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President’s Letter

Dear Friends,

The Butterfly Catchers, 1900 Theodore Wendel, American Not on view.

As the first year of my presidency comes to a close I find myself musing about the events of the past twelve months. I have had a wonderful time serving as your president. Please know that it was you who made the journey successful and enjoyable for me.

The year started quietly with Mia closed to visitors, most of the staff working from home, and no one serving as operations coordinator. I had plenty of time to look at the files left by past presidents. Their records are invaluable and I am certainly the beneficiary of their hard work. In September Claire Goulson started as Friends operations coordinator. We are so fortunate as she brings intelligence, skill and warmth to the office.

Although it was quiet in the office, many committees were hard at work. Pam Friedland and Mary Merrick, chairs of the centennial committee, were scrambling to get the Friends history book to the publisher. Kris Bjorklund and Sheila Folkestad, chairs of AIB, were meeting with Mia staff to bring back a manageable, in-person event. Susan Arndt and Tammy Meyer, chairs of the lecture committee, were promoting and making arrangements for Dessa, the first Fiterman speaker. Sharon Secor and Allison Greene, chairs of the membership committee, were working on a plan to retain and convert our complimentary memberships into paying memberships. And Chris Vickery and Julie Scroggins, chairs of plants and flowers, were reimagining the holiday decorations focusing on inclusivity.

Other committees with critical missions worked quietly. Liz Short, chair of the vision and values special committee, very ably guided her committee through an examination of our mission statement, key messages and IDEAB goals. Maria Eggemeyer, chair of the nominating committee, held monthly meetings at her dining room table as her committee filled out the new slate of officers and board members. Kimmie Kemberling planned nine engaging Friends Only events. Lisa Mayotte restarted in-person book club meetings. Barb Mikelson, with support from the Rochester Friends, brought coffee and treats back to the Fountain Court for pre-lecture socializing. Tippy Madden and Kris Berggren made sure the newsletter was edited and emailed each month. Kristen McDougall planned an Art and Architecture outing with details found in this newsletter. Sue Stillman marshaled volunteers for ushering and other tasks. Jeanne Scheiderer, historian, preserved important documents for future reference. JeanMarie Burtness and Therese Blaine, co-chairs of transportation, braced themselves for a huge demand in reimbursements coming in this next fiscal year. Our affiliate liaisons, Pat Gale and Jim Rovner, supported our highly valued Rochester Friends and St. Cloud Friends, led by Alison Goode and Mary Jane McHardy, and Amanda Falloon.

The advisors to the board, Barbara Proeschel, Boyd Ratchye, Linda Goldenberg, and Katie Remole were always available to provide guidance. I unhesitatingly relied on the executive committee for their thoughtful opinions, discussions and advice. This highly accomplished group includes Barb Champ, Melanie Nelson, Carol Stoddart, Renee Kessler and Beverly Hauschild-Baron.

I look forward to next year and the opportunities it will bring. I welcome your thoughts, your ideas, and your continued support. Please know you can contact me in the Friends office at 612-870-3045 or by email at jholland@artsmia.org

Have a great summer!

 

 

 

 

Please Take Our Friends Survey!

What is most important to you in being a Friend? We want to know! We are so grateful that we are in this organization together, with you. As we look out at a future of being in person again, we want to make sure that your voice is part of our planning. Will you please take our 5-minute survey? It is super quick and will help us plan for the coming months and years ahead.

As you know, we are 100 years old this year! We hope to be supporting Mia for another 100 years and more, and we can do that with your help. We will share with you what we learn and use your voice to shape this wonderful organization of Friends who support our even more wonderful museum.

If you have already taken the survey in April, we thank you! If not, please click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9G85SCN

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Centennial Summer of Festivities

SUMMER OF CENTENNIAL FESTIVITIES

The Friends Centennial Committee will keep the 100th celebration going through the summer (and into the fall). Mark your calendars now! As our founders might say, “Come join us for good conversation, good cheer, and great camaraderie”.

