Cushion by Joe Sinness

Still-life and portrait work by Joe Sinness ’05 will be showcased in Mia's upcoming Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) exhibition.

Juxtaposing portraits, still-lifes, theatrical sculptures, and cinematic panoramas, Sinness’s works display the performance of sexual desire. Drawing inspiration from vintage physique magazines and iconic films like Cruising starring Al Pacino, Sinness visualizes desire and pursues a vision of utopic queer spaces and characters—portraying his subjects as tender and worthy of desire.

MAEP is a curatorial program of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, dedicated to exhibiting and supporting artists living and working in Minnesota. It was founded in 1975 as a yearlong partnership between the museum and regional artists interested in creating an innovative exhibition and programming space—an agreement that has become a unique, ongoing relationship.

Minnesota Artists Exhibition
July 20–October 29
U.S. Bank Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Reception: Thursday, July 20, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Artist talk: Thursday, September 21, 7:00 p.m.

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