27 Feb

Last Wednesday, I stayed up late on a school night. It was the U Choose Student Voting Night Flashback Party at the Weisman! One of the selection methods used for assembling WAM@20, the museum’s special anniversary exhibition, involves students voting on their favorite pieces from all 20 years that we’ve called the Ghery building home. Naturally, we had to throw a party.

20 years ago was 1994. We all have fond memories of the 90s because it was our childhood. I remember riding around the old neighborhood in one of those Barbie Jeeps and writing in my Lisa Frank diary and spying on my neighbors with my composition notebook a la Harriet the Spy, like it was yesterday.

So on Wednesday night, I slipped into my Doc Martens, twisted my hair into two little buns on the top of my head and tied my cardigan around my waist. I felt a little bit like my cool teenage babysitter I used to adore, but mostly I just felt like I was 8 years old again.

Mean Girls was projected on the wall. Cubes, in the appropriate hues of fuchsia, teal, tangerine and lime, acted as seating. Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys serenaded everyone as we ate too many Gushers, Fruit Roll-Ups, and Pixie Sticks. We slurped down Capri Sun after Capri Sun in anticipation of the boy band.

To protect their identities, the mysterious boys of Hippo Campus each gave me an alias. Pepper, Brick, Falsmash and Beans were full of youthful energy and humor.  Pepper had a sweet, versatile voice. Falsmash kept us bopping along with him and his crazy dance moves. The skillful group answered our roaring encore with a sneak peek of their new song!

The last chords faded, the Plastics completed their rendition of Jingle Bell Rock, and I could feel my sugar crash coming on. It was time to let the 90s buns down.


Written by: Hannah Germaine, WAM Collective member


Spring Semester Preview

30 Jan

What happened to January? If you’re a student on the University of Minnesota campus, welcome back and happy Spring semester. Winter break went by more quickly than usual here at the museum; but, we are excited to give you a peek at what we’ve been working on! Though we’ve been living through another Ice Age over the last couple of months, I hope you can look forward to celebrating spring fever with us by checking out these upcoming events around town:

WAM Warmer “Pops Up” on Northop’s Plaza beginning Thursday, January 23 and lasting through Thursday, January 30, 2014 before it moves over to the Weisman Art Museum. The pop-up is inspired by WAM’s spring exhibition, Siberia: Imagined and Reimagined, a collection of photographs spanning over 130 years by 50 Russian photographers exploring the depths of Siberia, never before showcased in the United States. While researching Siberia, WAM Collective and the Weisman Art Museum have made connections between the characteristics of the Siberian terrain, weather, urban and rural environments, and folk culture with that of our own home, Minnesota. To celebrate the exhibition, as well as to celebrate Minnesota, WAM Collective will be building a pop-up inspired by a traditional chum (pronounced “choom”), a temporary dwelling used by the nomadic Yamal-Nenets and Khanty reindeer herders of northwestern Siberia, Russia. A space for students to stop and warm up on their trek through the snowy campus, the “WAM warmer” will also incorporate an interactive tour of the U of M campus, highlighting the many under-explored gems of the University. This tour, inspired by the vastness of Siberia and the many unexplored areas it contains, leads students on an adventure including secret sledding behind Coffman union, star-gazing at the Tate Physics Lab, and, of course, a trip to the Weisman Art Museum.

Exhibition Preview Party for Siberia: Imagined and Reimagined at the Weisman Art Museum on Friday, January 31, 2014. 7:00pm. FREESiberia: Imagined and Reimagined, organized by the Foundation for International Arts and Education, brings photographs of Siberia by Russian photographers to the American public for the first time. The photographs chronicle the reality and myths of Siberia and allow viewers to discover surprising parallels between the landscape, weather patterns and culture of Siberia and our own home, Minnesota. So, what exactly is Siberia? This collection of over 100 photographs spanning from the 1870s to the present engages viewers in answering this deceptively simple question. Come find out for yourself with an exhibition preview party! Grab your puffy coat and fur hat and celebrate your inner Siberian with an indoor/outdoor preview party. Outdoors, check out our Russian inspired specialty drinks at the ice bar, slip into the WAM warmer (traditional chum) to defrost your feet, and don’t forget to Instagram that picture you take with the real, live reindeer that will be there! Back indoors, hang out with  DJ Jonathan Ackerman while you nosh on small bites from D’Amico in the Riverview Gallery and sip on a drink from the hot cocoa bar. WAM members get 2 free drink tickets at check in. After-party at Icehouse with music by Red Daughters and the James Apollo Five. $8 includes your cover charge + one specialty drink ticket (enter code: wamsiberia).


