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Friends Lecture Series

November 12, 2020 11:00 am

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Threat and Response: Saving the World’s Manuscript Heritage from Imminent Danger

Father Columbia Stewart, Director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library will give the Friends November Lecture. 

Violent extremism, sectarian conflict, and the relentless pressures of globalization are destroying the written sources of human civilization. Hear how the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) is responding to these threats. HMML is the only institution in the world exclusively dedicated to the photographic preservation and study of manuscripts, with a particular emphasis on manuscripts located in places where war, security, or economic conditions pose a threat. HMML is making a critical impact in these preservation efforts around the world, including the Middle East, Ethiopia, South Asia, and the former Soviet Union—all areas that are rich in ancient cultures, yet currently torn by political instability and lack of resources. 

Father Columba Stewart, a Benedictine monk and Executive Director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, will talk about his team’s work digitally preserving manuscripts of diverse world cultures and religions at risk of being destroyed by war, disaster, looting, and neglect. 

Since its founding in 1965, HMML has worked with libraries in more than 20 countries to photograph historic manuscripts in dozens of languages. Some of the original manuscripts were later destroyed, stolen, lost, or moved for safekeeping. The library now holds the largest online collection of manuscripts in the world and makes them available on the vHMML Reading Room, an online environment for manuscript studies.

Upon becoming Executive Director of HMML in 2003, Father Columba embarked upon extensive travels throughout the world to establish working relationships with communities possessing manuscript collections dating from the early medieval period to modern times. Since then, HMML has digitized manuscripts from some of the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible places. Father Columba and his team accomplish this by working with local leaders to photograph manuscripts, “to ensure that their deposits of wisdom, their libraries of handwritten texts, the voices of their past, can join the global conversations of the digital era.” Father Columba has said, “We don’t always know trouble is coming, but we have a history of being there just in time.  People can say it’s serendipity, but I believe in providence.”     

A graduate of Harvard, Yale and Oxford Universities, Father Columba has written extensively on his research of early Christian monasticism. In 1981, he joined the Benedictines, the order that built libraries in the Middle Ages, preserving and reproducing Bibles and other religious and philosophical texts by hand. He is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships. Most recently, he was the first Minnesotan invited to give the 2019 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.

 A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman lecture.

  

Save the Date for the December Friends Only Tour

December 8, 2020 11:00 am

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Untitled, 1988, Dawoud Bey

Save the date for our next Friends Only Event! Casey Riley, Curator and Head of Mia’s Department of Photography and New Media will take us on a virtual tour of the beautiful and heartbreaking “Just Kids” exhibition, before it closes on December 13.

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Membership begins here: (Virtual) Friends 101

October 20, 2020 10:00 am

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Mark your calendars for October 20 as the Friends kick off our 2020 membership drive with a presentation by special guest Mia Curator Andreas Marks

Dawn over Lake Kawaguchi, 1981-1986 Hagiwara Hideo. GIFT OF GORDON BRODFUEHRER 2019.138.5

Attend with a friend! The Friends membership drive has begun and to kick off the year, we ask current Friends to invite future Friends to learn about and join Mia’s oldest volunteer organization at Friends 101.

Potential Friends members will be welcomed by President Maria Eggemeyer and the Membership co-chairs. Overviews of Art in Bloom 2021 and the upcoming Centennial celebration will be shared by Friends event chairs.

Finally, Dr. Andreas Marks, the Mary Griggs Burke Curator and Head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department and Director of the Clark Center for Japanese Art will give a 20-minute presentation on Abstract Prints by Hagiwara Hideo. 

As we approach the Centennial Year of the Friends, renewing and revitalizing the membership base, welcoming new faces, perspectives and talents to this group and growing the membership base is an important goal. Be a Friend and invite a friend!

Those interested in participating please email friends@artsmia.org to sign up. A Zoom invite via will be sent via email for participants.

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Challenge of Making Public Art Public

October 8, 2020 11:00 am

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October’s lecture will focus on the dynamics of public art

Jack Becker

Jack Becker is a Minneapolis-based artist, best known as the founder of the nonprofit Forecast Public Art and founding publisher of Public Art Review, an international magazine devoted to contemporary public art. He grew up in St. Louis, where he studied theater and visual arts with a focus on collaboration, experimentation and interactive installation work. He is currently an active member of the local Art Car community.

