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Pride at Mia

Pride at Mia

Celebrate the exceptional historical and creative cultural contributions made by the 2SLGBTQIA+ community with art, stories, virtual events, and more—curated by Mia’s 2SLGBTQIA+ Staff Work Group. We acknowledge that Pride is a celebration of the decades-long fight—often led by trans women of color—that got us to where we are today.


Free guided Pride tours on Thursdays-Sundays at 1 p.m., and meet at the Info Bar in the lobby.

Self-guided tours available at the lobby desk, or here on our website.

About the 2SLGBTQIA+ Staff Work Group

Comprised of staff from multiple departments, this group aims to create a space for employees to think about museum content and staff advocacy through the lens of the queer experience. 2SLGBTQIA+ stands for Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, +

Past Exhibitions

Christopher Selleck: Body//Weight

At the core of the exhibition by Minneapolis-based artist Christopher Selleck is a seven-year investigation into body image and the depiction of the ideal masculine figure. Selleck worked collaboratively with each model to present a more vulnerable version of the sitter. The exhibition will feature self-portraits, video, sculpture, and portrait photography. On view through June 25, 2023.

Visit the Exhibition.

Teo Nguyen: Việt Nam Peace Project
Teo Nguyễn: Giấc Mơ Hòa Bình

Teo Nguyen’s solo museum exhibition invites contemplation and reflection on the Vietnamese people’s struggles toward peace and what the artist calls “the politics of worthiness.” Nguyen tells stories of heartbreak, optimism, resistance, and reconciliation that are interwoven into Vietnamese culture and spiritualism. On view through June 18, 2023.

Visit the Exhibition.

Pride Self-Guided Tour

This tour seeks to highlight 2SLGBTQIA+ artists and themes through a small selection of artworks spanning centuries and social epochs. Some pieces include the multicultural perspectives of ritual and religion; others are more explicit in their portrayal of life through a queer lens.

Take the Tour.

Explore the Art

Many queer artists are represented in Mia’s collection. Explore these works by artists who have publicly identified as queer and by historical artists considered to have been queer based on their biographies.

Explore the Artwork.

Podcast Episodes

Dangerous Liaisons: What Happened to the First Queer Art Star?

Simeon Solomon—bold, dashing, and openly queer—is a rising star in the Victorian art world when a scandal in 1873 supposedly forces him into obscurity, a cautionary tale for fans like Oscar Wilde. But the truth is more complicated and only now coming to light, revealing the fate of this forgotten figure as both more tragic and more inspiring.

You can see an “allegorical self-portrait” here, from the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

You can see his haunting masterwork “Love in Autumn” here.

Listen here.

The Psychic Sculptor

In 1852, Harriet Hosmer packs her pistol, her anatomy degree, and two pictures of a sculpture she made and moves to Rome. There, among other “emancipated women” in the expat colony, she becomes one of the world’s most famous artists. But it’s the spirit world that truly calls to her, the realm of the dead that she channels through clairvoyance and seances. So what happens when she answers?

You can see her remarkably tender sculpture of Medusa, referenced in this episode, in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Click here to see it.

Listen to this episode of our podcast here, or search “The Object” wherever you listen to podcasts to subscribe.

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Pride Care Package

Pride Care Package

Art has the ability to make connections with ourselves, each other and our world. Practicing self-care and creating a healthy relationship with ourselves helps us better connect with and support others, and how we care for ourselves and each other in these times is essential.

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Impact Stories

Mia is Inclusion

Pieter Valk rarely enjoyed art museums—until he came to Mia. Valk, who runs a nonprofit focused on LGBTQI issues, explains how he connected with people and ideas across the centuries through the art at Mia.

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