Join us for two collaborative events scheduled in June with our neighbor, the Hennepin History Museum. 

June 15:  Friends Homecoming: a Centennial Celebration 

Tickets are available now for a reception at the Hennepin History Museum.  The evening will feature wine and appetizers, and live music from the Great American Songbook. Guests will also have a chance to view historical items owned by the Christian family. You can purchase tickets online or call 612.870.6323.

June 23 and 24: Friends and Neighbors of Mia Walking Tours 

See a detailed description and registration information in the accompanying article of this newsletter. 

July 14:  Centennial Garden Party

Please plan to join Martha Head, on July 14, in her garden on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Friends will stroll her charming garden while enjoying wine and light summer fare from 5-7 PM. More information will arrive in mid-June. Tickets will be limited. All proceeds will go to retiring the Friend’s Delacroix commitment. Tickets will be $100. 

September 9:  Goldstein Museum of Design

The Friends are joining forces on September 9th from 5:30 – 7:30 with the nationally renowned Goldstein Museum, for a truly unique evening.  Join us for cocktails and light appetizers at McNeil Hall, St Paul Campus, University of Minnesota.  Ascend a stairway of selected couture from the Goldstein’s historic closets and peruse GMD’s latest exhibit. More information will arrive in August.  Tickets will be $100. 

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Centennial Neighborhood Walking Tour

Ticket Price: $12

A Centennial Neighborhood Walking Tour

Plan on attending the “Friends & Neighbors of Mia and Hennepin History Museum Walking Tour” of the Washburn-Fair Oaks Park neighborhood to learn about the area’s history, prominent citizens and architecture, and its ties to Mia and Friends. While on the tour, you’ll also get a glimpse into the period and how people have lived over the last hundred years.

Tours begin at the Hennepin History Museum, 2303 3rd Ave S, the former home of Friends first president, Carolyn McKnight Christian. Guests will receive a bottle of water and a treat.

End the tour at Mia in the Cargill Gallery with its beautiful exhibit highlighting past Art in Bloom art and marvel at Eugene Delacroix’s extraordinary Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks, and Plums, a gift to Mia from the Friends to honor our Centennial.

Choose a tour date on either June 23 or June 24, with tours at 10-11:15 AM or 1-2:15 PM. Tickets are $12 and are available from the Hennepin History Museum, below. Space is limited but only Friends members can take advantage of early ticketing until 6/8.

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Art and Architecture Trip to Saint Paul

June 30, 2022 10:00 am

State Capital, St. Paul

Ticket Price: $12

Art and Architecture Saint Paul Day Trip

Join other Friends of Mia for a day in St. Paul. We will meet at the Minnesota State Capital where we’ll enjoy a private tour of the grand murals, sculptures, and lavish decorations, as well as learn about the elaborate conservation work.

We’ll also hear stories about the artists, learn about the muralist movement in America, and the extensive renovation of one of the premier public buildings in the United States. 

Following the tour we will head to Rice Park for lunch at the St. Paul Grill. After lunch we’ll walk to The Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse, a 21-story 1932 Art Deco skyscraper. The building has 23 different types of woods from 18 countries and various marbles throughout. The tour will include the Vision of Peace Statue, Memorial Hall, Council Chambers, Mayor’s Office, Law Library, Historic Courtroom, period furniture, Art Deco architectural features, and more. 

Please call or text Kristen McDougall at 612-720-4603 for more information and to secure your spot on this fun and educational outing. Due to limited space,  this is a member only event. Maximum of 22 participants. Carpooling is encouraged!

 

This event is a Friends Only Event. Join the Friends today and attend the event!

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Friends Lecture – Save the Date

Ticket Price: Free

September 8 Friends Lecture

Save the date for the Friends September 8 Lecture featuring American fashion historian, Sandy Schreier.  Ms. Schreier has been called ‘the worlds largest private collector of couture clothing.’  Her collection was the subject of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) that ran from November 2019 to September 2020 called “In Pursuit of Fashion.”

