Shot with my Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, processed in HDR and PSPX4
Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, was completed in 1993. The stainless steel skin was fabricated and installed by the A. Zahner Company, a frequent collaborator with Gehry’s office.
It is one of the major landmarks on the University of Minnesota’s campus, situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River at the east end of the Washington Avenue Bridge. The building presents two faces, depending on which side it is viewed from. From the campus side, it presents a brick facade that blends with the existing brick and sandstone buildings. On the opposite side, the museum is a playground of curving and angular brushed steel sheets. This side is an abstraction of a waterfall and a fish.
A new addition, also designed by Gehry, was expected to open in 2009.However, due to economic conditions, construction did not begin until the spring of 2010. The Weisman closed its doors on Sunday, October 10, 2010 until the fall of 2011 as a part of this major expansion. The Weisman’s five new galleries will allow the museum to share more than three times as many objects from the permanent collection at any given time. One new gallery will be filled with highlights from their noted ceramics collection (master potter Warren MacKenzie will help select the work); two will house masterworks of American modernism; and another will showcase the Weisman’s 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.