February 2018

The Center of Everything: A New History of Chicago Art

Robert Cozzolino will speak on Thursday, March 8 at Mia as part of the Friends Lecture Series sponsored by the Friends of the Institute.
Where does Chicago’s art history belong in the bigger picture of American art? Learn about the artists, innovations, and connections that make Chicago’s art history exciting and critical to the history of art. Mia’s Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings, Dr. Robert Cozzolino is one of the contributors to and editors of a big new book on Chicago’s artists, to be released this fall. Come hear about what made the city sing as a sneak peek. https://www.artdesignchicago.org/programs/into-the-city-a-history-of-chicago-art

Robert Cozzolino, Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings at Mia
Robert Cozzolino, Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings at Mia

As a native of Chicago, it is no surprise that Dr. Robert Cozzolino visited the Field Museum of Natural History in downtown Chicago. He specifically remembers the Brontosaurus suddenly filling his self with feelings of being exposed, prey-like, and wandering into a “space far out of my scale and realm.” Cozzolino also recalls the dinosaurs possessing an “unmitigated realness” and power. He clung to his mother’s leg, assuring that if the creatures creak to life and extend their very long necks, he would be safe from any unwanted nibbles on the part of the creatures! To this present day, Cozzolino states that this partially explains why he is so heavily absorbed with specific art pieces he seeks out that “fill me with wonder, quicken my pulse, and challenge my notions of the real.”
Visiting the Art Institute of Chicago as a high school student affirmed his fascination with the field of art. When viewing great paintings this time, instead of dinosaurs, Cozzolino felt himself “lost inside the image, with reality quieted and faded at the edges.”  To this day, art retains that capacity for him to transform daily encounters in rather delightful, and yet harrowing terms.
Cozzolino states his family has been a bit baffled by what a curator actually does. Of course, they develop a sense of his accomplishments when viewing exhibitions he creates, but Cozzolino tries to clarify his job description with a list of 90 adjectives. For example, he sees a curator just to name a very few, as an accomplice, conductor, defender, diplomat, dismantler, educator, gatherer, instigator, juggler, magician, orator, strategist, tight-rope-walker, and weathervane.
Free tickets are available for this lecture starting February 15 for Friends members through artsmia.org or 612.870.6323. Tickets are available February 17 for the general public. Overflow seating is available.


Please join us for a Friends Only pre-lecture tour prior to the Friends lecture.  Tours begin promptly at 10AM, so please arrive early at the Mia meeting place in the Third Avenue Lobby under the Chihuly Sunburst. Seats will be reserved in the auditorium for tour attendees.
To reserve a place on this tour:
• Call 612.870.6323
• Request your lecture ticket and ticket for the tour
Each member may reserve a place on the tour for the number of individuals listed on their account. Tour reservations, which are limited in number, are filled on a first come/first served basis. If you have reserved a place on the tour, it will be reflected on your lecture ticket.

Save the Date for: The Power of Ink

Join us for a unique Friends event in April!
Join the Friends of Mia at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis on Thursday, April 12 for The Art of Power/The Power of Ink lecture featuring speaker Anna Felicity Friedman, an eminent historian of tattooing and body art.
The Art of Power/The Power of Ink will start with wine and appetizers at 5:30PM, followed by the lecture at 6:30PM and the opportunity to stay for dinner with your friends.  Watch for information on registration and ticket cost in your March newsletter!
Enjoy Dr. Friedman’s presentation for the Friends Lecture Series on April 12 at 11AM at Mia and then a brand new talk—with wine—at The Woman’s Club that evening.  It’s The Power of Ink!

Art in Bloom 2018 Preview: Becoming Delacroix — Pint & Paint Night

Join the Friends for a kickoff party for Art in Bloom 2018 on March 12.
Join the Friends at Fulton Brewery Taproom in the North Loop of Downtown Minneapolis for a Pint & Paint night! Break out your formal flannel and your beret to dance to the gypsy jazz sound of Café Accordion Orchestra, and dabble at painting your very own masterpiece with art instruction from Melanie Mozingo. Guaranteed to be an evening of music, fun, and frivolity, tickets are limited to 75 people and went on sale February 1.
Ticket price includes canvas, paints, professional instruction, beer and light nibbles.
$75 per person until March 1 after which tickets are $100 until sold out.