Siberia: Imagined and Reimagined Exhibition Preview Party takes place January 31, 2014

Made in Minnesota is a group exhibition taking place at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota between January 21 and February15, 2014. Some say that even if you didn’t grow up in Minnesota, you can still become a true “Minnesotan.” This exhibition, curated by Wayne E. Potratz, Professor of Sculpture and Howard Oransky, Director of the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, features over 20 local artists all exploring and celebrating the diverse practices of sculpture across Minnesota. While we are disappointed to hear that the exhibition does not include an example of sculpture made in butter (first presented at the Minnesota State Fair in 1898), many other materials and methods are represented, including acrylic, bone, canvas, clay, concrete, diamonds, enamel, gelatin, gold, granite, motorcycle parts, mousetraps, nylon, plastic, silver, steel, stone, wood, etc. Find more information on the event and its artists here.

Study Night @ WAM begins its monthly residency at the museum beginning Wednesday, February 5, from 5:00-8:00pm. Sometimes all you need to focus is a little change of scenery. Get out of that dreary dorm room and come study in the most interesting building on campus – the Weisman Art Museum! Surrounded by art, and a perfectly curated playlist, you will feel inspired and enlivened by that once daunting textbook sitting in front of you. Necessary studying provisions will be provided, including coffee, tea, and all-natural snack bars from KIND. Feel like taking a study break? Take a tour with WAM’s own student tour guides. Study Night @ WAM will be held once a month until the end of the school year, but the galleries are always open for your studying, writing, creative pleasures…

The Art Shanty Projects is an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which relatively unregulated public spaces can e used as new and challenging artistic environments. The project expands notions of what art can be and offers projects that both push the artist and engage the audience. These special projects take place once a year and add a bit of fun to winter in February (a time of year that can seem incredibly daunting). This year, the projects will take place on White Bear Lake, weekends only, from February 1-23, 2014. Read up on the artists and plan your visit by checking out the Art Shanty Project website.


Art Shanty Projects on White Bear Lake

U Choose: Student Voting Party What does it mean to be a curator in the 21st century? The traditional notion of the term meant a specialist who had extensive training in a specific area – an expert on the quality of objects, who thoughtfully presented them with regard to their social, historical and material character. Today, the term isn’t so clear. We are living in an information and visual rich society with “iphone photography curators” and “pinterest curators” and “netflix queue curators”. But what is the difference between curating and choosing? Nothing? Everything? You decide. Join the conversation on February 19 with WAM Collective for U Choose: Students Night, an event that invites all University of Minnesota students to discuss and deconstruct the curatorial process. Students will have the opportunity to survey 60 pieces of art from the Weisman’s permanent collection and vote, in a variety of ways, for their top 20. As a part of the celebration of 20 years in our iconic home, students will be voting on pieces organized by the year of their accession into the museum. The highest ranked choices will be exhibited in a special section of the summer 2014 exhibit “WAM@20:MN”. The evening will include light refreshments, snacks, and music. U card required for admittance. Free. More information on the year-long celebration, WAM@20, can be found here.

Elements: a Design Competition & Runway Show This April, as the ice shrouding Minnesota thaws, WAM will host its third annual design competition, in collaboration with University of Minnesota’s College of Design. Participating designers are asked to create a ready-for-the-runway garment inspired by the Weisman’s exhibition of Siberia: Imagined and Reimagined, a collection of photographs that offers glimpses into Russia’s far eastern territories from the late nineteenth century up to present. Garments must include non-traditional materials, innovative textures, and/or structural shaping with an emphasis on sustainable best practices. The runway show will take place at the Weisman Art Museum on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Think you’ve got what it takes? The most effective and compelling designs will draw upon the landscapes, materials, textures, and traditions of Siberia, while also responding to the environmental questions the region raises. Over the course of their design process, contestants should consider questions such as: What is sustainable design? What environmental, ecological, and laboring support structures have enabled my garment’s production? How might garment producers rely upon such systems of support without exploiting or depleting them? What elements, both ecological and emotional, can influence sustainable design? Reserve your tickets here. For more information, visit wam.umn.edu or email wamcoll@umn.edu.

