Edith Carlson Gallery

Why Look at Animals?

Sat, Jul 29 2023 - Sun, Feb 18 2024

This summer, Meghan Considine–the 2020-2021 O’Brien Curatorial Fellow–returns to WAM via the exhibition Why Look at Animals? Through a selection of varied images from the Weisman’s collection, Considine challenges the conventionally romanticized and infantilized perspective of animal life in order to reveal a millennia-old intimacy between “us” (humans) and “them” (animals). 

a group of people smile through a window (left), a person stands in front of large native american art (middle), black and white photograph of person holding flowers (right) Locally Grown: Documentary Photography of Minnesota Communities

Sat, Nov 19 2022 - Sun, Jul 16 2023

This winter, the Weisman is pleased to present Locally Grown: Documentary Photography of Minnesota Communities, an exhibition of documentary photographs by Minnesota artists, drawn from museum's permanent collection, curated by 2019-20 O'Brien Curatorial Fellow Ashley Cope. Documentary photography published in magazines and books has seen a decline in recent years, with the advent of television, digital media, and infinite online content.

birds eye view of cities Capturing Change: The Urban Images of Berenice Abbott and Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Fri, Jun 3 - Sun, Nov 6 2022

This summer, Weisman Art Museum is pleased to present Capturing Change: The Urban Images of Berenice Abbott and Giovanni Battista Piranesi, works by two artists who created art to document their cities at key moments of change, offering visual chronicles of urban transformation, recombinations, decay, and renewal. Abbott’s striking photographs of New York City in the 1930s and Piranesi’s intricate etchings of Rome in the eighteenth century both capture the essence of these cities-in-flux, dramatizing the landscape and presenting a palpable feeling of place.

children drawn on target bags Foundling: 100 Days

Wed, Jan 19 - Sun, May 22 2022

The Weisman Art Museum is pleased to present Megan Rye’s multi-part public art project of painting, installation, research, publishing and live events, Foundling: 100 Days. The exhibition will be on view in the Carlson Gallery from January 19 – May 2022.

mountain landscape Paper Mountains: Marsden Hartley's Lofty Landscapes

Thu, Mar 4 - Sun, May 16 2021

I am utterly in the world of nature here and it has saved my life—and my love for mountains never diminishes. —Marsden Hartley to Gertrude Stein, Partenkirchen, Bavaria, October 30, 1933 

an unfolded book of colorful plant illustrations Dear Darwin

Tue, Feb 21 - Sun, Jul 23 2017

Featuring the work of local artists Vesna Kittelson and Carolyn Halliday, and New York based artist Julia Randall, Dear Darwin presents their individual explorations on the themes of natural science, evolution, and the figure of Darwin himself. Kittelson’s books present imaginary “evolved” flowers from Mrs. Darwin’s Garden while Halliday presents passages on evolution written on forms knitted from sausage casings. Randall’s large drawings present creatures and plants that have advanced beyond imagination.

inside the WAM gallery Black & White

Sat, Aug 29 2015 - Sun, Feb 14 2016

Black and White refers to both the striking graphic qualities of the printed image and to the divisiveness at the heart of apartheid—the segregation of black and white. The remarkable story behind the prints within the exhibition and their presence in the museum’s collection links Minnesota’s Swedish-Lutheran heritage, the University’s art faculty, and the history of apartheid in South Africa. This story will be retold from August 2015 to February 2016 in the museum’s Carlson Gallery.

the exterior of the WAM building Trains that Passed in the Night: The Photographs of O. Winston Link

Sat, Jul 26 2014 - Sun, Feb 8 2015

Mid-twentieth century Brooklyn-native, O. Winston Link was a commercial photographer and engineer who became well known for his complex images of factory and industrial plant interiors. For Link, the steam railroad was a vital ingredient to “the good life” in America, an essential part of the fabric of our lives.

open books of paper arts WAM@20: PAPER

Sat, Mar 1 - Sun, Jul 6 2014

WAM@20: PAPER is the second gallery exhibition of the year-long WAM@20 program celebrating the twentieth birthday of our iconic building. The overall program features a suite of gallery exhibitions, including this one, and on-line projects that use twenty separate selection techniques to highlight twenty years of the collection. For each individual project, a single selection criteria is used to select one work from each year since the opening of the WAM building in 1993.

red block on off-white background Who’s Afraid of Edith Carlson?

Sun, Oct 2 2011 - Sun, Feb 19 2012

The Edith Carlson Gallery is endowed by the estate of Edith Carlson, a self-described “little farm girl from Minnesota” who went on to become an accomplished artist. She chose the Weisman for the bequest because she admired the museum’s strong holdings in art by women. The new gallery will allow WAM to showcase works on paper, which comprise roughly two-thirds of the museum’s collection. Due to the delicate nature of the paper, many of these works have not had a chance to be exhibited.