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Artist Junauda Petrus on Afrofuturism and remaking museums

Junauda Petrus has a film coming out this spring: Sweetness of Wild, a love letter to blackness in Minneapolis, produced with Erin Sharkey and their Free Black Dirt company. She has a novel coming out in the fall:  The Stars and the Blackness Between Them, about two black queer teenage girls in Minneapolis. And that’s just 

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“Life is about seeing yourself as a participant”—how Mia and the Tazel Institute are role modeling

In late 2017, Leon Tazel III called Mia’s department of student and teacher learning to “see what we can make happen.” A partnership of some kind. He set the stage for his request with a story. The true story of the day in 2013 when he accompanied his teenage daughter to an urban juvenile detention 

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Richard Holzschuh: The forgotten artist who keeps turning up

Richard Holzschuh is the classic case of a forgotten artist rediscovered. Several years ago, I received an unusual telephone call from someone then unknown to me, James Hogan. He told me that his late stepfather liked to draw and that he was looking for a museum that might want his drawings. Hmmm, I thought, “is 

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The incredible, forgotten life of painter Bob Thompson

When he was 18, Bob Thompson thought he would go to medical school, become a doctor. Because his mother, who was a teacher, wanted this for her son. And because his father had died, and he was depressed and living in Boston with his sister and didn’t have any better ideas for moving forward. So 

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Photographer Dawoud Bey’s iconic career of seeing black America

On February 7, Dawoud Bey will speak at Mia about the evolution of his photographic practice and engagement with communities, in conversation with Casey Riley, Mia’s curator of Photography and New Media. In 1969, when Dawoud Bey was almost 16 and living with his family in New York, he took the subway by himself to 

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Why Taweret is the ancient Egyptian hippo goddess we need now

Taweret has the body of a hippo, the legs of a lion, and the face of a crocodile, as though the ancient Egyptian gods were experimenting with cloning when they got into a little barley beer. She looks like the goddess who carried the hero’s luggage, made sure his spear was sharp and his beard 

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“Egypt’s Sunken Cities” and the mystery of the missing phallus

Even by the standards of myth, Osiris’ penis went through some epic travails. One day it was there, along with the rest of Osiris’ godly self, as he ruled over Egypt. The next it was gone, as Osiris was murdered by his brother and literally dismembered—chopped into 14 pieces and scattered across the country. His 

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Introducing “Inspired by Mia,” a site for artwork influenced by Mia’s collection

By Katie Sisneros, a content analyst and Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow at Mia When you think of an art museum, what sort of actions spring to mind? Walking, for sure. Lots of walking happens in art museums. Looking, thinking, feeling, laughing, crying…all of these are very personal actions we perform when we inhabit an art museum’s 

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What we learned on a visit to Native American women artists

By Juline Chevalier, head of Interpretation and Participatory Experiences at Mia One thing I love about working for a museum is having a lot of variety in the tasks and projects I work on. No two days are ever the same: There are always new exhibitions, new visitors, and new volunteers to engage. Don’t get 

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13 great holiday gift ideas from the Store at Mia

Most of us don’t think about holiday gifts until the day—or the hour—that we allot to buy them. So we went looking for ideas from the staff at the Store at Mia, who have had plenty of time to think about it and check things out—and are often customers themselves. Here’s what they would pick 

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