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December Lecture features Alec Soth

December 12, 2019 11:00 am

Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

December lecture tickets for Mia favorite Alec Soth are still available but going quickly!

ALEC SOTH

A favorite with Mia visitors and staff, Minnesota photographer Alec Soth will be our special guest for the Friends Lecture on Thursday, December 12. Soth is one of the most internationally-recognized photographers working today. For Soth, photography is a liberating, invigorating, and uncensored activity, but “…a photograph is not something to keep a memory,” he clarifies. “It’s something to just speak with. It’s language.” He compares his photography to poetry rather than journalism, encouraging multiple interpretations. With tenderness and empathy, his art portrays a variety subjects— a man named Charles holding model airplanes in Vasa, Minnesota, a Paris fashion shoot, and compelling landscapes, scenes, and portraits that reveal people’s livelihoods, pastimes, hopes, concerns, and fading dreams.

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Luncheon Reservations to Close on December 5!

December 12, 2019 12:30 pm

Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $30

Looking forward to the holidays and searching for an opportunity to join your Friends at Mia? Come to lunch!

Reserve your spot for the Friends Luncheon!  Following the December 12 lecture by Alec Soth, “The Space Between Us,” join the Friends for a Holiday luncheon in the Reception Hall, Target Wing. Save your spot soon for this popular  gathering, that for many of us has become a welcome annual holiday tradition.

The menu includes winter-hearty, Beef Stroganoff on Egg Noodles with Truffle Sour Cream, a Side Salad, and warm Dinner Rolls, followed by a dessert of Holiday Chocolate Mousse. A vegetarian option is available; please request when making your reservation.

The cost is $30 including tax and gratuities. All reservations MUST be received by Thursday, December 5 by 4PM.  Tickets are available now. Click the link below or call 612.870.6323 to reserve your spot.

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January lecture features Artist Tiffany Chung

January 9, 2020 11:00 am

Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Tiffany Chung will speak on  “Remapping Histories: Wars, Embattled Sites, and Forced Migration” at the January Friends Lecture.

Artist Tiffany Chung will speak at the Friends Lecture on Thursday, January 9 at 11AM in the Pillsbury Auditorium.

Chung combines cartography with meticulous academic research and ethnographic fieldwork in creating her visually arresting map-based drawings and embroidered works. In them, she depicts the impacts of migration, conflict, and shifting borders in the wake of political upheavals and natural disasters. Over time, her focus has expanded from the South Vietnamese exodus following the civil war in her native country, to the flight of Syrians and Guatemalans in response to war and violence in their home countries. She seeks to infuse her work with stories that have been excluded from official historical accounts. Ms. Chung says of her work:  “Employing beauty and aesthetics to discuss very difficult subject matters has always been my strategy.”  She uses the universal language of art to draw people in first, only for them to be confronted with political issues or situations that they might not have been so willing to engage otherwise.

The artist’s large-scale work, “Reconstructing an Exodus History: flight routes from camps and of ODP cases,” is featured in Mia’s exhibit, Artists Reflect: Contemporary Views on the American War. The twelve-foot-long world map, with escape routes meticulously embroidered in scarlet thread on a navy-blue background, shows the paths of forced migration of Vietnamese people from refugee camps in Asia to worldwide locations 35 years ago. 

An internationally active artist, Chung has participated in more than 100 exhibitions and biennials on five continents. “Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue,” her first major solo museum exhibition in the United States, ran March 15–September 2, 2019, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conjunction with “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975.”

Learn more about Chung here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZEpOCBTZKw&feature=youtu.be

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Sign Up Now! January Friends Only Tour

January 22, 2020 11:00 am

Mia Galleries

Ticket Price: Free

Space is limited for a Friends Only Tour on January 22, 2020!

Margaret Jordan Patterson American (born Java), 1867–1950 Heartsease, c. 1920s Color woodcut 2017.71.1

Marla Kinney, a Fellow in Mia’s Prints and Drawings department, will lead a highly engaging tour of Color Woodcuts in the Arts and Crafts Era on Wednesday, January 22 at 11AM. A Fellow in Prints and Drawings since 2000, Marla has curated 17 exhibitions, and contributed significantly to Mia’s print catalogs. 

