October

Check the List for Membership!

Help Friends Membership grow with an easy-peasy how-to Membership checklist.

Eugène Delacroix, France, 1798–1863
Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums, 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, Lucille Amis, Carolyn and Tucker Dahl, Maria Eggemeyer, Gary and Gretchen Holland, Ed and Teresa Luterbach, Jane and Thomas Nelson, Suzanne C. and William B. Payne, Marilyn Sundberg, Marietta and Jot Turner, and gifts made in memory of Teresa Pfister, 2017.52

Membership is the theme of this month’s fabulous newsletter, and it is SO important to the Friends. As a member, your time, your attention and hard work have brought so many wonderful things to Mia! From yellow school bus grants that transport children to Mia to art acquisitions like the Delacroix, our members have volunteered and donated to make Mia a special part of our Minnesota home.

While we have enjoyed many years of growing Friends members, in recent years we have seen a slow reversal in renewals and new memberships.

The membership committee is developing new and innovative ways to retain existing members and to reach out to new members as well as to convert friends into Friends. But we need your help too.

How can YOU help? 

Two Friends, Frogtown, 1994 Wing Young Huie Gelatin silver print GIFT OF FUNDS FROM DAVID PARKER 98.228.2
  1. Invite your friends to become Friends at (Virtual) Friends 101 on Tuesday, October 20 at 10AM. See this month’s article on Friends 101 and sign up with a friend!
  2. Make sure you renew your membership. Each quarter, Membership sends letters or emails to lapsed and about-to-lapse Friends. Please look for renewal notices in your email this year, click here to join online, or complete this form and mail to the address on the form.
  3. Give the gift of Membership. Don’t just ask a friend to become a Friend. Gift a friend the fun of becoming a Friend. You can gift a membership anytime throughout the year by completing this form and designating a gift recipient (please include all contact info for the recipient).

Not sure if your membership has lapsed? Call the Mia Member’s Hotline at 612-870-6323 to find out when your membership expires. If your membership has expired you can renew it at the same time. 

Together we can keep our organization strong! Thank you.

 

 

Membership begins here: (Virtual) Friends 101

October 20, 2020 10:00 am

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Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

Mark your calendars for October 20 as the Friends kick off our 2020 membership drive with a presentation by special guest Mia Curator Andreas Marks

Dawn over Lake Kawaguchi, 1981-1986 Hagiwara Hideo. GIFT OF GORDON BRODFUEHRER 2019.138.5

Attend with a friend! The Friends membership drive has begun and to kick off the year, we ask current Friends to invite future Friends to learn about and join Mia’s oldest volunteer organization at Friends 101.

Potential Friends members will be welcomed by President Maria Eggemeyer and the Membership co-chairs. Overviews of Art in Bloom 2021 and the upcoming Centennial celebration will be shared by Friends event chairs.

Finally, Dr. Andreas Marks, the Mary Griggs Burke Curator and Head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department and Director of the Clark Center for Japanese Art will give a 20-minute presentation on Abstract Prints by Hagiwara Hideo. 

As we approach the Centennial Year of the Friends, renewing and revitalizing the membership base, welcoming new faces, perspectives and talents to this group and growing the membership base is an important goal. Be a Friend and invite a friend!

Those interested in participating please email friends@artsmia.org to sign up. A Zoom invite via will be sent via email for participants.

October Book Club features memoir by NPR host and Minneapolis native Michele Norris

October 16, 2020 10:00 am

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Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris is October’s selection

By the time you receive this notice, our first monthly Mia Friends Bookclub will be under our belt. What an adventure for Mia’s Book Club leader Debra Hegstrom, Docent leader Ginny Wheeler, and Friends Only leader Carol Poulson. Thanks to all who joined this first Zoom discussion of Lisa See’s The Island of Sea Women.

Next up will be The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris, which focuses on her experiences as a black woman growing up in south Minneapolis. From GoodReads: “Norris unearthed painful family secrets that compelled her to question her own self-understanding: from her father’s shooting by a Birmingham police officer weeks after his discharge from the navy at the conclusion of World War II to her maternal grandmother’s peddling pancake mix as an itinerant Aunt Jemima to white farm women in the Midwest.”

