January 2020


February 13, 2020 12:30 pm


Reception Hall

Ticket Price: $30

February luncheon to be held immediately following the February Friends Lecture.

Following the February 13 lecture by Naima Keith, “Deep Dives into Curatorial and Educational Approaches,” join the Friends for a Valentine’s luncheon in the Reception Hall, Target Wing.

The menu includes a Strawberry, Feta, Spinach Side Salad served with red onions, pecans, and poppy seed dressing, Sundried Tomato Stuffed Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper Vodka Sauce served with mashed potatoes and roasted veggies, followed by Mini Strawberry/Rhubarb Crisp topped with Chantilly cream (Gluten Free & Vegan).  A vegan option of Trottole Pasta topped with roasted veggies and marinara will be available; please request when making your reservation.

The cost is $30 including tax and gratuities. All reservations MUST be received by Thursday, February 6, by 4 p.m.  Tickets are available through the link below or by calling 612.870.6323.

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January President’s Letter

Maria Eggemeyer, Friends President

Happy New Year, Friends!

Do you remember when we were stocking up on canned tuna and bottled water, preparing for a potential blackout at the beginning of the new millennium? Here we are in 2020, preparing for the hundredth birthday celebration of the Friends organization.

A small group of art-loving friends came together to form the Friends of the Institute of the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 1922. Right away the Friends began to raise funds to support Mia. In 1924, funds were given to furnish the Providence parlour. Portrait of Marcy Olney (1749 – 1780?) by eighteenth century artist Jeremiah Theus was acquired, and the following year funds were provided to complete nine new second floor galleries. And the list goes on. Friends members can be proud to be part of an organization that continues to fulfill its mission to support, enhance, and sustain the collections and programs of Mia.

To properly celebrate one hundred fabulous years, the Friends organization is supporting the acquisition of Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums by Eugène Delacroix. His artwork is a magnificent and significant addition to Mia’s art collection. The guests were awestruck when the painting was first unveiled at the preview party by Art in Bloom 2018 Honorary Chair Nikki Lewis. And when you enter Gallery 321, you too will be enraptured by Delacroix’s passion for the radiance of flowers.

Eugène Delacroix, French, 1798–1863, Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums (detail), c. 1835, oil on canvas, Gift of funds from the Friends of the Institute in celebration of their 100th anniversary, with generous support from Nivin MacMillan, Mary Agnes and Al McQuinn, Sheila C. Morgan, Mary and Douglas Olson, Carol Burton Gray, Nikki and Ron Lewis, Lucy Crosby Mitchell, Linda and Phil Boelter, Pamela and Mark Friedland, Katie and Steve Remole, Elizabeth Short and Kirk Cozine, Lucille Amis, Carolyn and Tucker Dahl, Maria Eggemeyer, Gary and Gretchen Holland, Ed and Teresa Luterbach, Jane and Thomas Nelson, Suzanne C. and William B. Payne, Marilyn Sundberg, Marietta and Jot Turner, and gifts made in memory of Teresa Pfister.

Nineteenth-century poet and art critic Charles Baudelaire described his contemporary Eugène Delacroix as “passionately in love with passion, but coldly determined to express passion as clearly as possible.” When Baudelaire said that everything beautiful is beautiful by calculation, he well described Delacroix’s deep understanding of color and composition in creating movement in his creations. Delacroix’s work inspired Impressionists with it’s expressive brushstrokes and optical effects of color.

The Friends has made great strides in its fundraising for this wonderful acquisition, and recently received a generous bequest from the Joan T. Smith fund. We thank our many supportive donors for their generosity and encourage contributions to complete our centennial gift to Mia. Be sure to visit Mia often and come admire Delacroix’s spectacular work of art.

Your friend,



Maria Eggemeyer
President, Friends of the Institute

Alice Riot Comes To Mia

To chase away the winter blues, an exciting offer for Friends members!

The December 12 Friends Lecture and Luncheon was generously sponsored by Alice Riot, a line of professional women’s apparel that showcases original works of art by female contemporary artists. The Friends were pleased to welcome Alice Riot co-founders Kelly Groehler and Kate Iverson to both events.

Alice Riot invites women to invest in female artists–starting with their wardrobe! When you wear Alice Riot, you help a female artist in a stylish way and support a women-owned and operated startup business. The limited-edition prints are exclusively available and juxtapose Alice Riot’s classic apparel styles; well- made and travel-friendly, every garment purchase provides the contributing artist  a commission. Luncheon attendees had the opportunity to view Alice Riot’s art-inspired looks, and try-on scarves at a special digital photo booth experience.

Alice Riot is pleased to extend a special promotion for Mia Friends members: 15% off your purchase through the month of  January on AliceRiot.com with the code MIAFRIENDS.

Thank you again to Alice Riot for their generous support! We are grateful for this new partnership.

The Friends Welcome Artist Tiffany Chung

January 9, 2020 11:00 am


Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Tiffany Chung will speak on  “Remapping Histories: Wars, Embattled Sites, and Forced Migration” at the January Friends Lecture.

Through her poetic writing, Tiffany Chung’s lecture performance will examine the intersection of her artistic practice and academic discourse, which spans across many disciplines and mediums. Chung will delve into her research materials and process behind her cartographic and multi-media installation work that unpack the legacies of the Vietnam War, other Cold War conflicts, recent geopolitical upheavals worldwide, and the resulting migrations from the global south. Interweaving ordinary people’s memories with official accounts and international policies, her work foregrounds voices of those being displaced and creates interventions into the spatial and political narratives produced through statecraft.

