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.

Artist Response: Leslie Barlow on Images and Social Change

Saturday, April 8, 1 p.m.
Artist Leslie Barlow will host an informal public gathering to talk about the relationship of images to social change.

Who are “We the People”?

Coming to common definitions for what we call "American" art and experience is slippery business. The nuances and subtleties are as tricky and myriad as the tangle of our nation's mix of identities, personal quirks, and individual cultural histories.

Take a Seat in the M’s Reading Room

A look into the making of the Reading Room, a living room space set up in the gallery with books, related media, and comfortable seating, created for visitors to process, dive more deeply into, and leave responses of their own to the challenging issues explored in the current exhibit, Ken Gonzales-Day: Shadowlands.

A New American Art Museum

What would it look like if an American art museum were to more authentically reflect the American experience?