Bruce Dayton

Portal to the past: How Mia’s “new” Chinese gate came to Minnesota

In 2004, Bruce Dayton helped Mia purchase a gate in China. The businessman and longtime Mia benefactor had done this before, in the late 1990s, when he and his wife bought a heavily carved, nearly 300-year-old ceremonial gate, along with a reception hall and a scholar’s study, on their way to making Mia’s Chinese galleries among the finest in the world. . . . Keep reading »

Once at Mia: A masterwork at home

Sam Maslon grew up on the north side of Minneapolis in the early 1900s, when the neighborhood was a Jewish enclave. His family was poor, but he managed to go to Harvard Law School on a scholarship. He rented a room in the home of law professor Felix Frankfurter, a future justice of the U.S. . . . Keep reading »

Once at Mia: Manet, Mr. Dayton, and the inside story of a beloved painting

Édouard Manet’s Le Fumeur (The Smoker) was unveiled at Mia in 1968 by Anthony Clark, then director of the museum. A solitary person with a pipe was sort of a 19th-century meme, and  Manet made various drawings and etchings of his subject, a  comfortably bewhiskered man believed to be his neighbor, that have circulated widely—they’re in the collections of . . . Keep reading »

Once at MIA: The Collectors

They stand close, but not too close, pillars of the museum with plenty of ideological daylight between them. This was January 12, 1955, amid a host of new acquisitions. Russell Plimpton (seated) had led the MIA as its director for 34 years. His soon-to-be successor, Richard Davis (on the right), was then the senior curator, already . . . Keep reading »

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