Friends Only Events

OCTOBER BOOK CLUB

The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan.
Friends members, join us on Friday, October 16 at 10:20 a.m. in Studio 114 for a docent-led tour at 10:30 a.m. of The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan, one of the most trusted food experts in America.  Pollan ingeniously links four fundamental human desires–sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control to the plants that satisfy them with humankind’s most basic yearnings.   Discussion and light treats will follow from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please call the Friends office (612) 870-3045 to register. We have spots for up to 25 members. Friends event co-chair JeanMarie Burtness is looking forward to seeing you!
On November 20, our novel is What I Loved by Siri Hustved.  This family saga begins in a SoHo gallery in 1975 and combines suspense with art, love, loss, and betrayal.

Friends-only Special Event on Thursday, November 5 at 5 p.m.

Join us at a special event just for Friends members! Dr. Aaron M. Rio, the Mellon Assistant curator of Japanese and Korean Art at Mia, will lead a tour of some of the highlights of the art from the Mary Griggs Burke Collection. To celebrate this transformative gift, the Japanese galleries have been reimagined to showcase masterpieces from Mrs. Burke’s collection and to highlight her personal collecting interests.  This exhibition features more than 170 masterpieces of Japanese and Korean art, from the prehistoric era to the late 1800s.

Meet in the Friends office on Thursday, November 5 a little before 5 p.m.  We will be together in the newly installed galleries for about an hour and then return to the Friends Office for a light snack and conversation.

Registration will be open from October 8th through November 3rd. Register by calling (612) 870-6323 or reserve online. Tickets are $10, and this custom tour is limited to 20 Friends members.

The Friends are going to Cuba

Join the Friends oCuba 4f the Institute on a unique travel opportunity. We will be exploring the wonderful cultural heritage of Cuba, on a custom planned trip from March 3-7th, 2016. Experience Cuba’s enigmatic capital city, whose nearly 500 year old Old Havana is home to the largest collections of Spanish-Colonial architecture in the Americas. And that’s just the beginning. The trip also includes visits to a museum, a cigar factory, Hemingway’s Farm, and discussions with Artist Jose Fuster, a Cuban baseball player, members of an Old Style Classic Car Club and much much more.
Register by October 31st for a booking discount! Registration and itinerary packets are available in the Friends Office or by clicking HERE.  Stop by the Friends Office  to pick one up, or email Kris Bjorklund kkbjorklund@gmail.com for more details. Registration deadline is December 15, 2015. Space is limited.

Lecture Day Tour for Friends Members

Friends members are invited to register for the Friends-Only pre-lecture tours. The tours complement the monthly lecture and begin at 10:00 on lecture days.
• Space is limited. Reserve your tour spot with the Friends-Only Events co-chair, Shelly McGinnis. Email: mcgclan@earthlink.net to reserve your pre-lecture tour and lecture ticket or call 612-735-6828 on or after the 15th.
• Reservations will not be accepted before the 15th.
• Tour reservations and lecture tickets are limited to two Friends members per email.
• Registrants will receive an email confirmation. Confirmed names do not need to reserve a ticket through Mia for the Friends Lecture Series.
• Tours will be filled on a first come/first served basis. Tours begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. before the lecture.
• Meet in the Mia 3rd Avenue Lobby under the Chihuly Sun.
• Tour participants will receive lecture tickets with reserved seating at the end of the tour.
• If unable to attend please cancel your tour/ticket RSVP; we anticipate a waiting list.
The Friends Lecture Series is sponsored by the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Fund

Friends-Only Book Club

Plan to attend Friends-Only Book Club! Join us on Friday, September 18 at 10:30 a.m. in Studio 114 at Mia, for a docent-led tour of our first book All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the book follows the lives of a perceptive blind French girl and an orphaned German boy whose paths cross in occupied France during World War II.  Discussion and light treats will follow from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Please call the Friends office (612) 870-3045 to register. We are full this month, please join us next time! Book Club is limited to 25 spots.
Friends event co-chair, JeanMarie Burtness, is looking forward to seeing you!
Going forward:
October 16: The Botany of Desire: a Plant’s Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
November 20: What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt.

Lecture Day Tour for Friends Members

Please join us for the first Friends-Only pre-lecture tour of the 2015-2016 season. The tour complements Gloria Groom’s September 10 lecture Impressionism: Dressing the Model, Muse and Mistress.
Space is limited and these popular tours fill quickly, so please reserve your tour spot with the Friends-Only Events co-chair, Shelly McGinnis. Email is preferred: mcgclan@earthlink.net or call 612-735-6828 on or after the 15th. You will receive a confirmation. Confirmed names do NOT need to reserve a ticket through the MIA for the Fiterman lectures. Tours will be filled on a first come/first served basis. Tours begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. so please arrive early at the MIA meeting place in the Third Avenue Lobby under the Chihuly Sun. Tour participants will receive lecture tickets with reserved seating at the end of the tour.
We ask that you cancel your tour RSVP if a conflict arises; we anticipate a waiting list.

