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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November 23, 2021

Artists Respond to Texas Senate Bill 8: Candice Davis

Close-up shot of green grass and weeds, with a small yard sign reading "Evergreen Cemetery"

Telling the Story of Kinship In my time doing research into my family history, I came across allegations that my great-grandmother died as a result of mental and physical health complications after an illegal and unregulated abortion. She’d already faced a lifetime of hardships. She was a social pariah in her small town, due to…

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November 23, 2021

Artists Respond to Texas Senate Bill 8: Rachel Jendrzejewski

A piece of paper, folded vertically accordian-style, bears a handwritten note that reads: And we will be scavengers of a future past"

About the Series On September 1 2021, the Texas state legislature adopted State Bill 8, which allows private individuals to sue anyone aiding women in accessing abortions. We invited some of WAM’s past artists-in-residence to offer their reflections and commentary on this Texas law in images and/or text. Rachel Jendrzejewski chose to submit an image-only…

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November 23, 2021

Artists Respond to Texas Senate Bill 8: Monica Sheets

A poster design featuring a human profile in silhouette staring down, with a spotlit beam coming out of the eye. The eye gazes on a small fetus, within the belly of a pregnant woman, also in silhouette. Text reads: If you see something ... say something. Report all pregnancies to the proper authorities.

  It’s fitting that Texas’ new abortion restrictions went into effect during the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack in the US. 9/11 and the subsequent, unending “War on Terror” inaugurated an era of surveillance that now seems inescapable. Technologies like facial recognition software have made possible the kinds of observation and social control…

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November 23, 2021

Artists Respond to Texas Senate Bill 8: Nooshin Hakim Javadi

About the Series On September 1 2021, the Texas state legislature adopted State Bill 8, which allows private individuals to sue anyone aiding women in accessing abortions. We invited some of WAM’s past artists-in-residence to offer their reflections and commentary on this Texas law in images and/or text. Nooshin Hakim Javadi chose to submit an image-only…

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November 23, 2021

Artists Respond to Texas Senate Bill 8: Shanai Matteson

Felt Here materials and print square

Resisting Shame “It is essential to emphasize that violence against women is a key element in this new global war, not only because of the horror it evokes or the messages it sends but because of what women represent in their capacity to keep their communities together and, equally important, to defend noncommercial conceptions of security…

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November 1, 2021

Big River Continuum Podcast: Stories of the Land/Connect

Featured interview subjects in Big River Continuum's new podcast series

Big River Continuum: PODCAST Stories of the Land/Connect Stories of the Land/Connect is a podcast series of interviews with people in northern Minnesota, sharing their lives and connections to the rural landscape. Host: Rebecca Dallinger, Curator in Residence, The Big River Continuum at Weisman Art Museum. This series is made possible through support from the…

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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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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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