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The Story of Arthur Truluv:  A Novel by Elizabeth Berg is February’s book

February 21, 2020 10:00 am

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Mia Library

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 “A beautiful, life-affirming novel about a remarkably loving man who creates for himself and others second chances at happiness.”

-Goodreads

The Friends Book Club will meet on the third Friday in February to discuss a book that, while about loss, is optimistic and life-affirming. 

This month’s discussion will be led by docent Julie Holland who will explore the theme of how small acts can turn friends into family.  Mia’s docents will guide members on gallery tours following the book discussion.  Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends. We hope that you will join us!   

For further information about this Friends Only event, please contact elizabethwinga@gmail.com. To reserve your spot; friends@artsmia.org or 612.870.3045.  

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Save the date for March lecture

March 12, 2020 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

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Save the date for Lisa Michaux and “Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, and Marie Bracquemond and the Impressionist Exhibitions.”

Revolutionary opportunities, the French Salon, and slanderous art critics—oh my!

Life as an artist was a challenge for women in late 19th-century France. Banned from studying at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts until 1897, women had to find other means of artistic instruction. Rigid social conventions made it impossible for respectable women like Cassatt or Morisot to meet with male artists at a café to discuss art and ideas. They had to be resourceful in making their voices heard and choosing subject matter that was modern, but also available to them. This lecture will examine the women of the Impressionist exhibitions and allow us to gain a greater understanding of the social and historical factors at play at the end of the 19th century in France.

Lisa Michaux was a curator in Mia’s Prints and Drawings department from 1990 to 2010 and is now a private art consultant and dealer. She divides her time between Paris and Minnesota and loves all things French, despite her inability to master the language. Join us in welcoming her back to Mia!

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The Friends Welcome Artist Tiffany Chung

January 9, 2020 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

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Tiffany Chung will speak on  “Remapping Histories: Wars, Embattled Sites, and Forced Migration” at the January Friends Lecture.

Through her poetic writing, Tiffany Chung’s lecture performance will examine the intersection of her artistic practice and academic discourse, which spans across many disciplines and mediums. Chung will delve into her research materials and process behind her cartographic and multi-media installation work that unpack the legacies of the Vietnam War, other Cold War conflicts, recent geopolitical upheavals worldwide, and the resulting migrations from the global south. Interweaving ordinary people’s memories with official accounts and international policies, her work foregrounds voices of those being displaced and creates interventions into the spatial and political narratives produced through statecraft.

An internationally active artist, Chung has participated in more than 100 exhibitions and biennials on five continents. “Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue,” her first major solo museum exhibition in the United States, ran March 15–September 2, 2019, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conjunction with “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975.”

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Great characters are the focus of the January friends only book club

January 17, 2020 10:00 am

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Art Research and Reference Library 

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Louise Penny’s A Great Reckoning: A Novel is the first book of the new year!

The new year for Mia’s Book Club begins with a crime mystery written by popular Canadian novelist Louise Penny.  A Great Reckoning: A Novel is Penny’s 12th in this superb series featuring Quebec Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, and set in the fictional village of Three Pines. 

The many awards that Penny has received for this series are a testament to how highly-regarded she has become.  From the Library Journal, “Riveting…with characters of incredible depth who only add to the strength of the plot.”  And from the New York Times Book Review, “Artful… powerful… magical.”

Friends members interested in a discussion on these intriguing characters, who are neither all good or all evil, are invited to join us.  Please call or email a reservation prior to the Friday meeting, friends@artsmia.org or 612.870.3045.  Members meet in the Art Research and Reference Library located by the Target Wing Atrium.  Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends.

This month’s discussion will be led by regular Book Club member Corrine Zwickey, who will bring the experience of her years as a literature educator to the discussion.  Mia’s docents will guide members on gallery tours following the book discussion.

For further information about this Friends Only event please contact elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  We hope that you will join us!   

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February Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Announced

February 13, 2020 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

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Naima J. Keith to discuss curating and the museum of the future

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Naima J. Keith, the new Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be presenting “Deep Dives into Curatorial and Educational Approaches” at our February lecture

In her previous role as Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the California African American Museum (CAAM), Keith was instrumental in transforming the institution into a vibrant art center and reflection of Los Angeles cultural life. During her three year tenure she doubled guest visits by engaging new and diverse audiences. She also served as associate curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem from 2011-16.

At LACMA, Keith and her team are evaluating ways to better serve a wider population of children and families. She is especially determined to make art museums a more welcoming place for people of color, women, and working moms. LACMA director Michael Govan says, “She takes risks and has a unique ability to consider ideas from multiple perspectives. Her resourcefulness in engaging diverse and evolving communities with art is crucial not only to LACMA, but to moving the entire field forward.”

Considered a Los Angeles art luminary, Keith is a proud native and grew up surrounded by art—both her parents are collectors—but she was not immediately smitten. Her memories of museums are typical of lots of people. “My mom basically dragging me and my sister along,” she says. She initially studied economics in college but eventually discovered her creative passion and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Spelman College, followed by a Masters in Contemporary Art at UCLA.

Her historical survey, Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989 (2014), traveled to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles spring 2015 and was nominated in 2014 for a “Best Monographic Museum Show in New York” award by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA). In 2017, Naima Keith received the 13th David C. Driskell prize to honor her contributions to the field of African American art and art history.

Keith is also co-curating Prospect.5, New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts Triennial, opening in fall 2020. Originating as an experiment to welcome the contemporary art world to New Orleans, this Prospect.5 cycle celebrates the organization’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

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December Lecture features Alec Soth

December 12, 2019 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

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December lecture tickets for Mia favorite Alec Soth are still available but going quickly!

