April 18, 2019

Between the Seams Review

Booming thunder, bolts of lightning, buckets and buckets of rain—last night’s gloomy evening was the perfect setting for a fairy-tale hero to swoop in, swing the sword, and save the day. While slaying did ensue, audiences dropped dead from looks, not from dragons or witches or what have you. Students, professors, and designers gathered at…

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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 9, 2019

Slow Art Day & the Art of Seeing

Many people find a great deal of solace in art museums. There’s something about being surrounded by beautiful things and larger-than-life paintings that feels so grand. But for some, the reality of a museum’s dim, quiet, and sterile insides are not so much inviting as they are downright unbearable. Imagine your shoes, squeaking anxiously across…

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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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March 20, 2019

The Wonderful World Before Disney Took Over the Film Industry

  Overwhelmed with the course work that you were given by your professors to “look at” or “work on” during spring “break,” you may be asking yourself: how can I continue to procrastinate this until Sunday night? Why not watch movies (fun) and visit an art museum (educational and fun)? The Weisman Art Museum is…

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March 12, 2019

Addressing immigrant rights, Radio Rhizome combines art and academia

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday night, the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration bustled with students, faculty, and community members. People chatted and greeted each other upon entrance to the gallery space, careful not to step on one of the many hand-held radios scattered across the floor. Other visitors scanned the room in anticipation of the…

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February 28, 2019

bs: Getting Ready

Can Skates Pants from Terry Hempfling on Vimeo.   TERRY SPEAKING                                 RACHEL TYPING [But here’s the real conversation.] I was a dishwasher in a cafeteria. [What was your first job growing up? Where?] [What do you do…] At Antioch College….

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February 28, 2019

The magic of the Scholastic Art Awards

The west-end walls of the Regis Center for Art are most often reserved for temporary exhibition space, student experimentation, and classwork displays. Tables and chairs are usually occupied by undergraduates — either rushing to finish assignments or fitting in a few zzz’s before class. The lighting is dim, the halls are drafty, and if it’s…

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February 18, 2019

Celebrating Black History Month at WAM

James VanDerZee's photograph, "Marcus Garvey, UNIA Parade, New York City," (1926).

In recognition of Black History Month, we’re sharing artworks by African American artists from WAM’s permanent collection. This sampling winds its way from Harlem to Los Angeles and back here to Minneapolis, demonstrating the extensive contributions of Black artists to American art history on a national scale. Taken individually, these pieces exemplify the mastery of…

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