Mapping the small, three-dimensional world of Japanese netsuke

It’s a sartorial tale as old as time: I need to carry some stuff, and I’m not wearing any pockets. People are always navigating the gap between form and function, evolving the ways in which our clothing can be both practical and representative of who we are as a person.  And it was no different during the Edo . . . Keep reading »

Newsflash: “Black Panther” and African fashions at Mia

There has never been a phenomenon quite like Black Panther, the Marvel movie that is on track to become the highest-grossing superhero movie ever and among the most popular films of any kind in North America. Set in the fictional African country of Wakanda, with its mostly black cast doing what superheroes do, it’s been hailed as a . . . Keep reading »

The art of “Power and Beauty” is stunning—just like the story it tells

“Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty,” the multisensory experience of Chinese art now showing in Mia’s Target Galleries, is already a critically acclaimed landmark of museum exhibition design. No one has seen Chinese art—or any other art—in quite this way before, against a theatrical backdrop of sound, light, smell, and dramatic staging. But it’s also, at its . . . Keep reading »

Lily Yeh and the transformative power of art

Lily Yeh once had the perfect life. Or so it seemed—even, at times, to her. Other times, she told me, she sensed she was “missing something deep down.” Something beyond her settled family life, beyond her successful career as an artist and professor at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia. And so she began . . . Keep reading »

Inherent vice: Saving a beloved George Morrison painting from itself

An untitled painting by George Morrison, made in 1960, spent eighteen years lying on its back in storage—and for good reason. It certainly wasn’t unloved. The striking abstraction of an urban landscape had been hanging in an office at Mia for years, a favorite of one of the museum’s former directors. But in 1999, curators noticed that its . . . Keep reading »

J.S. Ondara shares the music video he filmed at Mia

When J.S. Ondara came to Minnesota from Nairobi, Kenya, a handful of years ago, it made sense personally (he has family in the area) and musically (he’s a huge Bob Dylan fan). And he wasted no time getting into the music scene. In lieu of his first album, which had been expected last year, the singer-songwriter . . . Keep reading »

Five quotes from Robert Wilson’s talk at Mia that reveal the genius behind “Power and Beauty”

Robert Wilson is not known for his words. His early theatrical masterpiece “Einstein on the Beach,” created with Philip Glass, is five hours long and has almost no real dialogue. His first major theater works, in the 1960s and ’70s, were completely silent. Last week, he gave a sold-out talk with Mia director Kaywin Feldman and . . . Keep reading »

NewsFlash: As flu season rages, a look back at epic pandemics of the past

The history of human existence is also the history of infectious disease. The plague killed 25 to 50 percent of Europe’s population in just a few years in the 1300s. The flu, which we contend with every winter, killed up to a fifth of the global population between 1918 and 1920. This year’s flu season . . . Keep reading »

A super bowl deserves a superb punch—like this long-lost recipe from Mia

On Super Bowl Sunday, we should all be so lucky to imbibe from a punch bowl like this one—a super bowl indeed. It has been called one of the world’s greatest rarities (by the silver dealer who bought it in 1961 at a world-record price and sold it to Mia that same year) and arguably the finest piece of English silver in the . . . Keep reading »

Why I became a Super Bowl spy

I need to come clean: I am not a sports fan. That knock on art people being like cats around water on game day? Guilty as charged. I’m happier in the galleries at Mia any day. But when the Super Bowl announced an effort to recruit 10,000 volunteers to help greet and guide the one . . . Keep reading »

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