Mia Stories


A one-of-a-kind wedding at Mia

Last year, when Mia was installing its Qing gate at the entrance to the museum’s Chinese galleries, Joyce Sun visited with her father. They were planning Sun’s wedding, still nailing down the venue, when her father noticed the gate. It came from Shanxi, a neighboring province of Shandong, the province where he and his family 

The Paper Chase: A curator’s obsession with paper in paintings

As a curator in Mia’s Department of Prints and Drawings, I am a self-confessed “paper” person. I love the feel of good paper, the elegant mark of ink on the page, the palpable three-dimensional relief of a well-preserved woodcut. I favor paper books and newspapers to digital versions, and nice stationery and handwritten notes over 

Art Inspires: Carter Meland on “6EQUJ5”

Carter Meland is a writer and educator of White Earth Anishinaabe heritage. For the Summer 2018 edition of Mia’s Art Inspires series, he wrote the following fiction piece inspired by Jennifer Steinkamp’s video installation 6EQUJ5, which is projected on the ceiling of Mia’s Target Wing rotunda. Stonestars Feel stone underfoot, men, feel stone there. Stone 

Mia deepens understanding of immigration with “Your Story, Our Story”

In 2015, the Tenement Museum in New York began its “Your Story, Our Story” project, asking people to connect an object in their life to their immigration or migration story, and share that story online. It made sense for the museum, which is on the Lower East Side of New York and explains the immigrant 

Four takeaways from Bryan Stevenson’s talk on justice and healing at Mia

Bryan Stevenson is a public defense lawyer, director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy. On Friday, June 22, he came to Mia to give a lecture as part of Mia’s current exhibition “Art and Healing: In the Moment.” During the talk, he spoke to wounds and 

What’s the future of Afrofuturism—and museums?

Among the accomplishments of Black Panther—first all-black superhero movie, 10th highest-grossing film of all time—is something that African-American artists have awaited for a long time: the mainstream emergence of Afrofuturism. A movement borne in the cultural margins of the 1970s, now on the big screen in multiplexes around the world. Blending African history with technology 

The curious history of Mia’s beloved jade mountain, now starring in "Power and Beauty"

In the penultimate room of Mia’s current exhibition, “Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: Concept and Design by Robert Wilson,” sits a large, greenish rock. The room is dark—and stormy, for that matter, rattled by thunder—and the wallpaper that wraps around it suggests the craggy mountains of Chinese lore. The boulder adds to the mystique, carved into 

Essma Imady and the art of anxiety

When I first met Essma Imady, she was pacing through a mostly empty gallery, glancing among her unassembled installation pieces, and occasionally fidgeting with her singular dinosaur earring. Her art was scattered along the perimeter of the long, rectangular gallery, most of it unfinished. A large, white teddy bear sat propped against a white wall; it 

The doll returns: From difficult conversations, a fresh start

A few months ago, in a meeting room at Mia, a small figure of an African American woman stood in a Plexiglas case, surrounded by flowers. “Who knows how she was treated during her creation,” said Andrea Pierre. “Treat her like a goddess tonight.” The figure belongs to a dollhouse given to the museum by the 

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shows how much the monarchy has changed–and hasn’t

Prince Harry might’ve had to do a little Googling before proposing to his fiancée Meghan Markle in November 2017. Harry is now sixth in line for the throne—behind his father, brother, nephew, niece, and brand-new baby nephew —which means he’s just barely under the jurisdiction of the Succession to the Crown Act of 2013, which requires the first six persons in