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

<p>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&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;. <span class='moretag'><a href='https://new.artsmia.org/stories/two-ways-to-skin-a-cat-minnesotas-elizabeth-olds-and-wanda-gag-took-different-paths-to-acclaim/'> Keep reading &raquo; </a></span></p>

Newsflash: The trouble with &#8220;neutral face&#8221;

<p>In the hundreds of painted portraits in Mia&#8217;s collection, almost no one is smiling. And we don&#8217;t know why. We really don&#8217;t. People didn&#8217;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 &#8220;grinning idiot&#8221; (this is apparently still true outside the United&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;. <span class='moretag'><a href='https://new.artsmia.org/stories/newsflash-the-trouble-with-neutral-face/'> Keep reading &raquo; </a></span></p>

Botanomania and the secret history of women plant collectors

<p>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&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;. <span class='moretag'><a href='https://new.artsmia.org/stories/botanomania-and-the-secret-history-of-women-plant-collectors/'> Keep reading &raquo; </a></span></p>

The irresistible mix of art and activism in Rory Wakemup&#8217;s &#8220;Ledger Craft&#8221; performances

<p>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 &#8220;Ledger&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;. <span class='moretag'><a href='https://new.artsmia.org/stories/the-irresistible/'> Keep reading &raquo; </a></span></p>

Can you name five women artists?

<p>Did your response include any women artists of color? These are the questions leading the charge for the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ international Women’s History Month social media campaign, #5womenartists. Mia is one of more than 300 organizations around the world participating in this effort to increase gender parity in the arts by sharing&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;. <span class='moretag'><a href='https://new.artsmia.org/stories/can-you-name-five-women-artists/'> Keep reading &raquo; </a></span></p>

The fascinating story behind the imperial robes in &#8220;Power and Beauty in China&#8217;s Last Dynasty&#8221;

<p>On January 1, 1912, the empress dowager of China signed the abdication papers that ended more than two thousand years of imperial rule—including the Qing Dynasty that encompassed her own family, so evocatively depicted in Mia&#8217;s current exhibition &#8220;Power and Beauty in China&#8217;s Last Dynasty: Concept and Design by Robert Wilson.&#8221; China became a republic. And the last&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;. <span class='moretag'><a href='https://new.artsmia.org/stories/the-fascinating-story-behind-the-imperial-robes/'> Keep reading &raquo; </a></span></p>

Mapping the small, three-dimensional world of Japanese netsuke

<p>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&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;. <span class='moretag'><a href='https://new.artsmia.org/stories/mapping-small/'> Keep reading &raquo; </a></span></p>

The art of &#8220;Power and Beauty&#8221; is stunning—just like the story it tells

<p>&#8220;Power and Beauty in China&#8217;s Last Dynasty,&#8221; the multisensory experience of Chinese art now showing in Mia&#8217;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&#8217;s also, at its&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;. <span class='moretag'><a href='https://new.artsmia.org/stories/the-art/'> Keep reading &raquo; </a></span></p>

Lily Yeh and the transformative power of art

<p>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 &#8220;missing something deep down.&#8221; 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&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;. <span class='moretag'><a href='https://new.artsmia.org/stories/lily-yeh/'> Keep reading &raquo; </a></span></p>

Inherent vice: Saving a beloved George Morrison painting from itself

<p>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&#8217;s former directors. But in 1999, curators noticed that its&nbsp;.&nbsp;.&nbsp;. <span class='moretag'><a href='https://new.artsmia.org/stories/inherent-vice-saving-a-beloved-george-morrison/'> Keep reading &raquo; </a></span></p>

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