Friends Only Events

Luncheon Reservations to Close on December 5!

December 12, 2019 12:30 pm

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Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $30

Looking forward to the holidays and searching for an opportunity to join your Friends at Mia? Come to lunch!

Reserve your spot for the Friends Luncheon!  Following the December 12 lecture by Alec Soth, “The Space Between Us,” join the Friends for a Holiday luncheon in the Reception Hall, Target Wing. Save your spot soon for this popular  gathering, that for many of us has become a welcome annual holiday tradition.

The menu includes winter-hearty, Beef Stroganoff on Egg Noodles with Truffle Sour Cream, a Side Salad, and warm Dinner Rolls, followed by a dessert of Holiday Chocolate Mousse. A vegetarian option is available; please request when making your reservation.

The cost is $30 including tax and gratuities. All reservations MUST be received by Thursday, December 5 by 4PM.  Tickets are available now. Click the link below or call 612.870.6323 to reserve your spot.

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Sign Up Now! January Friends Only Tour

January 22, 2020 11:00 am

Mia Galleries

Ticket Price: Free

Space is limited for a Friends Only Tour on January 22, 2020!

Margaret Jordan Patterson American (born Java), 1867–1950 Heartsease, c. 1920s Color woodcut 2017.71.1

Marla Kinney, a Fellow in Mia’s Prints and Drawings department, will lead a highly engaging tour of Color Woodcuts in the Arts and Crafts Era on Wednesday, January 22 at 11AM. A Fellow in Prints and Drawings since 2000, Marla has curated 17 exhibitions, and contributed significantly to Mia’s print catalogs. 

Space is limited to 15 Friends, so sign up soon by calling 612-870-3045 or emailing friends@artsmia.org

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Bell Event a Ringing Success!

Courtesy of the Bell Museum and University of Minnesota.

On November 7, 2019, more than 90 guests enjoyed an evening of information and conviviality at a fundraiser celebrating  Mia’s relationship with the Bell Museum of Natural History.

Docent-led tours were a hit, as were the three speakers: Ford Bell who spoke of his philanthropist grandfather, James Ford Bell, and architect David Dimond of Perkins + Will and Bell.  Bell Executive Director Denise Young entertained and educated Mia Friends about the museum’s history, collection, planetarium partnership and the complex, exciting story of the move from the old to spectacular new building.  

The Friends are grateful for the support of our guests and the evening’s sponsors: 

Melanie Nelson, Chas and Jeanne Scheiderer, Carol Poulson and Nick Hay, Katie and Steve Remole, Connie Sommers and Vantage Point Wealth Management.  Thanks go as well to the Fundraising Events Committee chaired by Beverly Hauschild-Baron and Mary Aamoth.  

Friends November Book is “The Refugees” with themes related to “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975”

November 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Friends Only Book Club to meet Friday, November 15. Space is limited so make a reservation now!

The current special exhibition, Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War 1965-1975, challenges us to rethink a tumultuous period in our nation’s history.  One continuing impact in our country today is the many refugees from southeast Asia who have immigrated to our nation and Minnesota.  Mia’s November book selection, The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, will guide Friends Book Club attendees in revisiting this era via a discussion.

Any Friends member interested in a stimulating discussion of this award-winning book is invited to join the Book Club for the November meeting.  This month’s discussion will be lead by docent Susan Drummond who has traveled to Vietnam. Small group gallery tours will follow the book discussion and will be led by Mia docents.

Praise for The Refugees has been widespread since it was published in 2016.  As a collection of short stories, the author provides a glimpse into the lives of people from his homeland, Vietnam.  His humor and writing style along with poignant moments enrich our feelings and memories of this time period.

For further questions about this Friends Only Event please contact Elizabeth Winga, elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  

To make a reservation call the Friends office, 612.870.3045 or send an email to friends@artsmia.org and leave your name.  There is a limit of 20 openings.

Friends Only Book Club is one more reason to join and support the Friends of Mia!

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Save the Date for this Friends Only Event

December 5, 2019 11:00 am

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General Mills Lobby

Ticket Price: $20; Tour: Free

For Friends Only: A Curator led tour is this December’s Friends Only event. 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

11 AM – 12PM

How do artists respond to war? What makes effective protest art? Does art change in times of crisis?

Curator of Paintings Bob Cozzolino will lead a tour of the exhibition, “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975”, offering historical insight into this turbulent period in history. 

You must be a Friends member to attend this event and purchase a ticket to the exhibition. To reserve a spot, please contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or friends@artsmia.org. To purchase a ticket, please contract Visitor Experience at 612.870.6323 or visit artsmia.org.

 

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Make Your Reservation for the Friends Holiday Luncheon!

December 12, 2019 12:30 pm

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Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $30

Join us for a Holiday lunch immediately following the December 12 lecture by Minnesota photographer Alec Soth.