Calling all designers… WE WANT YOU!

29 Jan


OPEN CALL: Elements, a Design Competition & Runway Show

This April, as the ice shrouding Minnesota thaws, WAM will host its third annual design competition, in collaboration with University of Minnesota’s College of Design. Participating designers are asked to create a ready-for-the-runway garment inspired by the Weisman’s exhibition of Siberia: Imagined and Reimagined, a collection of photographs that offers glimpses into Russia’s far eastern territories from the late nineteenth century up to present. Garments must include non-traditional materials, innovative textures, and/or structural shaping with an emphasis on sustainable best practices.

Siberia is as much a mythic construct—associated with vastness, remoteness, and coldness—as it is a physical place that occupies more than 12 percent of the land on earth. Its rich natural resources have sustained indigenous populations for hundreds of thousands of years, but have come under threat over the course of imperial colonization, Soviet industrialization, and post-Soviet development. These political, social, and economic processes inaugurated rail construction, fur trapping, forest logging, mineral and precious metal prospecting, and oil and gas drilling, which have made Siberia famous for large-scale environmental damage.

The depth, range, and accomplishment of Siberian photography is impressive. Siberia: Imagined and Reimagined presents the work of fifty Russian photographers over a span of 130 years and is a geographical portrait that has the potential to alter stereotypes and challenge the simplicity of long held beliefs. Pictures covering rural and urban scenes and landscapes, native peoples, agriculture and industry, Russian frontier settlements, the Gulag, religion, and just plain everyday life will allow for a wide range of interpretations by University of Minnesota student designers. Interested students are encouraged to view the exhibition at the Weisman Art Museum, beginning at the show’s preview party on Friday, January 31 at 7:00pm.

Think you’ve got what it takes? The most effective and compelling designs will draw upon the landscapes, materials, textures, and traditions of Siberia, while also responding to the environmental questions the region raises. Over the course of their design process, contestants should consider questions such as: What is sustainable design? What environmental, ecological, and laboring support structures have enabled my garment’s production? How might garment producers rely upon such systems of support without exploiting or depleting them? What elements, both ecological and emotional, can influence sustainable design?

Submission Guidelines: The competition is open to all full-time U of M undergraduate students. In keeping with the student budget, designers are encouraged to reuse and upcycle materials with a focus on sustainable practices and materials. Along with four sketches, or photographs, that visually communicate the design and a list of proposed materials, applicants are required to submit a written statement that describes the sustainable practices used and adds psychological context to their work (500 words maximum); and a short biography (100 words maximum). Fifteen finalists will be chosen for the competition and their submissions will be judged not just on aesthetic merit, but on a more comprehensive and holistic approach to design. The applicant’s design concept must be original in its rendering and must be exclusively his or her own work. Only one entry is permitted per person. Submissions are due by Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM to wamcoll@umn.edu. Please submit materials together in a PDF format if possible.

 Important Dates:

Call for submissions opens Tuesday January 21, 2014

Siberia: Imagined & Reimagined opens at WAM, Friday, January 31, 2014 7:00 PM. FREE

Submissions are due Friday, February 28, 2014 at 12:00 PM to wamcoll@umn.edu

Finalists will be announced Friday, March 7, 2014

The runway show and competition will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Questions? Contact WAM Collective at wamcoll@umn.edu or Katie Covey at covey013@umn.edu

Wednesday Night is Study Night at the Weisman Art Museum

11 Oct

As students, we know the drudgery of studying. We also know that sometimes all you need to focus is a little change of scenery. So, starting next Wednesday, October 16, and following once per month after, WAM Collective is pulling you out of your dreary dorm room and into the most interesting building on the University of Minnesota campus – the Weisman Art Museum. Surrounded by art, and a perfectly curated playlist, you will feel inspired and enlivened by that once daunting textbook sitting in front of you. Necessary studying provisions will be provided, including organic coffee and tea from Common Roots Cafe, and all-natural snack bars from KIND. Come and join us for this night in the museum – now a perfect study spot.

