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Friends November Book is “The Refugees” with themes related to “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975”

November 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Friends Only Book Club to meet Friday, November 15. Space is limited so make a reservation now!

The current special exhibition, Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War 1965-1975, challenges us to rethink a tumultuous period in our nation’s history.  One continuing impact in our country today is the many refugees from southeast Asia who have immigrated to our nation and Minnesota.  Mia’s November book selection, The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, will guide Friends Book Club attendees in revisiting this era via a discussion.

Any Friends member interested in a stimulating discussion of this award-winning book is invited to join the Book Club for the November meeting.  This month’s discussion will be lead by docent Susan Drummond who has traveled to Vietnam. Small group gallery tours will follow the book discussion and will be led by Mia docents.

Praise for The Refugees has been widespread since it was published in 2016.  As a collection of short stories, the author provides a glimpse into the lives of people from his homeland, Vietnam.  His humor and writing style along with poignant moments enrich our feelings and memories of this time period.

For further questions about this Friends Only Event please contact Elizabeth Winga, elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  

To make a reservation call the Friends office, 612.870.3045 or send an email to friends@artsmia.org and leave your name.  There is a limit of 20 openings.

Friends Only Book Club is one more reason to join and support the Friends of Mia!

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A Mia favorite, photographer Alec Soth, speaks at Friends Lecture in December

December 12, 2019 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

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Minnesota photographer and artist Alec Soth will consider the evolution of his work and the work of an artist at the December Friends lecture

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.

But how does he do it? Is happenstance and curiosity enough? Considering the wanderlust quality to his work, does he ever have a destination in mind? Why do people agree to be photographed? Join us for this insightful lecture as Soth discusses the evolution of his work across multiple projects, with a special emphasis on portraiture. 

Learn more about Soth here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwEMqgLSVrM

Soth is based in Minneapolis. He has published over 25 books in including Sleeping by the Mississippi, Niagara, Broken Manual, Songbook, and his most recentI Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating. Soth has had over 50 solo exhibitions including survey shows organized by Jeu de Paume in Paris (2008), the Walker Art Center (2010) and Media Space in London (2015). He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). In 2008, Soth created Little Brown Mushroom, a multi-media enterprise focused on visual storytelling. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Hammons Gallery in Minneapolis, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, Loock Gallery in Berlin, and is a member of Magnum Photos.

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Make Your Reservation for the Friends Holiday Luncheon!

December 12, 2019 12:30 pm

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Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $30

Join us for a Holiday lunch immediately following the December 12 lecture by Minnesota photographer Alec Soth.

Looking forward to the holidays and searching for an opportunity to join your Friends at Mia to share a lovely holiday luncheon? 

Then reserve your spot!  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 4 p.m.  Tickets will become available a month preceding the event (i.e. November 12, 2019). Click the link below or call 612.870.6323 to reserve your spot.

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October 10 Lecture Asks “When is Art Unfinished?”

October 10, 2019 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s curator of European paintings Andrea Bayer explores the concept of unfinished art at the Friend’s October 10 lecture.

 

When is a work of art unfinished? How do we know? 

These are just two of the intriguing questions to be considered in this upcoming lecture by Andrea Bayer, “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible.” The longtime curator in European paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and its newly appointed Director for Collections and Administration. Ms. Bayer’s lecture will examine the concept of unfinished in a broad sense, from works that were interrupted, remaining unfinished accidentally, to works that were deliberately left incomplete. Some of history’s greatest artists explored this aesthetic of “intentionally unfinished” (also known as non finito), including Titian, Turner and Cezanne. 

From the Renaissance and Baroque periods, through the 19th century and into the 20th, Ms. Bayer will show us the artists’ minds and hands at work. From Rembrandt to Rauschenberg, we will explore together the resolved and unresolved in Western masterworks throughout time. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY1ooKN46BE&feature=youtu.be

Appointed the Metropolitan of Art’s Director for Collections and Administration in October, 2018, Andrea Bayer was previously the Jayne Wrightsman Curator in the Department of European Paintings. She received her PhD from Princeton University in 1990, and has been on the staff of The Met since that time. 

