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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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Friends Lecture October 11

Michelle Obama’s Official Photographer, Amanda Lucidon, to Speak at Friends Lecture

Amanda Lucidon
“Chasing Light: Photographing Michelle Obama”
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture presented by Friends of the Institute and Mia
October 11, 2018
11 AM Pillsbury Auditorium

When she received the call of a lifetime, Amanda Lucidon first thought it was a prank. Could it be true that she was being asked to join the staff at the White House as an official photographer, responsible for documenting First Lady Michelle Obama? Indeed, it was, and the rest is history.

Amanda Lucidon is an award-winning documentarian, filmmaker, and former freelance New York Times photographer who served as an official White House photographer responsible for documenting First Lady Michelle Obama from 2013 to 2017. One of only a few female White House photographers in history, Lucidon’s work has been honored by Pictures of the Year International, National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism, and the White House News Photographers Association, among others.

Documenting a widely-admired and closely scrutinized individual is an immense responsibility, and one Amanda Lucidon fulfilled to great acclaim. This talk goes behind the scenes of some of the most powerful moments in Lucidon’s collection of photographs of the First Lady, revealing the triumphs and challenges of the First Lady’s work and showcasing a new side of this iconic public figure. Lucidon will speak about her time working for one of the most politically significant presidential administrations in recent history and what photographers can reveal about their subjects.

Lucidon’s photographs of First Lady Michelle Obama were compiled and released in the book, Chasing Light. The collection of 150 candid photographs were combined with Lucidon’s reflections on the First Lady’s efforts to fight childhood obesity, ensure educational options for girls around the world, and provide support to military veterans and families. Her photographs bring out a new side to one of the world’s most admired public figures. Chasing Light was a New York Times bestseller and since its publication has received praise from prominent politicians, historians, and artists, including Congressman John Lewis and Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep.

Free tickets are available for this lecture by clicking here or by calling 612-870-6323.

Lecture Season Begins With a History of Dress

Aileen Ribeiro, longtime Head of the History of Dress Section at the Courtauld Institute of Art, will offer us a fascinating presentation on clothing in art on September 13.

If you long for for the romance of a time gone by, when clothing said something more than “fast fashion,” this is your lecture!

AILEEN RIBEIRO
“How Do I Look? Fashion and Appearance in Art”
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture presented by Friends of the Institute and Mia
September 13, 2018
11:00 am Pillsbury Auditorium

Have you ever marveled at the sumptuous clothing in a painting and  felt drawn to the satins, velvets, lace and rich color? Perhaps you long for for the romance of a time gone by, when clothing said something more than “fast fashion.” If so, then this is your lecture!

Aileen Ribeiro, longtime Head of the History of Dress Section at the Courtauld Institute of Art, will offer us a fascinating presentation on clothing in art. Presenting a new way of looking at the history of fashion through the eyes of artists, Ms. Ribeiro will show us how artists portrayed dress and textiles in highly imaginative ways. With examples from the 17th to the early 20th centuries, she shows us the fluidity of the boundaries between fashion and art. Themes she may touch on include the ways in which clothing helped to define the nation state; how dressing up and masquerade were key subjects in art and life; and how artists were both inspired by fashion and themselves inspired “artistic” and reform dress.

Aileen Ribeiro read history at King’s College, London, followed by postgraduate study, MA (1971) and Ph.D (1975) at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She was Head of the History of Dress Section at the Courtauld Institute from 1975 to 2009; appointed Professor in the History of Art at the University of London in 2000, she is now Professor Emeritus. She sits on the boards of the British Art Journal and Costume, the journal of the Costume Society. She has published many books and articles on various aspects of the history of dress, the most recent being Clothing Art: The Visual Culture of Fashion, 1600-1914.

Free tickets are available for this lecture starting August 15 for Friends members by calling 612.870.6323 or online by clicking here. Tickets are available August 17 for the general public. Overflow seating will be available if needed.

Friends Lecture Series is Announced

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2018-2019 Lecture Series
Presented by Friends of the Institute and Mia

September 13, 2018
Aileen Ribeiro
“How Do I Look? Fashion and Appearance in Art”
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture

October 11, 2018
Amanda Lucidon
“Chasing Light: Photographing Michelle Obama”
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture

November 8, 2018
Mary Abbe
“Wrestling Art into Words: A Random Walk through Mia”

December 13, 2018
Nick Wilding
“How to Forge a Rare Book”

January 10, 2019
Erika Doss
“Monumental Troubles: Reckoning with Problematic Public Art in America”

February 14, 2019
Nora Naranjo Morse
“Current Works of Inspiration”

March 14, 2019
Damian Robinson
“The Sunken Cities and Shipwrecks of Ancient Egypt’s Alexandrian Coast”

April 11, 2019
Andrea Bayer
“On the Unfinished in Art: works left incomplete by Chance or Intention”

May 16, 2019 (note: the third Thursday!)
Lonnie Bunch
TBD: Founding and Current Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Arts as Connector: Uniting the World’s Cultural Districts

Maxwell Anderson will speak at 11AM in the Pillsbury Auditorium at Mia on May 10 as part of the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Series, presented by the Friends of the Institute.

