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Friends Lecture – Save the Date

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September 8 Friends Lecture

Save the date for the Friends September 8 Lecture featuring American fashion historian, Sandy Schreier.  Ms. Schreier has been called ‘the worlds largest private collector of couture clothing.’  Her collection was the subject of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) that ran from November 2019 to September 2020 called “In Pursuit of Fashion.”

Friends Members have early access to tickets so plan to join us in September for what is sure to be a delightful talk.

 

Friends Lecture

April 14, 2022 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

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Patrick Noon, retired Senior Curator of Paintings and Elizabeth MacMillan Chair of the Department of Paintings at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Please join us for our April Friends Lecture: “Artist in Bloom: Eugene Delacroix’s Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums,” with Patrick Noon.

A familiar face in the corridors and galleries of Mia for 22 years, Patrick Noon was the senior curator of paintings. He joined the museum in 1997, retiring in early 2020. He previously served for 20 years on the curatorial staff at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven and was the founding curator of its prints, drawings and rare books area.

Noon is a specialist in 18th- and 19th-century French and British art. His acquisitions brought considerable depth to the holdings at Mia with the addition of some 200 paintings, including the first he bought for the museum, “Pastoral Landscapes” by French artist Claude Lorraine, or “the Claude.” That turned out to be one of the most important “Old Masters” the museum has acquired in decades, and also one of the most expensive. 

Then there is the larger-than-life portrait of a nobleman reading in his garden, Nicolas Largilliere’s “Portrait of Charles-Leonor Aubry, Marquis de Castelnau” from 1701, one of Noon’s most recent purchases. A companion painting of the Marquis’ wife, “Portrait of Catherine Coustard,” is part of the Art Adventure program that brings children on field trips to the museum. Someone had separated the portraits in the mid-19th century but now they are ‘remarried’ and hang together at Mia.

Noon has published and lectured extensively on French and British art. His research resulted in prominent exhibitions including The English Miniature in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum; Richard Parkes Bonington with the Musee du Petit Palais, Paris; Crossing the Channel: British and French Painting in the Age of Romanticism with Tate Britain and the Metropolitan Museum; and most recently Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art with the National Gallery of London. Delacroix’s Influence: The Rise of Modern Art from Cézanne to van Gogh was shown at Mia in 2015 during the museum’s 100th birthday year.

The Friends of the Institute purchased Eugene Delacroix’s Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums for Mia to commemorate the Friends 100-year anniversary this year. Noon will share the fascinating story behind this still life, which was in a private collection and never before in the public eye until coming to Mia.

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Friends Lecture: Seitu Jones

March 10, 2022 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

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Seitu Jones is a multi-disciplinary artist, and community organizer, known for his large-scale public artworks, and environmental designs.  He works both independently and in collaboration with other artists, and has created over 40 large-scale public works. He has created sets for multiple Twin Cities theaters. His art has been exhibited at Mia, the Walker Art Center, the American Folk Art museum in New York, and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. 

Seitu was born in Minneapolis in 1951 and has degrees in environmental history and landscape design.  He is retired from the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Arts MFA program at Goddard College in Port Townsend, WA.

He is a 4th generation Minnesotan. His great grandfather, who was born into slavery, relocated to Minnesota in the 1870s, first settling in Red Wing, and then Rochester.  His grandparents lived in the Rondo area of St. Paul.

His father, aunts, and uncles were all creatives, and inspired Seitu.

Seitu finds inspiration in so many places. He uses the spirit of improvisation in his work, which is in the sphere of African and Afro-Atlantic traditions. Much of his art centers around placemaking, creating, and manipulating space, while working with the community to change and transform, temporarily, a space to create a sense of place. He is also influenced by music, and always wanted to be a musician. When he won a Sally Award he bought a bass violin, and took lessons at the Walker West Music Academy.

He digs deep into the role that plants play in our environment, and spends time hanging out with plants and nature. Another big part of his work is passing on information, knowledge, and culture to new artists coming up behind him. He is influenced by the Black Arts Movement, and its belief that artists have an obligation to leave their community “more beautiful than they found it”.

In 2013 he received a Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation in Chicago, which allowed him to develop “Create”, a dinner for 2,000 people at a table one half mile long, that in part was organized to show Frogtown residents how the food system works.

