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In Discussion with Nell Irvin Painter: Historian and Artist

March 11, 2021 11:00 am

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Join us a for a engaging discussion with this prolific author, artist and scholar.

Nell Irvin Painter had a very successful career as a leading United States historian. She earned her doctorate in history from Harvard University and honorary degrees from Wesleyan, Dartmouth, SUNY-New Paltz and Yale. She taught for several decades at Princeton University and along the way became a noted and award-winning scholar, lecturer and author. Her recent books include “The History of White People” (2010), “Creating Black Americans: African American History and Its Meanings, 1619 to the Present” (2006) and “Southern History Across the Colored Line” (2002). 

When she retired from academia, Painter was the Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton University. She then bravely switched gears at the age of 67 and pursued a degree in studio art from Rutgers University and a Master in Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. 

Nell Irvin Painter, the historian became Nell Painter, the artist. As Dr. Painter puts it, “After a life of historical truth and political engagement with American Society, my artwork represents freedom. Including the freedom to be totally self-centered.”

With her thesis project, “Art History According to Nell Painter,” she used collage to take images of figures from black history, attaching bold and abstract patterns and distorting them with digital photo manipulation tools and text – thus converging art with history. Self-portraiture is central to Painter’s art. Using found images and digital manipulation, she re-envisions herself through self portraits. Mia owns Painter’s “You Say This Can’t Really Be America” 2017, Color inkjet print with screen printing on paper.

Since embarking on her artistic career, Painter has garnered shows, fellowships and residencies. In January 2020, Painter was appointed Chair of the MacDowell Board of Directors. Located in Peterborough NH, MacDowell is one of the country’s leading contemporary arts organizations. MacDowell awards more than 300 competitive Fellowships working in seven disciplines each year. Painter herself is a two-time MacDowell Fellow, in 2016 and 2019.

Nell Irvin Painter, scholar and artist, is a shining example of, “It’s never too late.”

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April is Environment Awareness Month so make sure to save the date for the Friends April 8th Lecture, “A Morning Conversation with Terry Tempest Williams”

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Friends only tour features the Purcell-Cutts House

March 16, 2021 11:00 am

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Uncovering Hidden Histories at the Purcell-Cutts House

Please join Jennifer Komar Olivarez, Head of Exhibition Planning and Strategy, for a virtual tour highlighting aspects of the 1913 house that relate to current social and health issues. These include the history of race in Minneapolis, women in architecture, and hygiene and safety, and design in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you’re already familiar with the Prairie School house, you may see it differently from these perspectives!

An expert on Prairie School architecture and design, Jennifer has overseen the museum’s 1913 Prairie School-style Purcell-Cutts House since 1994.

Space is limited so make your reservation soon by emailing the Friends Office at friends@artsmia.org

 

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“Gun Island” by Amitav Ghosh is the book club selection

March 19, 2021 10:00 am

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Adventure and climate crisis abound in March’s book

Ghosh blends Begali legend with contemporary adventure in this novel in order to find new ways to address the world’s collective denial of climate and culture in crisis.  Join us for the discussion and a docent led tour afterwards.

If you haven’t joined the Book Club, please consider doing so. Our last meeting welcomed a full Zoom group of Friends, a lively discussion of Geraldine Brooks’ “Year of Wonders,” and a fascinating tour by docent Rose Stanley-Gilbert.  She filled the screen with fascinating pieces of Mia artwork to illustrate this very dark pandemic novel.

To join, email friends@artsmia.org to reserve your spot. The discussions are conducted on Zoom and are limited to 18. 

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The February lecture features Whitney curator Marcela Guerrero

February 21, 2021 11:00 am

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“Latinx Art: An American Artistic Force”

Marcela Guerrero

Join us as we welcome Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum in New York, as she presents Latinx Art: An American Artistic Force. Dr. Guerrero was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She received her BA from the University of Puerto Rico and holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Her passion for major movements in Latin American art, including the muralists and artists such as “Los Tres Grandes,” Diego Rivera, Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco led her to help organize the exhibition: Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925-1945, now on display at the Whitney Museum. 

The exhibition, demonstrating the cross-cultural exchange that came to influence artists of the period, including Thomas Hart Benton, Philip Guston, and Jackson Pollock, makes a case for the idea of a pan-American art (bridging North and South American cultures). 

