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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September 19, 2018

Art for Rent!

  Are you looking for some art to liven up your dorm room? Here are some WAM Collective favorites from the Weisman’s new HOMEWORK Art Rental Collection. Bonus, you can rent for only $15 a semester!   White Castle, Minneapolis   Will Agar’s black-and-white photograph of a White Castle in 1983 would tie together the…

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September 12, 2018

Making Time Through Slowing Down

In a self-proclaimed fast-paced world, we are asked to do exactly the opposite of contemporary demands: slow down. The language of slowing down has become somewhat of a cure-all for the malaise of a late capitalist society, sending the message of protest by adopting a slower pace of production. With all of the anti-social media…

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April 23, 2018

(Re)Generation: Meet the Designers

Event Title: Regeneration in green leaves

The global fashion industry is one of the most resource-intensive industries in the world. Emerging designers from the University of Minnesota’s College of Apparel Design program are reimagining this process in (RE)generation. On April 25 the Weisman will host the annual Design Showcase. Inspired by WAM’s exhibition Vanishing Ice, each student will present a ready-for-the-runway…

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February 13, 2018

Springing Forward into Spring

As Minnesotans, when we hear vanishing ice we think the long dark night is over and winter has finally gone. We are excited to break out our shorts and enjoy the 40-degree weather. However, when the Inuit people of Baffin Bay hear about vanishing ice they see their livelihood disappearing. With sea temperatures rising and…

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