Past Events

December Friends Lecture

December 9, 2021 11:00 am

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Rose B. Simpson

Rose Simpson’s work is powerful, earthy, with an independent voice.  Born in 1983, she comes from the Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico, famous for ceramics the women have produced since the 6th century, C.E.  She is a mixed-media artist, whose work includes ceramics, sculpture, metals, fashion, performances, music, installation, writing, and custom cars.

Rose still lives and works in the pueblo where she was born. It is the center of her world, the center of the earth, and where she finds inspiration.  Her life and her work goals are to find the tools to use to heal the damages she has experienced as a human being in our postmodern and post-colonial era objectification.  These tools are sculptural works of art that have a healing function that she hopes will become useful for everyone.

She is the daughter of Roxanne Swentzell, a renowned sculptor, and metal artist, and Patrick Simpson a wood, and metal sculptor.  Rose received an MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design, an MFA in creative nonfiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and while an artist in residence at the Denver Art Museum, she acquired a certificate in auto body in the New Mexico College automotive science program.  With that knowledge she customized a lowrider car, painted it in the black on black style of Maria Martinez, another well known pueblo artist, named it “Maria,” and installed it at the entrance to the Hearts of our People exhibit at Mia a few years ago.

It can be said that Rose Simpson’s work is ultimately about the human condition.  She is forced to grapple with cultural insensibility, but sees the fight against the racial determination of her work as a privileged engagement.  Some of the decisions she makes are intentional to deconstruct stereotypes around culture and gender.

Rose B. Simpson is an exciting, creative, expressive, skilled, thoughtful person who uses her art to express her thoughts, ideas, and feelings about the issues that are important to her and, she hopes, to everyone.

We have the privilege of seeing, and hearing her virtually December 9 at 11 am via Zoom. Please join us.

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You’re Invited: Friends Appreciation Sale

Mark your calendars! To show our appreciation, the leadership of the Friends of the Institute are hosting a holiday sale exclusively for Friends members and Mia staff.

Stop by the museum on December 1 or 2 when merchandise from the 2019 and 2020 Art in Bloom shops will be sold at 50% off. Come and browse large and small home décor, kitchen items, garden tools, and women’s apparel and accessories. Note that 2019 merchandise has already been marked down to sell, and 2020 merchandise was never sold publicly.

When: 
December 1–2
10 am to 5 pm

Where: 
Wells Fargo Community Room

Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

More information on directions and parking here.

What you need to know:
Credit card purchases only.
All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
We are unable to hold merchandise.

We strongly encourage you to bring your own bags. Limited paper bags will be available. Wrapping stations will be available if you wish to wrap your purchases.

Please reach out to the Friends office at friends@artsmia.org if you have additional questions. We hope to see you at the sale!

Friends Only Tour with Mia Guide Mary McMahon

December 1, 2021 11:00 am

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Join us to “Journey into Blue” 

You’re invited to our December tour on Wednesday, December 1 at 11 AM on Zoom. This month, we welcome our speaker, Mary McMahon, from the Mia 2015 Docent class.

Mary will join us for the hour to present this month’s topic: “Journey into Blue.” Through an art history lens we will explore the color blue and its never-ending fascination for artists through the centuries.

Space is limited to 30 participants. RSVP by Monday, November 29 to friends@artsmia.org or phone: 612-870-3045.

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

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November Book Club: Braiding Sweetgrass

November 19, 2021 10:00 am

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Braiding Sweetgrass

This month we are reading the New York Times and Washington Post bestseller Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Please join us on Zoom on November 19 at 10am for the Friends Book Club. Our selection is Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. This is a particularly special book as it was published by Minneapolis’ own Milkweed Press.

Kimmerer is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She writes from her perspectives as an Indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman. “She shows how living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamander, algae, and sweetgrass, offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices.”

A Friends guide will lead the discussion and take us on a personal selection of art pieces to complement the the book.

Contact the Friends Office to RSVP at friends@artsmia.org or by calling 612-870-3045.

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

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Dessa – In Her Own Words

September 9, 2021 11:00 am

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2021-2022 Friends Kick-Off Lecture, Thursday Sept. 9, 11:00 a.m. CST via Zoom

Dessa is a rapper, singer, writer and member of the Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective Doomtree. Dessa has been on the Billboard charts and has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, VocalEssence (a premier choral music organization) and contributed to the #1 album, The Hamilton Mixtape. Showcasing her creative chops, she released during the first half of 2021 a series of singles called IDES on the 15th of each month. About the fifth installation, “Talking Business,” Dessa said, “I wanted to make a song that unfolded like a little film where the plot was revealed in a series of objects and still images…To try to build a story in a flash of snapshots, I wrote a song without using any verbs.” 

Yes, Dessa is an inventive musician–and she is also a consummate communicator about a wide range of topics including art, science and entrepreneurship. 

Her wit and candor are revealed in keynote speeches, NPR broadcasts, and a podcast that she hosts entitled “Deeply Human.” She’s written articles for the New York Times and National Geographic Traveler and published a memoir in essays, My Own Devices in 2018. During the pandemic year, Dessa released a clever lyric video about Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. 

She’s even given a TED Talk about the brains of people in love and how she worked with a neuroscientist to get out of love.

In short, Dessa is hard to define but infinitely interesting!

You don’t want to miss this exclusive virtual event. Friends members have access to presale tickets starting on August 16 and tickets are limited.

To reserve your free tickets and receive the Zoom link, go to ticket.artsmia.org or call 612-870-3000.

 

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