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NewsFlash: Welcome to the body electric

Some of the first scientific instruments and experiments, like those shown in the “Science and Sociability” exhibition in Mia’s Georgian drawing room (seen above), attempted to understand the nature and origin of electricity. George Adams, Jr.’s friction machine, for instance, from 1780, rotated a glass cylinder against a silk flap to generate and store static electricity. Benjamin Franklin, . . . Keep reading »

NewsFlash: Looking for the solar eclipse in art

It will last less than three minutes. But on August 21, when the sun will be totally blocked by the moon in parts of the United States for the first time since 1979, some schools will close, traffic will back up from Oregon to Appalachia, and inevitably we will hear that the world is ending. It’s being billed as . . . 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 »

Newsflash: Is your left side your best side?

A a new study confirms that not only do we perceive the left side of our face as being more attractive, other people do, too.* Australian researchers reviewed 2,000 selfies and found that a majority showed the left side of the face—what researchers have taken to calling “left-side bias.” The presumptive reason? The left side of the face . . . Keep reading »

Newsflash: We now officially have new names for clouds

The clouds at Mia are mostly metaphorical—singular forms at the service of the artist rather than any natural phenomena. An array of harmless white puffs, an ominous black mass. It wasn’t until the 19th century that anyone bothered to categorize clouds. Though when a young British meteorologist finally did, in 1803, it was a poet—Göethe—who . . . Keep reading »

Newsflash: Do you look like your name?

Whether you’re Buffy or Billy or Paris von Gütersloh (the chap depicted here by Egon Schiele), you’ve probably grown into your name—literally, according to new research. Shown pictures of faces along with a selection of five possible names, people chose the right name 35 percent of the time, a remarkable feat given that random chance would elicit the . . . Keep reading »

Newsflash: China finally bans ivory sales. Here, 9 fascinating stories about the ivory in Mia’s collection

At the end of 2016, China extended a potential lifeline to elephants, rhinos, and other ivory-bearing animals. China has vowed to shut down its country’s commercial trade in ivory by the end of this year, closing the world’s largest market for tusks, horns, and other ivory material. If the ban is effective, it could dent the alarming rise in . . . Keep reading »

Newsflash: Could artificial intelligence replace artists?

Among the sticking points about reviving American manufacturing’s heyday, when millions of men flooded into factories every morning, is that their jobs have been replaced by robots. And soon, artifical intelligence may have a go at more than just mundane work. Last summer, a European “neural network” studied the paintings of Van Gogh, Munch, and other . . . Keep reading »

Next in line: An election-year look at power, succession, and chicanery in Mia’s collection

“Well, he’s never gonna be president now…that’s one less thing to worry about.” Thomas Jefferson’s taunting of his rival in the hit musical Hamilton has reverberated through the end of this never-ending election season, along with serious questions about the fitness of candidates and political traditions. And it’s prompted the Mia staffers in the museum’s . . . Keep reading »

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