Wednesday, October 16, 5:00 – 8:00pm

Weisman Art Museum


WAM is Buzzing…

13 Sep

I’m standing on the roof of WAM. In front of me the Coffman Memorial Union and the Minneapolis skyline at my back. Aside from the exclusive view, I am actually up here to look at something else: the two honey bee colonies thriving on the Eastern edge of the roof.


To clarify, the honey bee colonies did not find their way to the rooftop. They are part of a project led by the University of Minnesota’s Bee Squad, inspired by Dr. Marla Spivak, Professor of Entomology. The group conducts honey bee research on the St. Paul campus. Other efforts are now being made to educate the community about the importance of honey bees and their contribution to the environment. With a significant drop in honey bee populations throughout the world during the last decade, the Bee Squad’s work is truly critical.

In an urban location like the Twin Cities, colonies on the ground are forced to navigate through the city and the people, making the rooftop location an ideal spot for the bees. They are able to find paths to flowers (where they obtain nectar and unknowingly pick up pollen) in the open air above the urban bustle of ground level. Because of its close proximity to the Mississippi River, a natural hotspot in the metropolitan area, the roof of the Weisman is a particularly ideal location. The Bee Squad also has colonies located on the roofs of the MIA and the Bell Museum of Natural History. The Weisman bees have officially produced 80 pounds of honey to date. Soon, you’ll be able to buy some of the sweet stuff for yourself in the WAM shop!


Hoping to learn more about the bees at WAM? The Bee Squad will be at the Weisman on Sunday October 27th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Come meet the Squad, observe the colonies, make beeswax candles, and more. It’s free, so bring your honey and enjoy.
-Sam Lindsay 

WAM-o-RAMA: Meet the bands

5 Sep

WAM Collective is greeting the new school year with great pleasure as we present our annual back-to-school concert series, WAM-o-RAMA, (TOMORROW!) Friday, September 6. With our smashing event being just a day away, we figured this would be a great time to introduce you to this year’s band lineup and give you a sneak peek at what to expect for this night in the museum.

After screen-printing your own t-shirt with Bohemian Press on the front plaza and grabbing a slice of free Mesa pizza, head inside to take your photo in the photo-booth, stroll through the galleries, and get a spot up front for the first band of the evening: Beasthead. Winners of last spring’s Battle of the Bands at Spring Jam, Beasthead is a local group with a truly unique sound that even they aren’t sure how to describe. Check out our recent interview with “the utility man,” Doug Deitchler:

WC: Tell us about your band. Who are you guys? What instruments do you play? How did Beasthead start?

DD: Beasthead consists of Harry on vocals and guitar, Paul on bass, Nick our guitar virtuoso, and myself, the utility man playing all the extra stuff in the back.

We make music together but we’re friends; music’s just a part of it. We live together, hang out together, give each other shit, make bad decisions together, get drunk together…regret getting drunk together. Stuff brothers do. We’re family.

We started making music together about two years ago when we asked Harry to sing for the blues/rock/jazz fusion/funk jam band that Nick, Paul, and myself had started with a drummer friend in high school called Mustard Bus.  Harry had not been a lead vocalist in his past two projects (the funk rock group Jay Walker and the Misdemeanors and the folk pop group, Foxtrot) and we had never had a singer that could keep up with us but we were pretty much able to create music from the first night we jammed together.  We just worked well together right away, without even trying.

About a 8 months ago, we realized our sound was changing and after losing our drummer, decided to continue in this new direction and change our name to Beasthead; which apparently means an icon that represents the devil…but we just picked it because it was the name of a song we had in Mustard Bus about a girl Harry knew that was a bass-head.  What we’re really trying to do now is draw from our various musical influences and embrace the unique diversity found in Minneapolis’ creative community.

