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With the prospect of spring on our doorsteps, the celebration of the Friends centennial continues in full gear. A reminder that the celebratory luncheon originally scheduled in January is rescheduled for April 14. If you purchased a ticket for this event, there is no need to re-register for the luncheon. Great news though…additional tickets are available by calling 612-870-6323 or visiting Mia’s ticketing page. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if guests showed up wearing wonderful spring hats reminiscent of Friends luncheons of decades long ago?

Also, a reminder to head to the Friends office to pick up a copy of Friends for 100 Years: A Lasting Legacy. Our committee is pleased to know that one Friends member has already placed her book on her coffee table! We are beyond honored, but more importantly know that members are learning about the remarkable past this organization possesses.

Looking ahead to upcoming centennial events brings us to the Cargill Gallery exhibition that Mia curator Tom Rassieur is planning for a mid-April opening. It will highlight previous Art In Bloom exhibitions and is another opportunity to experience the astounding Delacroix painting Friends has gifted to Mia to mark our centennial. No doubt the Delacroix will assume a place of honor in this intimate gallery.

Hennepin History Museum, once the home of first Friends President Carolyn Christian.

Mark your calendars for a unique and exciting partnership with our neighbor, the Hennepin History Museum: June 15 brings a lively “Homecoming” evening reception at HHM.

Reception Room at Hennepin History Museum

Enjoy lively music of the 1920s and view personal artifacts and photos in the rooms of Carolyn Christian’s (first Friends president) home. Hennepin History Museum Director John Crippen and Friends President Julie Holland will deliver welcoming remarks.

Further imagine life around the neighborhood with a historical and architectural walking tour focusing on the homes of residents who lived around the park and the locations of HHM and Mia. The tour offers a taste of the period and lives of the early patrons of the community, especially those connected to Friends and Mia. Each tour will begin at HHM with a view of the Reception Room there before the walking tour begins. A cookie and water break is scheduled at the Gale Mansion, today’s home of the American Association-University Women. The tour ends at Mia with an opportunity to view the Friends exhibit in the Cargill Gallery. Each tour participant will receive a tour booklet published by HHM. Ticketed tours are scheduled for June 23 and 24 at 10 am and 1 pm.

There is so much to look forward to as warm weather arrives, and we say farewell to winter!

– The Friends History Publication Committee

Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers

Friends Lecture: Seitu Jones

March 10, 2022 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

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Seitu Jones is a multi-disciplinary artist, and community organizer, known for his large-scale public artworks, and environmental designs.  He works both independently and in collaboration with other artists, and has created over 40 large-scale public works. He has created sets for multiple Twin Cities theaters. His art has been exhibited at Mia, the Walker Art Center, the American Folk Art museum in New York, and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. 

Seitu was born in Minneapolis in 1951 and has degrees in environmental history and landscape design.  He is retired from the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Arts MFA program at Goddard College in Port Townsend, WA.

He is a 4th generation Minnesotan. His great grandfather, who was born into slavery, relocated to Minnesota in the 1870s, first settling in Red Wing, and then Rochester.  His grandparents lived in the Rondo area of St. Paul.

His father, aunts, and uncles were all creatives, and inspired Seitu.

Seitu finds inspiration in so many places. He uses the spirit of improvisation in his work, which is in the sphere of African and Afro-Atlantic traditions. Much of his art centers around placemaking, creating, and manipulating space, while working with the community to change and transform, temporarily, a space to create a sense of place. He is also influenced by music, and always wanted to be a musician. When he won a Sally Award he bought a bass violin, and took lessons at the Walker West Music Academy.

He digs deep into the role that plants play in our environment, and spends time hanging out with plants and nature. Another big part of his work is passing on information, knowledge, and culture to new artists coming up behind him. He is influenced by the Black Arts Movement, and its belief that artists have an obligation to leave their community “more beautiful than they found it”.

In 2013 he received a Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation in Chicago, which allowed him to develop “Create”, a dinner for 2,000 people at a table one half mile long, that in part was organized to show Frogtown residents how the food system works.

