Discovering Minneapolis through Minnesota Artists

Happy Grads at U of M


Happy undergrads at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis are doing cartwheels on the Washington Ave bridge. I’m guessing it’s because of this nearby striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum or WAM.

During my 14th mile footing around the Twin Cities, I stopped off at WAM today to visit their newest collection – works from Minnesota artists. Actually, I’m a huge fan of Gehry’s work and came to admire the building and refill my water bottle.

As soon as I walked into the lobby a huge floor-to-ceiling Roy Lichtenstein oil on plywood convinced me to stay.

The collection is called “Tenous Through Real” started in June and includes 33 artists that trace the state’s earliest frontier days to the present moment. Their work is arranged into categories that include The Waters, Natives and Newcomers, The Land, Exploration and Innovation, The Body Politic, and Telling Tales.

Minnesota has 600 museums and 55 of those are in Minneapolis. I’ve got ’til Thursday to visit as many as possible.