Space is limited to 15 Friends, so sign up soon by calling 612-870-3045 or emailing friends@artsmia.org

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Last chance for tickets to Creating a Landmark

November 7, 2019 5:30 pm

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Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $75

Join the Friends for an evening celebrating the new Bell Museum! 

Courtesy of the Bell Museum and University of Minnesota.

 

A last-minute invitation for spontaneous fun–The Friends have added a few seats for next week’s evening with Bell Museum Executive Director Denise Young and award-winning architect David Dimond, Design Director of the Minneapolis studio of Perkins and Will, and Honored Guest Ford Bell, a Mia Trustee. We’ll hear about the design vision that’s made the new Bell such a fresh, yet timeless Midwest landmark, plus behind-the-scenes stories of the unique challenges of moving and restoring its famed dioramas.

Mia and the Bell Museum enjoy a close connection. Both were established in the late nineteenth century and benefited from the gifts of philanthropist James Ford Bell. He was an influential sponsor of the Bell Museum, renamed in his honor in 1968. The Bell family was also a benefactor of the then Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Enjoy tours of Mia’s permanent collection that connect the two museums, including art donated by the Bell family, plus wine, beer and appetizers. Held in Mia’s Reception Hall, third-floor Target Wing. Tickets are $75. Call ‪612.870.6323 or reserve your space through the link below.

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Sarah Bellamy: The Power of Art and Social Change

November 14, 2019 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Please join the Friends of the Institute on November 14 as they bring to you Sarah Bellamy and “The Power of Art and Social Change.”

Sarah Bellamy is Artistic Director for Penumbra Theatre Company. She has designed several programs that engage patrons in critical thinking, dialogue and action around issues of race and social justice. Select programs include Penumbra’s Race Workshop curated to accompany the Science Museum of Minnesota’s exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different?” and the Summer Institute, a leadership development program for teens to practice art for social change.

Bellamy serves various roles and is currently the Visiting Professor of Theatre and Culture at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, visiting instructor at Macalester College, vice chair of the board of directors for Theatre Communications Group and co-chair of its Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee. She is a leading facilitator around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion and has led coalition building efforts to address inequities in philanthropy and theater. Her lectures on race and representation have been presented across the country illuminating the ways in which images, narratives, and media, influence perception and ultimately shape lives. She leverages the Penumbra Theatre’s respected platform to benefit us all, and proves that art can drive powerful and responsible civic engagement. She has been awarded a Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award from the University of Minnesota and is 2015 Bush Fellow.

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Friends November Book is “The Refugees” with themes related to “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975”

November 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Friends Only Book Club to meet Friday, November 15. Space is limited so make a reservation now!

The current special exhibition, Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War 1965-1975, challenges us to rethink a tumultuous period in our nation’s history.  One continuing impact in our country today is the many refugees from southeast Asia who have immigrated to our nation and Minnesota.  Mia’s November book selection, The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, will guide Friends Book Club attendees in revisiting this era via a discussion.

Any Friends member interested in a stimulating discussion of this award-winning book is invited to join the Book Club for the November meeting.  This month’s discussion will be lead by docent Susan Drummond who has traveled to Vietnam. Small group gallery tours will follow the book discussion and will be led by Mia docents.

Praise for The Refugees has been widespread since it was published in 2016.  As a collection of short stories, the author provides a glimpse into the lives of people from his homeland, Vietnam.  His humor and writing style along with poignant moments enrich our feelings and memories of this time period.

For further questions about this Friends Only Event please contact Elizabeth Winga, elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  

To make a reservation call the Friends office, 612.870.3045 or send an email to friends@artsmia.org and leave your name.  There is a limit of 20 openings.

Friends Only Book Club is one more reason to join and support the Friends of Mia!

