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Hearts of Our People Tour offered August 8 for Friends

August 8, 2019 10:00 am

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General Mills Lobby

Ticket Price: $20; Tour: Free

This Friends Only tour of Hearts of Our People will have limited space, so sign up early!

Don’t miss the chance to tour Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, presented by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, with Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Associate Curator of Native American Art at Mia.

This spectacular and meaningful exhibition of North American Native American women artists will be at Mia for a very limited time—from June 2 until August 18—before traveling to three other  museums. It has been featured in the New York Times, Vogue Magazine and other national publications.

Hearts of Our People has been in the works since November 2014, when an advisory board was formed from Native American women artists and Native-art scholars. This collaboration brought about a truly significant exhibition that  spans 115 artists and over 1,000 years. Co-curated by Jill Ahlberg Yohe and Teri Greeves, it is a first in highlighting only women artists, unquestionably recognized as the vital and creative source of art in the Native American communities of North America.

This Friends Only tour of Hearts of Our People is limited to 20 Friends members. It is free, but by reservation only; reserve your spot by contacting the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or  friends@artsmia.org. Exhibition tickets are required and may be purchased online, by phone (612.870.6323), or at the Third Avenue desk.

Meeting in the lobby across from the Store at Mia, the tour will begin promptly at 10AM. We welcome you in the Friends Office after the tour for treats and conversation.

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MCAD Senior Show Visit

May 9, 2019 6:00 pm

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MCAD Lobby, 2501 Stevens Avenue

Ticket Price: Free

Join us to check out the inspiring art from seniors at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an informal gathering at Agra Culture Cafe (Mia’s main lobby). 

Join fellow Friends on May 9 at 6PM (feel free to bring other friends) for a fun evening. We’ll meet at Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD)’s main building to take in all the talent of this year’s class. Then we’ll stroll over to Mia’s Agra Culture Cafe (first level) for refreshments.

RSVP a friendsoutreach@artsmia.org.

May Lecture: “The Challenge of Building a National Museum”

May 16, 2019 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch to speak at May Friends lecture.

Lonnie Bunch, Mia
Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution

Lonnie G. Bunch, III, Founding Director  of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to Mia will be the featured speaker for the Friends May lecture on May 16 at 11AM.

Mr. Bunch’s talk will explore the history and struggle to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture—a process that included a variety of challenges including building on the Mall, conceptual frameworks, public expectations, and the contextual terrain of race.

Mr. Bunch will discuss the strategies used to successfully navigate these challenges, talk about the current status and future plans for the museum, and explore how it will ultimately help the Smithsonian transition from a 19th-century institution to a 21st-century enterprise.

Mr. Bunch served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society (2001-05) and held several positions at the Smithsonian, including associate director for curatorial affairs (1994-2000) and supervising curator (1989-1992) at the National Museum of American History. He is the author of the award-winning book, Call the Lost Dream Back: Essays on Race, History and Museums (2010), and has published several other books including Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives (2014) and Memories of the Enslaved: Voices from the Slave Narratives (2015).

Since 2008, Bunch has served as the series co-editor of the “New Public Scholarship Edition” from the University of Michigan Press.  He has also served on the advisory boards of the American Association of Museums, the African American Association of Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the ICOM-US. Lonnie Bunch has received several awards and recognition including being appointed by President George W. Bush to the Commission for the Preservation of the White House in 2002 (reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2009). In 2005, Bunch was named one of the 100 most influential museum professionals in the 20th century by the American Association of Museums. In 2017, Bunch was given the President Award at the NAACP Image Award, presented with the Impact Leader Award from the Greater Washington Urban League, and was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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May Luncheon to follow lecture

May 16, 2019 12:00 pm

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Target Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $30

Reserve your spot for the Friends’ Spring Luncheon on Thursday, May 16 following the May lecture. 

Spring is upon us and so is the the Friends’ Spring Luncheon, which will be held on Thursday, May 16 (note the late date) immediately following the lecture by Lonnie Bunch, Director of the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture.

The menu includes salmon with dill sauce, roasted asparagus, boiled new potatoes, and assorted bread and butter, followed by everyone’s spring favorite, carrot cake!  A vegetarian option is available; please request when making your reservation. $30, including tax and gratuities.

All reservations MUST be received by Thursday, May 9, by 4PM. To reserve your spot: 612.870.6323 or click the ticketing link below.

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2019 Friends Art & Architecture Tour

June 6, 2019 9:00 am to 3:15 pm

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3rd Avenue Entrance Mia

Ticket Price: $75

The Friends’ Art & Architecture Tour is going local this year.  Tickets are limited so reserve yours soon!

Ralph Rapson, 1956, William Shepherd House. Photo: Carlos Gonzalas/Star Tribune

Join the Friends on Thursday, June 6 for a peek into Midcentury Modern. This era of design encompassed sleek, simplified lines and geometric shapes with a “futuristic” look.

The tour will include a visit to three private homes and one church. In the morning we’ll see a Lustron enameled-steel house and the Shepherd House by famed architect Ralph Rapson. Then, after a delicious lunch at the Birchwood Cafe, we’ll have a private tour of Christ Church Lutheran designed by father and son team, Eliel and Aero Saarinen.

The tour moderator will be Gary Reetz, FAIA, Vice President at Hamel Green Associates. Reetz has made a lifelong commitment to cultural architecture during his 45 year career and is Chair of the Society of Architectural historians, Minnesota Chapter.

Coach buses will leave Mia precisely at 9AM at the 3rd Avenue entrance of Mia, and will return by 3:15PM that day.

Tickets are $75 and as there are a only 25 spots for this exciting tour, reserving your spot early is a must. Friends members have priority for ticketing.