An expert on Italian Renaissance art, she has worked on a range of exhibitions, both thematic investigations such as Painters of Reality; the Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombardy (2004) and Art and Love in Renaissance Italy (2008-09), and monographic shows on artists such as Tiepolo, Tintoretto, and Antonello da Messina. Her most recent exhibitions include Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible at the Met Breuer. She is currently co-chairman of the Director’s Exhibition Committee. 

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Learn about Friends at Friends 101

October 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Newsroom

Ticket Price: Free

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 15. Learn more about the Friends followed by  a private viewing of the newly refreshed Americas galleries.

Les Namingha (American), Overlay, 2014, ceramic, pigments. Bequest of Virginia Doneghy, by exchange, 2018.6.1

Would you like to know more about what the Friends do? Please join us for Friends 101, a conversation about the history, activities, and opportunities available through the Friends. Whether you’re new to the organization or have been around for a while, we’d love to see you there! 

This popular event is free. Stay until the end of the event for an exclusive opportunity to join Mia’s Associate Curator of Native American Art, Jill Ahlberg Yohe for a presentation in the newly refreshed Americas galleries.

To attend please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or email friends@artsmia.org.

Get Reading! Friends Only Book Club is October 18

October 18, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Jesmyn Ward’s award-winning novel entitled Sing, Unburied, Sing is October’s Book Club selection

Any Friends member interested in a stimulating book discussion around Jesmyn Ward’s 2017 award-winning novel entitled Sing, Unburied, Sing is invited to join the book club for the October meeting.  The group meets in Mia’s research library on the first floor of the Target Wing.  Following the one-hour book discussion an hour long docent-led tour will be available.  Because of the limited reservations, small groups are guaranteed for the gallery tours.

All that is requested is to call in or email a reservation prior to the meeting. There is a limit of 20 openings. Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends.  

The Star Tribune has described Ward’s novel as “the story of a few days in the lives of a tumultuous Mississippi Gulf Coast family and the histories and ghosts that haunt it,..it is nothing short of magnificent.”  The Philadelphia Inquirer adds that, “After winning the National Book Award for Salvage the Bones, Ward is back, with an epic family saga…”  Particularly relevant is this quote from the New York Times, “However eternal its concerns, Sing, Unburied, Sing is perfectly poised for the moment.”

This book club tour will offer an opportunity to view some of the new acquisitions in Mia’s collection that relate to diverse cultures and issues.  Each of the two docents guiding a tour will offer unique connections between the novel and Mia’s collection.

For further questions about this Friends Only Event please contact Elizabeth Winga, elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  

To make a reservation call the Friends office, 612.870.3045 or send an email to friends@artsmia.org and leave your name.  There is a limit of 20 openings.

Friends Book Club is one more reason to join and support the Friends of Mia!

Friends Lectures Begin September 12 with “A Contemporary Hmong Aesthetic in Cloth”

September 12, 2019 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

The Friends of the Institute welcome artist and writer Geraldine Craig as she discusses overview and history of Hmong textile traditions at Mia.

Please join the Friends of the Institute in September for Geraldine Craig’s lecture: “A Contemporary Hmong Aesthetic in Cloth.”

This lecture will provide an overview and history of Hmong textile traditions, including the dramatic shift to narrative story-cloth production in Thai refugee camps after 1975. Craig will highlight the work of two contemporary Hmong artists: Laos-based artist Tcheu Xiong and the late Ia Yang. Despite diverse childhood experiences, their work similarly reflects the influence of ritual or Amish quilts, contrasting frameworks of tradition and modernity, innovation and empowerment—an aesthetic hybrid.

Geraldine Craig is an artist and writer whose research focuses on the intersections and relationships between textile history, theory/criticism, curatorial work, and studio practice. Her writing is formed by modes of knowing as a maker, with primary research interests in contemporary art/craft and Hmong textiles. Craig has exhibited her work and been artist in residence at many national and international locations. She is a professor of art and associate dean at Kansas State University.