In addition to all of the above, he has collaborated on a number of projects, with his wife, Soyini Guytonand with fellow St. Paul artist, Ta-coumba Aiken for the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Last but not least; Jones received the McKnight Distinguished Arts Award in 2017, which honors a Minnesota artist who has made a significant contribution to the states’ cultural life.  With his designs, his artistic vision has become an indelible part of Minnesota’s cultural landscape, according to Kate Wolford, president of the McKnight Foundation.

Seitu Jones has demonstrated what’s possible, when an artist with a hopeful vision and a generous spirit sets down deep roots in his community!

We look forward to seeing you all at his talk the next Friends lecture March 10th in Pillsbury auditorium at Mia at 11am.
You are in for a TREAT!
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Friends Lecture: Save the Date

SAVE THE DATE – April 14, 2022, 11:00AM

Join us for the Friends Lecture Series with Patrick Noon, retired Mia curator, and the fascinating story of the Delacroix!

Eugène Delacroix, (French, 1798–1863), Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums, c. 1835, oil on canvas, Gift of funds from the Friends of the Institute in celebration of their 100th anniversary, with generous support from Nivin MacMillan, Mary Agnes and Al McQuinn, Sheila C. Morgan, Mary and Douglas Olson, Carol Burton Gray, Nikki and Ron Lewis, Lucy Crosby Mitchell, Linda and Phil Boelter, Pamela and Mark Friedland, Katie and Steve Remole, Elizabeth Short and Kirk Cozine, Samuel and Patricia McCullough, Lucille Amis, Carolyn and Tucker Dahl, Maria Eggemeyer, Martha Head, Heidi Ault and Gretchen Holland, Ed and Teresa Luterbach, Jane and Thomas Nelson, Suzanne C. and William B. Payne, Constance Sommers, Marilyn Sundberg, Marietta and Jot Turner, and gifts made in memory of Teresa Pfister, 2017.52

Friends Only Event

March 8, 2022 11:00 am

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We invite you to join our March Friends Event on Tuesday, March 8 which will feature Mia Guide Josie Owens. Josie will lead our discussion on “Pride: Fluidity in Art and Life.” 

Josie’s tour will explore the GLTBQ movement in the lives and works of artists in a variety of societies, time periods and around the world. 

We will also discuss race, sexuality, gender identity, and fluidity through religions. 

Josie is a graduate of the 2015 Docent class at Mia. 

Please RSVP by March 5 at friends@artsmia.org or call 612-870- 3245. 

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Friends Book Club

March 18, 2022 10:00 am

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Zoom

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Mark your calendar for Friday, March 18, at 10 am for a guided art tour and a lively discussion at Friends Book Club, all on Zoom.

March bursts forth with Mia’s Supernatural America exhibition and our Friends book tour with The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Between life and death there is a library whose books allow the main character, Nora, to make changes in her past. With the help of an old friend, Nora can undo every decision she regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life. But things are not always what she imagined they’d be. What might your choices be? Please join us as we view the story enhanced by Mia’s fabulous works of art.

Please sign up with the Friends Office at friends@artsmia.org or 612-870-3045.

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Dr. Eike Schmidt Lecture on January 20

January 20, 2022 11:00 am

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Join us January 20 at 11am for a Friends Centennial Anniversary event when the Friends Lecture series welcomes renowned German art historian and former Mia curator for decorative arts, Dr. Eike Schmidt. 

Eike Schmidt’s extensive knowledge of art history is a treasure in its own right, but his passion for the past doesn’t prevent him from looking towards the future. He is currently working as the director of the Uffizi Galleries, located in Florence, Italy, as the first non-Italian director in the museum’s 250 year history. There he brings innovation and a modern approach to one of the oldest museums in the world. By rapidly expanding its online presence, Schmidt has brought the Uffizi into the digital realm by embracing social media platforms like Tiktok, Youtube and signing up for Facebook on day one of Italy’s Covid-19 lockdown.  

