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Yang Yongliang’s commentary on humans and nature in “Power and Beauty” is devastating—and hopeful

My favorite room in “Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: Concept and Design by Robert Wilson” is the ninth room—technically Gallery 274, though I more affectionately refer to it as the Mountain Room. The theme of this gallery is the love of mountains shared by Chinese emperors and court officials, an almost romanticized view of mountainscapes as a . . . Keep reading »

Mia’s resident poet, Al Naylor, on finding inspiration in art

Al Naylor grew up in Miles City, a former cattle town on the high plains of Montana, and became an executive atop what is now U.S. Bank in Minneapolis. He had always liked museums but disliked the hierarchies and pretensions that seemed to govern them. And so, in the mid-1980s, when he struck up a relationship with the Minneapolis . . . Keep reading »

Design, silence, and Robert Wilson: My Watermill Center experience

Five minutes of silence. On a warm August morning in the Hamptons, outside New York City, I was sitting on the floor at The Watermill Center, meditating. This time of year, the Center is abuzz with small teams of people working with the center’s founder—renowned theater director and artist Robert Wilson—to shape their project, be it opera, . . . Keep reading »

Can you name five women artists?

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 . . . 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 »

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 »

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