Events

In Pursuit of Fashion

Join us at the Friends fall kick-off lecture with Sandy Schreier, Fashion Historian

11:00 Thursday, Sep 8, 2022
Pillsbury Auditorium, Mia
Friends fall luncheon to follow

Fashion as Art. Through determination and passion for the art of fashion, Sandy Schreier amassed one of the largest and finest private fashion collections. Visually arresting and historically significant, many pieces were the subject of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) Costume Institute’s fall 2019 exhibition. This trove of 20th Century French and American couture and ready-to-wear clothing was collected not as a wardrobe, but in appreciation of this form of creative expression.

Before the lecture, Ms. Scheier will personally sign copies of her book which features the exhibition pieces and promised gifts from her collection to the MET Costume Institute.

Click here to purchase copies of the book, “In Pursuit of Fashion” and pick up your book prior to the lecture.

Friends members can get their tickets starting August 15 before the general public 2 days later.

 

Join us at the Friends fall luncheon

Following the September 8 lecture featuring Sandy Schreier, join the Friends for a fall luncheon in the restaurant space on the Mezzanine level.

The menu includes open-faced lemon pepper salmon sandwich, with Bibb lettuce, shaved red onion, tomato, and dill dressing on the side, OR a grilled vegetable sandwich with grilled zucchini, red pepper, red onion, goat cheese, spinach, and reduced balsamic; caprese trottole pasta salad on the side, and cheesecake garnished with fresh fruit for dessert. Gluten free meals are also available.

Tickets are $35. You may purchase them online or by calling 612.870.3000. Please RSVP by August 25 at noon.

Friends Only Tour at the University of Minnesota

Save the Date:
Wednesday, September 14

Please join the Friends for a walking tour of outdoor art at the University of Minnesota. This is one of the most noteworthy collections of outdoor art found on a college campus. The tour will be led by an experienced guide from the Weisman Art Museum (WAM).

Friends will meet at the entry to WAM at 10:00 AM. The tour will take an hour and involves moderate walking. Tour group is limited to 30 members. There is no charge for this tour. Underground parking can be found at WAM ($3/hour) 333 East River Road. Lunch plans on or near campus to be announced.

Sign up with Kathryn at khellerschwyzer@gmail.com.

Rochester Friends of the Institute 40th Anniversary Lecture & Luncheon

40 years ago, in 1982, Patricia Weeks and 49 other members formed the Rochester Friends of the Institute, an affiliate of the Friends of the Institute.

Please join us at the Rochester Golf and Country Club on Thursday, September 15, for a lecture and celebratory luncheon in the Winged Foot II Room. Tickets are $40 per person.

Coffee and social time will begin at 10 am, with Ghenete Zelleke, James Ford Bell Curator of Decorative Arts & Sculpture, speaking at 10:30. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a brief program at 1:00 pm.

Lunch is a choice between a Chicken Caesar Salad or a Vegetable Nicoise Salad. Please note your preference when mailing in your reservation.

Checks can be made payable to Rochester Friends – Mia, and mailed to:

Friends of the Institute

attn: Claire Goulson

2400 3rd Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55404

We hope you can join us to celebrate all the Rochester Friends have accomplished in their last 40 years!

 

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

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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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