NewsFlash: Should Damien Hirst have copied an Ife head?

Damien Hirst’s popular show at this year’s Venice Biennale, “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable,” is an underwater fantasy about objects found after a fictional shipwreck. It’s his first exhibition of new work in 10 years. Some critics had begun to wonder if he’d run out of ideas. The answer might depend on your worldview. One of the sculptures . . . Keep reading »

Social science: How to recreate an Enlightenment-era “science party”

About two years ago, I was conducting research at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis when Mia curator Nicole LaBouff approached me with a question about solar microscopes. She was planning an exhibition called “Science and Sociability in 1700s England,” now open in the Queen Anne and Georgian period rooms at Mia. The Georgian Drawing Room is arranged as though for a “scientific . . . Keep reading »

A comics expert explains the secret pleasures of Mia’s Guillermo del Toro show

Somehow, over the years, Rurik Hover wound up with 85 boxes of comic books. Now he’s starting to sell—”culling out the crap,” as he puts it. And not just his comics but other people’s, too. He’s gone from a fan to a collector to a dealer, a cycle that has made him something of an expert . . . Keep reading »

Why immigrants value art: Stories from Mia’s “Global Movements” artists

On May 11, Mia opens Global Movements, a four-day series of programs on immigration, migration, and the arts. Among the presenters are several Twin Cities artists, and we asked them how art has been important in their lives and work. Here are some of their responses. Cy Thao A Hmong painter and former state legislator whose epic 50-painting series The Hmong Migration . . . Keep reading »

Can algae save us? Why Mia is getting personal with pond scum

In this land of ice and snow, summer is something magical. Almost in the blink of an eye, the world becomes lush and green and you can finally feel your toes! As the snow retreats, 10,000 lakes suddenly appear, offering respite from the humidity of the summer heat. But warmer weather brings another, less pleasant transformation: . . . Keep reading »

Art Inspires: Stephanie Wilbur Ash on tornados and other ways to leave home

They say we do not have them in Norway, but several times I saw them over the sea, and once I saw one skip across the lane like a silly little girl. The colors are different in Norway—more gray and green over the water, more blurry white on land—but they exist. Those who say they do . . . Keep reading »

Art Inspires: Lesley Nneka Arimah on the doll inside the altar

The Doll At first I thought, with some worry, that I was to be given to the child. The girl watched with impatience as I was formed, appendages of bamboo wrapped in cloth until I resembled a crude doll of a man. We, myself and the girl, discovered at the same time that I was . . . Keep reading »

How Mia is greening the museum—and why that’s good for art, too

Back in 2008, a group of staffers at Mia, calling themselves the Green Team, began meeting to discuss potential reforms, ways that the museum could reduce its impact on the environment. It was never going to be easy—preserving the art means regulating the environment. Also, the museum is old. And money, as in any non-profit, is . . . Keep reading »

Science is for lovers: Why the planet needs scientists and passionate amateurs to work together

This week, Mia unveils six newly reinterpreted period rooms as part of its Living Rooms project, a push to invigorate these beloved spaces with fresh perspectives. I was the curator charged with reinstalling Mia’s two English period rooms to consider the domestic life of science circa 250 years ago, the gilded early days of “modern” science—before it became sequestered in laboratories and siloed academic departments. A . . . Keep reading »

Newsflash: Is your left side your best side?

A a new study confirms that not only do we perceive the left side of our face as being more attractive, other people do, too.* Australian researchers reviewed 2,000 selfies and found that a majority showed the left side of the face—what researchers have taken to calling “left-side bias.” The presumptive reason? The left side of the face . . . Keep reading »

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