Maxwell Anderson
Maxwell Anderson

Just in the past year or so a combined $8.45 billion has been spent on the construction of performing arts venues, museums, and cultural districts, with more than 101 major arts facilities opening around the world. The level of investments is likely to continue to soar with globalization at the core of this construction activity.
Maxwell Anderson, chairman emeritus of Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN), is fascinated by this phenomenon. GCDN is a federation of global centers of arts and culture that fosters cooperation and knowledge sharing among those responsible for conceiving, funding, building, and operating cultural districts and/or clusters with a significant cultural element. Anderson will discuss how the GCDN seeks to bridge the social impact and concerns of these enormous investments with the intent of improving the benefits of art patrons around the world at Mia on May 10.
Anderson is well versed in the art world having directed art museums in Atlanta, Toronto, Indianapolis, the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, and the Dallas Museum of Art. His career has been devoted to addressing challenges facing the cultural sector, from programmatic relevance to community engagement.
Anderson was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Princeton University in 1985, Visiting Professor at the University of Rome in 1987, a Visiting Lecturer at the Museo del Prado in 2009, and is currently a Consulting Scholar in the Mediterranean Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He serves on numerous boards and is a former president of the Association of Art Museums.
He received his bachelor’s degree in art history from Dartmouth College and earned a masters and PhD from Harvard University. Soon thereafter in 1981, an interest in antiquities led Anderson to accept a curatorial position at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Department of Greek and Roman Art. Since 2016 he has served as president of Souls Grown Deep Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting the work of leading contemporary African American artists from the Southeastern United States.
Free tickets are available for this lecture starting April 15 for Friends members by calling 612.870.6323 or online by clicking here. Tickets are available April 17 for the general public. Overflow seating will be available if needed.

Friends Lectures 2017-18 Schedule

Reminder: September 14, 2017, Dr. Thomas Marks on, “The Poet in the Museum.”
All lectures are held in the Pillsbury Auditorium and begin promptly at 11AM.
Friends members may reserve their tickets for the lectures and pre-lecture tours on the 15th of each month prior to the lecture.  The lectures may be reserved by the public on the 17th of each month prior to the lecture.  Please call the Mia ticket office to reserve at 612.870.6323.

Month and Date Speaker                         Affiliation
September  2017 14 Dr. Thomas Marks Apollo Magazine – Editor
October 2017 12 Gabriel Ritter Mia – Curator and Head of Contemporary Art
November 2017  9 Aaron Rio Mia – Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Curator of Japanese and Korean Art
December 2017 14 Larry Millett Architectural Historian
January 2018 11 Ghenete Zelleke Mia – James Ford Bell Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture
February 2018  8 Yasufumi Nakamori Mia – Curator and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media
March 2018  8 Robert Cozzolini Mia – Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings
April 2018 12 Anna Felicity Friedman Tattoo Scholar and Historian
May 2018 10 Max Anderson New Cities Foundation, Executive Director

The September and May lectures are sponsored by the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Fund and presented by the Friends of the Institute and Mia.

Mia How-To: Lecture Tickets and Pre-Lecture Tours

Each month free tickets are available for lectures presented by the Friends of the Institute. For members of the Friends, tickets are available on the 15th of the month previous to the lecture and to the general public, tickets are available on the 17th of the month. Reserve your tickets at artsmia.org or by calling 612.870.6323.
Friends Only pre-lecture tours are also held throughout the season. You may request the pre-lecture tour when you register for the Dr. Thomas Marks Lecture of 
September 14, 2017. Your lecture ticket will indicate both lecture and tour attendance. The same procedure applies to all lectures and all pre-lecture tours.
Tours begin promptly at 10AM and you are asked to arrive early at Mia in the Third Avenue Lobby under the Chihuly Sun. Tour participants will receive reserved seating for the lecture at the end of the tour.
Please be courteous and call if you must cancel your tour as we anticipate waiting lists. You may cancel by calling 612.870.6323.

Friends Lectures begin September 14 with Thomas Marks on the Poet in the Museum

Lectures to educate, inform, and enlighten.  
Additional information and lecture titles will be available in the September Newsletter
The Friends Lecture Committee is pleased to announce the upcoming Lecture Series for the coming2017-2018 year.  All lectures are held in the Pillsbury Auditorium and begin promptly at 11AM. Friends members may reserve their tickets for the lectures on the 15th of each month prior to the lecture.  The lectures may be reserved by the public on the 17th of each month prior to the lecture.  Please call the Mia ticket office to reserve at 612.870.6323.

