Emma Dietz

The Standing Glass Fish sculpture is now located at the Weisman Art Museum. It was originally located at the Sculpture Gardens in Minneapolis. Progress is still being made on its re-construction.

Frank Gehry fish exhibit moved to Weisman

Sculpture relocated while Sculpture Garden under construction

The fish exhibit stands 22 feet tall, and consists of wood, steel, glass, plexiglass and rubber, according to Erin Lauderman, director of marketing and communications at the University of Minnesota.

Because of the construction at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Lauderman said the piece moved to the Weisman Art Museum (WAM).

“The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is under a two-year renovation and multiple sculptures needed to be moved and are on loan at WAM and other locations,” Lauderman said. “The museum was a natural fit because of the connection of Frank Gehry as the architect of the building.

According to sophomore Samyu Yenamandra, the move creates an issue for some.

“Some people probably won’t like it because it was easier to go to the Sculpture Garden. Now you have to go to the Weisman,” Yenamandra said.

According to Lauderman, students obtain great insights into art by visiting the Weisman.

The museum offers free public programs that provide a deeper education of the exhibitions offered and artists presented. These range from artists’ talks, to tours of the exhibitions, to workshops where participants can learn different art techniques,” Lauderman said. “Students can gain a greater appreciation of local, national and internationally acclaimed artists in a relaxed setting.”

Yenamandra said students should take advantage of the art collections at the Weisman and the Sculpture Garden.

“It’s important to see how people express themselves. It also allows you to see a different kind of community that gives you a new perspective,” Yenamandra said. “People should go see the fish exhibit since it’s free.”

Lauderman said the museum presents various exhibits throughout the year and gives a chance for students to observe art.

WAM has strong holdings in American modernism, traditional Korean furniture and ceramics,” Lauderman said. “WAM is a teaching museum, meaning the primary mission of WAM is to educate students about art and to make the visual arts an important part of their everyday experience.”

Yenamandra said art gives a new perspective for the community in a positive way.

“Students can gain experience and learn about another culture,” Yenamandra said. “I like how art can reach all kinds of people. Everyone can relate to different pieces.”

WAM’s hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 11a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends. The museum remains open longer on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and is closed Mondays. Tours occur every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.



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