Events

Friends Only Book Club Meets January 11

January 11, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Library

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Golden, A. (1999), Memoirs of a Geisha, Vintage Contemporaries, New York.

Memoirs of a Geisha is the January Book Club selection!

Join your Friends on Friday, January 11 at 10AM in the Mia Art Research & Reference Library, first-floor Target Wing, to discuss Arthur Golden’s historical fiction novel Memoirs of a Geisha.

After our moderator-led discussion, we will have the pleasure of a docent-led tour related to the novel.

Sarah Midori Zimmerman writer-editor for New York magazine said, “Arthur Golden’s brilliant debut novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, is a reminder of just how silly the exhortation ‘write what you know!’ can be.  Clearly Golden, a 40-something American male, has never lived anything remotely similar to the experiences of a geisha coming of age in the 1930’s, the glory days of Kyoto’s Gion pleasure district.  Yet it is precisely this vanished world that he recreates with subtlety, sensuality, and supreme authority, bringing to life characters so complete and idiosyncratic—so fully sprung from the eras he has evoked—that his novel ultimately overwhelms us, as seductive and beguiling as the geisha of its title…”.

There are only 20 spots available for this event. Please make your reservation by calling the Friends office at 612.870.3045.

Also mark Friday, February 15 on your calendar for a moderator-led discussion and docented tour focusing on Born A Crime:  Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.

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Kunin Collection is Focus of Friends Only Tour

January 18, 2019 11:00 am

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Fountain Court

Ticket Price: Free

Friends Members are invited for a Curator Led Tour of some of the highlights from the Kunin Collection.

Bob Thompson, United States, 1937–66 Homage to Nina Simone, 1965, Oil on canvas The John R. Van Derlip Fund, 89.83, © Estate of Bob Thompson, Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY.

 Robert Cozzolino, the Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings, will lead a one hour Friends-only tour on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 11AM of the Kunin Collection, providing an overview of its distinctive character, its many strengths, and illuminating the collector who brought the work together.

Myron Kunin took over his parents’ department store chain of hair salons in the 1960’s and grew it into the industry leading, billion-dollar effort, Regis Corporation.  Along the way, he exercised his love of art into one of the most important private collections of American Modernism. At Mia, he was a lifetime trustee and supported the museum in numerous ways.

After his death in 2013, a large selection of his American art came to Mia on long-term loan. Dr. Cozzolino, who became close to Kunin as a curator in Philadelphia, started at Mia in 2016 and has been continuously programming and rotating installations from the collection. The artwork spans a diverse range of styles and subject matters, with current installations revealing the breadth of Kunin’s uncommon vision.

Cozzolino will begin the tour with a portrait gallery (G360) hung floor to ceiling, or  “salon style,” with some of Kunin’s favorite subjects. He will highlight two galleries on the third floor devoted to abstraction and magic realism, before proceeding to a pair of recently installed galleries on the second floor (G262 and G275) focusing on Philadelphia Modernism and the artist Bob Thompson.

We will gather in the second-floor Regis Fountain Court 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour.

There are only 30 spots available for this event. Please contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or friends@artsmia.org to make your reservation.

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Start the New Year by Supporting Your Friends

January 31, 2019 5:30 am

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Target Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $75

Architect David Dimond speaks at Friends benefit highlighting the special connection between the new Bell Museum and Mia on January 31.

Perkins+Will, Minneapolis. Bell Museum. 2018, St. Paul, MN.

Join the Friends at 5:30PM on Thursday, January 31, 2019 in the Target Reception Hall, for an exciting evening featuring an introduction to the beautiful, new Bell Museum and its links to the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The Bell Museum and Mia have a special connection.  Both were established in the late nineteenth century and benefited from the gifts of notable philanthropist, James Ford Bell.  A devoted friend of the University of Minnesota, he was the driving force in the development of the natural history museum named in his honor in 1966.

Architect David Dimond and his firm, Perkins+Will, created a stunning setting for the Bell Museum’s collection. He will enlighten the Friends about the design process, his selection of native materials for the building and its landscaping, as well as the special challenges of accommodating historic exhibits in the new museum. Afterwards, Bell Executive Director Denise Young will share details of the amazing process of relocating their wildlife dioramas with mural backgrounds, and the incorporation of technology into exhibits,  which include a digital planetarium and a new, life-size woolly mammoth.  

Guests will enjoy tours of Mia’s natural history paintings, major pieces by American silversmith Paul Revere Jr., and the Charleston Rooms donated by James Ford Bell—a perfect way to connect Mia and the Bell Museum.

Please join us at this exciting event on January 31, a benefit for the Friends of the Institute.  Enjoy docent-led tours, wine, beer and appetizers, and a presentation by Denise Young and David Dimond.

Tickets are $75 and are available by clicking the link below or by calling 612.870.6323.

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SAVE THE DATE FOR FEBRUARY FRIENDS LECTURE

February 14, 2019 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Nora Naranjo Morse presents “Numbe Whageh – Pueblo Perspectives in Public Art ( Numbe Whageh-Tewa interpretation, Our Center Place).”

Artist Nora Naranjo Morse

In anticipation of the upcoming Mia special exhibition, “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists,” presented by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in the spring of 2019, the February Friends Lecture features native artist Nora Naranjo Morse.  Her clay creation, “Our Homes Ourselves” was acquired by the museum in 2000, making it a profound addition to Mia’s permanent collection.

Morse will discuss public art from a native, Pueblo perspective.  A life-long resident of the Santa Clara Pueblo, she has been steeped in the rich traditions of her people as well as exposed to a different set of traditions in the Anglo world. Morse attempts to resolve these conflicting pulls through her work, which pays homage to her long lineage as it embraces aspects of the contemporary world.