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A Mia favorite, photographer Alec Soth, speaks at Friends Lecture in December

December 12, 2019 11:00 am

Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Minnesota photographer and artist Alec Soth will consider the evolution of his work and the work of an artist at the December Friends lecture

ALEC SOTH

A favorite with Mia visitors and staff, Minnesota photographer Alec Soth will be our special guest for the Friends Lecture on Thursday, December 12. Soth is one of the most internationally-recognized photographers working today. For Soth, photography is a liberating, invigorating, and uncensored activity, but “…a photograph is not something to keep a memory,” he clarifies. “It’s something to just speak with. It’s language.” He compares his photography to poetry rather than journalism, encouraging multiple interpretations. With tenderness and empathy, his art portrays a variety subjects— a man named Charles holding model airplanes in Vasa, Minnesota, a Paris fashion shoot, and compelling landscapes, scenes, and portraits that reveal people’s livelihoods, pastimes, hopes, concerns, and fading dreams.

But how does he do it? Is happenstance and curiosity enough? Considering the wanderlust quality to his work, does he ever have a destination in mind? Why do people agree to be photographed? Join us for this insightful lecture as Soth discusses the evolution of his work across multiple projects, with a special emphasis on portraiture. 

Learn more about Soth here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwEMqgLSVrM

Soth is based in Minneapolis. He has published over 25 books in including Sleeping by the Mississippi, Niagara, Broken Manual, Songbook, and his most recentI Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating. Soth has had over 50 solo exhibitions including survey shows organized by Jeu de Paume in Paris (2008), the Walker Art Center (2010) and Media Space in London (2015). He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). In 2008, Soth created Little Brown Mushroom, a multi-media enterprise focused on visual storytelling. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Hammons Gallery in Minneapolis, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, Loock Gallery in Berlin, and is a member of Magnum Photos.

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Make Your Reservation for the Friends Holiday Luncheon!

December 12, 2019 12:30 pm

Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $30

Join us for a Holiday lunch immediately following the December 12 lecture by Minnesota photographer Alec Soth.

Looking forward to the holidays and searching for an opportunity to join your Friends at Mia to share a lovely holiday luncheon? 

Then reserve your spot!  Following the December 12 lecture by Alec Soth, “The Space Between Us,” join the Friends for a Holiday luncheon in the Reception Hall, Target Wing. Save your spot soon for this popular  gathering, that for many of us has become a welcome annual holiday tradition.

The menu includes winter-hearty, Beef Stroganoff on Egg Noodles with Truffle Sour Cream, a Side Salad, and warm Dinner Rolls, followed by a dessert of Holiday Chocolate Mousse. A vegetarian option is available; please request when making your reservation.

The cost is $30 including tax and gratuities. All reservations MUST be received by Thursday, December 5, by 4 p.m.  Tickets will become available a month preceding the event (i.e. November 12, 2019). Click the link below or call 612.870.6323 to reserve your spot.

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October 10 Lecture Asks “When is Art Unfinished?”

October 10, 2019 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s curator of European paintings Andrea Bayer explores the concept of unfinished art at the Friend’s October 10 lecture.

 

When is a work of art unfinished? How do we know? 

These are just two of the intriguing questions to be considered in this upcoming lecture by Andrea Bayer, “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible.” The longtime curator in European paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and its newly appointed Director for Collections and Administration. Ms. Bayer’s lecture will examine the concept of unfinished in a broad sense, from works that were interrupted, remaining unfinished accidentally, to works that were deliberately left incomplete. Some of history’s greatest artists explored this aesthetic of “intentionally unfinished” (also known as non finito), including Titian, Turner and Cezanne. 

From the Renaissance and Baroque periods, through the 19th century and into the 20th, Ms. Bayer will show us the artists’ minds and hands at work. From Rembrandt to Rauschenberg, we will explore together the resolved and unresolved in Western masterworks throughout time. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY1ooKN46BE&feature=youtu.be

Appointed the Metropolitan of Art’s Director for Collections and Administration in October, 2018, Andrea Bayer was previously the Jayne Wrightsman Curator in the Department of European Paintings. She received her PhD from Princeton University in 1990, and has been on the staff of The Met since that time. 

An expert on Italian Renaissance art, she has worked on a range of exhibitions, both thematic investigations such as Painters of Reality; the Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombardy (2004) and Art and Love in Renaissance Italy (2008-09), and monographic shows on artists such as Tiepolo, Tintoretto, and Antonello da Messina. Her most recent exhibitions include Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible at the Met Breuer. She is currently co-chairman of the Director’s Exhibition Committee. 

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