Jack has been embedded in the field of contemporary public art for more than 43 years—as an artist, producer, curator, writer, publisher, arts administrator and more. In spite of its omnipresence, Becker has struggled with the fact that public art remains unknown.

To reserve your spot click here, or call 612-870-3000. The Zoom link will be embedded in your ticket receipt.

October Book Club features memoir by NPR host and Minneapolis native Michele Norris

October 16, 2020 10:00 am

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The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris is October’s selection

By the time you receive this notice, our first monthly Mia Friends Bookclub will be under our belt. What an adventure for Mia’s Book Club leader Debra Hegstrom, Docent leader Ginny Wheeler, and Friends Only leader Carol Poulson. Thanks to all who joined this first Zoom discussion of Lisa See’s The Island of Sea Women.

Next up will be The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris, which focuses on her experiences as a black woman growing up in south Minneapolis. From GoodReads: “Norris unearthed painful family secrets that compelled her to question her own self-understanding: from her father’s shooting by a Birmingham police officer weeks after his discharge from the navy at the conclusion of World War II to her maternal grandmother’s peddling pancake mix as an itinerant Aunt Jemima to white farm women in the Midwest.”

You may recall Michele’s (pronounced “Mee-shell”) name from NPR’s “All Things Considered” where she was co-host from 2002 to 2011. She has achieved many things, not to mention her book.

Looking ahead, the December selection will be The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Please send an email to friends@artsmia.org to register for October’s meeting and receive a Zoom invitation. Space is limited to 17 people so don’t wait!

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Join Mia’s Curator of South & Southeast Asian Art for an exclusive tour

November 17, 2020 11:00 am

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Pujan Gandhi to preview the newly renovated Southeast Asia galleries for Friends members

Portrait of Pujan Gandhi; Jane Emison Assistant Curator of South & Southeast Asian Art; Minneapolis Institute of Art

Join your Friends for an exclusive Zoom tour of the reinstalled Himalayan, South, and Southeast Asian Art Galleries by Jane Emison Assistant Curator of South & Southeast Asian Art, Pujan Gandhi. He will present collection highlights including a recently conserved 1,000-year-old Indian sculpture of Shiva Nataraja, and save time for your questions. 

Pujan Gandhi came to Mia in 2018. He was previously based in Atlanta where he served as a consulting curator at the High Museum of Art. He received degrees from Middlebury College, University of London, also interning at the British Museum. While he has been stewarding Mia’s South, Southeast Asian, and Islamic collections, he considers himself a generalist.

The tour will be approximately 30 minutes with an additional ten minutes for questions. It is limited to 18 participants so make your reservation soon by emailing friends@artsmia.org. The event will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

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Friends Lecture Series: Father Columba Stewart

November 12, 2020 11:00 am

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Learn about the preservation work of ancient manuscripts around the world at risk of being destroyed by war, disaster, looting and neglect. 

Please join us for a fascinating lecture by Father Columba Stewart, Benedictine monk and Executive Director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Fr. Steward will talk about his team’s work digitally preserving ancient manuscripts of diverse world cultures and religions at risk of being destroyed by war, disaster, looting, and neglect. 

Since its founding in 1965, HMML has worked with libraries in more than 20 countries to photograph historic manuscripts in dozens of languages. Some of the original manuscripts were later destroyed, stolen, lost, or moved for safekeeping. The library now holds the largest on-line collection of manuscripts in the world and makes them available on vHMML Reading Room, an on-line environment for manuscript studies.

Upon becoming Executive Director of HMML in 2003, Father Columba embarked upon extensive travels throughout the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and India to establish working relationships with communities possessing manuscript collections dating from the early medieval period to modern times. Since then, HMML has digitized manuscripts from some of the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible places. Father Columba and his team accomplish this by working with local leaders to photograph manuscripts, “to ensure that their deposits of wisdom, their libraries of handwritten texts, the voices of their past, can join the global conversations of the digital era.”  

