Dennis Michael Jon, Minneapolis Institute of Art


About Dennis Michael Jon, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Dennis has more than 25 years of museum-based experience as a curator, art historian, and educator. A specialist in modern, postwar, and contemporary works on paper and artists’ books, he has organized and overseen more than 65 exhibitions, exploring such subjects as labor and industry, war and its consequences, homicide, art and nature, spirituality, the book as art object, and the history of the American Presidency. His exhibit projects have included solo presentations of the work of Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Hamilton, Ed Ruscha, Eduardo Paolozzi, John Cage, May Stevens, Michael Mazur, James Castle, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Joan Mirό, Anders Zorn, and James McNeil Whistler. He has authored and co-authored more than a dozen books and numerous articles and essays on subjects related to his specialization, including the catalogue raisonné of the published prints and multiples of Vermillion Editions Limited, a Minneapolis-based collaborative print workshop, whose archive is part of Mia’s permanent collection. Dennis completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and received his MA in modern and contemporary art history from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.



Romare Bearden, Factory Workers, 1942, gouache and casein on brown Kraft paper mounted on board, 94.93 × 73.03 cm (Minneapolis Institute of Art)
During World War II, racism flourished the United States even as the war effort sought to bring people together.

Work, war, and racism