WC: Are all of you students? What are you studying?

DD: Harry is the only one that’s currently a student.  He has a biology degree from the [University of Minnesota] but is currently studying Film at MCTC (Minneapolis Community and Technical College). Paul studied Graphic Design at The Art Institutes International Minnesota and I recently graduated from the [University of Minnesota] with a degree in Physics and minors in Astrophysics and Chemistry.

WC: How would you describe your sound?

DD: We try not to answer this question on principle because people typically have a different opinion or just flat out disagree with us, and actually, we usually end up disagreeing with each other.  We’ve heard that we sound like everybody from Gayngs to Alt-J to Heiruspecs to Radiohead to Polica.  We’ve had people tell us things like we have a unique take on electronic indie rock or that they like that we make intelligent dance music or that the way we utilize aspects of hip hop represents the midwest sound well…amongst other things.

It’s really awesome to hear all this different feedback because it means that all of our various influences are coming out in unique ways and people are having a hard time putting their finger on what it is they like.. but I guess ultimately, it’s just best to let people decide for themselves what we sound like.

WC: You guys were the winners of last year’s Battle of the Bands at Spring Jam. You must have quite a following through the U of M community. Now that your name is out there, what are you looking forward to? Any festivals or groups you’re hoping to play with or have gotten to play with recently?

DD: We are looking forward to playing the Minneapalooza Music and Arts Festival (https://www.facebook.com/events/374129772690491/) on September 28th.  The lineup features great local music all day and there will be all kinds of live art, food trucks, a hookah bar, and all that good festival stuff.

We’re also really excited to be releasing an EP we’ve been working on all summer at Ambient Sound Studios in St. Paul (https://www.facebook.com/ambientsoundmn).  We’re still figuring out what to call it but it will hopefully be out by the WAM-o-RAMA event and it will contain five original songs, one of which features our good friend Dem Atlas, an amazing up-and-coming local hip hop artist.

In the future, we would really like to get involved with the outdoor music festival circuit in Minneapolis and maybe play a few shows at places like Ice House or 7th Street Entry or The Sound Gallery.

WC: Where is your favorite place to create music?

DD: We’ve jammed on ideas for songs in many different places over the past two years. In our rehearsal space after a long day, the front porch with a hookah and some beers, the studio during recording, crammed into our little attic, on a couch in our garage at 3am after several whiskies … usually it just starts as an idea in all these places. Only once we get together in the same room does it start becoming a song. We need to be able to build off of each other. Anywhere we can do that…that’s our favorite place.

WC: You’re about to play a show in a globally known University art museum, any other unusual places you’re hoping to add to your list of venues?

DD: Nothing unusual comes to mind.  I’ve had the idea for a while now to start doing guerilla shows where we just show up somewhere public and jump out of a van with our equipment and start playing until we get kicked out or arrested or our power is cut or something.  I’m not much of a trouble maker though, and I definitely can’t afford to pay any more tickets but I think it’d be a lot of fun…so I dont know.  Maybe we’ll start doing that. We’ll see…whatever comes next.

Up next, we’ve got electric folk quintet William Within. Come dance to the sounds of Alexander Simpson on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Derek Rohlf on violin, Tom Steffes on electric guitar, Matt Blake on double bass, and Toby Ramaswaby on drums. Formerly a solo project, W.W. is now turning heads and turning up volume dials around the Twin Cities. See what lead vocalist Alexander Simpson had to say about their style, their spare time, and their spot in the Twin Cities’ music scene:

WC: How did you guys meet? What turned William Within from a solo project to a quintet?

AS: I started William Within in high school as a super low-key solo recording project, with no intention of expanding it into a full band.  But after playing various solo gigs during my freshmen year at the U of M, I realized I wasn’t really going anywhere as a one-man show.  I reached out to my friends Derek and Tom to see if they wanted to be in a band playing my original material.  They quickly accepted my offer, and Tom recommended Matt and Toby for double bass and drums. We all got together one afternoon at my Dinkytown house and things took off from there.  We started rearranging all my old solo songs and, eventually, working on new full-band material.  We’ve been a band for almost two years now.