Friends Members have early access to tickets so plan to join us in September for what is sure to be a delightful talk.

 

President’s Letter

Spring Rising – Cree Woman’s Hood (close up)
Chholing Taha G259

Dear Members,

ART IN BLOOM IS HERE! 144 floral arrangements will be on display April 28 through May 1. Consider attending the Thursday morning lecture, the Saturday afternoon floral demonstration, and Family Day on Sunday.

Thank you to all members who attended the Patrick Noon lecture and the centennial luncheon on April 14. It was truly a joyous occasion. Opportunities to celebrate our 100th birthday are still coming your way. Are you interested in local history? The centennial committee has planned events with our neighbors at the Hennepin History Museum for June.

May 9, at 11:00 a.m. the Friends lecture series presents Anna Jackson, Keeper of the Asia Department, Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Starting at 10:00 a.m. coffee and treats will be served in the Fountain Court courtesy of the Rochester Friends. Please join me at 10:45, just prior to the lecture, for the Friends annual meeting in the Pillsbury Auditorium.

Don’t forget about your opportunity as a Friends member to participate in Friends Only tours and book club.

All event details and ticketing links are found in the Newsletter.

I am not alone in feeling giddy about spring, flowers and the privilege of gathering in person with cherished Friends at Mia. Don’t miss the fun.

Warmest regards,

Julie 

Creating Memories

Creating Memories 

Spring is finally upon us despite a stubborn debut, with many of us beginning to enjoy what so many Minnesotans dream of during those dark and frigid winter months…. being outside! We are fortunate to have an amazing park system in our city; as a matter of fact, a beautiful and historic park sits right across the street from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Known as Washburn Fair Oaks Park, it’s situated in the Washburn-Fair Oaks Historic District.

Washburn Fair Oaks Park was the original site of United States Senator (1889-1895) William Drew Washburn’s home named “Fair Oaks.” The surrounding residences designed by famous local architects such Ernest Kennedy and William Channing Whitney showcase the architecture trends of the time. Other famous homeowners included the Pillsbury and the Turnblad families. While amassing their fortunes, these prosperous families built magnificent mansions still standing today, many dating back to 1870.

These stately homes occupied this neighborhood located on what was then an outer boundary of the city, yet close enough to its hub of business and entertainment venues to easily become the most prestigious and desirable addresses in Minneapolis.

The streetcar system added to the the area’s growth continuing through about 1930. Included in this development of course is the Minneapolis Institute of Art, originally known as the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, beginning in 1883. The esteemed New York architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White designed the original building housing the museum that opened its doors to the community in 1915.

Also noteworthy is building housing the Hennepin History Museum  at 2303 Third Avenue South on the east side of the park. This  was originally the home of Carolyn McKnight Christian, first president of the Friends of the Institute, who built it and lived there for almost 40 years. Having many philanthropical interests, Carolyn hosted many fundraisers and musical concerts in the Great Room of her home. In later life, she donated the house as well as her art collection to Mia in 1956. In 1957, Mia sold the home to the Hennepin County Historical Society.

With this home and the surrounding neighborhood being such an integral part of Friends history, the centennial committee is proud to co-host an evening with the Hennepin History Museum on June 15. Save the date for a “Friends Homecoming” evening reception at the Hennepin History Museum will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with remarks at 6:15. See the original rooms of Carolyn McKnight Christian, enjoy displayed photographs and personal artifacts throughout, as well as live music, wine, and appetizers right within the formal reception room where Ms. Christian entertained her guests. Ticket price is $50 or purchase a centennial patron ticket for $100. Watch for your evite soon from the Friends office.