You may recall Michele’s (pronounced “Mee-shell”) name from NPR’s “All Things Considered” where she was co-host from 2002 to 2011. She has achieved many things, not to mention her book.

Looking ahead, the December selection will be The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Please send an email to friends@artsmia.org to register for October’s meeting and receive a Zoom invitation. Space is limited to 17 people so don’t wait!

This event is a Friends Only Event. Join the Friends today and attend the event!

Join The Friends

Join Mia’s Curator of South & Southeast Asian Art for an exclusive tour

November 17, 2020 11:00 am

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Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

Pujan Gandhi to preview the newly renovated Southeast Asia galleries for Friends members

Portrait of Pujan Gandhi; Jane Emison Assistant Curator of South & Southeast Asian Art; Minneapolis Institute of Art

Join your Friends for an exclusive Zoom tour of the reinstalled Himalayan, South, and Southeast Asian Art Galleries by Jane Emison Assistant Curator of South & Southeast Asian Art, Pujan Gandhi. He will present collection highlights including a recently conserved 1,000-year-old Indian sculpture of Shiva Nataraja, and save time for your questions. 

Pujan Gandhi came to Mia in 2018. He was previously based in Atlanta where he served as a consulting curator at the High Museum of Art. He received degrees from Middlebury College, University of London, also interning at the British Museum. While he has been stewarding Mia’s South, Southeast Asian, and Islamic collections, he considers himself a generalist.

The tour will be approximately 30 minutes with an additional ten minutes for questions. It is limited to 18 participants so make your reservation soon by emailing friends@artsmia.org. The event will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

This event is a Friends Only Event. Join the Friends today and attend the event!

Join The Friends

Friends Lecture Series: Father Columba Stewart

November 12, 2020 11:00 am

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Zoom

Ticket Price: Free

Learn about the preservation work of ancient manuscripts around the world at risk of being destroyed by war, disaster, looting and neglect. 

Please join us for a fascinating lecture by Father Columba Stewart, Benedictine monk and Executive Director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Fr. Steward will talk about his team’s work digitally preserving ancient manuscripts of diverse world cultures and religions at risk of being destroyed by war, disaster, looting, and neglect. 

Since its founding in 1965, HMML has worked with libraries in more than 20 countries to photograph historic manuscripts in dozens of languages. Some of the original manuscripts were later destroyed, stolen, lost, or moved for safekeeping. The library now holds the largest on-line collection of manuscripts in the world and makes them available on vHMML Reading Room, an on-line environment for manuscript studies.

Upon becoming Executive Director of HMML in 2003, Father Columba embarked upon extensive travels throughout the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and India to establish working relationships with communities possessing manuscript collections dating from the early medieval period to modern times. Since then, HMML has digitized manuscripts from some of the world’s most dangerous and inaccessible places. Father Columba and his team accomplish this by working with local leaders to photograph manuscripts, “to ensure that their deposits of wisdom, their libraries of handwritten texts, the voices of their past, can join the global conversations of the digital era.”  

Tickets are available October 15 for Friends members and October 17 for the general public. Please visit https://ticket.artsmia.org/ or call 612-870-3000 to reserve.

 

Invite a Friend to Attend: (Virtual) Friends 101

Mark your calendars for October 20 as the Friends kick off our membership year with a (virtual) program highlighting the 2020-21 Friends year with special guest curator Andreas Marks.

Dawn over Lake Kawaguchi, 1981-1986
Hagiwara Hideo
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
GIFT OF GORDON BRODFUEHRE  2019.138.5

Attend with a friend! The Friends membership drive has begun and to kick off the year, we ask current Friends to invite future Friends to learn about and join Mia’s oldest volunteer organization at Friends 101 on Tuesday, October 20 at 10AM via Zoom!

Our potential Friends members will be welcomed by President Maria Eggemeyer and Membership co-chairs. There will be an overview of Art in Bloom 2021, and the upcoming Centennial celebration will be shared by Barbara Proeschel and Pam Friedland.

Finally, Dr. Andreas Marks, the Mary Griggs Burke Curator and Head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department and Director of the Clark Center for Japanese Art, will give a 20 minute presentation on Abstract Prints by Hagiwara Hideo. Hideo, whose works are the feature of a current exhibition in Galleries 226, 227 and 237, was originally a painter trained in oil, but after an illness, turned to printmaking. 