Date Speaker                         Affiliation
September 2017 14 Dr. Thomas Marks Apollo Magazine – Editor
October 2017 12 Gabriel Ritter Mia – Contemporary Art Curator
November 2017  9 Aaron Rio Mia – Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Curator of Japanese and Korean Art
December 2017 14 Larry Millett Architectural Historian
January 2018 11 Ghenete Zelleke Mia – James Ford Bell Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture
February 2018  8 Yasufumi Nakamori Mia – Curator and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media
March 2018  8 Robert Cozzolini Mia – Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings
April 2018 12 Anna Felicity Friedman Tattoo Scholar and Historian
May 2018 10 Max Anderson New Cities Foundation, Executive Director

The September and May lectures are sponsored by Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Fund,  and are presented by the Friends of the Institute and Mia. 

Dr. Thomas Marks to Speak at Fiterman Lecture: A Poet in the Museum

Dr. Thomas Marks
Dr. Thomas Marks

Join us on September 14, 2017, for the opening lecture of the 2017-2018 Friends Lecture Series, featuring Dr. Thomas Marks. This lecture is sponsored by the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Fund and is presented by the Friends and Mia.
Since 2013, Dr. Thomas Marks has been at the helm of Apollo as its editor. Any art aficionado will be aware of the art magazine Apollo, founded in 1925.  Apollo is recognized for its access to eminent art collectors, critical essays, and above all unprecedented reporting of prominent artists of our time.   Previous to this, Marks was the Deputy Editor at Apollo.
Mark’s education speaks highly of his ability to lead this historic publication. He holds degrees from Pembroke College, University of Cambridge with a Master of Studies in Romantic and Victorian Literature; and a DPhil on Victorian poetry and architecture from Magdalen College, Oxford.  His writings regarding art and literature have been published in Literary Supplement, Times, New Statesman, and The Telegraph. Dr. Marks currently teaches 19th and 20th century culture and literature at the University of Oxford.
While at Apollo, Marks has propelled the Apollo website into an influential forum for daily art comments, reviews and news. He has also established Apollo 40 Under 40, a publication acknowledging up and coming talented young artists.
Free tickets are available for this lecture starting August 15 to Friends members through artsmia.org or 612.870.6323. Tickets are available August 17 for the general public. Overflow seating is available in the Wells Fargo Room.

May Lecture, RICHARD ORMOND: “John Singer Sargent: A Personal View”

Thursday, May 11, 2017 Pillsbury Auditorium 11AM
Esteemed American artist John Singer Sargent once suggested, “Cultivate an ever continuous power of observation. Wherever you are, be always ready to make slight notes of postures, groups and incidents. Store up in your mind…a continuous stream of observations from which to make selections later. Above all things get abroad, see the sunlight and everything that is to be seen.”

Richard Ormond
Richard Ormond

Perhaps with this quote in mind, it well explains why Sargent is best known for his ability to reveal the character and eccentricity of his sitters, capturing a vivid sense of life but at the same time depicting a detachment of sorts. With his mastery of Realism many critics often compared him to the great Spanish artist Diego Velázquez.
During the majority of Sargent’s career he completed over 2,000 watercolors and 900 oil paintings. Sargent’s youngest sister Violet, Richard Ormond’s grandmother, filled her walls with Sargent’s paintings, with Violet being the subject of many of his paintings. Memories of Sargent are of a physically large man, with little need for small talk. He was a prolific sketcher yet, when he finally actually began the final painting, he demonstrated a keen quickness in the completion of the canvas.
Ormond, educated at the University of Oxford, began his museum career at the Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery in the United Kingdom. There he was given an incredible opportunity to curate a Sargent exhibition of one hundred works. As his career blossomed, Ormond became the Deputy Director of the National Portrait Gallery in 1975 and in 1986 moved on as the Director of the National Maritime Museum in London. He is currently a Victorian Painting specialist with a particular interest in John Singer Sargent and Lord Frederic Leighton. Ormond has authored over 30 publications on Sargent’s works as well as numerous other artists.
Reserve your ticket, starting April 15 for Friends Members, at 612.870.6323 or https://tickets.artsmia.org/. Tickets will be available to the public on April 17. Ticketing information is available at https://friends.artsmia.org/friends-newsletter/ticketing-information/.
Overflow seating, which is filled on a first come/first serve basis, will be provided this month in the Wells Fargo Community Room. No ticket is needed for overflow.
The Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lectures are presented by the Friends of the Institute and Mia.