Peng Wu had a problem with sleep. Night after night, the Chinese-born artist lay sleepless. At first it was the excitement of grad school in Minneapolis. Then it was the boredom of work and the desire to stay up late to make up for…

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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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August 20, 2019

Meet the artists featured in the HOMEWORK Collection

Launched in 2018, the HOMEWORK Collection is the student-only art rental collection available to student members, with artwork selected by WAM Collective Officers. The below works were purchased at last year’s MCAD Art Sale. Meet the artists behind these works, and, if you’re a UMN student, come to WAM for Study Night on September 18…

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July 30, 2019

Recap: Target Studio Collaboration Culmination & Performances

Wu lies on his back on stage, looking up to the ceiling; the frame includes two audience members watching him.

  On May 15, community members gathered alongside the Target Studio cohort and their UMN collaborators to celebrate the very first year of the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration program. The evening began with studio activations and performances from 2018–2019 artist-fellows Terry Hempfling and Rachel Jendrzejewski, Marcus Young and students at HECUA’s Art for Social Change…

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