The doll returns: From difficult conversations, a fresh start

A few months ago, in a meeting room at Mia, a small figure of an African American woman stood in a Plexiglas case, surrounded by flowers. “Who knows how she was treated during her creation,” said Andrea Pierre. “Treat her like a goddess tonight.” The figure belongs to a dollhouse given to the museum by the . . . Keep reading »

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shows how much the monarchy has changed–and hasn’t

Prince Harry might’ve had to do a little Googling before proposing to his fiancée Meghan Markle in November 2017. Harry is now sixth in line for the throne—behind his father, brother, nephew, niece, and brand-new baby nephew —which means he’s just barely under the jurisdiction of the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013, which requires the first six persons in . . . Keep reading »

Two ways to skin a cat: Minnesota’s Elizabeth Olds and Wanda Gág took different paths to acclaim

Elizabeth Olds would have liked that I own her 1941 screenprint The Lighthouse. She was determined to make art that was affordable to everyday people, and the damage on this print (note the missing lower left corner in the image above) made it affordable to me. I also have Wanda Gág’s 1925 Spinning Wheel on my . . . Keep reading »

Newsflash: The trouble with “neutral face”

In the hundreds of painted portraits in Mia’s collection, almost no one is smiling. And we don’t know why. We really don’t. People didn’t smile in old photographs either. It may be because of bad teeth or because big smiles were uncouth—a sign of craziness or drunkenness, the so-called “grinning idiot” (this is apparently still true outside the United . . . Keep reading »

5 great gift ideas for Mother’s Day from the Store at Mia

The best gift for Mother’s Day is simple: a card. We have plenty of them, an ever-changing selection in-store. We’ll even mail your card for you, so there are no excuses! If you want to show your appreciation beyond a card, here are five ideas we’re loving right now, available in-store and online. Of course we’re . . . Keep reading »

Botanomania and the secret history of women plant collectors

It’s that time of year again, when Art In Bloom brings Mia’s collection to life through floral artistry. For four days every April, we enjoy blossoms from all over the world in the museum’s galleries, paying little regard to their bloom cycles, and it all seems quite “natural.” But the flowers are only here, in . . . Keep reading »

Yang Yongliang’s commentary on humans and nature in “Power and Beauty” is devastating—and hopeful

My favorite room in “Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: Concept and Design by Robert Wilson” is the ninth room—technically Gallery 274, though I more affectionately refer to it as the Mountain Room. The theme of this gallery is the love of mountains shared by Chinese emperors and court officials, an almost romanticized view of mountainscapes as a . . . Keep reading »

Mia’s resident poet, Al Naylor, on finding inspiration in art

Al Naylor grew up in Miles City, a former cattle town on the high plains of Montana, and became an executive atop what is now U.S. Bank in Minneapolis. He had always liked museums but disliked the hierarchies and pretensions that seemed to govern them. And so, in the mid-1980s, when he struck up a relationship with the Minneapolis . . . Keep reading »

The irresistible mix of art and activism in Rory Wakemup’s “Ledger Craft” performances

Last fall, the courtyard between Mia and MCAD was a battlefield, at once ancient and futuristic. Kids with bows and arrows moved in a kind of martial dance, then donned cardboard costumes in the rectangular, early-digital style of Minecraft, the popular world-building computer game. They fought zombies. They were filmed by drones. They declared victory. Rory Wakemup calls it “Ledger . . . Keep reading »

Design, silence, and Robert Wilson: My Watermill Center experience

Five minutes of silence. On a warm August morning in the Hamptons, outside New York City, I was sitting on the floor at The Watermill Center, meditating. This time of year, the Center is abuzz with small teams of people working with the center’s founder—renowned theater director and artist Robert Wilson—to shape their project, be it opera, . . . Keep reading »

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