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To feel seen: Why representation matters

By Natalia Choi On the morning of the museum’s staff photo shoot, I wore my favorite bright yellow skirt. I joked with my boyfriend that it was my “yellow power” symbol, a way of drawing visibility to my Asian self so that I did not become invisible in the sea of whiteness. Growing up Asian 

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The kitchen dance: Watch an ode to women, work, and Mia’s modern masterpiece

By Diane Richard The Frankfurt Kitchen is an icon of modernist domestic architecture, a 75-square-foot ode to efficiency. It was designed in 1926, by Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, as an attempt to simplify the chores of cooking and cleaning up afterward, freeing women—whose chores they were and largely remain—to pursue their own economic and personal 

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An historian of Asian immigration explains how art enables understanding

By Tim Gihring Erika Lee’s grandfather came to the United States from China in 1918, sailing into the harbor of San Francisco. He was 16, a farmer’s son. The Chinese Exclusion Act, which was designed to stop nearly all Chinese immigrants from entering the country, had been in place for 36 years. But he had 

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Rethinking education as Mia celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

By Alyssa Machida “Let’s begin by saying that we are living through a very dangerous time…. So any citizen of this country who figures himself as responsible—and particularly those of you who deal with the minds and hearts of young people—must be prepared to ‘go for broke.’ Or to put it another way, you must 

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How volunteers are helping Mia reach new audiences

When the Minneapolis Institute of Art began planning its February Open House, it knew it would need some help. Mia began hosting Open Houses last year, on Friday nights, when the museum can welcome its community, families, and friends for an evening of free programs. The February event would celebrate Black History Month with music, 

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Art in Bloom joins Hirshfield’s Design Resource to spotlight decor and paint trends

By Jay Nuhring Remember the shiny brass furniture from the early 1980s? And the obsession consumers had with Spanish Oak cabinetry, burnt orange laminate countertops, and earth-tone shag carpet? They’re back! The year 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade in design, and rightly so—trends have about a 40-year cycle. Out with the cool 

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The Art in Bloom mocktail: A classic gin and tonic with a teetotaler twist

Art in Bloom, Mia’s perennial fundraiser produced by the Friends of the Institute, is now celebrating spring in place, thanks to COVID-19. So why not enjoy it at home with a wedge of fresh lime? We’re talking, of course, about a gin and tonic. Few drinks announce the arrival of warmer months as briskly as 

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Art in Bloom expert Jay Nuhring offers tips to freshen your house for spring

By Jay Nuhring Spring is my favorite time of year for many reasons, the least of which are that my birthday is in late April and I love a good spring thunderstorm. The smell of earth after a hard rain makes me hopeful for warmer days. Here are some tips for shedding the winter doldrums 

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From roadkill to the runway: Artist Holly Young on the purse that became an Art in Bloom sensation

By Diane Richard Long before anyone knew what COVID-19 was, or that Mia would close this spring because of it, Holly Young was in Bismarck, North Dakota, thinking about the 2019 Sante Fe Indian Market. It was several months before the nation’s premier showcase for Native artists, and Young was looking for a challenge. So 

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Picturing childhood: Alec Soth on the quirky delights of photo books for kids

This past January, a new kind of photography show opened at Mia, in the Harrison Gallery. “Just Kids” is an exhibition of photographs of, by, and for kids, organized at Mia in partnership with middle and high school students. Nearly a dozen teens from Minneapolis and St. Paul collaborated with Casey Riley, curator of Photography 

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