Friends Only Events

January Friends Only Tour

January 11, 2022 11:00 am

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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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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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Friends Events

October 26, 2021 11:00 am

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Ticket Price: Free

You are invited to the Friends’ Only Tour on Tuesday, October 26 at 11 AM on Zoom.

This month we will visit Mia’s Buddhist gallery. We will spend the hour with Mia’s senior educator, Debbi Hegstrom, who will introduce us to “Buddhism 101”, and help us connect this global faith with the fantastic collection of Buddhist art in our galleries. 

Debbi teaches and facilitates continuing education for guide programs at the museum, enhancing Mia as an inclusive learning environment. We appreciate Debbi’s approachability, and her dedication to support and enrich guides and others. Her kindness and calm demeanor lend a warm presence in our museum community. 

Space is limited to 30 participants. Please RSVP by Thursday, October 21 to the Friends office: friends@artsmia.org or call the Friends office: 612-870-3245.

 

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Friends Book Club

October 15, 2021 10:00 am

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Ticket Price: Free

Fall is a wonderful season to join the Friends Book Club and curl up with a great book.

The upcoming October Friends Book Club features “This Tender Land”, by William Kent Krueger.  Fun Fact: Krueger was born in Wyoming, but his mystery and crime fiction is set mainly in Minnesota.

Mark your calendar for October 15  at 10 a.m. You can reserve your spot by contacting the Friends Office at friends@artsmia.org. Once you reserve, you will receive your Zoom information a day before the presentation.

The book for September, A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell, was a terrific book to add to your list, even if you missed the discussion.

 

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Friends Only Tour

September 29, 2021 11:00 am

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Ticket Price: Free

Judaic Gallery Tour

This year’s Friends Only Events will allow us to meet in a smaller setting online, and we hope to gather in person beginning in January. We will explore a variety of topics that will allow us to share in our joy of learning about art, people, and cultures, and we will also go behind the scenes to learn about the departments in our museum that we typically don’t get to explore.

We invite you to join our Zoom lecture on Wednesday, September 29 at 11:00 a.m. Our lecture on Mia’s own Judaic Gallery will be given by Mia Guide Mary Ann Wark, a graduate of the Minneapolis Institute of Art Docent class of 2015. When not giving her own tours, she enjoys giving tours to her fellow Guides to encourage the excitement and joy of learning. We are told by her colleagues that Mary Ann is not only known for her vast knowledge of the collections in our museum, but also known for her caring and warm personality that she shares with the people around her.

The number of participants is limited to 30 in Zoom. Please RSVP by Monday, September 13 to kimberkember@hotmail.com or the Friends Office.

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Stepping Back in Time

Beverage of Choice

As early as the 1950s and 1960s, Friends often gathered in the Friends Fireplace Room when afternoon meetings wrapped up. No doubt some drank either coffee or tea, yet a glass of sherry was often preferred by many. Indeed, sherry was also largely preferred after lectures–so much that to prevent crowds gathering around the table holding the sherry, a practical traffic flow had to be installed. By 1965, rumblings were overheard regarding the quality of the sherry. After much discussion, Friends decided in order to keep the members from further disenchantment, the price of the sherry purchased was increased by twenty-five cents per bottle.

As sherry has such a storied history with the Friends organization, it was obvious that when the Friends history publication was recently completed, a bottle of sherry accompanied the celebration. Some traditions warrant revisiting, often bringing back tales enjoyed by many and prompting all to look toward the future to continue this tradition.

The Friends Centennial Committee is in full gear now. A detailed calendar will follow soon so members may mark their calendars to all celebrate 100 years of great friendship, accomplishments, and pride in all Friends does.

But before the full calendar comes out, know that January 20, 2022, is the opening luncheon and actual 100th birthday for Friends. We welcome Eike Schmidt, director of the Uffizi Museum in Florence, Italy, as he joins us as our guest lecturer.

 At this lecture, each member of Friends will receive the debut copy of Friends for 100 Years: A Lasting Legacy. It should prove to be a wonderful day, all gathering to celebrate a century of Friends.

 Centennial History Publication Committee:

Pamela Friedland, Linda Goldenberg, Mary Merrick, Suzanne Payne, Connie Sommers

 

June Art and Architecture Tour

June 22, 2021 9:55 am

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7110 County Rd. 110 W, Minnetrista, 55264

Ticket Price: $12

A long-awaited Art and Architecture activity! 

Artist Bruce Sillman polishing one of his many artworks.

Sculptor Bruce Stillman transformed his Minnetrista dairy farm homestead into landscape art—the Big Stone Mini Golf and Sculpture Garden.

Join us and experience a playful, interactive art experience. Bruce will give us a short tour of the sculpture garden, along with stories, inside scoop, and Q & A. We’ll also play a game of mini-golf!

Snacks will be provided at reserved picnic tables with an opportunity to socialize afterward. 

Meet at the Big Stone entrance at 9:55 am on Tuesday, June 22nd. RAIN DATE is  Tuesday, June 29th. Admission is $12 at the door. CASH OR CHECKS ONLY.

 Ticket sales help support Big Stone Advancing Arts, a nonprofit company that serves the local art community. 

We will drive independently and observe state COVID guidelines. 

Big Stone Mini Golf and Sculpture Garden is about 20 miles West of Minneapolis:

7110 County Rd. 110 W, Minnetrista, 55264

Please RSVP to kristenmcdoug@gmail.com to reserve a spot. 24 participants maximum. First come, first serve.  We hope to see both new and old members!

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Friends only tour features the Purcell-Cutts House

March 16, 2021 11:00 am

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Ticket Price: Free

Uncovering Hidden Histories at the Purcell-Cutts House

Please join Jennifer Komar Olivarez, Head of Exhibition Planning and Strategy, for a virtual tour highlighting aspects of the 1913 house that relate to current social and health issues. These include the history of race in Minneapolis, women in architecture, and hygiene and safety, and design in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you’re already familiar with the Prairie School house, you may see it differently from these perspectives!

An expert on Prairie School architecture and design, Jennifer has overseen the museum’s 1913 Prairie School-style Purcell-Cutts House since 1994.

Space is limited so make your reservation soon by emailing the Friends Office at friends@artsmia.org

 

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