Nicolai Lewis will serve as Honorary Chair for 2018 Art in Bloom

Meet Nikki Lewis, Art in Bloom 2018 Honorary Chair and longtime Friend of Mia!

Nikki and her husband, Ron Lewis, love to travel. here they are in China at The Great Wall.
Nikki and her husband, Ron Lewis, love to travel. Here they are pictured in China at The Great Wall.

Nicolai (or Nikki) Lewis is not a stranger to the halls of Mia. She started volunteering at Mia with the Decorative Arts Council in 1992.  Since then she has served on the Friends Board in multiple capacities, including Program Chair and Treasurer. Nikki has also chaired several Art in Bloom committees and in 2010 was Art in Bloom Co-Chair. Besides art, she has developed a passion for choral music, specifically Philip Brunelle’s VocalEssence and has served on the VocalEssence board and related committees.
Nikki also enjoyed a 37-year career with Xcel Energy where she achieved the level of managing director, Corporate Risk Management.
What first intrigued Nikki about becoming an Art in Bloom Honorary Chair — not surprisingly — was her love of art.  Nikki became fascinated with renowned French artist Eugene Delacroix during Mia’s Delacroix exhibition in 2015. The exhibition lectures and a tour by Patrick Noon, Mia’s Elizabeth MacMillan Chair of Paintings, succeeded in making Nikki a Delacroix fan. She was excited to learn that the 35th annual Art in Bloom signature piece is an oil painting by Delacroix titled Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks, and Plums.
As Honorary Chair, Nikki will be instrumental in bringing this beautiful masterpiece to the museum and thus to the Minneapolis/St. Paul communities and all visitors to Mia. To that we say, “Merci beaucoup!”


Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 25 for the Art in Bloom Preview Party to kick off our fun four days of Art in Bloom 2018!
Have you ever been to the unveiling, to great fanfare, of a major work of art? You can share in this once in a lifetime opportunity at the 2018 Art in Bloom Preview Party on the evening of Wednesday, April 25. The Preview Party precedes four fun-filled days of the finest art, flowers, fashion, tours, speakers, and workshops at this annual spring extravaganza.
During this gala event we will reveal the Art in Bloom signature art piece — a recently acquired still life painting by renowned French artist, Eugene Delacroix.  This French masterpiece had been in a private collection and thus has never been in the public eye. It was purchased and will be presented to the museum by the Friends of the Institute in honor of and to commemorate the 100 year anniversary coming up in 2022.
Not only will you be among the first to view this beautiful Delacroix but you will enjoy a delicious French-inspired dinner and be seated among the art on the second floor. Attending the Preview Party also allows you to enjoy the over 160 pedestal and commercial floral interpretations of Mia’s art at their freshest.
Corporate or group tables of 10 seats will be available with a premier location. Please contact the Friends Office at 612.870.3045 for more information. Tickets will be available during the first week of March.

Art in Bloom: Dedications Help Honor Friends/Family but also help Mia

Now’s the time to purchase a dedication in honor or in memory of a friend or family member to be posted on a floral interpretation during Art in Bloom 2018.
If you are interested in purchasing a dedication in honor or in memory of a friend or family member to be posted on a floral interpretation during Art in Bloom 2018, you may do so right now through the beginning of April.
Dedications are available for $150, $100, and $50. Those who contribute $150 or $100 have the opportunity to select a specific piece that the dedication may appear on, or you may allow us to choose a work on your behalf. At the $50 level, we will select the work for the contributor. No matter which level you select, we will inform you via email of the chosen work for your dedication prior to the start of Art in Bloom, and at all levels, your dedication will be listed within the official Art in Bloom program.
Pick up a form in the Friends Office or print one by clicking here. Thank you so much for supporting the Friends and Art in Bloom 2018!

