November 19, 2019

Native American Heritage Month: Maria & Julian Martinez

Sheen black pear-shaped pot with matte black geometric design on the upper half of the pot.

Of Tewa heritage, Maria Martinez (1887–1980) and her husband Julian (Pocano) Martinez (1879–1943) were tribal members of the San Ildefonso Pueblo in the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico, just 20 miles north of Santa Fe. Before Maria became one of the most influential potters of the 20th century, she watched her aunt and grandmother…

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November 5, 2019

Native American Heritage Month: Wendy Red Star, Star Wallowing Bull, and Julie Buffalohead

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we are featuring Indigenous artists and their work that we hold in our permanent collection on our blog, social media, and Collection Highlight E-Newsletters. Our intention is to both recognize the varied contributions of Indigenous artists while acknowledging how their works are disproportionately underrepresented in museum collections nationwide,…

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October 14, 2019

Palms to Pines: What a River Weaves

  Monique Verdin is a multidisciplinary artist who has been working with the complex interconnectedness of environment, economics, culture, climate, and change along the Gulf South for decades. She is one of two artists comprising the The Big River Continuum, an initiative that turns the Mississippi River in its entirety into a platform for creative collaboration.  …

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October 3, 2019

Ways of Knowing Water

We often talk about the problems of water or water issues, but one thing I have learned by spending time with the Collaborative is that water is not a problem. It takes the shape of the container that it’s in, and our culture is the container that gives meaning and shape to water and to…

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September 30, 2019

The Urgency of The Great Lakes Cycle

This fall, WAM is proud to present Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle. Organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) in Michigan, the exhibition features an ambitious suite of paintings and works on paper by New York–based artist Alexis Rockman. In a state bound by Lake Superior and part of a region contiguous to…

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September 29, 2019

The Big River Continuum

  The Weisman Art Museum announces the creation of The Big River Continuum. It is one thing to know about a river, and yet another altogether to consider the river itself as a way of knowing. The University of Minnesota’s Itasca Biological Station at the Mississippi headwaters, the Weisman Art Museum in the Twin Cities, and Tulane University’s A Studio in the Woods in…

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September 23, 2019

Walk Back to Your Body

  What does it mean to be in conversation with your body? Many social, cultural, and political conventions we live by today discipline how we experience our bodies. They are often defined by their productivity, utility, fitness, and so on, but rarely through vulnerability and reflection. Through this series of collaborations between artists and researchers…

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September 11, 2019


Friday night, students traveled from east bank, west bank, yes, even from St. Paul campus, to ring in the new school year and celebrate at WAM-O-RAMA. Standing in a long line that wrapped around the outside of the building and jamming out with Radio K to pass the time, sophomore Bianca Vivas and junior Aidan…

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