Friends-Only Book Club

Plan to attend Friends-only Book Club. Join us on Friday, September 18 at 10:30 a.m. in Studio 114 for a docent-led tour of our first book All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the book follows the lives of a perceptive blind French girl and an orphaned German boy whose paths cross in occupied France during World War II. Discussion and light treats will follow from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Please call the Friends office (612) 870-3045 to register. We have spots for up to 25 members. Friends event co-chair, JeanMarie Burtness, is looking forward to seeing you.
Going forward:
October 16: The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
November 20: What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt.

Art and Architecture in Duluth

The Friends enjoyed an insider’s tour of art and architecture in Duluth on June 17 and 18, highlighted by a visit to the historic Glensheen mansion and the home of renowned architect David Salmela.
It was a cool overcast day in Duluth, upon arrival, and showers were predicted. The view was spectacular as we sat above the clouds and mist looking down on the vast Lake Superior; its tributaries and the ore docks.
After a brief and refreshing stop we progressed to the Glensheen Mansion where we were treated to a personal tour from Glensheen Director Dan Hartman our charming, enthusiastic and visionary host. Dan has made amazing progress in restoring it to its original glory and opening it up to visitors in many new and exciting ways such as Kayak Tours.
Historians Penny Petersen and Rachel Peterson from Hess Roise Historical Consultants brought out Ms. Condon’s WWII Red Cross uniform and a 1920’s white silk beaded “flapper” dress from the Glensheen collection along with treasured porcelain dishes and historical world maps. The clouds dissipated and the sun shone as we toured the gardens that were in full bloom and a month behind the cities giving us a second dose of spring.
Architect David Salmela and homeowner Dave Arvold greeted us at the Arvold home. Salmela explained how his designs bring light inside from all angles and use familiar classical elements alongside modernist forms.  The home is filled with soft light and feels warm, comfortable and inviting. One Friend commented, “if that were our master bedroom perched in the sky above Lake Superior we’d never get out of bed.

David Salmela explains his design vision.
David Salmela explains his design vision.

As we prepared to leave we discovered that our bus was hung-up in the steep turn- around at the end of the street and a tow truck was on its way….and what a tow truck it was; a $400,000 piece of serious machinery with an operator who was all business until he turned in to a Teddy Bear upon completing the extrication. While we waited we “lollygagged” on the Loll chairs on the deck and sunbathed on the lawn. Problem solved we made our way to the historic Fitger’s Inn.  Donning our required “coats and ties” we dined in the “Great Room” at the historic Kitchi Gammi Club.
After a restful night at Fitger’s we embarked upon our second day with perfect temperatures and sunshine.
David and Gladys Salmela welcomed us to their home and studios. Gladys is a seamstress extraordinaire.  Her top floor sewing room has 180° of windows and was much admired (and coveted) by the seamstresses in our group. The house sits on a rocky hill along with several Salmela designed homes looking down on Duluth and Lake Superior.  Although it’s quite a distance from downtown and the Lake it feels as though you could reach-out and touch them. David’s studio is full of meticulously built models. We proceeded next door where the Halls welcomed us to their home, which was built right in to the enormous rock using a foundation from an original house. It’s another award winning architectural gem with an art collection and treasures from world travel to match.
On to the award winning Bagley Classroom Building at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Bagley Nature Center.  It is the first and only U of M building with a LEED Platinum designation. Located in the Nature Reserve, students can now attend class in the midst of what they are studying.  We loved the outdoor area complete with well-used fireplace.
We ended our day with tours of the HAWKBOOTS and Loll manufacturing facilities. Begun as the maker of skate parks they now use the same materials to produce Epicurean cutting boards, kitchen utensils and Loll outdoor furniture.
After being filled with beautiful sites, extraordinary vistas and most of all warm and charming hosts we fell in to our comfortable bus for a sleepy, relaxing ride home.
Enjoy the photos posted in folders for each tour site: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iqvfdd9k36asc74/AABUar7Y7INCLCI2gqNOx2Eda?dl=0
“The Job of the Architect” about David Salmela by Horacio Devoto is beautifully done. (The video we weren’t able to play on the bus.) http://www.horaciodevoto.com/projects/vimeo-project-2/