Call the ticketing line at 612.870.6323 to reserve your spot!

April Friends Book Club: “Population: 485, Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time”

April 18, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Join other Friends to discuss Michael Perry’s memoir “Population: 485, Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time”.

After a moderator-led discussion, we will have the enriching experience of a small group tour led by docents, connecting Mia works of art to Michael Perry’s memoir.

Writer and humorist Michael Perry returns to his rural Wisconsin town of New Auburn after being away for twelve years.  To reconnect with his past and get back into the fabric of the town, Perry joins the volunteer fire and rescue department.  Perry’s essays are structured around his EMT calls which range from a collision at the local laundromat to heart attacks, fires, and suicides.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Perry’s mosaic of small-town life also paints charming portraits of the town’s memorable characters, such as the One-Eyed Beagle, another firefighter.  Perry’s insights into the small-town mentality come from apparent contemplation, and he writes about them with good humor,…”.

There are spaces for 20 Friends.  Please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045 to make your reservation.

Please contact Jeanne Scheiderer, jeannescheiderer@hotmail.com with any questions.

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May Lecture: Lonnie G. Bunch, III, Director of the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture

May 16, 2019 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

“The Challenge of Building a National Museum.”

Lonnie G. Bunch, III is the founding director of the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture. His talk will explore the history and struggle to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture focusing on a variety of challenges including building on the Mall, conceptual frameworks, public expectations, and contextual terrain of race. 

Mr. Bunch will explore the strategies used to successfully navigate these challenges and in doing so he will update the audience on the current status and future projections for the Museum.  Ultimately, Mr. Bunch will explore how the National Museum will help the Smithsonian transition from a 19th century institution to a 21st century enterprise.

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Preview Party Kicks Off Art in Bloom 2019!

April 10, 2019 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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Second Floor Corridor

Ticket Price: $200 (Patron $300 and up)

Reserve your ticket today to get a first look at the flowers, pop-up boutique, live music, food and fun at Preview Party 2019.

Winter is finally over and it’s time to jump start your enjoyment of spring at the Preview Party, held the Wednesday evening before Art in Bloom opens to the general public. 

Art in Bloom Preview Party

You’ll be among the first to view the amazing floral arrangements at their freshest. Enjoy live music, docent-led tours, shopping, sign up for a Great Gathering and see a painting of the event being created, while you delight in Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and our signature cocktail. 

What a special night to enjoy with your friends as you support the mission of the Friends. Tickets start at $200 and are going fast!

Tickets are available online at ticket.artsmia.org or by calling 888.642.2787.

Art in Bloom 2019 Supporters

Lead Sponsor:

Generous Sponsors: Martha Head, Hirshfield’s, Galleria Edina, Lakewood Cemetery, Norseman Distillery, SeaChange Print Innovations, Samuel and Patricia McCullough, and the Tom and Lynn Schaefer Charitable Trust

Additional Generous Support: Mary Grau, Christine and Robert D. Salmen, Bob and Barbara Scott, the League of Catholic Women, California Closets, Marly Miller and Katie Miller Remole, and THYMES

Media Partner: Artful Living

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Keynote Speaker is “the floral artist of his generation”

April 11, 2019 12:00 am

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Lecture: Into the Light

April 11, 2019 10:00 am

Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: $35

 

Join us in welcoming floral artist Joseph Massie 

Please join us in welcoming Joseph Massie, one of Europe’s top botanical artists, to Mia as Art in Bloom’s Formal Lecturer. We are thrilled to have him delight us by sharing his interest in blossoms and buds.  A native of Liverpool England, and often referred to as “the floral artist of his generation,”  Massie’s interest in flowers began at age 14. From there  he went on to develop his business, taking on projects and artistic endeavors centered around botanical couture, sculptures, and installations. In 2016, he created a show-stopping exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show for Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.    

Massie also uses his time and talent to support organizations like the British Homeopathic Association and the Homeopathy Action Trust, which raise awareness for homeopathic therapies.  As part of these efforts, Massie created a living dress worn by Arlene Phillips (the television star from  Great Britain’s Strictly Come Dancing) at the National Television Awards. Living flowers such as clematis, roses, and hydrangea used for homeopathic remedies were sewn into the dress, creating  floral couture that was elegant, light, and reflective of Joseph’s signature style within the world of botanicals.  

After the lecture, participate in Massie’s Floral Master Class, The Art of Dinner Tablescapes.  The workshop will feature practical, hands on learning, underpinned with technical knowledge.  Come craft contemporary designs with an English twist focused on technique. Creative techniques for designing spectacular arrangements both classic to contemporary will be demonstrated.  

Floral Master Class:  Joseph Massie, The Art of Dinner Tablescapes
April 11, 2019 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Classrooms 112 and 113
Ticket Price: SOLD OUT

You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to spend time with Joseph Massie, one of Europe’s top botanical artists and five-time winner of the world renowned RHS Chelsea Flower Show.   

Generously sponsored by Martha Head.

Tickets are available online at ticket.artsmia.org or by calling 888.642.2787.

Art in Bloom 2019 Supporters

Lead Sponsor:

Generous Sponsors: Martha Head, Hirshfield’s, Galleria Edina, Lakewood Cemetery, Norseman Distillery, SeaChange Print Innovations, Samuel and Patricia McCullough, and the Tom and Lynn Schaefer Charitable Trust

Additional Generous Support: Mary Grau, Christine and Robert D. Salmen, Bob and Barbara Scott, the League of Catholic Women, California Closets, Marly Miller and Katie Miller Remole, and THYMES

Media Partner: Artful Living

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