Morse is a sculptor, writer, and producer of films that look at the continuing social changes within Pueblo Indian culture.  An artist best known for her work with clay, she makes pottery and figurines, as well as installations and large-scale public art.  From earth works to clay and straw towers, her artwork often feature notes of whimsy.

Outside of Santa Fe, her work can be seen at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.  A graduate of the College of Santa Fe, she became the first Native American to have an outdoor sculpture installed on the National Mall in Washington D.C. when her installation, “Always Becoming”, was selected by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. She is the author of the poetry collection Mud Woman:  Poems from the Clay, which combines poems with photographs of her work in clay.

Free tickets are available starting January 15 for Friends members and January 17 for non-members. Click the ticket link below or call 612.870.6323.

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Save the Date for the February Luncheon

February 14, 2019 12:30 pm

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Reception Hall, Target Wing

Ticket Price: $30

February luncheon to be held Thursday, February 14.

Be sure to mark your calendar for February 14 at 12:30PM, when you’ll be treated to the Friends Luncheon, a Valentine’s meal befitting this day devoted to love.  As menu details become available, they will be posted here and in the February addition of the Friends newsletter. This luncheon will immediately follow the February 14, 2019 Friends Lecture featuring Nora Naranjo Morse.

Because the luncheons have been so successful this year, we encourage you to reserve your ticket early to guarantee a seat.

The cost is $30 per person, including tax and gratuities. All reservations MUST be received by 4PM Thursday, February 7.

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How to Forge a Rare Book

December 13, 2018 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Renowned historian to discuss how he uncovered a rare book forgery at Friends Lecture on December 13.

Dr. Nick Wilding will speak on December 13 on “How to Forge a Rare Book.”

Please join the Friends of the Institute as Dr. Nick Wilding presents, “How to Forge a Rare Book.”

Dr. Wilding, faculty member at Georgia State University, is an Early Modern Historian with expertise on Galileo Galilei (the famous astronomer) and the history of books.  Wilding became widely renowned by uncovering a forgery of a book published by Galileo in 1610. Hear Wilding describe how he revealed a fake book that had already been accepted as authentic by international consensus.

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December 13 is Next Friends Luncheon

December 13, 2018 12:30 pm

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Reception Hall, Target Wing

Ticket Price: $30

Reserve your tickets for the Holiday Luncheon now!

 

Join us for luncheon in the third floor Reception Hall, Target Wing following the December 13 Friends lecture. We will feast on Old English Winter Chicken Pot Pie followed by Lemon Cake with Almond Buttercream.

A vegetarian option is also available—please request when making your luncheon reservation.

Tickets are available by clicking the ticket link below or by calling 612.870.6323. The cost is $30 per person, including tax and gratuities. All reservations MUST be received by Wednesday, December 5, by 4PM.

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Save the date for January Friends Lecture

January 10, 2019 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Erika Doss presents “Monumental Troubles: Reckoning with Problematic Public Art in America”

Public Art creates a cultural space and invites public participation and public response. Monuments, memorials and other forms of public art are often designed to recognize and preserve memories and to honor particular people and historic events.

But what does being “public art” mean and whose “public” is being represented? Erika Doss will address this in her lecture to the Friends on January 10, 2019. She will discuss ways that public art does not always communicate the human experience and can become “out of sync” with present-day values and ideals. How do we as Americans address this and the dilemmas of dissent and historical accountability in public culture?

Erika Doss is a Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, which was followed by teaching courses at the University of Colorado-Boulder. The recipient of several Fulbright awards, Doss has also held fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Free tickets are available starting December 15 for Friends members and December 17 for non-members. Click the ticket link below or call 612.870.6323.

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A Random Walk Through Mia

November 8, 2018 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

November Friends Lecture to feature former Star Tribune visual arts columnist Mary Abbe

“Wrestling Art into Words: A Random Walk through Mia” lecture presented by Friends of the Institute, will highlight Mary Abbe. This award winning journalist opened up an entire world to readers through her visual arts column that ran in the Star Tribune from 1984-2016. 

Her world was one of stories—of art, artists, curators, gallery and museum staff, art lawyers, restorers, movers and more. Retired now, Abbe says that roaming art galleries is still one of her favorite diversions. Join us as we listen to her stories inspired by Mia—its art, people and community. 

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Friends-Only Tour: Egypt’s Sunken Cities

November 20, 2018 12:30 pm

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Target Galleries

Ticket Price: Free to Friends Members

An exclusive tour of Egypt’s Sunken Cities will be hosted by Mia’s Curator of African Art, Arts of Africa and the Americas Department Head, Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers. Numbers are limited–sign up now!

The bust of the colossal statue of Hapy has been strapped with webbings before being cautiously raised out of the water of Aboukir bay, Egypt. Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation.

Don’t miss an exclusive Friends-only opportunity for 20 people to tour Egypt’s Sunken Cities, presented by U.S. Bank, with Mia’s curator of African Art, Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers.  He will tell the epic story of one of the greatest finds in the history of underwater archaeology, a story that revealed two lost cities of ancient Egypt submerged under the Mediterranean Sea for over a thousand years. The tour will meet in the Regis Fountain Court on Tuesday, November 20 at 12:30 PM.

Grootaers will bring to life many of the 200 authentic artifacts ranging from the colossal sculptures to precious gold coins and jewelry, bronze vessels, objects inscribed in the ancient Egyptian or Greek languages, and statues from the sunken and forgotten ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. They will be seen alongside ancient Egyptian artifacts from museums in Cairo and Alexandria, many of which have never been on view in the United States.

Contact the Friends Office to sign up for this limited enrollment tour by calling 612.870.3045 or emailing friends@artsmia.org.

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