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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!

 

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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.

 

May Lecture

May 12, 2022 11:00 am

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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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May Book Club

May 20, 2022 10:00 am

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Cafe in the lobby at Mia

Ticket Price: Free

Friends Book Club

May 20, 2022 10:00 am In-Person Discussion/10:45 am Live Gallery Tour

Mark your calendar for Friday, May 20 at 10 am for a lively discussion at Friends Book Club followed at 10:45 by a guided art tour.  We will be discussing the book in the café in the Mia Lobby.

May and springtime bring us to our second live Friends book discussion and tour with The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. This book examines sisterhood, black identity, and parenthood with compassion and conviction. Told in flashbacks and alternating points of view, this novel asks what is personal identity, if not your past. A riveting and sympathetic story about the bonds of sisterhood and just how strong they are, even at their weakest. Please join us as we view the story enhanced by Mia’s fabulous works of art.

Please sign up with the Friends office at friends@artsmia.org or 612-870-3045.  An early sign up really helps us in planning these tours!

 

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Friends Lecture

April 14, 2022 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

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Patrick Noon, retired Senior Curator of Paintings and Elizabeth MacMillan Chair of the Department of Paintings at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Please join us for our April Friends Lecture: “Artist in Bloom: Eugene Delacroix’s Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums,” with Patrick Noon.

A familiar face in the corridors and galleries of Mia for 22 years, Patrick Noon was the senior curator of paintings. He joined the museum in 1997, retiring in early 2020. He previously served for 20 years on the curatorial staff at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven and was the founding curator of its prints, drawings and rare books area.

Noon is a specialist in 18th- and 19th-century French and British art. His acquisitions brought considerable depth to the holdings at Mia with the addition of some 200 paintings, including the first he bought for the museum, “Pastoral Landscapes” by French artist Claude Lorraine, or “the Claude.” That turned out to be one of the most important “Old Masters” the museum has acquired in decades, and also one of the most expensive. 

Then there is the larger-than-life portrait of a nobleman reading in his garden, Nicolas Largilliere’s “Portrait of Charles-Leonor Aubry, Marquis de Castelnau” from 1701, one of Noon’s most recent purchases. A companion painting of the Marquis’ wife, “Portrait of Catherine Coustard,” is part of the Art Adventure program that brings children on field trips to the museum. Someone had separated the portraits in the mid-19th century but now they are ‘remarried’ and hang together at Mia.

Noon has published and lectured extensively on French and British art. His research resulted in prominent exhibitions including The English Miniature in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum; Richard Parkes Bonington with the Musee du Petit Palais, Paris; Crossing the Channel: British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism with Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum; and most recently Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art with the National Gallery of London. Delacroix’s Influence: The Rise of Modern Art from Cézanne to van Gogh was shown at Mia in 2015 during the museum’s 100th birthday year.

The Friends of the Institute purchased Eugene Delacroix’s Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums for Mia to commemorate the Friends 100-year anniversary this year. Noon will share the fascinating story behind this still life, which was in a private collection and never before in the public eye until coming to Mia.

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Friends Events

April 5, 2022 11:00 am

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Zoom

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Olive Trees (1889), Vincent Van Gogh, oil on canvas, The William Hood Dunwoody Foundation.

Please join us Tuesday, April 5, at 11 AM on Zoom, where we will be joined by Mia Guide Sara Wagner, who is a graduate of Mia’s Docent class of 2015.

Topic: INSPIRATIONS of Vincent Van Gogh: Who are some of the artists who inspired him, and who did he inspire?

In anticipation of the upcoming exhibition Van Gogh and the Olive Groves we will focus on Van Gogh’s art: How did his art evolve? Who did he look to for inspiration? We’ll also honor his legacy by exploring the art of those whose art was influenced by him.

Please RSVP by April 4 to friends@artsmia.org or call: 612-870-3045. 

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Creating Memories

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With the prospect of spring on our doorsteps, the celebration of the Friends centennial continues in full gear. A reminder that the celebratory luncheon originally scheduled in January is rescheduled for April 14. If you purchased a ticket for this event, there is no need to re-register for the luncheon. Great news though…additional tickets are available by calling 612-870-6323 or visiting Mia’s ticketing page. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if guests showed up wearing wonderful spring hats reminiscent of Friends luncheons of decades long ago?