In addition to all of the above, he has collaborated on a number of projects, with his wife, Soyini Guytonand with fellow St. Paul artist, Ta-coumba Aiken for the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Last but not least; Jones received the McKnight Distinguished Arts Award in 2017, which honors a Minnesota artist who has made a significant contribution to the states’ cultural life.  With his designs, his artistic vision has become an indelible part of Minnesota’s cultural landscape, according to Kate Wolford, president of the McKnight Foundation.

Seitu Jones has demonstrated what’s possible, when an artist with a hopeful vision and a generous spirit sets down deep roots in his community!

We look forward to seeing you all at his talk the next Friends lecture March 10th in Pillsbury auditorium at Mia at 11am.
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Friends Lecture: Save the Date

SAVE THE DATE – April 14, 2022, 11:00AM

Join us for the Friends Lecture Series with Patrick Noon, retired Mia curator, and the fascinating story of the Delacroix!

Eugène Delacroix, (French, 1798–1863), Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums, 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, Samuel and Patricia McCullough, Lucille Amis, Carolyn and Tucker Dahl, Maria Eggemeyer, Martha Head, Heidi Ault and Gretchen Holland, Ed and Teresa Luterbach, Jane and Thomas Nelson, Suzanne C. and William B. Payne, Constance Sommers, Marilyn Sundberg, Marietta and Jot Turner, and gifts made in memory of Teresa Pfister, 2017.52

February Friends Lecture

February 10, 2022 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

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Join us on February 10 at 11am when the Friends Lecture series welcomes Star Tribune theater critic Rohan Preston.

Please note: In accordance with the current City of Minneapolis mandate, Mia now requires all visitors ages 5 and older to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination. Mia also requires all visitors to wear a mask.

A Life of Imagination: How an Immigrant Kid Found His Passion — and Freedom — in the Arts

Photo credit: Thomas John Wallace

Star Tribune theater critic Rohan Preston grew up with parents, both Jamaican immigrants, who were so fearful of 1970s and ‘80s New York, they forbade their children to just go “hang out.” Their fear was that their children would literally be eaten up by the concrete jungle. But the youngsters could go to the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, to various museums, and to live performances of music and theater, including Broadway. Preston overindulged, becoming a glutton for cultural knowledge and experience not just for aesthetic reasons but because paintings and books, music, opera and dance literally meant freedom, as his teenage mind perceived it. That experiential education gave him a foundation that he polished at Yale, where he studied English and critical theory, devising his own path to becoming both an appreciator and an arbiter of arts and culture.

Preston was born in Jamaica and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where he attended an arts magnet high school. His fascination with the theater began in the 10th grade when he began writing plays and poetry. In college, in addition to his coursework, Preston wrote for a variety of student publications, which enabled him to develop a marketable skill. Following graduation, he and a friend moved to Chicago in the hope of launching careers as playwrights, but it was writing theater reviews that kept him afloat.  Freelance writing for the Chicago Tribune and as a stringer for The New York Times eventually led to full-time employment at the Tribune. He was recruited by the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 1998 to be the paper’s theater critic and has remained in the Twin Cities ever since.

Over his decades as a theater critic, Rohan Preston has interviewed a raft of luminary artists, including playwrights Arthur Miller, August Wilson, Edward Albee and Tony Kushner. He has the unique distinction of being an Emmy Award-winning critic, having led a Star Tribune team that won the coveted award for a documentary on the historic 2008 elections. Preston has twice served on the Pulitzer jury for drama. In addition to his journalistic pursuits, Preston continues to compose poetry, write plays and take photographs, and loves to till the soil at home with his wife, poet Angela Shannon, and, when they visit, their two adult daughters.

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Dr. Eike Schmidt Lecture on January 20

January 20, 2022 11:00 am

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Join us January 20 at 11am for a Friends Centennial Anniversary event when the Friends Lecture series welcomes renowned German art historian and former Mia curator for decorative arts, Dr. Eike Schmidt. 

Eike Schmidt’s extensive knowledge of art history is a treasure in its own right, but his passion for the past doesn’t prevent him from looking towards the future. He is currently working as the director of the Uffizi Galleries, located in Florence, Italy, as the first non-Italian director in the museum’s 250 year history. There he brings innovation and a modern approach to one of the oldest museums in the world. By rapidly expanding its online presence, Schmidt has brought the Uffizi into the digital realm by embracing social media platforms like Tiktok, Youtube and signing up for Facebook on day one of Italy’s Covid-19 lockdown.  

