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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October 19, 2021

Meet the 2021-2022 WAM Collective Officers

Headshots of the 2021-2022 WAM Collective officers

Meet the 2021-2022 cohort of WAM Collective Officers—a dynamic group of University of Minnesota students who care deeply about the role of art & museums in social change. The WAM Collective meets weekly to discuss the museum field and to plan programming for the campus community which includes activities like study nights, art-making opportunities, and…

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October 7, 2021

Changing Perceptions: Nona Faustine’s Contested

A statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of an entrance to the American Museum of Natural History with a red line obscuring the middle third of the photograph

  New York City’s American Museum of Natural History is the stuff of wonders. Filled wall to wall with countless dioramas, statues, and artifacts that are sure to jog the imagination, it is no wonder that the museum attracts five million visitors a year. The vast majority of those visitors pass through the building’s Central…

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September 23, 2021

BJO Nordfeldt: American Internationalist Opens in Wichita, First Stop for Touring Exhibition

Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, announces the touring exhibition and catalogue BJO Nordfeldt: American Internationalist The project includes fresh new archival research and major loans. The Weisman Art Museum holds the largest collection of works by this innovative, early-Twentieth-Century, Swedish immigrant artist. For BJO Nordfeldt: American Internationalist the Weisman brought together works from fifteen…

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