Friends Only Events

February Friends only tour features recent Mia acquisitions 

Explore the less savory aspects of 17th century Rome with Mia’s Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings

Wednesday, February 17 11AM

Rachel McGarry

 We’re delighted to announce that Rachel McGarry, Mia’s Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings, will present a virtual talk on three recent acquisitions of Italian baroque paintings from the celebrated Barberini collection, which illuminate some of the less savory aspects of 17th century Rome.  

A Minnesota native, Rachel came to Mia in 2006. She studied at Colgate University and earned a MA and Ph.D. from NYU. She worked as an exhibition assistant and a research assistant at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has taught art history at Stony Brook University and the University of Minnesota. In 2014 she completed a catalog of Mia’s drawing collection as a companion to a related exhibition, Master Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, that has toured the United States.

Rachel is a knowledgeable and engaged lecturer, so make your reservation soon by emailing friends@artsmia.org

The February Friends Book Club features the plague

February 19, 2021 10:00 am

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Ticket Price: Free

Year of Wonders is the February pick

The February book choice is the timely Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks. To encourage such a book at this time of COVID 19, Oprah said, “Year of Wonders is a vividly imagined and strangely consoling tale of hope in the time of despair.”

According to howlongtoread.com, this will take you just five hours, 12 minutes to complete! 

If you haven’t joined the Book Club, please consider doing so. Not only do we discuss the chosen book, but we also enjoy a Docent-led guide through the Mia artwork, which resonates with the books’ themes. To join, email friends@artsmia.org to reserve your spot. The discussions are conducted on Zoom and are limited to 18. 

 

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Friends January Book Club

January 15, 2021 10:00 am

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Ticket Price: Free

Join Friends who love books via Zoom

Time to read again!

January Friends Book Club will enjoy, “The Housekeeper and the Professor” by Yoko Ogawa. This contemporary novel revolves around a young single mother (the Housekeeper) who, along with her son, comes to care for the elderly and amnesiac Professor and end up learning much about life and mathematics in the process.

The 2021 book list for the remaining season include:

February – Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks

March – Gun Island: A Novel by Amitav Ghosh

April -Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

May – The Library Book by Susan Orlean

June – Less: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer

If you haven’t joined the Book Club, please consider doing so. Not only do we discuss the chosen book, but we also enjoy a Docent-led guide through the Mia artwork, which resonates with the books’ themes. To join, contact the Friends office to be added to the official list. The discussions are conducted on Zoom and are limited to 18. 

Email friends@artsmia.org to reserve your spot.

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“Rembrandt in Conversation” is January’s Friends Only Tour

January 6, 2021 11:00 am

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Ticket Price: Free

Join us for a curator-led tour of this special exhibition

Thomas E. Rassieur,  John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings, Prints and Drawings Department Head

We’re delighted to have a Friends-favorite—Thomas Rassieur, John E. Andrus III Curator of Prints and Drawings and Prints and Drawings Department Head—lead our first Friends Only tour of 2021!

Mr. Rassieur came to Mia in 2009 from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where he was Curator of Prints and Drawings. A respected scholar of Rembrandt, Thomas has published numerous writings on Rembrandt, German Renaissance prints, and Richard Holzschuh who is a talented storybook illustrator.  Thomas has also curated or co-curated thirty exhibitions, most prominently those showcasing Rembrandt.  While at Mia, he curated “Rembrandt in America” and “Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation.”  

This Zoom presentation will be limited to 15 to 18 participants. He is an animated and inspiring lecturer so make your reservation soon by emailing friends@artsmia.org

This event will be taped for those who are unable to attend the Jan. 6th Zoom tour.

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Book Club Update

Friends 2021 Book Club Begins a New Season.

The Friends Book Club has wrapped up for the 2020 year. There is no December meeting.  

The January 2021 Friends Book Club will feature The Housekeeper and the Professorby Yoko Ogawa. 

This is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present and the curious equations that can create a family. 

The Friends Book Club hopes you enjoy the holidays with a warm fire and a lovely book.

Email friends@artsmia.org to reserve your spot.

 

November Friends Only Tour

November 17, 2020 11:00 am

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Ticket Price: Free

Friends get an exclusive tour of the renovated Southeast Asian galleries.

Pujan Gandhi, photo by Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pujan Gandhi,  Jane Emison Assistant Curator of South & Southeast Asian Art, will give the Friends a preview of the newly renovated Southeast Asian galleries, sharing his hope for deepening the community’s engagement with the dynamic arts of these vast regions.