Looking forward to the holidays and searching for an opportunity to join your Friends at Mia to share a lovely holiday luncheon? 

Then reserve your spot!  Following the December 12 lecture by Alec Soth, “The Space Between Us,” join the Friends for a Holiday luncheon in the Reception Hall, Target Wing. Save your spot soon for this popular  gathering, that for many of us has become a welcome annual holiday tradition.

The menu includes winter-hearty, Beef Stroganoff on Egg Noodles with Truffle Sour Cream, a Side Salad, and warm Dinner Rolls, followed by a dessert of Holiday Chocolate Mousse. A vegetarian option is available; please request when making your reservation.

The cost is $30 including tax and gratuities. All reservations MUST be received by Thursday, December 5, by 4 p.m.  Tickets will become available a month preceding the event (i.e. November 12, 2019). Click the link below or call 612.870.6323 to reserve your spot.

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Get Reading! Friends Only Book Club is October 18

October 18, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Jesmyn Ward’s award-winning novel entitled Sing, Unburied, Sing is October’s Book Club selection

Any Friends member interested in a stimulating book discussion around Jesmyn Ward’s 2017 award-winning novel entitled Sing, Unburied, Sing is invited to join the book club for the October meeting.  The group meets in Mia’s research library on the first floor of the Target Wing.  Following the one-hour book discussion an hour long docent-led tour will be available.  Because of the limited reservations, small groups are guaranteed for the gallery tours.

All that is requested is to call in or email a reservation prior to the meeting. There is a limit of 20 openings. Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends.  

The Star Tribune has described Ward’s novel as “the story of a few days in the lives of a tumultuous Mississippi Gulf Coast family and the histories and ghosts that haunt it,..it is nothing short of magnificent.”  The Philadelphia Inquirer adds that, “After winning the National Book Award for Salvage the Bones, Ward is back, with an epic family saga…”  Particularly relevant is this quote from the New York Times, “However eternal its concerns, Sing, Unburied, Sing is perfectly poised for the moment.”

This book club tour will offer an opportunity to view some of the new acquisitions in Mia’s collection that relate to diverse cultures and issues.  Each of the two docents guiding a tour will offer unique connections between the novel and Mia’s collection.

For further questions about this Friends Only Event please contact Elizabeth Winga, elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  

To make a reservation call the Friends office, 612.870.3045 or send an email to friends@artsmia.org and leave your name.  There is a limit of 20 openings.

Friends Book Club is one more reason to join and support the Friends of Mia!

Save the Date for Two Friends Only Events!

For Friends Only: Curator led tours and an opportunity to hear about the MidWest Conservation Center are this Fall’s Friends Only events. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

11 AM – 12PM

Photography and New Media Curator Casey Riley will lead a tour of the exhibitions by Mexican photographer, Graciela Iturbide and Minnesota photographer, Meadow Muska. Each picture has a story and presents a window into the photographer’s experiences. Afterward, come back to the Friends office to sample traditional Day of the Dead bread, made in the shape of a cadaver with a hint of orange and anise–scarily delicious!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

3PM – 4:30PM  

Conservators at the Midwest Art Conservation Center (underneath Mia) will describe their work restoring precious art and artifacts. Check out some of their past conservation projects on artsmia.org, including a restoration project generously funded by the Friends in 2012! Don’t miss this fascinating insider opportunity. 

You must be a Friends member to attend these events. To reserve a spot, please contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or friends@artsmia.org. Not a Friends member yet? Click here to join!

The Friends are going to Portugal in 2020 and you are invited!

See the best Portugal has to offer, May 11-18, 2020.

Come join us on this hand curated trip to the best museums and architectural sites Lisbon and Porto, Portugal have to offer.  Every tour is private for Mia and there will be events not open to the public to make this already glorious trip even better!!

The trip is almost full so we suggest you reserve your spot soon.  Please feel free to contact our Art & Architecture Chair, Lucy Hicks for further information or questions.  (952.217.0330/lhicks150@gmail.com).

To reserve your spot and join your Friends this May in Portugal, click here.  It will be  a trip you won’t soon forget!

Reservations open for September Luncheon

September 12, 2019 12:30 pm

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Target Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $30

Join your Friends for lunch following the September lecture

Fall is coming and so is the first Friend’s luncheon. On September 12, following the lecture by Geraldine Craig, there will be a lovely meal of vegetarian butternut squash soup with crème fraiche, red butter lettuce salad with apple cider vinaigrette, toasted pumpkin seeds, pomegranates, and blue cheese, followed by a dessert of pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese mousse. This experience is $30, including tax and gratuities.

Please join us as we get caught up and welcome the fall season.

All reservations MUST be received by Thursday, September 5, 4PM. To reserve your spot online, follow the link below or call 612.870.6323.

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