Lectures

Friends Lectures Begin September 12 with “A Contemporary Hmong Aesthetic in Cloth”

September 12, 2019 11:00 am

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The Friends of the Institute welcome artist and writer Geraldine Craig as she discusses overview and history of Hmong textile traditions at Mia.

Please join the Friends of the Institute in September for Geraldine Craig’s lecture: “A Contemporary Hmong Aesthetic in Cloth.”

This lecture will provide an overview and history of Hmong textile traditions, including the dramatic shift to narrative story-cloth production in Thai refugee camps after 1975. Craig will highlight the work of two contemporary Hmong artists: Laos-based artist Tcheu Xiong and the late Ia Yang. Despite diverse childhood experiences, their work similarly reflects the influence of ritual or Amish quilts, contrasting frameworks of tradition and modernity, innovation and empowerment—an aesthetic hybrid.

Geraldine Craig is an artist and writer whose research focuses on the intersections and relationships between textile history, theory/criticism, curatorial work, and studio practice. Her writing is formed by modes of knowing as a maker, with primary research interests in contemporary art/craft and Hmong textiles. Craig has exhibited her work and been artist in residence at many national and international locations. She is a professor of art and associate dean at Kansas State University.

Tickets are available for Friends members on July 15, and the general public on July 17. Reserve your ticket by following the link below or by calling 612.870.6323.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019, 11AM – 12PM 
Pillsbury Auditorium

Geraldine Craig

Please join the Friends of the Institute in September for Geraldine Craig’s lecture: “A Contemporary Hmong Aesthetic in Cloth.” Read more about this lecture and order tickets here.

 

October 10, 2019, 11AM
Pillsbury Auditorium 

Andrea Bayer
“Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible” 

Mark your calendar for Andrea Bayer, the The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s longtime curator of European paintings. She will examine the concept of unfinished art in a broad sense, from works that were interrupted, remaining unfinished accidentally, to works that were deliberately left incomplete. Some of history’s greatest artists explored this aesthetic of “intentionally unfinished” (also known as non finito), including Titian, Turner and Cezanne.

Here’s a video preview for the lecture:
https://youtu.be/GY1ooKN4Ehttps://youtu.be/GY1ooKN46B

 

November 14, 2019, 11AM
To Be Announced

 

 December 12, 2019, 11AM
Alec Soth
On the evolution of his work, with an emphasis on portraiture

 

January 09, 2020, 11AM
Tiffany Chung
“Remapping Histories: Wars, Embattled Sites, and Forced Migration”

 

February 13, 2020, 11AM
Zoé Whitley
“LISTEN TO ARTISTS: A Talkative Curator’s Lessons from Watching and Learning”   
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture

 

March 12, 2020, 11AM
Lisa Michaux
On the first Impressionist Exhibition of 1874

 

April 2, 2020 (note: the first Thursday!), 11AM
Titus Kaphar
“Making Space for Black History”
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture

 

May 14, 2020
Ellen Winner
“How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration”

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Read It Here! New Ticketing Information for 2019-20

Learn more about ticketing changes for Friends members and Friends Only events by clicking on the website or reading the info here!

Don’t miss out on popular lectures! For both the Friends Lecture Series and Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lectures, Friends may reserve only one ticket per person on their account. Tickets for the lecture and pre-lecture tour are available for Friends members on the 15th of the month, two months preceding the lecture. General ticketing is available to the public beginning the 17th of the month, two months before the event.

PHONE RESERVATIONS
Tickets reserved over the phone will be mailed or placed in will call, depending on preference. Call 612.870.6323 to reserve your ticket.

ONLINE RESERVATIONS
Online reservations can be printed at home or saved on a phone. Click here to reserve your ticket online.

Note:  If you are purchasing more than one ticket online, please add each ticket to your cart individually.

To attend the Pre-Lecture Tour, you will reserve a separate ticket for the tour when you call or go online to reserve your lecture ticket. Each Friends member may reserve a place on the tour for the number of individuals listed on their account. Tour reservations, which are limited in number, are filled on a first come/first served basis. If you have reserved a place on the tour, it will be reflected on your lecture ticket. Tours begin at 10AM and meet in the Third Avenue Link lobby.

The Pillsbury Auditorium doors will open for ticket holders at 10:30AM.  All must be seated by 10:50AM to insure our speakers their full allotted time. Available for select events, guests without tickets are invited to attend a live streaming of the lecture in the Wells Fargo Community Room, our overflow seating location, on the first floor.


