November 2022

President’s Letter

Dear Friends,

As the weather turns colder, the museum is filled with visitors coming to see Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterworks from the Uffizi, now open through January 8. I hope you have the chance to see this spectacular exhibit.

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of its ART SALE on November 17-19. It is the nation’s largest college & alumni art sale, known as a top destination for affordable and appreciable art work. Details at 

Friends volunteers are extraordinarily generous with their time and talent. The Centennial committee is hosting a celebration for Friends volunteers on November 10. Please join us in the Wells Fargo room after the lecture for coffee and cake. 

Which US museum was the very first to purchase a Vincent Van Gogh painting? It was the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA). The DIA is celebrating the 100th anniversary of their purchase with an extraordinary exhibition titled, Van Gogh in America. Join the Friends January 5-7, on an art journey to visit this exhibition and the magnificent Detroit Institute of Art. We will also tour the Cranbrook Institute Art Museum, a collection of modern and contemporary design. Additional details in this newsletter.

There are many wonderful events happening in the next two months for Friends members. I hope you’ll renew your membership and join us for another year.

Warmest regards,





Creating Memories

Summer continued into fall this year bringing us some unusual autumn weather. One such exceptionally warm September day found our centennial committee celebrating the full blossoms of our Friends Centennial dahlia at the home and luscious gardens of Sue and Larry Bagge. The Bagges cultivated this brilliantly pink flower in celebration of the Friends centennial. It is now listed in the Composite Listing of Dahlias, sponsored by the American Dahlia Society! The dahlia has also been successfully judged and admired by many experts. We continue to be grateful for the support the Bagges have shown the Friends over so many years.

With cooler weather arriving, many of us were awed by the funky, colorful, and mixed patterned clothing wonderfully adorning models as they traveled down the Jade Corridor at Mia last month. Get out those chunky shoes, faux fur jackets, and bold styles that may have made their way to the back of your closet! Our generous partner, Galleria, provided the clothing and models necessary for this fashion show. The always entertaining and creative Grant Whittaker produced the event, inspiring many of us to dress up and have fun! Festive beverages and appetizers were offered to guests courtesy of Artful Living. Following the show and reception, guests enjoyed a yummy and hearty lunch. Bachman’s graciously provided spectacular arrangements of pure white flowers to add a festive touch to the event. Friends extends an enormous thanks to Heidi Ault and Gummy Grande, and all their volunteers, for a lively and perfect autumn day!

Speaking of volunteers, Friends cannot function and serve its mission without our many wonderful volunteers. Let’s all gather on November 10th immediately following the Friends lecture in the Wells Fargo Room to salute these valued members and volunteers. We will also celebrate the long and successful history of our affiliates in Rochester and St. Cloud. Delight in meeting new friends, extend a thank you, and have a cup of tea with a homemade specially-designed Friends cookie!

November brings thoughts of the holidays with family and friends gathering. Enjoy these recipes for any holiday meal you may plan. The recipes are from the When Friends Cook publication published in 1992. As our centennial year begins to wind down, how wonderful to peer into our past and bring these memories forward to appreciate and honor today.

Herb Onion Batter Bread

3-1/4 cup Flour
2 packages yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground sage
¼ teaspoon ground thyme
½ teaspoon rosemary leaves, crushed
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup warm water
1 egg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine 1-1/2 cups of the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, sage, thyme, and rosemary. Sauté onion in butter until golden brown. Add to flour mixture.
Add water and egg. Blend with mixer at low speed until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour to make a stiff dough.
Spoon into a greased 2-quart casserole. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown. Cover the bread with foil if it begins to get too brown.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

24 2×2-inch graham crackers, crushed
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1–15-ounce canned pumpkin
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 quarts French vanilla ice cream
Whipped cream topping for garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine crumbs, butter, and sugar. Press into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan.
Bake for 10-15 minutes. Cool the crust.
Combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, and spices. Beat for several minutes. Stir in the softened ice cream. Pour into the crust.
Freeze at least overnight or longer. Remove from the freezer 15 minutes before serving. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Friends History Publication Committee
Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers

2023 memberships are now available. Renew today to make the most of your membership!

As we enter a new century for the Friends, we hope you’ll renew your membership!

Your membership supports our lecture series, free school-bus transportation for thousands of students to come to Mia, Art in Bloom, and more. It gives you unique opportunities to learn, volunteer, and enrich the entire community with the gift of art.

All new or renewing Friends memberships will be good through December 31, 2023.

There are a number of ways to renew.

Minneapolis Institute of Art
attn: Friends of the Institute
2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Please note in the memo line that your check is for your Friends of the Institute membership.

If you have questions, please contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045.