Plan on attending the “Friends & Neighbors of Mia and Hennepin History Museum Walking Tour” of the Washburn Fair Oaks Park neighborhood, focusing on architectural and historic information, as well as ties to Mia and Friends. Get a taste of the period, bringing our minds back to how people lived at this time. Midway through the tour there will be a quick refreshment stop at the Gale Mansion, home of the Minneapolis branch of the American Association of University Women. End the tour at Mia by walking into the Cargill Gallery exhibit highlighting past Art in Bloom and view Eugene Delacroix’s extraordinary Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks, and Plums. Guests must be able to walk for one hour. Choose tour dates from either June 23 or June 24, with tours at 10-11:15 as well as 1-2:15. Tickets will be available soon. 

Summertime takes us to Martha Head’s home on Lake Minnetonka for the enchanting Friends Centennial Garden Party on July 14 from 5-7:00 pm. Join Friends for a tour, wine, and light summer fare. To allow best viewing of the gardens, space is limited to 50 guests. Attendee tickets are $50 and centennial patron tickets are $100.  All profits support the Friends Delacroix commitment. Watch for your evite this summer from the Friends office.

We hope to see many of you during these events. For any questions about these and other Friends events, please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045. Also, a reminder to pick up your Friends for 100 Years, A Lasting Legacy in the Friends office. Many of you have kindly praised this publication,  which we appreciate.

Since we began this column about spring, let us end it with an update about the exquisite dahlia Sue and Larry Bagge have cultivated for the Friends centennial. As per Sue, “The dahlia has been well received by the public when it was judged last year.” It was successfully judged at the Minnesota State Fair as well as the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The Bagges are looking forward to the magnificent blooms again this year.

Vincent van Gogh said it best: “…and then, I have nature and art and poetry, and if that is not enough, what is enough?”

The Friends History Publication Committee

Pamela Friedland, Linda Goldenberg, Mary Merrick, Suzanne Payne, Connie Sommers

May Lecture

May 12, 2022 11:00 am

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Please join us for the May Friends Lecture, “The Social Fabric” given by Anna Jackson, Keeper of the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Anna Jackson

Anna Jackson is Keeper of the Asia Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum. A specialist in Japanese textiles and dress, she is the curator of the 2020 exhibition Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk and editor of the accompanying publication. Her other books include Japanese Country Textiles (1997), Japanese Textiles in the Victoria and Albert Museum (2000), and Kimono: The Art and Evolution of Japanese Fashion – the Khalili Collection (2015).

Japan’s rich textile traditions have always played a crucial role in the social, economic and cultural life of the country. The focus of sartorial attention has often been the sumptuous silks worn by the Japanese elite, but the vast majority of the population would have dressed in clothing made of cotton or the fibers of wild plants. Such garments and other textiles, whether used for work or leisure, were part of the everyday world of those living in nineteenth and early twentieth century Japan. Yet in the beauty of their bold and often exuberant designs, they were far from ordinary. 

Drawing on the works to be featured in the MIA exhibition Dressed by Nature, and on those in the V&A and other collections, this lecture will explore what these textiles they can tell us about the lives, beliefs and tastes of those who created and consumed them. In doing so, it will pull together the common threads that bound rural villages to fashionable city streets and connected farmers and fishermen to merchants and entertainers. It will also examine the value and meaning these works have today and the efforts being made to preserve the skills and artistry they embody. 

Another of Anna’s research interest is the cultural relationship between Asia and the West. She has contributed her knowledge to a number of Victoria and Albert exhibitions and their related publications including Art Nouveau 1890-1914 (2000) and Art Deco 1914-1939 (2003). In 2004 she was co-curator of Encounters: the Meeting of Asia and Europe 1500-1800 and in 2009 lead curator of Maharaja: the Splendour of Indias Royal Courts, which subsequently toured internationally. She is also the author of Expo: International Expositions 1851-2010. In December 2020, Anna was awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendation by the Japanese Government for her contribution to the promotion of Japanese art and culture in Britain. 

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