Guerrero also worked previously as a Curatorial Fellow at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where she assisted in a ground-breaking 2017 exhibition called Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985. highlighting Latin American and Latinx art in Los Angeles and elsewhere in Southern California. 

With an awareness of systemic inequalities, Guerrero has stated, “It is not so much a mark that I would like to leave in the art world.  I would be happy to just push the art world, at least in the U.S., to be more of a reflection of the people who are right outside the steps of our institutions.” 

Like the rest of us, Dr. Guerrero is not traveling in this time of pandemic.  But what a wonderful opportunity we have to get a taste of the remarkable Latin American art she brings to us virtually on February 11th.  You won’t want to miss it.

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The February Friends Book Club features the plague

February 19, 2021 10:00 am

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Year of Wonders is the February pick

The February book choice is the timely Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks. To encourage such a book at this time of COVID 19, Oprah said, “Year of Wonders is a vividly imagined and strangely consoling tale of hope in the time of despair.”

According to howlongtoread.com, this will take you just five hours, 12 minutes to complete! 

If you haven’t joined the Book Club, please consider doing so. Not only do we discuss the chosen book, but we also enjoy a Docent-led guide through the Mia artwork, which resonates with the books’ themes. To join, email friends@artsmia.org to reserve your spot. The discussions are conducted on Zoom and are limited to 18. 

 

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January Lecture

January 14, 2021 11:00 am

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“Beyond Dürer: Becoming a Museum Director” is our first lecture of 2021

Dr. Katherine (Katie) Luber became the new director of Mia just one year ago in January. Luber, who goes by “Katie”, will share her journey to becoming a museum director. It began at Bryn Mawr with her Ph.D. dissertation on Albrecht Dürer’s paintings, and continued with a wide range of experiences, including work at the  Philadelphia Museum of Art and teaching at the University of Texas Austin, followed by an M.B.A. at Johns Hopkins University. Along the way, she founded and managed The Seasoned Palette, a successful start-up company that she ultimately sold before becoming the director of the San Antonio Museum in Texas. 

Katie’s determination and creative thinking allowed the San Antonio Museum of Art to substantially increase its membership and community reach, while also expanding its collection and breadth of exhibitions. That experience will be valuable as Mia continues to grow as an art museum in which everyone can learn about diverse cultures as well as see and engage with their own history. A fun fact about Katie’s own history is that although she is a 5th generation Texan on her father’s side, her great, great grandmother on her mother’s side emigrated from Norway and ended up in Minnesota. 

Katie has noted, “Throughout my career, I have demonstrated the importance and power of art to impact people and communities.” Her first year has been a baptism by fire with the pandemic and all the urban unrest in the community. She has spent the past year discovering the colorful mosaic of the Twin Cities communities. Katie finds it sad that the country is so divided and that there aren’t many places where we can have conversations. She sees the museum as one of those places to address those much-needed topics. 

David Wilson, President of Mia’s board described Katie as having “an authentic, passionate vision for how art can engage, educate, and delight us all.” Please join us as we kick off a fresh new year! “Zoom in” on January 14th to learn more about Albrecht Dürer, Katie Luber’s journey, and her vision for Mia.

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“Rembrandt in Conversation” is January’s Friends Only Tour

January 6, 2021 11:00 am

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Join us for a curator-led tour of this special exhibition

Thomas E. Rassieur,  John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings, Prints and Drawings Department Head

We’re delighted to have a Friends-favorite—Thomas Rassieur, John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings and Prints and Drawings Department Head—lead our first Friends Only tour of 2021!

Mr. Rassieur came to Mia in 2009 from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where he was Curator of Prints and Drawings. A respected scholar of Rembrandt, Thomas has published numerous writings on Rembrandt, German Renaissance prints, and Richard Holzschuh who is a talented storybook illustrator.  Thomas has also curated or co-curated thirty exhibitions, most prominently those showcasing Rembrandt.  While at Mia, he curated “Rembrandt in America” and “Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation.”  

This Zoom presentation will be limited to 15 to 18 participants. He is an animated and inspiring lecturer so make your reservation soon by emailing friends@artsmia.org

This event will be taped for those who are unable to attend the Jan. 6th Zoom tour.

