October 2016


Kaywin Feldman

The feeling of wonder can be hard to explain, yet it remains a crucial part of the human experience. New research is just beginning to uncover the ways in which wonder connects us to each other, and to the world at large. Join the Friends for a special Friday evening event featuring this thought-provoking new talk by Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Director and President Kaywin Feldman.
In addition to being part of this intimate and quite exclusive evening, you will be helping support the critical work of the Friends to provide funds for important programs at Mia, including educational outreach to young people throughout our community.
We look forward to you being a part of  this inaugural event.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Cocktails, appetizers, and conversation in the Regis Fountain Court
Lecture begins in the Pillsbury Auditorium
Tickets are $100 ($50 tax-deductible). To reserve your ticket visit us online at tickets.artsmia.org or call 612.870.6323.


Wendy Red Star
Wendy Red Star

Thursday, October 13, 2016 Pillsbury Auditorium 11AM
Wendy Red Star utilizes her artistic voice through photography, fiber arts, video, and sculpture providing a novel perspective on Native American life. Viewers benefit by exploring the connection between life on a reservation and existence beyond that environment.
A limited number of  Pillsbury Auditorium tickets for this lecture are still available.  To reserve a ticket follow this link, https://tickets.artsmia.org/
Those without tickets are invited to view a live HD video stream of the lecture while enjoying coffee and treats in the Wells Fargo Community Room.
The Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lectures are presented by the Friends of the Institute and Mia.


November 10, 2016, Pillsbury Auditorium 11AM
For almost 20 years, James Snyder has been the director of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. This coming January he will change roles and assume the position of Director Emeritus, continuing as the international president of its Friends worldwide associations. His emphasis will focus on strengthening overseas ties with other museums and promoting strong loan exhibition opportunities, all while concentrating on the museum’s global reach and influence.

James Snyder Photo by Elie Posner, Courtesy of the Israel Museum
James Snyder
Photo by Elie Posner, Courtesy of the Israel Museum

During Snyder’s tenure as director, tremendous growth has occurred at the Israel Museum, catapulting it to one of the most highly acclaimed encyclopedic museums in the world. At only 50 years old, the Israel Museum boasts the most comprehensive collection of Jewish art and life as well as Holy Land archeology. Nearly one million people annually visit the museum where they enjoy extensive architectural enhancements completed after a $100 million dollar renovation in 2010.

Before joining the Israel Museum, Snyder held many positions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, ultimately becoming its Deputy Director from 1986 to 1996. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Commander of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity by the Republic of Italy, as well as the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Republic. Snyder is a graduate of Harvard University Graduate School of Design and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hebrew Union College.
Reserve your ticket, starting October 15, at 612.870.6323 and https://tickets.artsmia.org/. Ticketing information is available at https://friends.artsmia.org/friends-newsletter/ticketing-information/.
The Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lectures are presented by the Friends of the Institute and Mia.  


At all Friends monthly lectures during the 2016–2017 season, guests will enjoy coffee and treats provided through funds donated by the Rochester Friends. Both the Regis Fountain Court and lecture overflow room will enjoy this gracious benefit!
Please thank them for this welcome gesture of hospitality.

Save the Date!

deanna-thompson-headshotThe Friends are thrilled to host Dr. Deanna Thompson, professor of Religion at Hamline University, for a special presentation on Luther.
Martin Luther and the Ambiguity of Reform
There is little doubt Martin Luther changed the course of history. His calls for reform contributed to the fracturing of medieval religion and deep societal unrest. On the eve of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the time is ripe to look again at Luther’s complicated legacy of far-reaching consequences that continue to the present day.

The evening will include an optional docent led tour* of the Luther exhibit followed by a cocktail reception and talk. Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 1, 5:30PM, Villa Rosa Room.

This will be a ticketed event whose proceeds will support a Friends special project.  More information will follow in next month’s newsletter.

* due to space constraints, the tour is limited to 60 individuals. These spots will be filled on a first come. first served basis.  Those who do not attend the tour will continue their cocktail reception. 

Martin Luther: Art and Reformation



Join us for a 10:30AM docent-led book tour, followed by discussion and light treats from 11:30AM-12:30PM. We meet in the Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation Studio (114). Please call the Friends office, 612.870.3045, to register. We have spots for up to 25 members.
Our October 14 selection is Candice Millard’s New York Times bestseller, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, which recounts the 1881 shooting of President James Garfield and the power struggles as Garfield lay dying — not from assassination but from medical treatments.
The November 11 meeting features The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.


