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October 28, 2010

One last blowout: WAMarchy


The Weisman is closing for a year to add five new galleries. Crews have taken down all the art and put it safely away in storage. But WAM's hosting one last blowout--for one night, you can break the rules.

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l'├ętoile and the Weisman Art Museum present
Saturday, December 4
8:00 p.m.-midnight

The rules:

No red wine anywhere.
Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting featuring samples of domestic and imported red wines. Beer provided by Surly. Full cash bar.

Don't mark on the walls.
Check out graffiti artists from Cult Status Gallery in action and contribute to a group mural.

Keep distracting noise to a minimum.
Catch live performances by The God Damn Doo Wop Band and Off With Their Heads.

No food in the galleries.
Munch tacos, satay, and banh mi courtesy of D'Amico Catering.

Your art will not be exhibited.
Bring one of your own works of art on paper or make one at WAM and hang it on the museum walls.

$16 WAM members and students, $20 general public
*ticket processing fees apply
On sale to members starting Friday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. (by phone only)
General sales start Wednesday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Buy online or call the Northrop Ticket Office at 612-624-2345.

Parking will be available in the Weisman Art Museum Garage or the East River Road Garage.

Click here for maps and directions.

October 27, 2010

All quiet on the WAMstern front

The art's off the walls at WAM--all except for our two big murals by Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist, which we've covered in protective plastic. The museum is closed to the public through fall 2011 as part of our major expansion project. Here's a slideshow of images of the way WAM is now:













October 21, 2010

Let the Mob get you

Has the Mob gotten you yet? The Weisman Art Mob, that is?

They won't chase you down, but you might just learn something about collecting art. The Art Mob presents monthly events where you can learn about collecting in casual, fun settings. The 2010-11 Art Mob season kicks off tonight with an event at Highpoint Center for Printmaking.

The season lineup includes visits to artists' studios, exclusive tours of private collections, and previews of gallery exhibitions. Each event features free food from D'Amico Catering and wine provided by Big Top Liquors. At the end of each season, members get to help choose a work for the Weisman collection. A year's membership is $285 and includes benefits for two people. Read more and join here.

(pictured above: 2008 Art Mob event with glass artist Fred Kaemmer)

October 10, 2010

Goodbye for a year--but not really

Today--Sunday, October 10, 2010--is your last chance for a year to visit the Weisman Art Museum. At 5 p.m., we'll close our doors until fall 2011 as part of our major expansion project.

The expansion has been part of WAM's long-term plan since the building opened in 1993. Legendary architect Frank Gehry has returned to complete his original vision for the Weisman with these new gallery spaces.

It'll be worth the wait. The Weisman's five new galleries will allow us to share more than three times as many objects from our permanent collection at any given time. One new gallery will be filled with highlights from our noted ceramics collection (master potter Warren MacKenzie will help us select the work); two will house masterworks of American modernism; and another will showcase our considerable collection of photography, prints, and drawings. The fifth new gallery, the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration, will house experimental collaborations between artists and students, faculty, and the community.

Check out some recent media stories on our expansion here, here, and here.

If you haven't been to WAM recently, here's how the construction site looks these days:


People have asked us what we'll be doing during this year that we're closed. We'll be using off-site locations to bring you great programming like the WAM Art Mob, which visits artists' studios, tours private collections, and goes to galleries to learn about collecting art in a casual atmosphere. If you haven't been part of Art Mob before, this would be a perfect year to join. Read more here.

We'll also be taking the Weisman on the road. Through a new education program called WAM to Go, we'll bring the richness of WAM's vast collection to schools, libraries, and community centers. Trained museum instructors will lead interactive workshops that feature images of objects from the museum. Workshops are designed to be active, guided, thematic discussions rooted in the participants' experiences, with critical looking and thinking about selected images from the Weisman's diverse collection. Interested in hosting a WAM to Go workshop? Email our education department.

Also this year, we'll be reinventing and reimagining everything we do at WAM--we'll bring new interpretive techologies into the galleries, redesign our website, create new visitor experiences, re-engineer our membership program, and imagine new ways to collaborate with our audiences. You'll recognize us when we reopen, but you'll also say, "Wow--you've changed!"

So, stick around. Stick with us. Join the Art Mob. Host a WAM to Go workshop. If you haven't already, sign up for our e-newsletter, where we'll give regular updates throughout the year on our transformation. While our precise opening date has yet to be set, expect the party of the year in fall 2011.

As Gehry himself famously said, "You've got to bumble forward into the unknown."

Here we go.


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