Newsflash: Could artificial intelligence replace artists?

Among the sticking points about reviving American manufacturing’s heyday, when millions of men flooded into factories every morning, is that their jobs have been replaced by robots. And soon, artifical intelligence may have a go at more than just mundane work. Last summer, a European “neural network” studied the paintings of Van Gogh, Munch, and other . . . Keep reading »

Material girls: What a show of prehistoric female figurines says about us

On the first day of my first dig, in central France, I uncovered a dead man’s foot. It was the 1980s, the first of four seasons I spent digging a Late Iron Age/Early Roman site in the Auvergne during the hot summer months. The man had likely died in the first century CE and was . . . Keep reading »

Collection of faith: To fill out its portrait of Luther, Mia drew from one of Minnesota’s most surprising art caches

On the skyway level of the Thrivent building in downtown Minneapolis, amid a coffee shop and a guard station and throngs passing through, is a simple brown door. Behind it is a kind of heaven. Rembrandt. Albrecht Dürer. Picasso. They’re all here, among some 1,200 prints and a small number of Old Master paintings, in the . . . Keep reading »

Boyhood: Watch John Singer Sargent’s “birthday boy” grow up

  It was my favorite painting at Mia when I was a kid: The Birthday Party, by the American artist John Singer Sargent. I looked for it whenever I visited the museum with my parents or on a field trip. The subject would captivate any child, but for me the image encapsulated what it would . . . Keep reading »

Who is Dave Muller and what is he doing in Mia’s galleries?

Dave Muller owns a lot of records. He assembled the soundtrack to his life many years ago—a roomful of records filed alphabetically—and he keeps supplementing it. (“The A’s start here,” he said on a tour of the shelves, then walked down the hall a bit. “The Beatles start about here.”) For a brief period in the pre-digital . . . Keep reading »

Rita Mehta on her style, her vision for the Store at Mia, and her favorite holiday gift ideas

Rita Mehta had worked for Target for seven years—touring factories abroad, learning about sustainable sourcing, assessing product quality from Asia—when she realized she wanted to do the opposite of all that. She wanted to rediscover America—American-made products—specifically for women. Guides to men’s goods had already swung toward American brands; Mehta would do the same for women. She . . . Keep reading »

A king comes to Mia

In its hundred-year history, Mia has hosted a number of royals. Early on, they hailed from Europe: the queen of Romania, in 1926, and the crown prince of Sweden that same year. More recently, however, the monarchs have come from Africa. On November 30, the King of Kings for the entire Congo Basin paid a visit . . . Keep reading »

The art of dissent: How Mia’s “Resistance, Protest, Resilience” photography exhibition came together

“Resistance, Protest, Resilience,” an exhibition of about 60 photographs connecting the protest movements of the 20th century to today’s political, social, and racial conflicts, opened at Mia on November 5. My interest in images of protesters can be traced to my three-year exploration of the avant-garde art and photography of 1960s and 1970s Japan for . . . Keep reading »

We traveled to Standing Rock to deliver aid and support. We returned home with something greater.

They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse. —Sitting Bull, 1875 In the Hunkpapa land of Sitting Bull, history is always being made. On a warm, sunny day in August, I traveled with Dakota Hoska, . . . Keep reading »

Why is this curious mask in the Martin Luther show? The reformer’s brave take on the plague

Don’t be surprised if the most popular image to emerge from “Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation,” Mia’s comprehensive look at the objects and art behind Luther’s 16th-century revolt against the Catholic Church, is not of the pulpit from which he preached his last sermons, or the life-size model of his home, or even his . . . Keep reading »

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