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Mannequin

Mannequin

A form that represents the human figure, usually used to model or display clothing.

Masculinity

Characteristics such as behavior, appearance, and roles usually associated with boys and men. These can change from group to group and over time.

Materialized

Made or given physical presence.

Matsumoto

A small city in Japan. Matsumoto is located in the Nagano province, about two hours away from the country’s capital, Tokyo. The city is completely surrounded by tall mountains.

Mechanical engineering

A branch of engineering concerned with the design, construction, and operation of machinery.

Media

Media is also known as mass media. It  includes the ways that news and advertising are communicated, via newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and the internet. In the arts, media (plural of medium) are the materials and techniques used by an artist to produce a work of art.

Medium

In the arts, the medium is the material or technique that an artist uses as a means of expression. For example, a material such as paint or clay, or a medium such as film or video.

Memorial

Something that keeps a memory alive or helps people to remember.

Memorial

An object or structure that is created to remember something, usually a person, a group of people, or an event. Something that keeps a memory alive or helps people to remember.

Migrate

To move from one country or place to another.

Million Man March

A highly debated gathering of mostly black men, organized in 1995 by Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam in Washington, DC.

Miniature

A very small object or work of art. A miniature can also be a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size.

Minimalism

A style of art that reduced painting and sculpture to the barest essentials, often by using grids or sleek, simple forms.

Minstrel

A musician or poet who tells stories. Starting in the nineteenth century in America, minstrel shows were a form of entertainment performed by white people who dressed up as African Americans. Minstrel shows spread racism by representing black people in negative ways. For example, the black minstrels were often portrayed with big rolling eyes and thick lips.

Mire

Deep mud or spongy, wet earth where a person might get stuck if they stepped on it.

Mobile

A mobile is a sculpture that moves. It is usually made of materials or objects balanced at the end of pieces of wire so that the mobile moves in a current of air.

Mold

A hollowed-out shape that liquid can be poured into. When the liquid hardens or sets, it takes the shape of the mold. For example, an ice cube tray is a type of mold.

Mondrian, Piet 1872–1944

Dutch artist who focused on the division of the painting surface into rectangles and a limited color palette. More info

Monument

A monument is usually a building or statue built to honor someone or something important. Monuments are meant to last forever so that people will always remember what they stand for.

Monumental

Large and grand, relating to a monument, which is a structure built to honor someone or something.

Mylar

A type of plastic material that is produced in different thicknesses. It can be clear, a solid color, or reflective like a mirror.