With an eye on Tuscany’s past, present and future, Dr. Schmidt’s latest project, Uffizi Diffusi, will extend the museum’s reach throughout the countryside by loaning art to smaller galleries. Schmidt believes it is important to tell the story of the renaissance where it happened: “Art can’t survive on big galleries alone. We need multiple exhibition spaces all over the region — especially in the places where the art itself was born.”  This project is mindful of the overcrowding issues faced in Florence and the lagging economies in the Tuscan countryside. “The Uffizi Diffusi will bring to light works of art that currently nobody can see in a calmer, more intimate setting.”

Schmidt brings a wealth of knowledge to the Uffizi from previously held positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Between 1994 and 2001 he worked at the German-funded Art History Institute in Florence, simultaneously curating shows along the way. 

During his time at Mia from 2009 to 2015 he served as director of the Department of Sculpture, Decorative Arts and Textiles, he planned and curated several exhibitions and created a sub-department of Jewish Art.  

Schmidt will be returning to Mia on January 20, bringing with him his passion for the past and unparalleled knowledge for this very special anniversary, don’t miss what surely will be a memorable event.

Please note that Dr. Eike Schmidt will be speaking on January 20 at 11am and joining the Friends for the Centennial Anniversary kick-off luncheon. There will be coffee served in the Rotunda prior to the lecture. ​​

In-person lecture tickets are no longer available. There will be no in-person overflow seating. We are happy to announce this lecture will be available to stream virtually. Streaming tickets will be available Wednesday, December 22 at 2 pm. 

This lecture is made possible by the generous support of the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Fund

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January Friends Only Tour

January 11, 2022 11:00 am

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The Friends Events Committee welcomes you to our January tour via Zoom on Tuesday, January 11 at 11am. 

This month, we will hear from Mia’s own Associate Educator, Kara ZumBahlen, when she presents “Diving into Design at Mia.” 

Kara shares, “We are surrounded by design in our living environments, impacting us when sitting, working, eating and drinking, traveling, or enjoying leisure activities. We will take a deep dive into some beautifully designed objects in Mia’s collection. We’ll explore the designers and their processes, gaining insight into the social, economic, and political contexts of their times. Through this, we’ll come to realize the impact design has on our daily lives.” 

Space is limited to 30. Please RSVP by January 7th to friends@artsmia.org or call 612.870.3045 to reserve your spot. 

 

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The First Friends Only Book Club of 2022

January 21, 2022 10:00 am

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The program will be held on Zoom on Friday, January 21 at 10 am. Please contact the Friends Office at friends@artsmia.org or call 612-870-3045 to receive your Zoom link.

Join Friends for conversation and an art tour of Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by José Antonio Vargas. The author Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Emmy nominated filmmaker, and Tony nominated producer. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his articles about three Virginia Tech shootings.

Read the book to learn of his riveting story of being an undocumented immigrant for twenty-five years, and come to Book Club to discuss and view works of art that speak of timeless migration, each with its own story.

 

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Friends for 100 Years: 2022 Centennial Calendar of Events

Save the date for a year of celebrations in honor of the Friends 100th anniversary. More details to come! 

January 20, 2022    Kickoff lecture, Eike Schmidt followed by a  celebratory luncheon

February 10, 2022   Bring a Friend, lecture and luncheon

April 17-August, 2022    Cargill Gallery Botanical Exhibit

April 27-May 1, 2022    Art in Bloom 

June 15, 2022    Joint Event – Friends and Hennepin History Museum

June 23, 2022     FairOaks Washburn Walking tour

June 24, 2022    FairOaks Washburn Walking tour   

July 14, 2022    Garden Party on Lake Minnetonka

August  TBA    Dahlia Unveiling

September 8, 2022   Sandy Schreier lecture and luncheon with informal modeling

September 9, 2022   Joint Event – Friends and Goldstein Museum Reception

October  TBA

November 10, 2022  Volunteer Recognition Reception following lecture – Special Thanks Rochester and St Cloud Friends

December 11, 2022    Learning and Innovation Program, Sankofa Project Ends