FRIENDS ONLY EVENTS
All events requiring a ticket purchase should be completed through the main ticketing line. Please call 612.870.6323 to make reservations by phone or go online here.

Other Friends Only events, such as  book club and select tours, should be reserved through the Friends Office. Please call 612.870.3045 to make reservations by phone or email friends@artsmia.org for more information.

May Lecture: “The Challenge of Building a National Museum”

May 16, 2019 11:00 am

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Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch to speak at May Friends lecture.

Lonnie Bunch, Mia
Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution

Lonnie G. Bunch, III, Founding Director  of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to Mia will be the featured speaker for the Friends May lecture on May 16 at 11AM.

Mr. Bunch’s talk will explore the history and struggle to create the National Museum of African American History and Culture—a process that included a variety of challenges including building on the Mall, conceptual frameworks, public expectations, and the contextual terrain of race.

Mr. Bunch will discuss the strategies used to successfully navigate these challenges, talk about the current status and future plans for the museum, and explore how it will ultimately help the Smithsonian transition from a 19th-century institution to a 21st-century enterprise.

Mr. Bunch served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society (2001-05) and held several positions at the Smithsonian, including associate director for curatorial affairs (1994-2000) and supervising curator (1989-1992) at the National Museum of American History. He is the author of the award-winning book, Call the Lost Dream Back: Essays on Race, History and Museums (2010), and has published several other books including Slave Culture: A Documentary Collection of the Slave Narratives (2014) and Memories of the Enslaved: Voices from the Slave Narratives (2015).

Since 2008, Bunch has served as the series co-editor of the “New Public Scholarship Edition” from the University of Michigan Press.  He has also served on the advisory boards of the American Association of Museums, the African American Association of Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the ICOM-US. Lonnie Bunch has received several awards and recognition including being appointed by President George W. Bush to the Commission for the Preservation of the White House in 2002 (reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2009). In 2005, Bunch was named one of the 100 most influential museum professionals in the 20th century by the American Association of Museums. In 2017, Bunch was given the President Award at the NAACP Image Award, presented with the Impact Leader Award from the Greater Washington Urban League, and was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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March Friends Lecture

March 14, 2019 11:00 am

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“The Sunken Cities and Shipwrecks of Ancient Egypt’s Alexandrian Coast”  presented by Dr. Damian Robinson.

Dr. Robinson is part of the team examining the extensive assemblage of maritime artifacts from the sites of Thonis-Heracleion and Alexandria, some of which are on display in Mia’s current Egypt exhibition. 

He is a classical archaeologist who is interested in ancient seafaring and seafarers in the Mediterranean and beyond and an Associate Professor of Maritime Archaeology in the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, where he is also the Director of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA). 

Reserve your ticket at artsmia.org or by calling 612.870.6323.

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FEBRUARY FRIENDS LECTURE

February 14, 2019 11:00 am

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Nora Naranjo Morse presents “Numbe Whageh – Pueblo Perspectives in Public Art ( Numbe Whageh-Tewa interpretation, Our Center Place).”

Nora Naranjo Morse, Artist and Friend’s February Lecturer.

The February Friends Lecture will feature artist Nora Naranjo Morse. Morse will discuss public art from a Native and, specifically, Pueblo perspective. A lifelong resident of the Santa Clara Pueblo, she has been steeped in the rich traditions of her people as well as exposed to a different set of traditions in the Anglo world. Morse attempts to resolve these conflicting pulls through her work, which pays homage to her long lineage by embracing aspects of the contemporary world.

Morse is a sculptor, writer, and producer of films that look at the continuing social changes within Pueblo Indian culture. In addition to Santa Fe, her work can be seen at Mia, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. A graduate of the College of Santa Fe, Morse is the recipient of an honorary degree from Skidmore College and a 2014 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship.

Free tickets are available starting January 15 for Friends members and January 17 for nonmembers. Click the ticket link below or call 612.870.6323.

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MARCH FRIENDS LECTURE

March 14, 2019 11:00 am

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Ticket Price: Free

Save the date for “The Sunken Cities and Shipwrecks of Ancient Egypt’s Alexandrian Coast”  presented by Dr. Damian Robinson.

The sunken cities off the Alexandrian coastline offer unparalleled insights into the lives of people who lived, worshiped, and traded at the edge of Egypt’s Great Green Sea.

