Leslie Barlow’s Collaborative Portraits

By Keisha Williams

Won’t You Celebrate with Me

won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself? …

A new museum exhibition explores the variety of expression under Islam

By Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers

What is “Islamic” about Islamic art? Is there even such a thing as Islamic art? These questions are increasingly debated in the museum world and in academia. But they are not merely academic.

Starting on September 2, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is opening two new “Islamic…

Piotr Szyhalski on drawing his 225-day chronicle of the year that was, the COVID-19: Labor Camp Report

By Tim Gihring

On March 24, 2020, the day before Minnesota’s shelter-in-place order, Piotr Szyhalski went into his basement studio, took out a sheet of paper, some ink, and a brush, and began drawing. When he finished, he had an image of a severed head, plants sprouting from the eye…

“Supernatural America” explores our long fascination with the unexplained

By Robert Cozzolino

This week, Mia’s exhibition “Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art” will open — not at Mia, but at the Toledo Museum of Art, in Ohio. The exhibition moves to the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, before having its finale in Minneapolis next February. What it…

Celebrating the return of an iconic sculpture with dance

By Tim Gihring

When the Minneapolis Institute of Art acquired its Shiva Nataraja sculpture, in 1929, there were only a couple others in American museums. The legendary art dealer C.T. Loo had loaned it to the museum with the idea that someone would step forward and make the arrangement permanent…

How South Asian art evolved under colonialism

By Tim Gihring

A couple years ago, Mia received 11 paintings from the series known as the Impey Album, a gift from the collection of Elizabeth and Willard Clark. Lady Mary Impey had moved from England to India in 1773, when Britain’s East India Company was cementing control of the…

The long, surprising history of language in art

By Stephanie Mann

I have always been fascinated by language, how we use it not only to communicate but also to express ourselves, to illustrate complex ideas. More than just a function of society, language is an art form all its own, in literature, film, theater, and music. Indeed, it…

Minneapolis Institute of Art

From Monet to Matisse, Asian to African, ancient to contemporary, Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) is a world-renowned art museum that welcomes everyone.

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