Friends Only Events

Secrets of the Season at the American Swedish Institute

American Swedish Institute — Swedish Museum and Cultural Center

Our December Friends Only event will take place at the American Swedish Institute on December 14 at 10:30 am. We have space for 15 people on our private tour.

One of Minnesota’s favorite holiday experiences, the American Swedish Institute is presenting its 72nd annual celebration. Immerse yourself in experiences representing the local communities of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and the Sami Culture Center. Guest curators have contributed their own cultural secrets to the experience, and the ASI promises unique surprises around every corner!

Meet at the ASI at 10:15. We request prepayment to secure your spot on our tour. Please Venmo $20 to Kathryn-Schwyzer, or drop by the Friends office with a check payable to Kathryn Schwyzer. Feel free to call the Friends office at 612-870-3045 with questions.

Friends Only Events

Your membership in the Friends includes exclusive invitations to special opportunities.

Educardo Kac (born 1962, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Natural History of the Enigma, 2009.

We hope you can join your Friends on Wednesday, September 14, for a walking tour of outdoor art at the University of Minnesota. This is one of the most noteworthy collections of outdoor art found on a college campus. The tour will be led by an experienced guide from the Weisman Art Museum (WAM).

Friends will meet at the entry to WAM at 10:00 AM. The tour will take an hour and involves moderate walking. Tour group is limited to 30 members. There is no charge for this tour. Underground parking can be found at WAM ($3/hour) 333 East River Road.

Our Friends Only event for October will be a tour of the 2022 MCAD Faculty Biennial Exhibition, spotlighting the art and research of outstanding educators at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. This year some fifty faculty members will be participating. Our tour will take place on October 12 at 10:30 a.m. and will be led by the Director and Curator of MCAD galleries, Keisha Wiliams. Limited to 20 attendees.

We will meet in the MCAD’s main gallery. Enter through the front doors off of Stevens Ave. and sign in as a visitor at the security desk. Please note that MCAD requires the use of 3-ply surgical or higher-grade (KN95, KF94 and N99) face masks inside all buildings and appreciates visitors’ compliance.
For either of these opportunities, please RSVP to Kathryn Schwyzer at  khellerschwyzer@gmail.com.

Join us at the Friends fall luncheon

Following the September 8 lecture featuring Sandy Schreier, join the Friends for a fall luncheon in the restaurant space on the Mezzanine level.

The menu includes open-faced lemon pepper salmon sandwich, with Bibb lettuce, shaved red onion, tomato, and dill dressing on the side, OR a grilled vegetable sandwich with grilled zucchini, red pepper, red onion, goat cheese, spinach, and reduced balsamic; caprese trottole pasta salad on the side, and cheesecake garnished with fresh fruit for dessert. Gluten free meals are also available.

Tickets are $35. You may purchase them online or by calling 612.870.3000. Please RSVP by August 25 at noon.

Friends Only Tour at the University of Minnesota

Save the Date:
Wednesday, September 14

Please join the Friends for a walking tour of outdoor art at the University of Minnesota. This is one of the most noteworthy collections of outdoor art found on a college campus. The tour will be led by an experienced guide from the Weisman Art Museum (WAM).

Friends will meet at the entry to WAM at 10:00 AM. The tour will take an hour and involves moderate walking. Tour group is limited to 30 members. There is no charge for this tour. Underground parking can be found at WAM ($3/hour) 333 East River Road. Lunch plans on or near campus to be announced.

Sign up with Kathryn at khellerschwyzer@gmail.com.

May Book Club

May 20, 2022 10:00 am

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Cafe in the lobby at Mia

Ticket Price: Free

Friends Book Club

May 20, 2022 10:00 am In-Person Discussion/10:45 am Live Gallery Tour

Mark your calendar for Friday, May 20 at 10 am for a lively discussion at Friends Book Club followed at 10:45 by a guided art tour.  We will be discussing the book in the café in the Mia Lobby.

May and springtime bring us to our second live Friends book discussion and tour with The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. This book examines sisterhood, black identity, and parenthood with compassion and conviction. Told in flashbacks and alternating points of view, this novel asks what is personal identity, if not your past. A riveting and sympathetic story about the bonds of sisterhood and just how strong they are, even at their weakest. 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.  An early sign up really helps us in planning these tours!

 

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Friends Events

April 5, 2022 11:00 am

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Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

Olive Trees (1889), Vincent Van Gogh, oil on canvas, The William Hood Dunwoody Foundation.

Please join us Tuesday, April 5, at 11 AM on Zoom, where we will be joined by Mia Guide Sara Wagner, who is a graduate of Mia’s Docent class of 2015.

Topic: INSPIRATIONS of Vincent Van Gogh: Who are some of the artists who inspired him, and who did he inspire?

In anticipation of the upcoming exhibition Van Gogh and the Olive Groves we will focus on Van Gogh’s art: How did his art evolve? Who did he look to for inspiration? We’ll also honor his legacy by exploring the art of those whose art was influenced by him.

Please RSVP by April 4 to friends@artsmia.org or call: 612-870-3045. 

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Friends Only Event

March 8, 2022 11:00 am

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Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

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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January Friends Only Tour

January 11, 2022 11:00 am

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Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

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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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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Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

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.

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