WC: How would you describe your sound?

AS: Our sound can be hard to describe at times because we like to experiment with many different genres and influences rather than tapping the same resource repeatedly.  I would say our songs are rooted in the folk category since they originate on my acoustic guitar, but we like to mess around with jazz, psych rock and classical too.

WC: Are all of you students? What are you studying?

AS: Derek, Toby and I are all seniors at the U of M this year.  Derek studies Business, Toby studies Music and Math and I’m studying Journalism.

WC: Where can we find you on the weekends?

AS: When we aren’t performing on the weekends, we like to practice, bum around music shops, hit up a party or check out other concerts. I guess we are sort of all over.

WC: You are about to play a show in a globally known University art museum. That’s a pretty unusual venue. Any other unusual places you have added to your list of venues or that you hope to?

AS: The most unusual venue we’ve ever played in was a U of M campus connector.  Radio K filmed us performing on a moving U of M campus connector for their first-ever Tiny Music Fest, and it went surprisingly well!  (video here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRD3y3X6aPU )

WC: Outside of Nashville, New York City, and Los Angeles, Minneapolis is one of the top music cities in the United States. How do you feel being a part of the Twin Cities’ music scene?

AS: It’s an honor and a pleasure.  Minneapolis is a great place to start a band because people legitimately want to give you a chance.  It’s hard to say that about bigger cities like NYC or LA.

Last but not least, save some dancing for the final show of the evening: VAN STEE. Local musician Charlie Van Stee has been playing in the Twin Cities’ music scene for years. But over the course of time, his bandmates and his sound have changed completely. Take a peek at what Charlie Van Stee (vocals and guitar), Josh Kaplan (drums), and Jimmy Stofer (bass) had to say about their current project, VAN STEE, which also includes Shawn Connelly on keyboards and Lance Conrad on guitar.

WC: Charlie, it seems as though your sound has gone through different phases throughout your life. VAN STEE is described as starting out as a personal project reflecting your recent life experiences. How do you feel about your sound now as compared to in previous projects?

CVS: I’ve been making these sort of lo-fi demos with keyboard beats, guitar and a microphone. I recklessly abused reverb effects in my room so I could sound like the Verve or something. As a result, the demos always had these little bits of eerie feedback and guitar that would give me goosebumps. When it came to professional recording and live performances, those bits that I loved would sort of melt away and it would be reduced down to a more rock feel. It felt really great to play in a more raw project like the CVS Trio, but I really didn’t feel like it gave me the chance to show the whole picture of what I wanted this music to sound like. With everyone involved in VAN STEE, I’ve learned so much through collaboration and had a lot of support getting ideas fully flushed out. I don’t know what we are going to sound like on our next releases or five years down the road. That’s really exciting to me.

WC: How would you describe VAN STEE’s sound?

CVS: We usually just call it “psychedelic indie rock.” It does have a dash of Krautrock and some pop sensibilities.

WC: What about Minneapolis’ sound? How do you feel about being part of the music scene in the Twin Cities at the moment?

CVS: I never regret getting out to see our live music scene in motion. We have so many people representing sub-genres at such a high level. We get this kind of Alt-Midwestern folk with Chris Koza and Mason Jennings. We have everything from explosive live bands like Gramma’s Boyfriend and The Chalice to meticulous pop music like Golden Bubbles and Joey Ryan and the Inks. I have a friend named Toby Cryns, who plays around town occasionally, that writes really lovely unconventional lyrics in the vein of Jonathan Richman. It’s great to think that I’ve barely scratched the surface of how much music is being made in Minneapolis. It’s humbling to be referred to as “a part of the music scene in the Twin Cities”. As a self sustaining band, we are so grateful to have people who are into what we do. To have people encourage you to be creative is such a gift. Being able to reward that encouragement with something that moves all of us in some way is so completely fulfilling. I hope that two way street continues.

WC: You’re about to play a show in a University art museum. Have you ever played in an art museum before? Any other unusual places you have added to your list of venues or that you hope to?

JS: I played at the Museum of Modern Art. It was super fun and an interesting place to have music. Anytime you get the chance to play music in a non-venue, it always makes for a story (good or bad). It would be super fun to play inside the Walker.

