Model of original scheme for the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts
On View In:
Gallery 303
Artist:   McKim, Mead, and White  
Title:   Model of original scheme for the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts  
Date:   c. 1912  
Medium:   Wood, plaster, and paint  
Dimensions:   12 5/8 x 83 3/8 x 77 in. (32.1 x 211.8 x 195.6 cm) (overall, without handles)  
Credit Line:   Transfer from The Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts  
Location:   Gallery 303  

This model represents the original design for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA). Facing the front entrance, the neoclassical Beaux Arts architecture characteristics are evident: symmetrical sections and a stair leading to a porch with columns topped by a triangular pediment. The wing to the right included an orchestra hall, and the wing to the left a sculpture hall. The semi-circular projection housed offices. As built in 1915, MIA was one-seventh of this plan, comprising the monumental entrance and the rectilinear section facing 24th Street. The Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, MIA’s parent organization founded in 1883, began fundraising for the museum in 1910. The Society held a competition for a design in 1911-1912, won by McKim, Mead, and White. This presentation model was meant to get potential donors excited about the museum. It can be pulled apart using the handles to examine different elements. Standing in front of the model, turn around and look through the Architecture and Design Gallery, and through the large window. The stone facade of the original building meets one of the white tile-covered 1974 additions designed by Kenzo Tange, where the model is now. Tange designed the additions as modern versions of the two 1911 wings proposed in the model.

Name:   McKim, Mead, and White  
Role:   Architect  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American (New York, New York), 1879-1961  

Object Description  
Classification:   Architecture  
Physical Description:   4-part plaster and wood model with front columned entry flanked by 2 small porches with columns; colonnades on both sides; curved back with small porch at center  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   99.159a-d  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts