Mia Stories

  • Mia Stories is the museum beyond the walls, outside the frame, at the lively intersection of life and art. From behind-the-scenes buzz to inspiring connections with current events, it’s the museum in conversation.

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Once at Mia: Holiday shopping in the ’60s

The museum shop at the Minneapolis Institute of Art reopened two years ago as the Store at Mia. The selection is now more carefully curated, in keeping with the overall ethos of a museum, and isn’t limited to books, postcards, and other materials directly linked to exhibitions or the collection. Many of the items are handmade as . . . Keep reading »

Early Museum Gallery View, gallery C10

Once at Mia: Our woman in Egypt

To look for Lily Place is to peel back the bandages of a mummy. She was once, for a few incandescent years in the 1920s, seemingly everywhere—London, Paris, Cairo, New York, and Minneapolis. And always at the right time. She donated to Mia all the art and artifacts filling the corridor in the photo above from . . . Keep reading »

M.16.H.1 Packet 135

Once at Mia: Saved from Nazis

They were some of the greatest works of western civilization. Paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Botticelli, Titian, Manet, Velazquez. Monuments to human imagination. And they were in as much danger from Hitler’s mania as anything else in Europe. The Monuments Men, as George Clooney’s 2014 movie revealed, saved thousands of artworks stolen by the Nazis from . . . Keep reading »

The Explainer

Once at Mia: The woman who knew everything

She seems more apparition than woman, as though conjured in a séance. But she was very real: Miriam McHugh Taney. And for years she seemed to be the museum’s all-purpose lecturer—onstage, in the galleries, on WCCO Radio. In weekly talks at the museum, she tackled everything from medieval France to the Italian Renaissance. A professional . . . Keep reading »

Rosefete 1981 People dressed as artworks

Once at Mia: Disguised as art

Maybe it’s the woman’s mischievous look. Or something to do with clowns. But there’s a portent about this image—you sense the innocent child will somehow vanish behind the frame, as though passing through a portal. A trick of Edgar Allan Poe’s imagination. The woman was facilitating make-believe—pretend you’re a painting!—with a stash of dress-up clothes at Mia’s 1981 Rose Fete. . . . Keep reading »