With an eye on Tuscany’s past, present and future, Dr. Schmidt’s latest project, Uffizi Diffusi, will extend the museum’s reach throughout the countryside by loaning art to smaller galleries. Schmidt believes it is important to tell the story of the renaissance where it happened: “Art can’t survive on big galleries alone. We need multiple exhibition spaces all over the region — especially in the places where the art itself was born.”  This project is mindful of the overcrowding issues faced in Florence and the lagging economies in the Tuscan countryside. “The Uffizi Diffusi will bring to light works of art that currently nobody can see in a calmer, more intimate setting.”

Schmidt brings a wealth of knowledge to the Uffizi from previously held positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Between 1994 and 2001 he worked at the German-funded Art History Institute in Florence, simultaneously curating shows along the way. 

During his time at Mia from 2009 to 2015 he served as director of the Department of Sculpture, Decorative Arts and Textiles, he planned and curated several exhibitions and created a sub-department of Jewish Art.  

Schmidt will be returning to Mia on January 20, bringing with him his passion for the past and unparalleled knowledge for this very special anniversary, don’t miss what surely will be a memorable event.

Please note that Dr. Eike Schmidt will be speaking on January 20 at 11am and joining the Friends for the Centennial Anniversary kick-off luncheon. There will be coffee served in the Rotunda prior to the lecture. ​​

In-person lecture tickets are no longer available. There will be no in-person overflow seating. We are happy to announce this lecture will be available to stream virtually. Streaming tickets will be available Wednesday, December 22 at 2 pm. 

This lecture is made possible by the generous support of the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Fund

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December Friends Lecture

December 9, 2021 11:00 am

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Zoom

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Rose B. Simpson

Rose Simpson’s work is powerful, earthy, with an independent voice.  Born in 1983, she comes from the Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico, famous for ceramics the women have produced since the 6th century, C.E.  She is a mixed-media artist, whose work includes ceramics, sculpture, metals, fashion, performances, music, installation, writing, and custom cars.

Rose still lives and works in the pueblo where she was born. It is the center of her world, the center of the earth, and where she finds inspiration.  Her life and her work goals are to find the tools to use to heal the damages she has experienced as a human being in our postmodern and post-colonial era objectification.  These tools are sculptural works of art that have a healing function that she hopes will become useful for everyone.

She is the daughter of Roxanne Swentzell, a renowned sculptor, and metal artist, and Patrick Simpson a wood, and metal sculptor.  Rose received an MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design, an MFA in creative nonfiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and while an artist in residence at the Denver Art Museum, she acquired a certificate in auto body in the New Mexico College automotive science program.  With that knowledge she customized a lowrider car, painted it in the black on black style of Maria Martinez, another well known pueblo artist, named it “Maria,” and installed it at the entrance to the Hearts of our People exhibit at Mia a few years ago.

It can be said that Rose Simpson’s work is ultimately about the human condition.  She is forced to grapple with cultural insensibility, but sees the fight against the racial determination of her work as a privileged engagement.  Some of the decisions she makes are intentional to deconstruct stereotypes around culture and gender.

Rose B. Simpson is an exciting, creative, expressive, skilled, thoughtful person who uses her art to express her thoughts, ideas, and feelings about the issues that are important to her and, she hopes, to everyone.

We have the privilege of seeing, and hearing her virtually December 9 at 11 am via Zoom. Please join us.

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November Friends Lecture

November 11, 2021 11:00 am

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Tova K. Brandt on “Furnishing with a Scandinavian Accent”

Join Tova Brandt (at left), executive director of the Museum of Danish America and the Albert Ravenholt Curator of Danish-American Culture at the Museum of Danish America, for this third lecture in our 2021-22 series.

We’ll explore how Scandinavian Americans have expressed their cultural identity through the design and making of household objects.  We’ll learn the history of Danish and Norwegian immigration to America while seeing rosemaled plates, carved wooden chairs, Danish Modern furniture and collectible porcelain drawn from the collections of the Museum of Danish America, Mia, and the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.  Ms. Brandt will also include a brief history of Norwegian rosemaling, or “rose painting,”  the traditional decorative painting that may be the best known of the Norwegian folk arts.

