April 1, 2020

The Weisman’s Response to Coronavirus/COVID-19

Photo of the exterior of Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Updated April 1, 2020: Weisman Art Museum (WAM), under the guidance of University of Minnesota leadership and public health officials, at the direction of Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health, is following the current “stay at home” order to help curb transmission of COVID-19. University of Minnesota has closed all major campus venues…

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March 26, 2020

WAM@Home

Like arts spaces and other public gathering spots throughout the Twin Cities, Weisman Art Museum is temporarily closed to the public, as we all do our part to try and keep our community healthy. WAM’s staff, student workers, and partnering artists may be working from home, but they’re also finding new ways to connect and build community…

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February 12, 2020

Meet the Gallery Hosts!

A student guide with her back turned to the camera exclaims about a painting on the wall; A group of 8 people form a semi-circle around her, listening intently

Meet the 2020 Gallery Hosts—your fearless and friendly student tour guides. Together they lead What’sArt?, a program designed to help audiences find meaning in any artwork. These 15-minute drop-in conversations are led by these guides and focused on a single artwork. So come ignore the labels and get lost in the work with this year’s…

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February 12, 2020

BioMess: Call for Collaborators

Large display boxes holding scientific and biological specimens stand alongside each other in the middle of the room.

The Weisman Art Museum is calling scientists to collaborate on the upcoming exhibition “BioMess,” by Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr of the SymbioticA Lab at the University of Western Australia.

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January 30, 2020

Celebrating Women’s History Month at WAM

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Amoke Kubat (YO MAMA’S HOUSE, is curating a Pop Up Museum in the Target Studio. This follows Amoke’s curation of Black History Month, and is called ART & SOUL: Indigenous, Rural and Urban HERstories Month.   Watch this space for more!     ALYA ANSARI, Target Studio Assistant

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January 30, 2020

From Sovereign Nation to Incarceration

  Playwright, poet, and writer Marcie Rendon (Anishinaabe, White Earth Nation) has been in residence at the Target Studio since Fall 2019. She is a community arts activist and a curator who supports other Native artists/writers/creators to pursue their art. In her work with WAM, Marcie researchers the causes and effects of the disproportionate rates of incarceration of…

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January 21, 2020

WAM Shop | Student-designed “Claymate” earrings

(Left to right) Joe Price and Olivia Schumack pose for a picture outside of the WAM Shop. Schumack wears the Stone Arch "Claymate" earrings.

Very few of us leave our college careers with much of anything tangible that endures the wear and tear of time. Our theses, hole-punched and bound to perfection, sit collecting dust in closed dresser drawers. Our artworks, once bold and daring, are repurposed or recycled. Journals are tossed, books are returned; even friendships begin to…

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January 15, 2020

Member Highlight: Nayana Jha and Michael Cain

Nayana and Michael at the opening for "Rose and Melvin Smith: Remembering Rondo." They are smiling for the camera.

Nayana and Michael are both intimately connected to WAM. Nayana’s late father, Dr. Prabhakara Jha, taught in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Comparative Literature, and she had her high school prom at the museum the year that the Frank Gehry-designed building opened! Michael, a lifelong pianist and music educator, will begin teaching at the…

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