Public Tour

Beneath the Ground

Last occurred: Saturday, September 27
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Join MIA docents and local soil scientists as they lead you on a tour of artist-in-residence Monica Haller’s “Beneath the Ground” installation. A series of framed soil samples, or  “monoliths,” installed museum-wide create fascinating links and new ways of understanding artworks in the MIA’s galleries. Visitors will learn about the global importance of soil as a natural resource through historical depictions of the landscape in the MIA’s collection; including Albert Bierstadt’s “The Merced River in Yosemite” and the Salomon Van Ruysdael’s “River Landscape with a Ferry.” Haller’s research put her in touch with many soil experts and Native American scholars so her new labels provide insight into each piece and the specific features of the accompanying soil sample.

All tours are FREE and will leave from the Information Desk in the MIA Lobby, across from the MIA Store.

Read more about Monica Haller’s exhibition, “Beneath the Ground”  featured in the Star Tribune and the National Cooperative Soil Survey Newsletter.

Watch a video on Monica Haller’s exhibition here.

“Beneath the Ground” is organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art and will be on display June 12 – October 26, 2014.