Travel Opportunity: Van Gogh in America

Van Gogh in America and Detroit’s Revival
January 5-7


Detroit’s comeback fever is evident everywhere from new businesses in bustling core neighborhoods to a renewed energy and pride. This buzz reflects a dramatic turnaround from the downtrodden years of auto industry decline, municipal bankruptcy in 2013 and people leaving decaying neighborhoods for the suburbs. The haunting memories of the deadly 1967 riots are fading and the metro area’s institutions and museums are better than ever.

Van Gogh in America celebrates the Detroit Institute of Art’s status as the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh. The DIA bought Van Gogh’s Self Portrait in 1922 for $4200, at a time when van Gogh was just beginning to develop a following in America. 100 years later Detroit is celebrating the purchase with this exhibition. Experience 74 authentic Van Gogh works from around the world and discover the fascinating story of America’s introduction to this iconic artist, in an exhibition only at the DIA. One of biggest and most comprehensive Van Gogh shows ever.

So postpone those winter blues and join the Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Art for a 3 day, 2 night action packed excursion. We will be staying at the Detroit Foundation Hotel. The trip features the Van Gogh exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts, along with highlights of their collection, which is considered one of the top 10 in the country. We will spend time in Bloomfield Hills visiting Cranbrook Academy and it’s museum collections. We will learn first hand about Eliel Saarinen and Cranbrook’s role in mid-century modernism along with its relationships with Knoll and Herman Miller. We are planning a lively visit to Motown’s newly expanded museum, a City Tour that includes the African Bead Museum, “The Belt” with its colorful street art, The Heidelberg project (outdoor installations), The Guardian Building, and the Eastern Market, a major hotspot for some of Detroit’s best street art. Other possibilities include a tour of an auto Barron’s mansion, a Frank Lloyd Wright house, and possibly a private collection.

A full flyer and final details of the trip are to come the first week in November. Please send Kristen McDougall ( your name and email address to get on the list. We expect the cost to be $1,000 +/- per person (airfare not included) based on double occupancy. There will be a $250 deposit required to hold your spot once the brochure with complete itinerary is available. There is a cap of 29 people for this trip. First come, first served!

November lecture tickets are hot! Save the date for our December lecture

Mia’s special exhibition, Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterworks from the Uffizi, is now underway! With all the interest and excitement about this show, the Friend’s November 10 lecture sold out quickly. It will feature Carl Strehlke, Curator emeritus at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Dr. Strehlke specializes in the Italian Renaissance and has written extensively on Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Masolino and Masaccio, and other Renaissance masters. In his lecture he will examine how the city of Florence, its art, literature, and people, shaped the art of Botticelli, and how Botticelli in turn created enduring imagery that shapes our view of Renaissance Florence. The lecture will be recorded and available to view at a later time.

For our December 8 lecture, we’re excited to welcome hometown innovators Kelly Lindquist and Tio Aiken. For over 35 years, Minneapolis-based Artspace Projects, Inc., has worked to bring life back to neglected properties nation-wide by transforming them into live/work spaces for low-income artists and their families. As president of Artspace, Kelley Lindquist has a passion for restoring national confidence in America’s creative communities. He works hand-in-hand with Vice President of Communications Tio Aiken to engage diverse residential communities in this mission.

Friends Members have early access to tickets on November 15, so plan to join us in December for what is sure to be an intriguing talk. Lectures start at 11:00 in the Pillsbury Auditorium, but plan to come anytime after 10:15 to enjoy coffee and light bites prior to taking your seat.

November Friends Tour: The Development of Modern Art Through French Painting

Wednesday, November 16
10:30 AM

Join other Friends members for a tour of The Development of Modern Art Through French Painting , featuring works from the 15 to the 20th century.

The tour will be led by Mia guide Anna Bethune. Anna is a longstanding Mia guide who has given many tours of French art both at Mia and for the Alliance Francaise.

Please contact Kathryn Schwyzer at if you’re interested in attending.

Friends Book Club

Friends Book Club
November 18, 2022 10:00 am In-Person Discussion / 10:45 am  Gallery Tour
Ticket Price: Free

Mark your calendar for Friday, November 18 at 10 am for a Friends Book Club discussion at followed at 10:45 by a guided art tour. We will discuss the book, The Night Watchman, in the Friends conference room, just off the Friends Office.

November’s chill brings us The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich, winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman. Our discussion and the story will be enhanced by a tour of Mia’s works of art.

You may even wish to peruse Louise Erdrich’s books and more at her unique local bookstore, Birchbark Books & Native Arts, near Lake of the Isles (2115 W 21st Street).

Please sign up through the Friends’ office at or 612-870-3045. Early sign up really helps us in planning these tours.

Our December book will be Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes) by Lorna Landvik.

This event is a Friends Only Event and all our Friends are welcome. Please join us!