Robert Rauschenberg

Why so many people claim to be Cherokee—who aren’t—and why that matters

“Rose is A Rose is A rose is A rose.” Gertrude Stein’s famous line illustrates our propensity for collapsing words and images into universal meanings, identities that need no interpretation. When we see the word “rose,” she suggests, we picture the rose in our mind’s eye. But a Cherokee rose is not just any rose. It is . . . Keep reading »

Once at MIA: Rauschenberg at Rest

Robert Rauschenberg, on the right, always played it cool. “Screwing up things is a virtue,” he said. He found beauty where others flinched. “I really feel sorry for people who think things like soap dishes or mirrors or Coke bottles are ugly, because they’re surrounded by things like that all day long, and it must . . . Keep reading »

A brief history of LGBT pride in four images at the MIA

This weekend is the annual Twin Cities Pride Festival in Minneapolis, the first since same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota—a goal scarcely on the radar when the festival began as a gay-rights protest in 1972. The majority of works in the MIA collection by gay artists or capturing gay life have not been acknowledged in . . . Keep reading »

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A special collection of Mia Stories containing our connection to a wide range of current topics including diversity, the right to creative expression, the spread of knowledge, and the need to preserve the planet and its cultural treasures for future generations.

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