NewsFlash: Does Mia’s mummy contain secret writing?

Egypt’s mummies were intended to rest in peace for eternity, slumbering beneath the sand. But most were dug up almost immediately. Robbed of their valuables and their serenity. Dragged into darkened British parlors to be unwrapped for entertainment. Burned as train fuel. But they’ve been slow to give up their secrets, including the mystery of what’s . . . Keep reading »

How Robert Wilson changed theater—and what that means for his show at Mia

Robert Wilson met Philip Glass, the avant-garde composer, in 1973, after Glass attended a show by Wilson—The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin—that was 12 hours long and almost completely silent. Glass loved it. And the two men, retreating to Wilson’s Manhattan studio after the performance, decided they would meet every week for lunch. Within a few months, as they . . . Keep reading »

Art Inspires: Lisa Yankton on the transformative power of compassion

Lisa Yankton, a Minneapolis-based poet and member of the Spirit Lake Dakota, was inspired by Mia’s statue of Avalokiteshvara, or Guanyin in Chinese, a Buddhist deity associated with mercy and compassion. It is on display in the Buddhist sculpture court (gallery G200). Avalokitesvara, “One Who Hears the Cries of the World” Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara Guanshiyin Guanyin Goddess of . . . Keep reading »

Are museums safe from natural disasters?

Wildfires in Los Angeles. Hurricanes and flooding in Houston. Earthquakes in Mexico City. With the frequency of natural disasters seemingly on the rise, planning for them is increasingly important as well. So where does that leave museums, whose mission, in part, is to protect the world’s great treasures? Like other institutions, museums test their emergency plans and have close . . . Keep reading »

News Flash: Kevin Spacey and the race to erase uncomfortable art

In the late 1500s, an ancient pagan Roman sculpture of someone or something lost to memory—a philosopher, perhaps, or a god—was transformed into St. Peter, a more agreeable figure in Catholic Rome. To pull this off, the sculptor added a head, hands, and feet—quite obvious in gilt bronze—and a throne for St. Peter to sit on. For centuries, . . . Keep reading »

Think the holidays are too commercial? So did the Arts and Crafts movement—a century ago.

Is all the pressure to buy, buy, buy during the winter holidays—early in the morning, late at night, 24/7 on the internet—turning you into the Grinch? Would you rather craft your own gifts than touch the latest plastic gewgaws with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole? Would you rather just send a card? You would’ve made a fine Spug—a . . . Keep reading »

The Store at Mia has been remodeled—and these gift ideas show why that’s good news for shoppers

The Store at Mia has been morphing for years now, from something of a postcard and catalogue kiosk into a bonafide boutique, selling the artisanal equivalent of the art on the gallery walls. But the latest redesign pushes the concept of store as living room, object as lifestyle. Gone is the enormous “cash wrap,” or sales counter, that . . . Keep reading »

The most intriguing figure in “Eyewitness Views” isn’t a king or a pope: it’s a singer

Among the scenes of royal pageantry and natural disaster in Mia’s colorful look at history painting in the 1700s, “Eyewitness Views: Making History in 18th-Century Europe,” is a wide, detailed view of the Spanish palace at Aranjuez, south of Madrid, in 1756. Red paper lanterns line the gardens and palace walls, and a fleet of pleasure barges . . . Keep reading »

Between two worlds: Revisiting the life and work of Minnesota master George Morrison

George Morrison was born in 1919 in the now-vanished town of Chippewa City near the Grand Portage Reservation, along Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota. He was Ojibwe in an era before Native Americans could vote or were even granted citizenship in the United States, one of 12 children in an impoverished family. He was isolated from almost everything but his . . . Keep reading »

Mia’s newest crazy quilt recalls a grandmother’s love—and talent

Late in 2016, Mia was given a crazy quilt, the kind comprised of many tiny pieces, usually unrelated and unmatched. It was made around 1882. As the registrar at Mia in charge of processing new art acquisitions, examining every object being considered for addition to our collection, it was my job to look over every detail of the quilt. My thoughts . . . Keep reading »

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