MIA Artist in Residence: Willie Cole





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As part of the MIA's new initiative to present and collect the art of our times, the museum has begun a new program of Artists in Residency. The goal of the program is to increase access to the MIA's encyclopedic collection of contemporary and historical art. Artists in residence at the MIA work with specialists from across the museum's curatorial departments, exploring their collections, engaging in dialogues across times and cultures, and providing our visitors with new perspectives on the museum's richly diverse historical collections.


Willie Cole
Artist in Residence - January 2010

Willie Cole (b. 1955) is known for his transformations of ordinary domestic objects, such as shoes, irons, and lawn jockeys, into powerful works of art. Coles sculptures and images are embedded with references to the African-American experience and inspired by West African religion, mythology, and culture.

Born in New Jersey, Cole attended Boston University School of Fine Arts and received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work is in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

In 2009, the MIA acquired Coles sculpture, Ann Klein with a Baby in Transit, on view in Gallery 250 as part of the museums new Art ReMix initiative.


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