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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February 14, 2019

Bee Real Bee Everywhere

Last year, the Weisman Art Museum became home to a few more friendly, fuzzy creatures. These critters reside high up in a sky-rise on East River Road, they have a wonderful view of the Mississippi River, and in their spare time, they enjoy buzzing around campus. They’re native bees! Supported by a MN Futures Grant…

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February 14, 2019

Monica Sheets on the “Feminist Strip Club”

In 1991, I didn’t anticipate the reactions of my art school peers when I told them I had been working as an “exotic dancer” for the past year and a half. Of course I knew that it was a somewhat transgressive job and might bring me some notoriety, but I hadn’t expected to be pitied,…

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February 8, 2019

Ways of Knowing Water—Psíŋ and Mní

By Shanai Matteson What does it meant to really, truly know water?  Not to know about it—but know it, learn with it, teach in it? These are some of the questions guiding the Ways of Knowing Water research collaborative, which began convening in December to explore new models for knowing and teaching water at the University of Minnesota and beyond. Our collaborative—which is…

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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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January 22, 2019

The Magical Art of Fairy-Tale Postcards with Jack Zipes

Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota professor emeritus of German and comparative literature, returned to campus Wednesday night to deliver a lecture in conjunction with WAM’s exhibition, The Wonderful World Before Disney. An acclaimed scholar of myth, folk, and fairy-tales, Zipes discussed the past and contemporary social and political roles of these stories, turning to his…

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January 18, 2019

Baggage Claims: February 2 – May 12, 2019

This spring WAM is excited to present Baggage Claims, an exhibit that examines the significance of the things we carry with us through the lens of luggage. Suitcases and crates symbolize the movement of people and belongings across the world, and they evoke the political and economic concerns that incite and result from this travel….

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January 18, 2019

The Wonderful World Before Disney: January 12 – July 7, 2019

  In 2017, the Weisman Art Museum received a collection of over 3,000 fairy-tale themed postcards from Jack Zipes, professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. As one of the most prolific scholars of folk and fairy tales, he has been influential in highlighting their social and political role in…

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