February luncheon to be held Thursday, February 14.
Be sure to mark your calendar for February 14 at 12:30PM, when you’ll be treated to the Friends Luncheon, a Valentine’s meal befitting this day devoted to love. As menu details become available, they will be posted here and in the February addition of the Friends newsletter. This luncheon will immediately follow the February 14, 2019 Friends Lecture featuring Nora Naranjo Morse.
Because the luncheons have been so successful this year, we encourage you to reserve your ticket early to guarantee a seat.
The cost is $30 per person, including tax and gratuities. All reservations MUST be received by 4PM Thursday, February 7.
Tickets are available by clicking the ticket link below or by calling 612.870.6323.
Renowned historian to discuss how he uncovered a rare book forgery at Friends Lecture on December 13.
Please join the Friends of the Institute as Dr. Nick Wilding presents, “How to Forge a Rare Book.”
Dr. Wilding, faculty member at Georgia State University, is an Early Modern Historian with expertise on Galileo Galilei (the famous astronomer) and the history of books. Wilding became widely renowned by uncovering a forgery of a book published by Galileo in 1610. Hear Wilding describe how he revealed a fake book that had already been accepted as authentic by international consensus.
Free tickets are available by clicking the ticket link below or by calling 612.870.6323.
Reserve your tickets for the Holiday Luncheon now!
Join us for luncheon in the third floor Reception Hall, Target Wing following the December 13 Friends lecture. We will feast on Old English Winter Chicken Pot Pie followed by Lemon Cake with Almond Buttercream.
A vegetarian option is also available—please request when making your luncheon reservation.
Tickets are available by clicking the ticket link below or by calling 612.870.6323. The cost is $30 per person, including tax and gratuities. All reservations MUST be received by Wednesday, December 5, by 4PM.
Erika Doss presents “Monumental Troubles: Reckoning with Problematic Public Art in America”
Public Art creates a cultural space and invites public participation and public response. Monuments, memorials and other forms of public art are often designed to recognize and preserve memories and to honor particular people and historic events.
But what does being “public art” mean and whose “public” is being represented? Erika Doss will address this in her lecture to the Friends on January 10, 2019. She will discuss ways that public art does not always communicate the human experience and can become “out of sync” with present-day values and ideals. How do we as Americans address this and the dilemmas of dissent and historical accountability in public culture?
Erika Doss is a Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, which was followed by teaching courses at the University of Colorado-Boulder. The recipient of several Fulbright awards, Doss has also held fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Free tickets are available starting December 15 for Friends members and December 17 for non-members. Click the ticket link below or call 612.870.6323.
November Friends Lecture to feature former Star Tribune visual arts columnist Mary Abbe
“Wrestling Art into Words: A Random Walk through Mia” lecture presented by Friends of the Institute, will highlight Mary Abbe. This award winning journalist opened up an entire world to readers through her visual arts column that ran in the Star Tribune from 1984-2016.
Her world was one of stories—of art, artists, curators, gallery and museum staff, art lawyers, restorers, movers and more. Retired now, Abbe says that roaming art galleries is still one of her favorite diversions. Join us as we listen to her stories inspired by Mia—its art, people and community. Free tickets are available by clicking the link at the bottom or by calling 612.870.6323.
An exclusive tour of Egypt’s Sunken Cities will be hosted by Mia’s Curator of African Art, Arts of Africa and the Americas Department Head, Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers. Numbers are limited–sign up now!
Don’t miss an exclusive Friends-only opportunity for 20 people to tour Egypt’s Sunken Cities, presented by U.S. Bank, with Mia’s curator of African Art, Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers. He will tell the epic story of one of the greatest finds in the history of underwater archaeology, a story that revealed two lost cities of ancient Egypt submerged under the Mediterranean Sea for over a thousand years. The tour will meet in the Regis Fountain Court on Tuesday, November 20 at 12:30 PM.
Grootaers will bring to life many of the 200 authentic artifacts ranging from the colossal sculptures to precious gold coins and jewelry, bronze vessels, objects inscribed in the ancient Egyptian or Greek languages, and statues from the sunken and forgotten ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. They will be seen alongside ancient Egyptian artifacts from museums in Cairo and Alexandria, many of which have never been on view in the United States.
Contact the Friends Office to sign up for this limited enrollment tour by calling 612.870.3045 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is a Friends Only Event. Join the Friends today and attend the event!
The Architect and Director of the new Bell Museum, Minnesota’s natural history museum, will be the featured speakers at a Friends cocktail party in the Target Reception Hall on Thursday, January 31, 2019.
With Thanksgiving approaching it might seem premature to talk about a January event—but it’s not too early to mark your calendar for the first Friends event of 2019! We invite you to join us for an evening at Mia celebrating the University of Minnesota’s beautiful, new Bell Museum.
The event will feature Design Director and architect David Dimond of Perkins+Will and Bell Museum Executive Director Denise Young discussing the building’s unique design, challenges of the move, and new features. Docent-led tours of Mia’s permanent collection donated by members of the Bell family and other pieces inspired by nature will be featured. Wine and appetizers to be included.
Mark your calendars for this special event and look for more information in upcoming Friends Newsletters. This event will be open to Friends members and the public. Bring your friends and entice them to become Friends! Tickets will be available on Mia’s website soon.
Would you like to know more about what the Friends do? Join us for Friends 101, a conversation about the history, activities, and opportunities available through the Friends.At the end of the presentation Tom Rassieur, John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings, will talk about Mia’s newest acquisitions including Georgia O’Keeffe’s Blue Sea with Rocks,1922 in First Blush, an exhibit in Gallery G353.