ALEC SOTH

A favorite with Mia visitors and staff, Minnesota photographer Alec Soth will be our special guest for the Friends Lecture on Thursday, December 12. Soth is one of the most internationally-recognized photographers working today. For Soth, photography is a liberating, invigorating, and uncensored activity, but “…a photograph is not something to keep a memory,” he clarifies. “It’s something to just speak with. It’s language.” He compares his photography to poetry rather than journalism, encouraging multiple interpretations. With tenderness and empathy, his art portrays a variety subjects— a man named Charles holding model airplanes in Vasa, Minnesota, a Paris fashion shoot, and compelling landscapes, scenes, and portraits that reveal people’s livelihoods, pastimes, hopes, concerns, and fading dreams.

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Luncheon Reservations to Close on December 5!

December 12, 2019 12:30 pm

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Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $30

Looking forward to the holidays and searching for an opportunity to join your Friends at Mia? Come to lunch!

Reserve your spot for the Friends Luncheon!  Following the December 12 lecture by Alec Soth, “The Space Between Us,” join the Friends for a Holiday luncheon in the Reception Hall, Target Wing. Save your spot soon for this popular  gathering, that for many of us has become a welcome annual holiday tradition.

The menu includes winter-hearty, Beef Stroganoff on Egg Noodles with Truffle Sour Cream, a Side Salad, and warm Dinner Rolls, followed by a dessert of Holiday Chocolate Mousse. A vegetarian option is available; please request when making your reservation.

The cost is $30 including tax and gratuities. All reservations MUST be received by Thursday, December 5 by 4PM.  Tickets are available now. Click the link below or call 612.870.6323 to reserve your spot.

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January lecture features Artist Tiffany Chung

January 9, 2020 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

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Tiffany Chung will speak on  “Remapping Histories: Wars, Embattled Sites, and Forced Migration” at the January Friends Lecture.

Artist Tiffany Chung will speak at the Friends Lecture on Thursday, January 9 at 11AM in the Pillsbury Auditorium.

Chung combines cartography with meticulous academic research and ethnographic fieldwork in creating her visually arresting map-based drawings and embroidered works. In them, she depicts the impacts of migration, conflict, and shifting borders in the wake of political upheavals and natural disasters. Over time, her focus has expanded from the South Vietnamese exodus following the civil war in her native country, to the flight of Syrians and Guatemalans in response to war and violence in their home countries. She seeks to infuse her work with stories that have been excluded from official historical accounts. Ms. Chung says of her work:  “Employing beauty and aesthetics to discuss very difficult subject matters has always been my strategy.”  She uses the universal language of art to draw people in first, only for them to be confronted with political issues or situations that they might not have been so willing to engage otherwise.

The artist’s large-scale work, “Reconstructing an Exodus History: flight routes from camps and of ODP cases,” is featured in Mia’s exhibit, Artists Reflect: Contemporary Views on the American War. The twelve-foot-long world map, with escape routes meticulously embroidered in scarlet thread on a navy-blue background, shows the paths of forced migration of Vietnamese people from refugee camps in Asia to worldwide locations 35 years ago. 

An internationally active artist, Chung has participated in more than 100 exhibitions and biennials on five continents. “Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue,” her first major solo museum exhibition in the United States, ran March 15–September 2, 2019, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conjunction with “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975.”

Learn more about Chung here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZEpOCBTZKw&feature=youtu.be

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Sign Up Now! January Friends Only Tour

January 22, 2020 11:00 am

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Mia Galleries

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Space is limited for a Friends Only Tour on January 22, 2020!

Margaret Jordan Patterson American (born Java), 1867–1950 Heartsease, c. 1920s Color woodcut 2017.71.1

Marla Kinney, a Fellow in Mia’s Prints and Drawings department, will lead a highly engaging tour of Color Woodcuts in the Arts and Crafts Era on Wednesday, January 22 at 11AM. A Fellow in Prints and Drawings since 2000, Marla has curated 17 exhibitions, and contributed significantly to Mia’s print catalogs. 

Space is limited to 15 Friends, so sign up soon by calling 612-870-3045 or emailing friends@artsmia.org

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Last chance for tickets to Creating a Landmark

November 7, 2019 5:30 pm

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Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $75

Join the Friends for an evening celebrating the new Bell Museum! 

Courtesy of the Bell Museum and University of Minnesota.

 

A last-minute invitation for spontaneous fun–The Friends have added a few seats for next week’s evening with Bell Museum Executive Director Denise Young and award-winning architect David Dimond, Design Director of the Minneapolis studio of Perkins and Will, and Honored Guest Ford Bell, a Mia Trustee. We’ll hear about the design vision that’s made the new Bell such a fresh, yet timeless Midwest landmark, plus behind-the-scenes stories of the unique challenges of moving and restoring its famed dioramas.

Mia and the Bell Museum enjoy a close connection. Both were established in the late nineteenth century and benefited from the gifts of philanthropist James Ford Bell. He was an influential sponsor of the Bell Museum, renamed in his honor in 1968. The Bell family was also a benefactor of the then Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Enjoy tours of Mia’s permanent collection that connect the two museums, including art donated by the Bell family, plus wine, beer and appetizers. Held in Mia’s Reception Hall, third-floor Target Wing. Tickets are $75. Call ‪612.870.6323 or reserve your space through the link below.

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