Friends Only Events

Friends Only Tour

September 29, 2021 11:00 am

Zoom

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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Zoom

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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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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Zoom

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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“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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Friends January Book Club

January 15, 2021 10:00 am

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Zoom

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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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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ZOOM

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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