The Mia retrospective showcases Hideo’s enormous versatility just as Friends 101 showcases the incredible versatility of talent, resources and fun that the Friends bring to Mia. 

As we approach the Centennial Year of the Friends, renewing and revitalizing the membership base, welcoming new faces, perspectives and talents to this group and growing the membership base is an important goal. Be a Friend and invite a friend!

Those interested in participating can email friends@artsmia.org to sign up. Once registered, they’ll receive a Zoom invite via email to participate in the event.

 

A Letter from the Friend’s President

 Mia welcomes beloved spirits. 

Maria Eggemeyer, Friends President

Dear Friends, 

I love the Day of the Dead!

In late October, Mexican people in small villages begin their elaborate preparations to beckon the spirits of their departed loved ones to return to them on the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). Many Latin Americans observe November 2 as a day to memorialize the dead, but none so colorfully as the people from Mexican villages such as Pátzcuaro and Isla de Janitzio. In fact, several years ago, PBS aired a two-part series—The Wonders of Mexico—with a segment showing the mystical ceremonies in these two villages.

Gravesites are meticulously cleaned and lavishly decorated with cempasuchitl or flower of the dead (known as marigold to us). Their pungently-scented petals and glimmering candles guide the beloved spirits home. In the house, family, friends, and bountiful ofrendas await them. Ofrendas are tables loaded with the favorite foods, drink, and objects from their time on earth. Music, poems, candy skulls, bread in the shape of a cadaver, and small decorative clay skeletal figurines are all part of the celebration. Naturally, the living family and friends are the ones to partake of the feast, as they remember their loved ones. 

This year, artist Monica Vega will create three small ofrendas in the 

General Mills Lobby, remembering Tyrone Guzman and Marcella Trujillo, and former Manager of Visitor Experiences Jesus Aguilár, sorely missed by those at Mia.

The ofrendas will be up at Mia from October 25th through November 3.  Our Dia de los Muertos Family Night celebration will be held on Friday, November 1, complete with Mariachi, dancers, art-making activities and tasty treats. Mia’s Community Outreach staff have been working hard with staff from Centro Tyrone Guzmán (https://www.centromn.org) to make this event festive for all Mia visitors.

Many of you might remember past exhibits of ofrendas at Mia. The first ofrenda project in 2007-2010 at Mia was supported by Friends. The exhibit included ofrendas made by high school students from El Colegio Charter School and their blogs and videos explaining their work. After the first ofrenda project, Mia has partnered with Austin High School, Thomas Edison High School, El Colegio Charter School, and Humboldt Secondary School. Fun on Day of the Dead is becoming a Mia tradition!

 

I encourage you to check out the current photography exhibition of Graciela Iturbide’s work that features Mexican village traditions including some images of Day of the Dead celebrations—they tell a story. 

And be sure to sign up for the Friends Only curator-led tour of the exhibit on October 31 at 11 am, and come afterward to sample bread of the dead in the Friends office.

Enjoy the crisp and glorious fall weather!

Maria Eggemeyer

 

October 10 Lecture Asks “When is Art Unfinished?”

October 10, 2019 11:00 am

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Pillsbury Auditorium

Ticket Price: Free

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. 

Reserve your ticket by following the link below or by calling 612.870.6323.

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Learn about Friends at Friends 101

October 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Newsroom

Ticket Price: Free

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 15. Learn more about the Friends followed by  a private viewing of the newly refreshed Americas galleries.

Les Namingha (American), Overlay, 2014, ceramic, pigments. Bequest of Virginia Doneghy, by exchange, 2018.6.1

Would you like to know more about what the Friends do? Please join us for Friends 101, a conversation about the history, activities, and opportunities available through the Friends. Whether you’re new to the organization or have been around for a while, we’d love to see you there! 

This popular event is free. Stay until the end of the event for an exclusive opportunity to join Mia’s Associate Curator of Native American Art, Jill Ahlberg Yohe for a presentation in the newly refreshed Americas galleries.

To attend please call the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or email friends@artsmia.org.