Art in Bloom 2018: Calling All Volunteers!

Volunteers needed for the Friends annual fundraiser, Art in Bloom. 
It’s that time of year again when we start longing for spring! Fortunately, Art in Bloom 2018 is just around the corner…and we’re calling you!
Over 300 volunteers are needed to make Art in Bloom a success. There will be a variety of positions available for each 3-hour volunteer shift over the 5 days of events. Examples include greeters, guides, ticket takers, program sellers, gift shop customer servers, ushers, and florist greeters.
To find out more call Jackie on Mondays and Tuesdays in the Friends Office (612.870.6543). Invite your friends and family to join you in this fun and worthy cause. Sign Up Genius will be available in March.

St. Cloud Friends to host "I Am Somali" dinner and reception

St. Cloud Friends of the Institute will host an evening focusing on the “I Am Somali” exhibit by its curator, Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers on February 27.  
The St. Cloud Friends are eager to share our winter St. Cloud Friends dinner and lecture. Please join us on Tuesday, February 27 in welcoming Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Head of Arts of African and the Americans/Curator of African Art Mia,  along with Aziz Osman, Somali artist, as they share the exhibit “I am Somali” with the community in St. Cloud.
Jan-Lodewijk came to Mia in 2008 as its first curator of African art. He shared the innovative reinstallation of Mia’s African galleries with us in 2013. He has since broadened the collection through numerous acquisitions, including pieces from Somalia and Ethiopia. A native of Belgium, Jan-Lodewijk studied cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago for his PhD, specializing in central Africa.
Featured artist Aziz Osman was born and grew up in Somalia. Osman, now in his 60s, received formal training in Florence, Italy, and had been living in Europe for 15 years or so before he returned to Somalia in 1989, shortly before the civil war broke out. He fled to the United States in 1991 as part of the first wave of refugees. His paintings look to the past, depicting life in Somalia before the war and in transit, on the way to his new country.
Our dinner will reflect a traditional Somali meal of spring mix greens salad with golden raisins, dried cranberries, crumbled goat cheese, candied pecans, and dressed with a blood orange-shallot vinaigrette, grilled harissa spiced boneless chicken breast with roasted red pepper cream sauce, flame scorched chipotle lime red quinoa pilaf lemon-cumin seasoned carrots, bistro rolls with rosemary garlic butter.  Infused water, coffee, and tea are also included.

  • When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
  • Where: APH- Automotive Parts HQ, Inc.- training room- rear, north parking lot in Saint Cloud
  • 6PM wine and beer reception
  • 8PM Program
  • Cost:  $25 per person, payable at the door
  • RSVP:  Amanda Falloon, falloon@mac.com

Friends Only Tour of Horse Power on February 13

Friends Only special tour on Tuesday, February 13 at 11AM

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec French, 1864–1901 The Jockey, 1899 Color lithograph on chine volant paper Purchase through Art Quest 2003 and The William Hood Dunwoody Fund 2003.214 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec French, 1864–1901 The Jockey
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864–1901
The Jockey, 1899
Color lithograph on chine volant paper
Purchase through Art Quest 2003 and The William Hood Dunwoody Fund 2003.214

Please join us for a Friends Only tour of the soon to close Horse Power. The tour will be led by Tom Rassieur, Mia’s John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings who along with Associate Curator Dennis Jon, created the exhibit from Mia’s permanent collection, including its signature piece, The Jockey by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec.  Mia collection has over 400 pieces of art that include horses, which although seldom in our daily lives, are rarely absent from our imaginations. Our curators Tom and Dennis picked their favorite 70, which includes artist such as: Degas, Picasso, Remington, Matisse, and many more.
This tour is free to Friends members. Please register by calling Friends office at 612.870.3045.  Tour is limited to 15. We will meet at the information desk in the General Mills lobby at 10:50AM and meet Tom Rassieur in the gallery at 11AM.