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Pursue Your Artistic Passions

MIA Affinity Groups are a great way for museum members to connect more closely with special areas of art interest, allowing you to delve deeper into the curatorial area of your choice.

Affinity Group members:

  • Receive invitations to lectures and events.
  • Get the inside scoop on departmental news and acquisitions.
  • Enjoy special opportunities to socialize with others who have similar passions.

Affinity Groups

African Art Affinity Group

The vast continent of Africa is home to many peoples, societies, and civilizations, each with unique forms of aesthetic expression. Dramatic abstraction—particularly of the human figure—is often associated with African art, whose radical aesthetic exerted enormous influence on European artists in the first half of the 20th century.
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Asian Art Affinity Group

The MIA’s renowned collection of Asian art represents 17 cultures spanning nearly 5,000 years. Best known for the size and quality of its Chinese and Japanese collections, it also has important examples of Indian, Southeast Asian, Korean, Himalayan, and Islamic art.
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Contemporary Art Affinity Group

In 2008, the museum founded its first department dedicated to the art of our times. The Department of Contemporary Art brings a fresh dynamism to its galleries by collecting and exhibiting works by living artists of national and international renown.
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Decorative Arts, Textiles & Sculpture Affinity Group

The MIA houses one of the nation’s finest collections of European and American decorative arts, including furniture, design, silver, ceramics, and glass. In addition to seven period rooms housed within the museum, the MIA also owns the 1913 Purcell-Cutts House, a Prairie School-style architect’s home in the historic Kenwood neighborhood of Minneapolis.
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Library Affinity Group

Established with the museum’s opening in 1915, the MIA’s Art Research & Reference Library is one of the Midwest’s premiere research centers dedicated to the study of art. The library’s holdings provide special collection and rare printed materials as well as digitized texts/images and cutting-edge online research tools.
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Native American Art Affinity Group

The museum’s Native American art collection celebrates the artistic achievements of America’s first peoples. The collection began with a gift of 25 objects from the Northwest Coast in 1928. The collection now encompasses nearly 1,500 objects from the major cultural regions across the continent, from ancient to contemporary times.
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Paintings Affinity Group

The MIA’s internationally acclaimed collection of paintings contains nearly 900 European and American works from the 14th century to 1960. It offers a comprehensive survey of both celebrated schools and individual artists and is notable for its concentration of masterworks by such artists as Rembrandt, Courbet, Delacroix, Poussin, van Gogh, Sargent, and O’Keeffe.
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Photography & New Media Affinity Group

Begun in 1973, the MIA’s collection spans the history of photography from the 1840s to the present. Representing more than 800 photographers and 11,500 works of art, the collection consists primarily of 20th-century American work, with particular depth in documentary, photojournalism, and pictorialism.
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Prints & Drawings Affinity Group

The Department of Prints and Drawings cares for a growing collection of some 35,000 works of art ranging from the Middle Ages to the present. Hundreds of artists are represented in this encyclopedic collection, many in considerable depth. Well-known figures include Dürer, Rembrandt, Piranesi, Tiepolo, Goya, Daumier, Whistler, Cassatt, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, Kirchner, Rauschenberg, and Ruscha.
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The Circle

The Circle gives young professionals (ages 25-44) the chance to experience the MIA in a new way and meet others with similar interests. You and a guest will enjoy the arts in a special way with the MIA as your guide.