The M Blog

Welcome to the M Blog, an online space for discussing and examining issues related to the many facets of American experience and identity today. The voices you’ll read here are both ours and yours. Look for insights from Minnesota Museum of American Art staff, but also from guest contributors: thinkers, creators, and change-agents in the field and in our community. We’re striving for a mix of deep, highly focused essays and profiles as well as broader-reaching, lighter fare. In the M Blog, you’ll encounter perspectives on the M’s collection and exhibitions, artists, invitations to action, a window onto what we’re thinking about, and more.

An Illustrated History of the M in St. Paul

In this illustrated essay, writer Andy Sturdevant recounts restless history of the M. But through more than 100 years, 12 locations, and under seven different names, the museum's founding charter, for "the study, knowledge, and love of art," has stood the test of time.

Crafting New Material Vocabularies

A profile of acclaimed NY-based artist Sheila Pepe, who will premiere a site-specific fiber art installation in the museum's new sculpture court when the M reopens in late 2018.

The M Commissions a New Skyway Installation

On view through 2018/19
Twin Cities book artist and printmaker Laura Brown created an installation for the skyway over Robert Street, with distinctive screenprints and colorful signage-inspired designs made just for the M.

A Groundbreaking for the New M

The M’s groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 30 with city and state leaders celebrated the start of construction and a new beginning for St. Paul’s only art museum.

VIDEO: Saint Paul Murals Project

Go behind the scenes of the Saint Paul Murals Project: See the artworks unfold, and hear from the team of artists commissioned by the M, as they talk about the project and their experiences with local Hmong elders and families leading up to its completion in fall 2017.

Recap: A Conversation on Process and Place, Told in Tweets and Video

A recap and streaming video of an M Off-Site conversation at Third Place Gallery on December 7, with poet Sun Yung Shin and artists Mike Hoyt and Witt Siasoco.