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Branching Out In New Directions celebrated Fall with a luncheon meeting at The Doubletree Hotel on Tuesday, October 23.  Highlighting the event was guest speaker, Lyndel King, director and chief curator at the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota.  

Lyndel King

After giving a brief history on how the university gallery transformed itself into the striking stainless steel building created by master architect, Frank Gehry, King talked about the importance of art center that is  "friendly, approachable, alive and smart". Her presentation highlighted a beautiful and priceless collection - nearly 20,000 works strong - of American modernism, Mimbres pottery, ceramics, and traditional Korean furniture.

Built entirely with private donors, the Weisman shares a strong relationship with the Mississippi River, its rippled steel exterior evoking ripples on the water in a reflected sunset. This is a building that demands to be noticed -- an "ice palace that won’t melt." It provides students and visitors alike the opportunity to desire and develop a deep relationship with art.  

"Not Just Another "Brick Lump"! 

Weisman Center architect Frank Gehry’s masterpiece surpasses its goal and transforms the campus landscape. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Exhibitions change regularly, so, do yourself a favor:  Visit the Weisman, experience "Wamorama," and feel the enthusiasm and energy that exists right in your own back yard!

BOND members Alvera Franceshi, Gloria Gold and Liz Funk enjoying BOND's Fall Celebration 2012

Saralee Mogilner, BOND Co-Vice President of Education, wrote this article.  Photos are by BOND member Debby Shaffer.