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Perspectives from Mia on contemporary topics impacting the world: locally, nationally, and internationally.

Author Erin Sharkey on AfroFuturism and the necessity of imagination

On February 16, in Mia’s Pillsbury Auditorium, five literary and performance artists will offer their takes on AfroFuturism, the burgeoning cultural movement that projects people of color into the future. It’s an expansive notion—an extension, if not a rebuttal, of Black History Month—encompassing the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra, the dystopian science fiction of Octavia . . . Keep reading »

Material girls: What a show of prehistoric female figurines says about us

On the first day of my first dig, in central France, I uncovered a dead man’s foot. It was the 1980s, the first of four seasons I spent digging a Late Iron Age/Early Roman site in the Auvergne during the hot summer months. The man had likely died in the first century CE and was . . . Keep reading »

The art of dissent: How Mia’s “Resistance, Protest, Resilience” photography exhibition came together

“Resistance, Protest, Resilience,” an exhibition of about 60 photographs connecting the protest movements of the 20th century to today’s political, social, and racial conflicts, opened at Mia on November 5. My interest in images of protesters can be traced to my three-year exploration of the avant-garde art and photography of 1960s and 1970s Japan for . . . Keep reading »

We traveled to Standing Rock to deliver aid and support. We returned home with something greater.

They claim this mother of ours, the Earth, for their own use, and fence their neighbors away from her, and deface her with their buildings and their refuse. —Sitting Bull, 1875 In the Hunkpapa land of Sitting Bull, history is always being made. On a warm, sunny day in August, I traveled with Dakota Hoska, . . . Keep reading »

Artist Andrea Carlson on the unspoken history, unseen stories, and awkward moments behind her Mia project “Let: an act of reverse incorporation”

Andrea Carlson wasn’t sure the museum would go for it. After all, as she puts it, the participants and collaborators in Let: an act of reverse incorporation are “kicking in the front door of historic institutional power.” Carlson, who grew up in Minnesota and now lives in Chicago, has long drawn on her Anishinaabe (Ojibwe), . . . Keep reading »

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