The March lecture will use the discoveries by Franck Goddio and the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine in the port city of Thonis-Heracleion to trace its development through key periods of its history: the early years when Egyptians first met trading and raiding Greeks, the port’s growth into the most important international trading center in Egypt, and its later years as a vibrant religious center.

The life of the port also helps tell the story of wider changes taking place in Egyptian society, it’s turbulent years of rule by native pharaohs and then successive conquests by Persian, and later, Macedonian armies. As would befit a port situated at the end of the westernmost navigable branch of the Nile, the lecture will also highlight the many ships, boats, and anchors that have been discovered in its waters and examine their use in transport, trade, and ritual around the maritime cultural landscape of the Alexandrian coast.     

Dr. Robinson is an Associate Professor of Maritime Archaeology in the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, where he is also the Director of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA). He is a classical archaeologist who is interested in ancient seafaring and seafarers in the Mediterranean and beyond. His research concentrates on port cities and their nautical assemblages, particularly those of the submerged landscapes of Alexandria and the Canopic coastline of Egypt, where he works with the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine. Here Robinson is part of the team examining the extensive assemblage of maritime artifacts from the sites of Thonis-Heracleion and Alexandria. 

Free tickets are available starting February 15 for Friends members and February 17 for nonmembers. Click the ticket link below or call 612.870.6323.

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January Friends Lecture to Discuss Public Art

January 10, 2019 11:00 am

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Erika Doss  presents “Monumental Troubles: Reckoning with Problematic Public Art in America” at the Friends lecture on January 10.

Erika Doss will discuss how public art creates a cultural space and invites public participation and  response in her January 10 Friends lecture.

Doss, a Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame and recipient of a PhD from the University of Minnesota, will address ways that public art does not always communicate the human experience and can become “out of sync” with present-day values and ideals.  She will ask “How do we as Americans address this and the dilemmas of dissent and historical accountability in public culture?”

Free tickets are available by clicking the ticket link below or by calling 612.870.6323.

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SAVE THE DATE FOR FEBRUARY FRIENDS LECTURE

February 14, 2019 11:00 am

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Ticket Price: Free

Nora Naranjo Morse presents “Numbe Whageh – Pueblo Perspectives in Public Art ( Numbe Whageh-Tewa interpretation, Our Center Place).”

Artist Nora Naranjo Morse

In anticipation of the upcoming Mia special exhibition, “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists,” presented by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in the spring of 2019, the February Friends Lecture features native artist Nora Naranjo Morse.  Her clay creation, “Our Homes Ourselves” was acquired by the museum in 2000, making it a profound addition to Mia’s permanent collection.

Morse will discuss public art from a native, Pueblo perspective.  A life-long resident of the Santa Clara Pueblo, she has been steeped in the rich traditions of her people as well as exposed to a different set of traditions in the Anglo world. Morse attempts to resolve these conflicting pulls through her work, which pays homage to her long lineage as it embraces aspects of the contemporary world.

Morse is a sculptor, writer, and producer of films that look at the continuing social changes within Pueblo Indian culture.  An artist best known for her work with clay, she makes pottery and figurines, as well as installations and large-scale public art.  From earth works to clay and straw towers, her artwork often feature notes of whimsy.

Outside of Santa Fe, her work can be seen at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.  A graduate of the College of Santa Fe, she became the first Native American to have an outdoor sculpture installed on the National Mall in Washington D.C. when her installation, “Always Becoming”, was selected by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. She is the author of the poetry collection Mud Woman:  Poems from the Clay, which combines poems with photographs of her work in clay.

Free tickets are available starting January 15 for Friends members and January 17 for non-members. Click the ticket link below or call 612.870.6323.

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How to Forge a Rare Book

December 13, 2018 11:00 am

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Renowned historian to discuss how he uncovered a rare book forgery at Friends Lecture on December 13.

Dr. Nick Wilding will speak on December 13 on “How to Forge a Rare Book.”

Please join the Friends of the Institute as Dr. Nick Wilding presents, “How to Forge a Rare Book.”

Dr. Wilding, faculty member at Georgia State University, is an Early Modern Historian with expertise on Galileo Galilei (the famous astronomer) and the history of books.  Wilding became widely renowned by uncovering a forgery of a book published by Galileo in 1610. Hear Wilding describe how he revealed a fake book that had already been accepted as authentic by international consensus.

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