Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers (U. of C. PhD), Curator of African Art at MIA, will lead a tour of recently-recovered artifacts from cities important to Egyptian commerce and religion


Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Event Details

Join us for a special group tour of this popular exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Click the link for a description and a review of the exhibition. Cost: $20. Ticket price includes the private tour and admission to the exhibition. The tour is limited to fifteen University of Chicago alumni or current students, so sign up quickly!

1:15 PM Enter MIA via the Third Avenue entrance, get your admission ticket from Tom Brinkmann, and meet the tour guide at the second floor rotunda to receive your listening device
1:30 PM sharp tour starts
2:30 PM Tour ends




Register Online

Deadline: 3/22/2019

Speaker Profiles

Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers (Speaker)
Curator of African Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Jan-Lodewijk came to Mia in 2008 as its first curator of African art. He led the innovative reinstallation of Mia's African galleries in 2013, making artworks more accessible through design and technology. He has broadened the collection through numerous acquisitions, including pieces from Somalia and Ethiopia—the Twin Cities has large immigrant communities from the Horn of Africa—and West African masks and ornaments donated by William Siegmann from Minneapolis. A native of Belgium, Jan-Lodewijk studied cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago for his PhD, specializing in central Africa. His fieldwork on the beliefs of the Zande people in the Central African Republic eventually led to his groundbreaking 2007 exhibition, "Ubangi: Art and Cultures from the African Heartland," at the Afrika Museum in the Netherlands. At Mia, his "iAfrica" show (2009) experimented with multisensory experiences, while "Visions from the Forests: The Art of Liberia and Sierra Leone" (2014) offered a timely forum on the ravages of Ebola. He has researched the religious art and architecture of Islamic Africa, exploring the diversity and uniqueness of artistic expression in the African practice of Islam.


Tom Brinkmann, '06 
President, Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Minneapolis/St. Paul