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Frank Gehry
Discussion Questions/Activities

Most people who see the Weisman Art Museum have strong reactions to the building and its design. Whether the reaction is positive or negative, it is valuable to think about what makes this building so surprising.

The Weisman Art Museum has been described as: a plane crash, an exploding silver artichoke, a frozen waterfall, and a Mardi Gras mask. Can you think of other descriptions?

If this building could talk, what do you think it would say?

Compare this building to others in your community or in the state (such as the State Capitol building in St. Paul or the IDS building in downtown Minneapolis). Describe how the Weisman is different or the same in the following categories:
  • Materials
  • Shapes and Forms
  • Symmetry or Asymmetry
  • Patterns

Gehry, Weisman Museum
Frank Gehry, Weisman Art Museum


Anderson, Kurt. "Building Beauty the Hard Way," Time. (October 13, 1986), 108-109.

The Architecture of Frank Gehry, Minneapolis: Walker Art Center with Rizzoli International, 1986.

Arnell, Peter and Ted Bickford, Frank Gehry: Buildings and Projects. New York: Rizzoli, 1985.

Gehry, Frank O, "Frank O. Gehry Talks on His Works: The Lecture in Tokyo 1985," Architecture and Urbanism, 194 ( 1986), 61-66.

Jencks, Charles, "Frank Gehry-The Deconstructionist," Art & Design, I:4 (May 1985) 14-19.

McGuigan, Cathleen, "A Maverick Master: Frank Gehry and His Renegade California Style are Going Global," Newsweek, (June 17, 1991), 52-57.

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