Also, a reminder to head to the Friends office to pick up a copy of Friends for 100 Years: A Lasting Legacy. Our committee is pleased to know that one Friends member has already placed her book on her coffee table! We are beyond honored, but more importantly know that members are learning about the remarkable past this organization possesses.

Looking ahead to upcoming centennial events brings us to the Cargill Gallery exhibition that Mia curator Tom Rassieur is planning for a mid-April opening. It will highlight previous Art In Bloom exhibitions and is another opportunity to experience the astounding Delacroix painting Friends has gifted to Mia to mark our centennial. No doubt the Delacroix will assume a place of honor in this intimate gallery.

Hennepin History Museum, once the home of first Friends President Carolyn Christian.

Mark your calendars for a unique and exciting partnership with our neighbor, the Hennepin History Museum: June 15 brings a lively “Homecoming” evening reception at HHM.

Reception Room at Hennepin History Museum

Enjoy lively music of the 1920s and view personal artifacts and photos in the rooms of Carolyn Christian’s (first Friends president) home. Hennepin History Museum Director John Crippen and Friends President Julie Holland will deliver welcoming remarks.

Further imagine life around the neighborhood with a historical and architectural walking tour focusing on the homes of residents who lived around the park and the locations of HHM and Mia. The tour offers a taste of the period and lives of the early patrons of the community, especially those connected to Friends and Mia. Each tour will begin at HHM with a view of the Reception Room there before the walking tour begins. A cookie and water break is scheduled at the Gale Mansion, today’s home of the American Association-University Women. The tour ends at Mia with an opportunity to view the Friends exhibit in the Cargill Gallery. Each tour participant will receive a tour booklet published by HHM. Ticketed tours are scheduled for June 23 and 24 at 10 am and 1 pm.

There is so much to look forward to as warm weather arrives, and we say farewell to winter!

– The Friends History Publication Committee

Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers

Friends Lecture: Seitu Jones

March 10, 2022 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Seitu Jones is a multi-disciplinary artist, and community organizer, known for his large-scale public artworks, and environmental designs.  He works both independently and in collaboration with other artists, and has created over 40 large-scale public works. He has created sets for multiple Twin Cities theaters. His art has been exhibited at Mia, the Walker Art Center, the American Folk Art museum in New York, and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. 

Seitu was born in Minneapolis in 1951 and has degrees in environmental history and landscape design.  He is retired from the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Arts MFA program at Goddard College in Port Townsend, WA.

He is a 4th generation Minnesotan. His great grandfather, who was born into slavery, relocated to Minnesota in the 1870s, first settling in Red Wing, and then Rochester.  His grandparents lived in the Rondo area of St. Paul.

His father, aunts, and uncles were all creatives, and inspired Seitu.

Seitu finds inspiration in so many places. He uses the spirit of improvisation in his work, which is in the sphere of African and Afro-Atlantic traditions. Much of his art centers around placemaking, creating, and manipulating space, while working with the community to change and transform, temporarily, a space to create a sense of place. He is also influenced by music, and always wanted to be a musician. When he won a Sally Award he bought a bass violin, and took lessons at the Walker West Music Academy.

He digs deep into the role that plants play in our environment, and spends time hanging out with plants and nature. Another big part of his work is passing on information, knowledge, and culture to new artists coming up behind him. He is influenced by the Black Arts Movement, and its belief that artists have an obligation to leave their community “more beautiful than they found it”.

In 2013 he received a Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation in Chicago, which allowed him to develop “Create”, a dinner for 2,000 people at a table one half mile long, that in part was organized to show Frogtown residents how the food system works.

In addition to all of the above, he has collaborated on a number of projects, with his wife, Soyini Guytonand with fellow St. Paul artist, Ta-coumba Aiken for the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Last but not least; Jones received the McKnight Distinguished Arts Award in 2017, which honors a Minnesota artist who has made a significant contribution to the states’ cultural life.  With his designs, his artistic vision has become an indelible part of Minnesota’s cultural landscape, according to Kate Wolford, president of the McKnight Foundation.

Seitu Jones has demonstrated what’s possible, when an artist with a hopeful vision and a generous spirit sets down deep roots in his community!

We look forward to seeing you all at his talk the next Friends lecture March 10th in Pillsbury auditorium at Mia at 11am.
You are in for a TREAT!
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