Ms. Brandt was previously curator at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. She has a strong interest in history, immigration and material culture, and has curated exhibitions such as “New Nordic Cuisine,” “Denmark – America’s Smallest and Biggest Ally,” and “Danish Modern: Design for Living”, which appeared in 2014 at the Goldstein Museum of Design in St. Paul.  A graduate of Bryn Mawr College with a degree in history and the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program, she describes herself as a historian at heart.

The Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, west of Des Moines, is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting Danish-American culture and telling the story of how Danish immigrants shaped American identity. The museum has over 30,000 objects in its collection, along with a prairie landscape, two historic houses and an extensive genealogy center.

Whether you have an interest in Scandinavian design, the history of Scandinavian immigration, or you just wonder what is the difference between all those Scandinavian countries, come hear Ms. Brandt speak.

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October Friends Lecture 

October 14, 2021 11:00 am

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Join us on October 14 at 11am for a virtual discussion provided by the Friends of Mia with special guest speakers, husband and wife duo Aaron Spangler and Amy Thielen.

The term power couple applies aptly to Amy Thielen and Aaron Spangler. Individually, Thielen is an award winning food writer, chef and television cook, Spangler a celebrated visual artist focusing on print and sculpture. Together they find common ground in Amy’s extensive garden and at the cabin Aaron built himself in rural Park Rapids, Minnesota.

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Amy’s love of cooking began in Park Rapids and her chef’s resume bursts with flavor. Not only does she have experience working with many renowned chefs, she also brought her Northern Minnesota roots to the Food Network as the host of Heartland Table. Her first cookbook published in 2013, New Midwestern Table, won the James Beard Book Award for American Cooking. Her follow up memoir Give a Girl a Knife earned raves from publications like The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. She continues to write and edit for numerous food publications and general interest media others like Oprah Magazine, People, and The Boston Globe and is a contributing editor to Saveur Magazine.

Aaron Spangler

While Thielen is well versed in culinary art practices, Spangler caters to an art of his own. Revered by many, he has received grants and fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Jerome Foundation. Since 1998 his work has been the subject of many national and international exhibitions, including solo shows in galleries in New York and Berlin, and group exhibitions at the Van Abbermuseum, the Netherlands, SECCA Museum in North Carolina, The Walker Art Center, and Takashi Murakami, among others.  Many Mia visitors are familiar with Spangler’s large bas-relief Songbird.  (pictured)

Spangler’s large woodcut prints made in collaboration with master printer Cole Rodgers and Highpoint Editions staff can be seen in the upcoming exhibition, The Contemporary Print: 20 Years at Highpoint Editions, on view October 9, 2021 – January 9, 2022.

Together this couple provides no shortage of inspiration and these speakers may just leave you hungry for more.

Connect with Amy: @amyrosethielen on Instagram and Twitter.  Amy’s memoir, Give a Girl a Knife, is currently available through Mia’s online store. You can purchase a copy by clicking here.

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Dessa – In Her Own Words

September 9, 2021 11:00 am

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2021-2022 Friends Kick-Off Lecture, Thursday Sept. 9, 11:00 a.m. CST via Zoom

Dessa is a rapper, singer, writer and member of the Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective Doomtree. Dessa has been on the Billboard charts and has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, VocalEssence (a premier choral music organization) and contributed to the #1 album, The Hamilton Mixtape. Showcasing her creative chops, she released during the first half of 2021 a series of singles called IDES on the 15th of each month. About the fifth installation, “Talking Business,” Dessa said, “I wanted to make a song that unfolded like a little film where the plot was revealed in a series of objects and still images…To try to build a story in a flash of snapshots, I wrote a song without using any verbs.” 

Yes, Dessa is an inventive musician–and she is also a consummate communicator about a wide range of topics including art, science and entrepreneurship. 

Her wit and candor are revealed in keynote speeches, NPR broadcasts, and a podcast that she hosts entitled “Deeply Human.” She’s written articles for the New York Times and National Geographic Traveler and published a memoir in essays, My Own Devices in 2018. During the pandemic year, Dessa released a clever lyric video about Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. 

She’s even given a TED Talk about the brains of people in love and how she worked with a neuroscientist to get out of love.

In short, Dessa is hard to define but infinitely interesting!

You don’t want to miss this exclusive virtual event. Friends members have access to presale tickets starting on August 16 and tickets are limited.

To reserve your free tickets and receive the Zoom link, go to ticket.artsmia.org or call 612-870-3000.

 

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