Lectures

Sarah Bellamy: The Power of Art and Social Change

November 14, 2019 11:00 am

Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Please join the Friends of the Institute on November 14 as they bring to you Sarah Bellamy and “The Power of Art and Social Change.”

Sarah Bellamy is Artistic Director for Penumbra Theatre Company. She has designed several programs that engage patrons in critical thinking, dialogue and action around issues of race and social justice. Select programs include Penumbra’s Race Workshop curated to accompany the Science Museum of Minnesota’s exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different?” and the Summer Institute, a leadership development program for teens to practice art for social change.

Bellamy serves various roles and is currently the Visiting Professor of Theatre and Culture at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, visiting instructor at Macalester College, vice chair of the board of directors for Theatre Communications Group and co-chair of its Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee. She is a leading facilitator around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion and has led coalition building efforts to address inequities in philanthropy and theater. Her lectures on race and representation have been presented across the country illuminating the ways in which images, narratives, and media, influence perception and ultimately shape lives. She leverages the Penumbra Theatre’s respected platform to benefit us all, and proves that art can drive powerful and responsible civic engagement. She has been awarded a Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award from the University of Minnesota and is 2015 Bush Fellow.

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A Mia favorite, photographer Alec Soth, speaks at Friends Lecture in December

December 12, 2019 11:00 am

Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Minnesota photographer and artist Alec Soth will consider the evolution of his work and the work of an artist at the December Friends lecture

ALEC SOTH

A favorite with Mia visitors and staff, Minnesota photographer Alec Soth will be our special guest for the Friends Lecture on Thursday, December 12. Soth is one of the most internationally-recognized photographers working today. For Soth, photography is a liberating, invigorating, and uncensored activity, but “…a photograph is not something to keep a memory,” he clarifies. “It’s something to just speak with. It’s language.” He compares his photography to poetry rather than journalism, encouraging multiple interpretations. With tenderness and empathy, his art portrays a variety subjects— a man named Charles holding model airplanes in Vasa, Minnesota, a Paris fashion shoot, and compelling landscapes, scenes, and portraits that reveal people’s livelihoods, pastimes, hopes, concerns, and fading dreams.

But how does he do it? Is happenstance and curiosity enough? Considering the wanderlust quality to his work, does he ever have a destination in mind? Why do people agree to be photographed? Join us for this insightful lecture as Soth discusses the evolution of his work across multiple projects, with a special emphasis on portraiture. 

Learn more about Soth here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwEMqgLSVrM

Soth is based in Minneapolis. He has published over 25 books in including Sleeping by the Mississippi, Niagara, Broken Manual, Songbook, and his most recentI Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating. Soth has had over 50 solo exhibitions including survey shows organized by Jeu de Paume in Paris (2008), the Walker Art Center (2010) and Media Space in London (2015). He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013). In 2008, Soth created Little Brown Mushroom, a multi-media enterprise focused on visual storytelling. Soth is represented by Sean Kelly in New York, Weinstein Hammons Gallery in Minneapolis, Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, Loock Gallery in Berlin, and is a member of Magnum Photos.

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October 10 Lecture Asks “When is Art Unfinished?”

October 10, 2019 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s curator of European paintings Andrea Bayer explores the concept of unfinished art at the Friend’s October 10 lecture.

 

When is a work of art unfinished? How do we know? 

These are just two of the intriguing questions to be considered in this upcoming lecture by Andrea Bayer, “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible.” The longtime curator in European paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and its newly appointed Director for Collections and Administration. Ms. Bayer’s lecture will examine the concept of unfinished 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. 

From the Renaissance and Baroque periods, through the 19th century and into the 20th, Ms. Bayer will show us the artists’ minds and hands at work. From Rembrandt to Rauschenberg, we will explore together the resolved and unresolved in Western masterworks throughout time. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY1ooKN46BE&feature=youtu.be

Appointed the Metropolitan of Art’s Director for Collections and Administration in October, 2018, Andrea Bayer was previously the Jayne Wrightsman Curator in the Department of European Paintings. She received her PhD from Princeton University in 1990, and has been on the staff of The Met since that time. 

An expert on Italian Renaissance art, she has worked on a range of exhibitions, both thematic investigations such as Painters of Reality; the Legacy of Leonardo and Caravaggio in Lombardy (2004) and Art and Love in Renaissance Italy (2008-09), and monographic shows on artists such as Tiepolo, Tintoretto, and Antonello da Messina. Her most recent exhibitions include Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible at the Met Breuer. She is currently co-chairman of the Director’s Exhibition Committee. 

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Sarah Bellamy: The Power of Art and Social Change

November 14, 2019 11:00 am

Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

Please join the Friends of the Institute on November 14 as they bring to you Sarah Bellamy and “The Power of Art and Social Change.”

Sarah Bellamy is Artistic Director for Penumbra Theatre Company. She has designed several programs that engage patrons in critical thinking, dialogue and action around issues of race and social justice. Select programs include Penumbra’s Race Workshop curated to accompany the Science Museum of Minnesota’s exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different?” and the Summer Institute, a leadership development program for teens to practice art for social change.

Bellamy serves various roles and is currently the Visiting Professor of Theatre and Culture at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, visiting instructor at Macalester College, vice chair of the board of directors for Theatre Communications Group and co-chair of its Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee. She is a leading facilitator around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion and has led coalition building efforts to address inequities in philanthropy and theater. Her lectures on race and representation have been presented across the country illuminating the ways in which images, narratives, and media, influence perception and ultimately shape lives. She leverages the Penumbra Theatre’s respected platform to benefit us all, and proves that art can drive powerful and responsible civic engagement. She has been awarded a Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Award from the University of Minnesota and is 2015 Bush Fellow.

Tickets are now available; reserve your spot by following the link below or by calling 612.870.6323.

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

September 12, 2019 11:00 am

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Ticket Price: Free

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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Save the Date for Upcoming Friends Lectures

Ticket Price: Free

Save the Date for the Friends Lectures. Print out or bookmark this page of Lecture dates and times!

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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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

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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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

“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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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

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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