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Friends January Book Club

January 15, 2021 10:00 am

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Time to read again!

January Friends Book Club will enjoy, “The Housekeeper and the Professor” by Yoko Ogawa. This contemporary novel revolves around a young single mother (the Housekeeper) who, along with her son, comes to care for the elderly and amnesiac Professor and end up learning much about life and mathematics in the process.

The 2021 book list for the remaining season include:

February – Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks

March – Gun Island: A Novel by Amitav Ghosh

April -Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

May – The Library Book by Susan Orlean

June – Less: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer

If you haven’t joined the Book Club, please consider doing so. Not only do we discuss the chosen book, but we also enjoy a Docent-led guide through the Mia artwork, which resonates with the books’ themes. To join, contact the Friends office to be added to the official list. The discussions are conducted on Zoom and are limited to 18. 

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December Friends Only Tour

December 8, 2020 11:00 am

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Casey Riley

Casey Riley, Curator and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media, will present the third Friends Only tour this month, exploring the beautiful and heartbreaking “Just Kids” exhibit before it closes.  

Casey oversees Mia’s collection of 14,000 photographs and works of new media.  She came to Mia in 2018 from the Boston Athenaeum as the assistant curator of the special collections. She also served as consulting curator for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. A graduate of Yale University, Casey also holds graduate degrees from Brown University, Middlebury College, and a PhD from Boston University. She is a specialist in the history of photography and is passionate about highlighting the work of women photographers.

Casey is a dynamic speaker so make your reservations soon by emailing friends@artsmia.org.  The event will be recorded for those who are unable to reserve a place.  

 

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December Friends Lecture

December 10, 2020 11:00 am

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The December lecture features architect Sam Olbekson

In the Anishinaabe language, there is no word for “architecture” or even “art” because they believe that art, beauty, function are not separate concepts but interwoven into daily life. In other words, everything is related.

Sam Olbekson is Principal of Native American Design at the national architectural firm Cunningham Group and founder of Full Circle Indigenous Planning. He has spent more than 20 years working with Native American clients on culturally significant planning and design. Sam brings the perspective of a member of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe who grew up in Native communities. The Anishinaabe are a culturally related indigenous people and the Ojibwe are a specific Anishinaabe nation.

As a youth with a strong interest in art and social issues, Olbekson’s Native American mentor encouraged him to consider architecture, believing it may be a way to contribute to Native culture and community building. An Ojibwe language teacher gave him the Ojibwe phrase to describe his profession that translates to, “I draw the houses, the ones that will be built, for my work.”

Olbekson often reconciles dualities. For example, he was the lead architect for the $110 million casino and hotel in the Cherokee River Valley that will have a lasting impression of the region on millions of visitors for years to come. A typical casino with Native looking symbols doesn’t honor anything so Olbekson tried to find form and aesthetics in deeper cultural places. He connected the mountain landscape and sense of place with the excitement a casino is meant to evoke, while honoring the Cherokee culture. His goal is to help Native communities in their economic development projects to ensure design and planning is done in a culturally appropriate way. 

Olbekson has worked on many economic growth and community building projects. Among them is the decade-long ongoing development of the American Indian Cultural Corridor that has transformed a decaying neighborhood into a safe and vibrant cultural destination with Native housing, stores, eateries and art galleries. Take Migizi Communications, a 40-year-old nonprofit organization that nurtures the development of Native American youth and is full of the energy, hope and spirit of the community’s future. Olbekson was a graduate of the program himself. The organization recently purchased and renovated a small building after a long capital campaign. Olbekson “was honored to design the space as a pro bono effort to say thank you for the personal impact they had on me as a youth.” 

Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the building that was located a block from the 3rd Precinct police station during the protests and ensuing destruction over George Floyd’s death. It was a sad and devastating loss, but the community is determined to rebuild. 

As they and other businesses in the Twin Cities rebuild, what should be on the forefront as architects and designers reimagine their communities? How can buildings and neighborhoods be designed to encourage equity, celebrate cultural identity, honor diversity while challenging divisive structural systems? Perhaps the word “placemaker” fits here. A placemaker works on the creation of quality public spaces that contribute to the health and well-being of the community. This architect sees his role as placemaker with a vision for an equitable and just future.

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