January 12, 2022

COVID Updates and Announcements

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

WAM Reopens to Visitors on Jan. 19, 2022 As you plan your visit, please note the following precautions: January 12, 2022: Weisman Art Museum (WAM) and WAM Shop will fully reopen to visitors beginning Wed., January 19, 2022. After several months of closure while maintenance work was completed inside the building, the museum is, once…

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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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October 19, 2021

Meet the 2021-2022 WAM Collective Officers

Headshots of the eight members of WAM Collective

Meet the 2021-2022 cohort of WAM Collective Officers—a dynamic group of University of Minnesota students who care deeply about the role of art & museums in social change. The WAM Collective meets weekly to discuss the museum field and to plan programming for the campus community which includes activities like study nights, art-making opportunities, 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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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 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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May 4, 2021

Teaching Apparel Design in a Pandemic and Fashioning the Future

  During the spring semester of 2021, Weisman Art Museum Director of Public Programs and Student Engagement, Katie Covey Spanier, collaborated with Lindsey Strange, UMN College of Design Professor of Apparel Design, on a unique curriculum integration project. Students from the College of Design studied the museum’s spring exhibition, Pressing Issues: Printmaking as Social Justice…

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