April 25, 2019

Certain about uncertainty, enhancing medical education at WAM

  Often considered polar opposites, medical science and art share more common threads than you might think. In engaging with concepts of creation, experimentation, manipulation, and representations of life and humanity, both fields demand curiosity and a creative spirit from their practitioners. For four weeks, two worlds harmoniously collided as fourth-year UMN medical students partnered…

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April 16, 2019

WAM Shop’s Spring Window Display

All snow aside, WAM is ready for spring cleaning! Thanks to Professor Juanjuan Wu’s visual merchandising students, the WAM Shop has received a new window display makeover. For the majority of the spring semester, students have been working in collaboration with WAM Shop manager and buyer Marissa Onheiber to create a display inspired by both…

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April 5, 2019

Between the Seams: Meet the Designers

Ornamental logo that reads "Between the Seams"

At this very moment, University of Minnesota apparel design students are hard at work, crafting one-of-a-kind garments inspired by fairy tale iconography. Over the course of their spring semester, the 18 designers studied the visual language presented in The Wonderful World Before Disney, an ongoing exhibition of postcards that explores the eclectic imagery of popular fairy tales…

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April 2, 2019

Songs with Baggage

Here at WAM, we’re doing a lot of thinking about baggage, because of the exhibition Baggage Claims. It’s still here until May 12, so you’ve got some time, but not too much, to explore the things we carry with us. Baggage Claims is all about baggage: psychological, metaphorical, and literal. It’s about immigration, break-ups, emergencies–in…

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February 1, 2019

Addressing Student Engagement through Shop Collaborations

When she joined WAM in 2011, shop manager and buyer Marissa Onheiber noticed a gap in student engagement. As WAM began to turn its focus to enhancing student membership and the collective, Onheiber decided that the shop window provided a perfect solution. “It’s part of our mission to enhance the student experience by offering them…

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December 21, 2018

Protest through Political Posters with Leon Wang

To coincide with WAM’s ongoing exhibition, I Want to Make This Perfectly Clear, the WAM Collective recently hosted local artist and activist Leon Wang to lead a protest poster-making workshop. A special art form with the potential to be an extremely powerful method of protest, posters have a long history within political and performative activism….

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November 16, 2018

WAM Collective Takes On MCAD Art Sale for HOMEWORK Collection

Last night, WAM Collective left home base at the Weisman to attend opening night of the annual MCAD art sale to purchase new pieces for HOMEWORK, the Weisman’s student-only art rental collection. The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, aka MCAD, hosts an annual art sale featuring artwork from emerging student artists and alumni from…

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November 12, 2018

Meet the WAM Collective Cohort of 2018 & 2019

Using a student driven format since its inception in 2011, the WAM Collective places student voices at the center of shaping and developing programming at the Weisman Art Museum. This hands on and fast paced program gives participants the opportunity to work with professional museum staff, artists, advocates, and community members on projects that reflect…

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November 7, 2018

Negotiating Tradition: The Soft Power of Art

Art is often described as having soft power, or power that persuades through appeal and attraction, “using persuasion, attraction, or agenda setting,” rather than coercion or force.* Looking at how soft power functions in broader cultural contexts such as in television and radio programming, it is clear that art possesses this same power and with…

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October 17, 2018

Art, Music, Spotify – Connections from the Collective

In conjunction with I Want To Make This Perfectly Clear, the exhibition of political protest posters from the 1960s, the WAM Collective is proud to present a selection of songs arranged to accompany the exhibition. (Listen to the playlist here) Just as the posters presented are each deeply and uniquely political in their call to…

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