An internationally active artist, Chung has participated in more than 100 exhibitions and biennials on five continents. “Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue,” her first major solo museum exhibition in the United States, ran March 15–September 2, 2019, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conjunction with “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975.”

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Great characters are the focus of the January friends only book club

January 17, 2020 10:00 am


Art Research and Reference Library 

Ticket Price: Free

Louise Penny’s A Great Reckoning: A Novel is the first book of the new year!

The new year for Mia’s Book Club begins with a crime mystery written by popular Canadian novelist Louise Penny.  A Great Reckoning: A Novel is Penny’s 12th in this superb series featuring Quebec Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, and set in the fictional village of Three Pines. 

The many awards that Penny has received for this series are a testament to how highly-regarded she has become.  From the Library Journal, “Riveting…with characters of incredible depth who only add to the strength of the plot.”  And from the New York Times Book Review, “Artful… powerful… magical.”

Friends members interested in a discussion on these intriguing characters, who are neither all good or all evil, are invited to join us.  Please call or email a reservation prior to the Friday meeting, friends@artsmia.org or 612.870.3045.  Members meet in the Art Research and Reference Library located by the Target Wing Atrium.  Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends.

This month’s discussion will be led by regular Book Club member Corrine Zwickey, who will bring the experience of her years as a literature educator to the discussion.  Mia’s docents will guide members on gallery tours following the book discussion.

For further information about this Friends Only event please contact elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  We hope that you will join us!   

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February Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Announced

February 13, 2020 11:00 am


Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Naima J. Keith to discuss curating and the museum of the future

Naima Keith Mia

Naima J. Keith, the new Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be presenting “Deep Dives into Curatorial and Educational Approaches” at our February lecture

In her previous role as Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the California African American Museum (CAAM), Keith was instrumental in transforming the institution into a vibrant art center and reflection of Los Angeles cultural life. During her three year tenure she doubled guest visits by engaging new and diverse audiences. She also served as associate curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem from 2011-16.

At LACMA, Keith and her team are evaluating ways to better serve a wider population of children and families. She is especially determined to make art museums a more welcoming place for people of color, women, and working moms. LACMA director Michael Govan says, “She takes risks and has a unique ability to consider ideas from multiple perspectives. Her resourcefulness in engaging diverse and evolving communities with art is crucial not only to LACMA, but to moving the entire field forward.”

Considered a Los Angeles art luminary, Keith is a proud native and grew up surrounded by art—both her parents are collectors—but she was not immediately smitten. Her memories of museums are typical of lots of people. “My mom basically dragging me and my sister along,” she says. She initially studied economics in college but eventually discovered her creative passion and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Spelman College, followed by a Masters in Contemporary Art at UCLA.

Her historical survey, Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989 (2014), traveled to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles spring 2015 and was nominated in 2014 for a “Best Monographic Museum Show in New York” award by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA). In 2017, Naima Keith received the 13th David C. Driskell prize to honor her contributions to the field of African American art and art history.

Keith is also co-curating Prospect.5, New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts Triennial, opening in fall 2020. Originating as an experiment to welcome the contemporary art world to New Orleans, this Prospect.5 cycle celebrates the organization’s 10th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

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Douglas J. Olson, husband of loyal Friend, Mary, is remembered. 

Portrait of Douglas and Mary Olson, benefactors for the museum’s Adopt a Painting Program

Douglas J. Olson, a longtime supporter of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and husband of loyal Friend Mary, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2019.

He was involved in many community organizations and is best known to longtime residents as the owner of the Olson Bros. Pharmacy. Both Doug and his brother Roy graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Pharmacy, and soon after, founded their pharmacy in 1955, They stayed in business until their retirement in 1994. Many remember Olson Bros. with fondness as an important fixture of the community.

His wife Mary has played an active and supportive role with the Friends for many years, and is a current member of Mia’s Board of Trustees. Our hearts are with Mary in this time of sadness.

Art in Bloom keeps the bus wheels turning!

Art in Bloom 2020 to boost fundraising awareness 

Museum Building and environs, including Washburn Fair Oaks Park, 24th Street and Third Avenue entrances, Target Park, and a school tour arriving by bus.

As Friends we know Art in Bloom is an important fundraiser that contributes to our Friends’ Transportation Fund, which has helped bring students to experience Mia’s world class collection for over twenty years. But do the thousands of Art in Bloom visitors know that? 

We believe there is much to be gained by building public awareness that Art in Bloom is a fundraiser that helps fund student bus transportation to the museum.

To that end, we plan to have a fun, school-bus themed floral installation at Mia’s Third Avenue entrance and will also be inviting our Art in Bloom guests to make a donation in the Lucite containers (which will feature a special bus-themed wrapper) located throughout the museum. Anyone who contributes will be given a school bus-themed pin to wear to show their support. Sort of like the “I voted” stickers but in this case, everyone wins!

The Friends’ Transportation Fund was established in 1996 with a substantial contribution from 1997 Art in Bloom Honorary Chair Roberta Mann Benson and since then, a significant portion of funds raised during Art in Bloom have sustained it; there has always been the connection, but this year we plan to boldly drive the message home.

Please help by spreading the word that for 23 years the Friends have played a vital role in giving tens of thousands of children the opportunity to begin a lifelong romance with the arts. It is a proud legacy we all share.

Therese Blaine and Maria Reamer
2020 Art in Bloom Co-Chairs