Friends Only Events

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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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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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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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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First Friends Only Zoom tour

September 23, 2020 11:00 am

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Join Fellow Friends for a Virtual Tour!

Debbi Hegstrom, Senior Educator at the Mia, will present a Zoom tour, “The Art of Building: An Architectural History of Mia”. 

In this virtual tour, we’ll examine how the original neoclassical building, a central landmark in the 1917 City Plan of Minneapolis, became integrated with two much-later modern additions—three buildings from three unique eras that form today’s Mia.  We’ll also discover the architectural elements that were woven through the spaces to create a harmonious relationship among these architectural gems.

Debbi Hegstrom is Senior Educator at Mia. She oversees the docent program—teaching docents about the museum’s collections as well as evaluating and coaching them. Debra is also involved in exploring new strategies that incorporate critical thinking and cultural fluency.  She received an MA and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Minnesota. 

Reserve your spot on this Friends only tour by contacting the Friend’s Office at friends@artsmia.org. Space is limited! 

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2020/2021 Friends Book Club and September’s book!

September 18, 2020 10:00 am

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Join Friends via Zoom for a discussion of The Island of Sea Women by Linda See

Much of the news in recent months has dealt with change, and the same goes for the Friends Book Club in the coming year.

Book Club leadership recently transferred from Elizabeth Winga to Carol Poulson.  Carol previously served on the Board of Friends for Hospitality and other programs, so Book Club will be a new venture for her.  WELCOME, Carol!

Another change is that our September gathering, and likely subsequent Book Club sessions this year, will be held via Zoom.  If you’ve never attended a Zoom bookclub, you might be surprised how connected they can make you feel.

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The book for September is what O, The Oprah Magazine calls,  “A mesmerizing new historical novel” The Island of Sea Women by Linda See. 

Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women follows two girls from very different backgrounds as they begin working with their village’s all-female diving collective. 

 

Additional Book Club dates and titles:

Friday, October 16, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris, which focuses on Norris’ experiences as a black woman growing up in south Minneapolis.

Friday, November 20, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the Golden Age in New York City, 

We’ll continue to offer a post-discussion tour as part of the monthly Book Club.  Since on-site gallery tours at Mia aren’t currently an option, we’re figuring out an alternative.

Important: Please send an email to friends@artsmia.org to register for September’s meeting  (or indicate interest in future meetings) and receive a Zoom invitation and details about the tour, 

We look forward to staying connected, seeing you, and discussing books via Zoom! 

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April Tea Party Introduces New Mia Director to Friends

Mia’s New Director, Katie Luber

Dr. Katherine Crawford Luber, also known as Katie, is the new Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of Mia. Luber comes to Minneapolis from the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), the only encyclopedic fine art institution in south Texas, where she has served as the Kelso Director for the last eight years.

Katie started her tenure as Mia’s director on January 2 and has had, we expect, a whirlwind year so far!

President of the Friends Maria Eggemeyer and the board were looking forward to hosting her at a recent meeting.  As with all things right now, the stay at home order meant that the Friends and Mia improvised that meeting and Katie graciously hosted an online “tea party” on Wednesday, April 29 for Friends Board members.

To join the Tea Party, click here and follow along with the events from April 29.

Born and raised in Texas, Luber’s pathway to art museum leadership combines traditional educational and work experiences with out-of-the-box aspects that strengthen her management and leadership skills. She has a B.A. in art history from Yale University, an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in art history from Bryn Mawr, where her dissertation focused on the paintings of Albrecht Dürer. She was subsequently awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in residence at the Kunthistoriches Museum in Vienna to support this scholarship, after which her dissertation was published by Cambridge University Press.

Prior to arriving in San Antonio, Luber’s other art museum positions included serving as a research associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, for nearly 10 years, as a John G. Johnson Curator of Northern Renaissance and Baroque Paintings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she oversaw the reinstallation of those collections, engaged with the museum’s 19th-century French paintings, researched and installed the museum’s collection of Latin American Colonial paintings, and oversaw the installation and mechanical renovation of the building housing the museum’s world-famous Rodin collection. Luber also completed an M.B.A. at Johns Hopkins University, and as founder, president, and CEO launched, managed, and ultimately sold a successful start-up company, underscoring her capacity for innovation.

We extend a warm welcome to Katie from the Friends!

Friends only tour with Mia’s Senior Educator

March 17, 10:50AM- 12:15PM, Mia First Floor Lobby

Ticket Price: Free

Join us for a FREE Friends Only tour developed by Debra Hegstrom, Mia’s Senior Educator.

Debra Hegstrom is Mia’s Senior Educator and oversees the docent program, which includes teaching, evaluating and coaching docents.  Debra is involved in exploring new gallery strategies that incorporate critical thinking and cultural fluency.

In this tour, we’ll examine various points of view by changing our viewing lens while looking at works of art.  Viewing art through more than one lens can offer us greater insight or a different entry point into the work. Debra received her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.  We’ll meet at 10:50 in the upper lobby across from the gift shop.  The tour is limited to 15 to 18 people so contact the Friends Office (friends@artsmia.org / 612.870.3045) to register soon!