February 2022

President’s Letter

Dear Members,

January is membership month. On January 20, 1922, 45 women gathered in the museum’s boardroom to officially launch Friends of the Institute. Membership fees at that time were $2, which would be $30 in today’s dollars.

This month we begin to celebrate our centennial with engaging events scheduled throughout the year. We eagerly anticipate April, when flowers will return to the galleries for a spectacular Art in Bloom.

Through the gracious support of a loyal Friend, each member will receive a complimentary coffee-table book titled Friends for 100 Years: A Lasting Legacy.

Your $50 membership fee supports the Friends and our initiatives to support, enhance and sustain the collection, programs and influence of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Renewing is easy – just call 612-870-6323.

My very best,
Julie

Creating Memories

Creating Memories is the new name for the centennial-focused column, Stepping Back in Time.

Over five years ago, when this committee started planning for the Friends centennial celebration, 2022 seemed so far away.

And as so many know, time has a way of flying by. This year is the beginning of creating memories for the next 100 years of the Friends. Plenty of activities are planned for members throughout the year.

What everyone enjoys, and is everlasting, is a photo of Friends together. We all call ourselves photographers these days, so please take the time to capture moments when we are together at Friends events. Send your photos to Claire Goulson at friends@artsmia.org with pertinent information. We will look forward to sharing many of these photos in upcoming newsletter editions, but more importantly, to having a record going forth. Here is your opportunity to create memories and history. A huge thank you in advance!

Looking back at last month, we recall the beautiful display created by Friends member Chris Vickery. Visitors to the Friends office were greeted by the entrancing arrangement of the beloved Friends angels in needlepoint surrounding the 2015 Art in Bloom poster.

Twenty-five years ago, talented Friends members created 75 such stockings to commemorate the Friends 75th anniversary. Visitors to the holiday tree installed near Mia’s 24th Street entrance have been delighted to find these pieces proudly displayed in past years.

 

 

Also, in December the public had the opportunity to enjoy Mia’s artfully decorated lions flanking this same 24th Street entrance. These grand lions were a generous gift from former Friends president Ella Crosby (1960-62) dedicated to the memory of her husband, Tom, in honor of the Friends 75th anniversary in 1997. How wonderful to have the Friends Plants and Flowers committee involved in providing this holiday splendor for the community to enjoy.

April brings the exciting exhibition curated by Tom Rassieur, the John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings. The exhibition will highlight past Art in Bloom images and the brilliant Eugene Delacroix painting, “Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks, and Plums.”

Everyone knows Friends members love to be involved with the organization. With so many events on the calendar this year, volunteer opportunities are abundant. Please contact Claire Goulson at friends@artsmia or 612-870-3045 with your name and we will do our best to find a spot for you to show your talents. Being together, meeting new Friends is such an integral part of why you are a member of the Friends.

Stay warm, stay safe! We look forward to seeing you all at the Friends centennial celebrations!

Friends History Publication Committee

Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers

 

 

February Friends Lecture

February 10, 2022 11:00 am

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Join us on February 10 at 11am when the Friends Lecture series welcomes Star Tribune theater critic Rohan Preston.

Please note: In accordance with the current City of Minneapolis mandate, Mia now requires all visitors ages 5 and older to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. Mia also requires all visitors to wear a mask.

A Life of Imagination: How an Immigrant Kid Found His Passion — and Freedom — in the Arts

Photo credit: Thomas John Wallace

Star Tribune theater critic Rohan Preston grew up with parents, both Jamaican immigrants, who were so fearful of 1970s and ‘80s New York, they forbade their children to just go “hang out.” Their fear was that their children would literally be eaten up by the concrete jungle. But the youngsters could go to the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, to various museums, and to live performances of music and theater, including Broadway. Preston overindulged, becoming a glutton for cultural knowledge and experience not just for aesthetic reasons but because paintings and books, music, opera and dance literally meant freedom, as his teenage mind perceived it. That experiential education gave him a foundation that he polished at Yale, where he studied English and critical theory, devising his own path to becoming both an appreciator and an arbiter of arts and culture.

Preston was born in Jamaica and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he attended an arts magnet high school. His fascination with the theater began in the 10th grade when he began writing plays and poetry. In college, in addition to his coursework, Preston wrote for a variety of student publications, which enabled him to develop a marketable skill. Following graduation, he and a friend moved to Chicago in the hope of launching careers as playwrights, but it was writing theater reviews that kept him afloat.  Freelance writing for the Chicago Tribune and as a stringer for The New York Times eventually led to full-time employment at the Tribune. He was recruited by the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 1998 to be the paper’s theater critic and has remained in the Twin Cities ever since.

Over his decades as a theater critic, Rohan Preston has interviewed a raft of luminary artists, including playwrights Arthur Miller, August Wilson, Edward Albee and Tony Kushner. He has the unique distinction of being an Emmy Award-winning critic, having led a Star Tribune team that won the coveted award for a documentary on the historic 2008 elections. Preston has twice served on the Pulitzer jury for drama. In addition to his journalistic pursuits, Preston continues to compose poetry, write plays and take photographs, and loves to till the soil at home with his wife, poet Angela Shannon, and, when they visit, their two adult daughters.

Get Tickets

Friends Only Tour

February 8, 2022 11:00 am

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Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

Friends Events welcomes you to join us February 8 at 11 AM via Zoom.

Former print dealer and Mia Guide Cara Richardson will present highlights from Mia’s collection of late modern and contemporary prints while exploring various printmaking techniques. We will look at contemporary print artists that are perhaps less well known, including a number of Black American print artists in honor of Black History month. We will discuss how and why it is important to create, build, and broaden your own print collection.

Please RSVP by February 5 to friends@artsmia.org or call the Friends office at 612-870-3245.

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

Join The Friends

Friends Book Club

February 18, 2022 10:00 am

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Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

Friends Book Club
Friday, February 18, 2022
10 AM on Zoom

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

February is Valentine month. Come get your dose of romance with this month’s book selection of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Two unlikely people meet; neither fit each other’s expectations for a partner. And guess what: They fall in love, but will their relationship work out in the end?

Let’s have fun with the madcap adventures of the two infatuated characters and view the story enhanced by Mia’s fabulous works of art.

Please sign up with Claire Goulson at friends@artsmia.org or 612-870-3045.

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

Join The Friends

How You Can Help Support Art in Bloom!

Do you have connections to local professionals or businesses that might be interested in supporting Art in Bloom as a sponsor? Art in Bloom sponsors enjoy prominent visibility in front of a desirable audience, prime opportunities for brand and/or product placement, broad marketing and social media reach, VIP museum access, association with a beloved community tradition, and recognition as a supporter of arts and culture in our community. If you have prospects or ideas for partners that might be a good fit for Art in Bloom, Mia’s Advancement team would be happy to chat with you and explore next steps. Reach out to Claire Goulson in the Friends Office for more information.