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Teens made a video inspired by the Propeller Group’s show at Mia—and it’s as cool as you’d expect

Last spring, the Propeller Group opened “Reincarnations” at Mia, a music video installation that abstractly captures the surreal, sensual, thumping nature of funeral traditions in Vietnam. This summer, a group of Twin Cities media students from the SPNN program toured the installation, then worked with local artist Xiaolu Wang to make their own video in response. It’s . . . Keep reading »

How the first major museum exhibition of contemporary Somali art came together at Mia

Mia recently opened “I am Somali,” the first major museum exhibition of work by contemporary Somali artists in the Midwest if not the United States. The title refers to one of Somalia’s best-known poems, Soomaali baan ahay, or I am Somali. Poetry, after all, has long been Somalia’s preferred medium for artistic expression—it is often called “the land of the bards.” . . . Keep reading »

Ifrah Mansour on Minnesotans’ micro-aggressions, adding humor to refugee stories, and Mia’s “I am Somali” show

Ifrah Mansour was born in Saudi Arabia, and by the time her family returned to their native Somalia a few years later it was too late. Civil war broke out, the government collapsed, and Mansour’s family—her parents, five siblings, and herself—soon left for a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, one of the oldest and largest in the . . . Keep reading »

Funk Fest organizer LaDonna Sanders Redmond talks Prince, his legacy, and what to expect on Sunday

LaDonna Sanders Redmond was 13—”an impressionable girl,” she says—when she went into the record store in her Chicago neighborhood with a friend and saw a big poster of Prince. It was the late 1970s. Redmond was into Michael Jackson as well as David and Shaun Cassidy, some classic soul and R & B. But now there was Prince. . . . Keep reading »

Mia is stepping up its support of bees—and celebrating them through art

Since 2013, Mia has hosted several colonies of European honeybees on its roof, a striking if largely unseen part of its mission to preserve the planet and its treasures. But recently it became clear that merely hosting the bees was not enough if the museum wants to help bees. Providing bee-friendly flowers is the best way to support . . . Keep reading »

The surrealist in love: What Chagall’s wedding portrait says about artists and marriage

Artists are supposedly bad at marriage. The evidence: Picasso, to use one word. Hemingway, to use another. Elizabeth Taylor, if you just want to drop the mic. There’s an entire movie (and a pretty good one at that) devoted to Picasso’s destructive infidelity, and of course an entire industry devoted to picking through the carcasses of artists’ . . . Keep reading »

NewsFlash: As the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper” turns 50 today, a reflection on Mia’s Dave Muller show

It’s impossible to hear the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band the way it was heard when it was released, in 1967, 50 years ago today. Filled with instruments rarely heard in British rock music, such as the sitar, and technical experiments including double-tracked vocals and variable tape speeds, it was like nothing that had been . . . Keep reading »

NewsFlash: Should Damien Hirst have copied an Ife head?

Damien Hirst’s popular show at this year’s Venice Biennale, “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable,” is an underwater fantasy about objects found after a fictional shipwreck. It’s his first exhibition of new work in 10 years. Some critics had begun to wonder if he’d run out of ideas. The answer might depend on your worldview. One of the sculptures . . . Keep reading »

Art Inspires: Stephanie Wilbur Ash on tornados and other ways to leave home

They say we do not have them in Norway, but several times I saw them over the sea, and once I saw one skip across the lane like a silly little girl. The colors are different in Norway—more gray and green over the water, more blurry white on land—but they exist. Those who say they do . . . Keep reading »

How Mia is greening the museum—and why that’s good for art, too

Back in 2008, a group of staffers at Mia, calling themselves the Green Team, began meeting to discuss potential reforms, ways that the museum could reduce its impact on the environment. It was never going to be easy—preserving the art means regulating the environment. Also, the museum is old. And money, as in any non-profit, is . . . Keep reading »

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