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How Marcia Resnick captured the spirit of Downtown New York, and lived to tell

By Frank H. Goodyear III, Lisa Hostetler, and Casey Riley

The exhibition Marcia Resnick: As It Is or Could Be is on view at Mia from August 13 to December 11, 2022. The following introduction has been excerpted from the exhibition catalogue, Marcia Resnick: As It Is or Could Be, available from The Store at Mia. Copyright  ...

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How a starving artist became Van Gogh Inc. (and what he might think of that)

For Mia’s current exhibition on Vincent van Gogh’s paintings of olive groves, the museum collaborated with Minneapolis jewelers Jac & Violet to create earrings inspired by the artist. You can buy them from the Store at Mia, along with Van Gogh socks, a Van Gogh brooch of his face, a Van Gogh action figure, even  ...

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Cleaned and repaired, fish skin coats from Siberia reveal indigenous knowledge

By Alex Bortolot

Visitors to “Dressed by Nature: Textiles of Japan,” on view at Mia through September 11, will be continuously astonished by the diversity of materials that makers across the Japanese archipelago have fashioned into garments. Some materials make a lot of sense: a linen-like textile woven from banana plant fiber sounds perfect  ...

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Divine threads: The making of an extraordinary robe in “Dressed by Nature”

By Diane Richard

If you were an Ainu robe maker, how would your design process begin? Would you draw swirls and biomorphic shapes on your precious trade cottons? Or would you just start cutting? Would you opt for embroidery floss with POP!, thinking “That red thread really works, especially if I make crawling oho  ...

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Tattoo artist Emi Nijiya on inspirational art at Mia and queer-friendly inking

By Kate Brenner-Adam

Working in an art museum, you often see just as much art on the visitors’ skin as you do on the wall. I’ve always loved looking at tattoos as art, so I talked to local tattoo artist Emi Nijiya for this Pride Month blog post because they own Jackalope, an all  ...

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Touched by Van Gogh: What a newly discovered fingerprint tells us about a Mia masterwork

By Diane Richard

One-hundred thirty-three years ago, on a day in late November, Vincent van Gogh reached for his freshly painted canvas. It was during his self-imposed stay at a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, in the south of France, where his windows overlooked a grove of craggy olive trees with a mountainous backdrop. That  ...

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How Anne Frank’s distorted legacy paved the way for “The Nazi Drawings”

By Tim Gihring

On July 15, 1944, a few weeks after her 15th birthday, Anne Frank wrote in her diary, “It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals; they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at  ...

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Gabriel and Yvonne Weisberg on art, love, and the thrill of the chase

By Michaela Baltasar-Feyen

In 1966, Gabriel Weisberg and Yvonne Herzog met over a game of ping-pong on a transatlantic crossing. Gabriel was an American art-history student, on his way to France to work on his PhD dissertation; Yvonne was a Swiss social worker, heading home to Geneva after a year in Canada. By the  ...

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The uncompromising art and life of Louise Catherine Breslau

Among the earnest images of farmers, weavers, and other redoubtable peasants in “Reflections on Reality: Drawings and Paintings from the Weisberg Collection,” Mia’s quietly alluring show of Realist art, is a bored-looking boy in a blue shirt: Yves Österlund, age 9. Österlund was the son of artists who worried he was too undisciplined for art  ...

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The medium in the family: Talking to the dead, Wisconsin style

By Tim Gihring

Among the ghosts and the UFOs, the seers and the somnambulists, the Ouija Boards and something called a Spiritoscope, now on view at Mia in the exhibition “Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art,” the séance dress of Louise Parke is strikingly personal. Here is a handmade cotton cloak, worn by  ...

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