Events

Friends January Book Club

January 15, 2021 10:00 am

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

Join Friends who love books via Zoom

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. 

Email friends@artsmia.org to reserve your spot.

This event is a Friends Only Event. Join the Friends today and attend the event!

Join The Friends

December Friends Only Tour

December 8, 2020 11:00 am

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

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.  

 

This event is a Friends Only Event. Join the Friends today and attend the event!

Join The Friends

December Friends Lecture

December 10, 2020 11:00 am

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

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.

Reserve your tickets online, or by calling 612-870-3000.

Save the date for January lecture

January 14, 2021 11:00 am

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

Kick-Off the New Year with a Friends Lecture! 

Dr. Katherine Luber, Executive Director of Mia, will present “Beyond Durer: Becoming a Museum Director,” introducing attendees to Albrecht Dürer, the artist who was the subject of her dissertation.  Tickets are available to Friends members on December 15, and to the general public on December 17. Reserve online, or by calling 612-870-3000. 

November Friends Only Tour

November 17, 2020 11:00 am

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

ZOOM

Ticket Price: Free

Friends get an exclusive tour of the renovated Southeast Asian galleries.

Pujan Gandhi, photo by Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pujan Gandhi,  Jane Emison Assistant Curator of South & Southeast Asian Art, will give the Friends a preview of the newly renovated Southeast Asian galleries, sharing his hope for deepening the community’s engagement with the dynamic arts of these vast regions.

Gandhi came to Mia in 2018. An interesting interview he did with the Star Tribune shortly after arriving can be found here.  Before this, he was based in Atlanta, where he served as a consulting curator at the High Museum of Art. Gandhi 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 30 participants, so make your reservation soon by emailing friends@artsmia.org. For those who are unable to attend, we hope to have a recording of this exciting event.

This event is a Friends Only Event. Join the Friends today and attend the event!

Join The Friends

November Friends Book Club

November 20, 2020 10:00 am

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

ZOOM

Ticket Price: Free

Join us for a discussion about Edith Wharton’s 12th book, The Age of Innocence, published in 1920. 

This novel is about a man, Newland Archer, and his marriage to May Welland which takes place in New York City in 1870. This romantic novel takes many twists and turns and is compounded by Archer’s new-found love for Countess Ellen Olenska.  

Notedly, this book won a Pulitzer in 1921, and it’s a wonderful get-away book while in quarantine.

Sidenote: The October Book Club was led by Mia’s Book Club Leader Debra Hegstrom and Docent Suzanne Zander. The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris is a timely history of Michele Norris’ family and life as it evolved from Alabama to South Minneapolis. This book is a wonderful read and eye-opening historical experience of the character of Minneapolis in the 1950s.

Please send an email to friends@artsmia.org to register for November’s meeting and receive a Zoom invitation. Space is limited to 15 people so don’t wait!

 

This event is a Friends Only Event. Join the Friends today and attend the event!

Join The Friends

Friends Lecture Series

November 12, 2020 11:00 am

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

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

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

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.

This event is a Friends Only Event. Join the Friends today and attend the event!

Join The Friends

Membership begins here: (Virtual) Friends 101

October 20, 2020 10:00 am

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

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

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

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.