WC: As a part of the University of Minnesota, we interact with many young students looking to create a lifestyle and career within the arts. What advice can you give to young artists and musicians?

JK: 1. Set clear goals for yourself and plan how you’re going to get there. Be as concrete as possible (i.e. I will finish writing the songs for my new record by December 1st). The times when I’ve been the most successful are the times when I’ve clearly defined what I wanted to accomplish, and then planned how I was going to get there. I don’t always achieve the exact goal that I set out to accomplish, but acting with direction and purpose will push you forward either way.

2. Embrace failure. It’s going to happen sooner or later, and I’ve found that being afraid of it is worse than actually failing. Of course, I wouldn’t actively seek it out, because…why would you do that? Embracing failure when it happens, though, is what builds wisdom and experience. You can dust yourself off, learn, try again, and then, in the future, tell some young pup how to not make the same mistakes you made way back when.

Friday, September 6. Weisman Art Museum. Screen-printing: 6:00pm, Doors: 7:30pm, Music: 8:00pm. Galleries open all night. See you there!


This event is presented in conjunction with the Whole Music Club, SUA, SNAP, SHADE, Bohemian Press, CocaCola, Mesa Pizza, and Radio K.

Welcome Back: Fall Semester Preview

3 Sep

It’s hard to believe that we have come to the end of another summer in the Twin Cities. It’s been a few months since our last post, and we have tons of news to share! Welcome back, University of Minnesota students. Are you ready for your fall event agenda?

Though the Weisman Art Museum has been open (and air-conditioned) all summer, we’ve been missing our bustling campus and students studying in the galleries. Now that classes have resumed, don’t forget about that big shiny building on campus – it’s a perfect place to study and recharge your brains with some gorgeous visuals.

To welcome back continuing students and make friends with the newbies, WAM Collective, in conjunction with the Whole Music Club and other local sponsors, will be hosting the third annual WAM-o-RAMA! on Friday, September 6. This FREE concert is open to all UMN students and will feature three local bands, refreshments, a photo booth, and FREE screenprinted t-shirts – make your own that night! RSVP to our Facebook event here and show up early to screen-print a shirt with UMN student group, Bohemian Press.

Screen-printing starts at 6:00 pm outside of WAM. Hear Radio K DJ-ing outside of the building, while creating your own t-shirt with help from local screen-printing student group, Bohemian Press.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Grab a piece of FREE Mesa Pizza, then head inside for a refreshing beverage, cool off in the galleries, and take your picture at the photo booth.

Music starts at 8:00 pm. Dance along to local music by Beasthead, William Within, and end the night with VAN STEE.

Want to learn more about the bands that night? Interviews with each band will be released this week in anticipation of the event. Want to know more? Make sure you’ve liked WAM Collective on Facebook and follow along with our updates about the event and future happenings at WAM.

Also that night, hang out with WAM Collective as we release the first of a series of blog posts that will make up an online exhibition, WAM@20: The Collective Choice. WAM@20, a yearlong project in conjunction with the investigation of Choice, celebrates 20 years of accessioning artworks in the iconic Gehry-designed building which houses the Weisman Art Museum. This online exhibit, “The Collective Choice,” has been curated by yours truly, WAM Collective. Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook for more updates.

Now, you know that we couldn’t get through September with just ONE free event; so mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 18, and join WAM Collective and Hazel & Wren for the third annual Words @ WAM! This mid-week break will be much needed by the third week of school – and it’s literature based! So don’t feel bad about skipping your study session. Words @ WAM is an annual literary open mic hosted at the Weisman Art Museum with online literary community Hazel & Wren. This open mic is open to anyone and everyone, and is first come, first served, so come early to sign up! FREE refreshments will be provided, as well as an exclusive Words @ WAM notebook. Doors at 6:00pm.

Keep following our blog for more updates on events and art activities around the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities. The Weisman Art Museum is always free and open to the public (Tuesday-Sunday). Make sure to stop by in between classes and check out WAM’s galleries, or rent a piece of artwork for your apartment in the WAM Shop!


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