Tickets are available October 15 for Friends members and October 17 for the general public. Please visit https://ticket.artsmia.org/ or call 612-870-3000 to reserve.

 

September Friends Lecture Features Psychologist Dr. Ellen Winner

September 10, 2020 11:00 am

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Virtual Event

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Find out why art motivates and moves

We all know that art captivates and moves us, but it takes a psychologist to try and pin down why that is, and attempt to tease out the ways in which we all benefit from exposure to art. It takes a psychologist to bring the rigors of science to bear on easily made assumptions that sometimes prove not to be as obvious as they seem. For example, it was Dr. Winner who debunked the claim that exposure to arts education raises students’ scores on standardized tests, a finding that spurred her ongoing investigation into arts education and the actual benefits students derive from studying art.

Dr. Winner is the Department Head and Professor of Psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. She directs the Arts and Mind Lab which focuses on cognition in the arts and is the author of more than 200 articles and four books.

In her most recent book, “How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration,” Dr. Winner looks at art through psychological and philosophical lenses and discusses answers to timeless questions such as:

Why do we need Art? After all, no one has ever discovered a culture without one or more forms of Art. 

Is Art inherent to our species? Is it, like language, something we are just programmed to do, part of being human? 

Is it true that people have stronger emotional reactions to music than to the visual arts?

Is it true that people actually can tell the difference between abstract art created by artists and that created by “my five-year-old” and, if so, how? 

And why is it that we are drawn to art that depicts tragic or horrifying events? Is it possible that interacting with art helps us develop empathy?

For the answers to these and other questions, come hear Dr. Winner speak. To register for this virtual event click here, or call 612.870.3000. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants prior to the event. Part of the Friends Lecture Series.  

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First Friends Only Zoom tour

September 23, 2020 11:00 am

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Join Fellow Friends for a Virtual Tour!

Debbi Hegstrom, Senior Educator at the Mia, will present a Zoom tour, “The Art of Building: An Architectural History of Mia”. 

In this virtual tour, we’ll examine how the original neoclassical building, a central landmark in the 1917 City Plan of Minneapolis, became integrated with two much-later modern additions—three buildings from three unique eras that form today’s Mia.  We’ll also discover the architectural elements that were woven through the spaces to create a harmonious relationship among these architectural gems.

Debbi Hegstrom is Senior Educator at Mia. She oversees the docent program—teaching docents about the museum’s collections as well as evaluating and coaching them. Debra is also involved in exploring new strategies that incorporate critical thinking and cultural fluency.  She received an MA and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Minnesota. 

Reserve your spot on this Friends only tour by contacting the Friend’s Office at friends@artsmia.org. Space is limited! 

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2020/2021 Friends Book Club and September’s book!

September 18, 2020 10:00 am

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Join Friends via Zoom for a discussion of The Island of Sea Women by Linda See

Much of the news in recent months has dealt with change, and the same goes for the Friends Book Club in the coming year.

Book Club leadership recently transferred from Elizabeth Winga to Carol Poulson.  Carol previously served on the Board of Friends for Hospitality and other programs, so Book Club will be a new venture for her.  WELCOME, Carol!

Another change is that our September gathering, and likely subsequent Book Club sessions this year, will be held via Zoom.  If you’ve never attended a Zoom bookclub, you might be surprised how connected they can make you feel.

Friends Book Club

The book for September is what O, The Oprah Magazine calls,  “A mesmerizing new historical novel” The Island of Sea Women by Linda See. 

Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women follows two girls from very different backgrounds as they begin working with their village’s all-female diving collective. 

 

Additional Book Club dates and titles:

Friday, October 16, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris, which focuses on Norris’ experiences as a black woman growing up in south Minneapolis.

Friday, November 20, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the Golden Age in New York City, 

We’ll continue to offer a post-discussion tour as part of the monthly Book Club.  Since on-site gallery tours at Mia aren’t currently an option, we’re figuring out an alternative.

Important: Please send an email to friends@artsmia.org to register for September’s meeting  (or indicate interest in future meetings) and receive a Zoom invitation and details about the tour, 

We look forward to staying connected, seeing you, and discussing books via Zoom! 

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