Gandhi came to Mia in 2018. An interesting interview he did with the Star Tribune shortly after arriving can be found here.  Before this, he was based in Atlanta, where he served as a consulting curator at the High Museum of Art. Gandhi received degrees from Middlebury College, University of London, also interning at the British Museum. While he has been stewarding Mia’s South, Southeast Asian, and Islamic collections, he considers himself a generalist. 

The tour will be approximately 30 minutes with an additional ten minutes for questions. It is limited to 30 participants, so make your reservation soon by emailing friends@artsmia.org. For those who are unable to attend, we hope to have a recording of this exciting event.

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November Friends Book Club

November 20, 2020 10:00 am

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Join us for a discussion about Edith Wharton’s 12th book, The Age of Innocence, published in 1920. 

This novel is about a man, Newland Archer, and his marriage to May Welland which takes place in New York City in 1870. This romantic novel takes many twists and turns and is compounded by Archer’s new-found love for Countess Ellen Olenska.  

Notedly, this book won a Pulitzer in 1921, and it’s a wonderful get-away book while in quarantine.

Sidenote: The October Book Club was led by Mia’s Book Club Leader Debra Hegstrom and Docent Suzanne Zander. The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris is a timely history of Michele Norris’ family and life as it evolved from Alabama to South Minneapolis. This book is a wonderful read and eye-opening historical experience of the character of Minneapolis in the 1950s.

Please send an email to friends@artsmia.org to register for November’s meeting and receive a Zoom invitation. Space is limited to 15 people so don’t wait!

 

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Save the Date for the December Friends Only Tour

December 8, 2020 11:00 am

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Ticket Price: Free

Untitled, 1988, Dawoud Bey

Save the date for our next Friends Only Event! Casey Riley, Curator and Head of Mia’s Department of Photography and New Media will take us on a virtual tour of the beautiful and heartbreaking “Just Kids” exhibition, before it closes on December 13.

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October Book Club features memoir by NPR host and Minneapolis native Michele Norris

October 16, 2020 10:00 am

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Ticket Price: Free

The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris is October’s selection

By the time you receive this notice, our first monthly Mia Friends Bookclub will be under our belt. What an adventure for Mia’s Book Club leader Debra Hegstrom, Docent leader Ginny Wheeler, and Friends Only leader Carol Poulson. Thanks to all who joined this first Zoom discussion of Lisa See’s The Island of Sea Women.

Next up will be The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris, which focuses on her experiences as a black woman growing up in south Minneapolis. From GoodReads: “Norris unearthed painful family secrets that compelled her to question her own self-understanding: from her father’s shooting by a Birmingham police officer weeks after his discharge from the navy at the conclusion of World War II to her maternal grandmother’s peddling pancake mix as an itinerant Aunt Jemima to white farm women in the Midwest.”

You may recall Michele’s (pronounced “Mee-shell”) name from NPR’s “All Things Considered” where she was co-host from 2002 to 2011. She has achieved many things, not to mention her book.

Looking ahead, the December selection will be The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Please send an email to friends@artsmia.org to register for October’s meeting and receive a Zoom invitation. Space is limited to 17 people so don’t wait!

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Join Mia’s Curator of South & Southeast Asian Art for an exclusive tour

November 17, 2020 11:00 am

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Ticket Price: Free

Pujan Gandhi to preview the newly renovated Southeast Asia galleries for Friends members

Portrait of Pujan Gandhi; Jane Emison Assistant Curator of South & Southeast Asian Art; Minneapolis Institute of Art

Join your Friends for an exclusive Zoom tour of the reinstalled Himalayan, South, and Southeast Asian Art Galleries by Jane Emison Assistant Curator of South & Southeast Asian Art, Pujan Gandhi. He will present collection highlights including a recently conserved 1,000-year-old Indian sculpture of Shiva Nataraja, and save time for your questions. 

Pujan Gandhi came to Mia in 2018. He was previously based in Atlanta where he served as a consulting curator at the High Museum of Art. He received degrees from Middlebury College, University of London, also interning at the British Museum. While he has been stewarding Mia’s South, Southeast Asian, and Islamic collections, he considers himself a generalist.

The tour will be approximately 30 minutes with an additional ten minutes for questions. It is limited to 18 participants so make your reservation soon by emailing friends@artsmia.org. The event will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

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