Tickets are available for Friends members on July 15, and the general public on July 17. Reserve your ticket by following the link below or by calling 612.870.6323.

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Reservations open for September Luncheon

September 12, 2019 12:30 pm

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Target Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $30

Join your Friends for lunch following the September lecture

Fall is coming and so is the first Friend’s luncheon. On September 12, following the lecture by Geraldine Craig, there will be a lovely meal of vegetarian butternut squash soup with crème fraiche, red butter lettuce salad with apple cider vinaigrette, toasted pumpkin seeds, pomegranates, and blue cheese, followed by a dessert of pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese mousse. This experience is $30, including tax and gratuities.

Please join us as we get caught up and welcome the fall season.

All reservations MUST be received by Thursday, September 5, 4PM. To reserve your spot online, follow the link below or call 612.870.6323.

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Join Friends September 13 for Book Club

September 13, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Join your Friends who love books every month at the Friends Book Club and check out this season’s preview!

Friends members who love books are encouraged to come to a gathering of the Friends Book Club this year.  These intriguing book discussions are held September through April (except December) on the third Friday of the month and follow selections for Mia’s Inspired by Books monthly tours in the Mia Library. The program is a free benefit for Friends members. Reservations are recommended.

The first Friends Book Club meeting on Friday, September 13 at 10AM for Fall 2019 will focus on an exquisitely written book, An Odyssey, by Daniel Mendelsohn.  A one-hour book discussion led by docent Elizabeth Winga will be followed by a one-hour book-related tour of the galleries, custom-designed by one of Mia’s docents. Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends. 

Hearing the title An Odyssey no doubt conjures up school day memories of the Greek poet Homer. Reviewers have assured us that rereading the classic is not required to enjoy this memoir.  The focus is, instead, on a father and son relationship that highlights  experiences when the father decides to audit his professor son’s college course at Bard College. 

The Los Angeles Review of Books describes Mendelsohn’s book as “heartfelt, touching…a dazzling rich story of identity and recognition from an exacting critic and award-winning memoirist…”  As one might suspect, the author’s narrative comes to echo Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey.

To make a reservation please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or send an email to friends@artsmia.org.  Space is limited to twenty Friends only, so reserve your spot today!

Mark your calendar for 2019 selections/dates that include: 

Friday, October 18 at 10AM
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward is a journey through Mississippi’s past and present revealing an epic tale of hope and struggle that examines the ugly truths at the heart of this American story.  

Friday, November 15 at 10AM
The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen connects to a special exhibition in the galleries as well as current issues of immigration.  

No meeting in December

2020 book selections will be announced at a later date.

For more information about this Friends Only Event please contact Elizabeth Winga, friendsonlyevents@artsmia.org.  Friends Book Club is one more reason for joining and supporting the Friends of Mia!

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Save the date for the Bell at Mia

November 7, 2019 5:30 pm

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Target Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $75

 Creating a Landmark, Honoring a Legacy: Bell Museum and Mia has been rescheduled for November 2019

Courtesy of the Bell Museum and University of Minnesota.

Mark your calendar for this special event on November 7! After being snowed out last January, the Friends are happy to announce the rescheduling of the Bell at Mia. At this fundraiser for the Friends, learn about the exciting new Bell Museum, Minnesota’s official natural history museum and planetarium.

Meet Director Denise Young, award-winning architect David Dimond of Perkins + Will, and Trustee and philanthropist Ford Bell, whose family has been instrumental in supporting both the Bell and Mia.

Enjoy docent-led tours of Mia’s permanent collection that connect the two museums, including art donated by the Bell family, plus wine, beer and appetizers.

Reserve tickets at tickets.artsmia.org or 612.870.6323 after September 1. Held in Mia’s Reception Hall, third floor Target Wing.  Join us, bring a friend, support the Friends!

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