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 free event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, from 11 to 11:45AM followed by a brief tour of the new textiles exhibit, which is featured in this newsletter’s Collection Connection. It is a special opportunity to learn about the art and context of 19th – early 20th century American quilts from a nationally renowned expert, Mia’s Assistant Curator of Textiles, Nicole LaBouff. To attend please call the Friends Office at 612.870.3045.


Please join us for a Friends Only pre-lecture tour complementing James Snyder’s November 10 lecture, “The Israel Museum, Jerusalem: Cultural Timelessness in Our Time.” Tours begin promptly at 10AM, so please arrive early at the Mia meeting place in the Third Avenue Lobby under the Chihuly Sunburst. Seats will be reserved in the auditorium for tour attendees.
To reserve a place on this tour:
• Call 612.870.6323
• Request your lecture ticket and request a ticket for the tour.
Each 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.

Cut From the Same Cloth: American Quilts at Mia

Featured above:
Log Cabin Quilt c. 1890
Pieced wool, silk, and cotton
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Gift of Katherine Komanoff Goodman 2003.257.2
By Suzanne Zander and Sue Hamburge
There’s an artistic, creative impulse in everyone. As quilters, ours is expressed in the medium of fabric, full of touch and texture. We were keen to learn from Nicole LaBouff, Assistant Curator of Textiles, about the recent installation of fourteen American quilts from Mia’s collection. The exhibition will hang in the Regis Fountain Court until March 19, 2017.
The quilts date from the 19th to the 20th century; the oldest is from 1844-45. Three traditional ways of constructing a quilt top (piecing, applique and embroidery) can be seen. An innovative hanging method uses magnets to hold the quilts onto a larger fabric support.
Ms. LaBouff suggests that viewers relate the quilts to works of art in Mia’s collection. We are struck by how these quilts evoke pieces in our collection and vice-versa. For example, the abstract geometric patterns of the pieced quilts, Double Irish Chain Variation Quilt, Diamond and Square Quilt, and Log Cabin (Barn Raising) Quilt, bring to mind Tahkt-L-Sulayman Variation II, Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow and Black, Italian Town by the Sea and the art glass windows in the Frank Lloyd Wright Hallway. Dutch still lifes and Severin Roesen’s Still Life with Fruit are inspired by the abundance of nature as are the Baltimore signature Album Quilt Top and Carolina Lily Quilt.
Quilts may also reflect popular culture and historic events. The Quilt Top (1901) was created with embroidered “penny squares.” These squares were patterns, sold for a penny, as souvenirs from the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. This exposition is often remembered as the site of the assassination of President William McKinley. In fact, near the center of the quilt there is a square commemorating his death. To us, this quilt captures the way art preserves memories much like John Peto’s Reminiscences of 1865 or Cy Thao’s The Hmong Migration.
Quilting stitches are the “painting gesture” of the quilter. We see her hand as she strives to take tiny, even stitches. All of the stitches in these quilts were stitched by hand. Indeed, expert quilters aspire to hand quilt 16 stitches to the inch! To think of quilts as strictly utilitarian objects is to miss the rich artistry they offer. Everyone will be able to see the stitching details of the quilts up close on iPads in the Regis Fountain Court. Enjoy the show!

Art In Bloom 2017: Meet the Co-Chairs

Who do you tap when you’re looking for the perfect co-chairs for a 4-day, museum-wide free celebration and the Friends largest fundraiser, Art In Bloom 2017?

Kris King and Teresa Pfister
Kris King and Teresa Pfister

How about someone who was brought to Mia in her stroller as a tot, interned there as a teen, inherited a passion for volunteering from her mom and has been active in leadership roles with the Friends for some 30 years? That’s Teresa Pfister.
And how about someone with the organizational skills of the oldest of ten children and the dedication to problem solving and service of a 37-year customer relations manager for a national corporation? That’s Kris King.
The Friends are thrilled to have found these two talented, energetic, intelligent, and committed women to lead Art In Bloom 2017. Kris King and Teresa Pfister have already begun their partnership and are excited to share their vision (and workload!). When asked to lead Art In Bloom, both said they were honored and had “thought long and hard” about committing to the requisite time and energy.
Teresa has served on the Friends Board and a variety of Friends committees, co-chaired a fashion benefit with her mom, Sally Mathieu, served on the AIB committee in several roles since the mid-‘80s and was Art In Bloom co-chair in 2000 (the Star Wars year for those who remember).
Kris found her way to the Friends through a good friend who invited her to join. “I just got involved in Art In Bloom and discovered that I loved it,” Kris says. In the past 2 years, she’s joined the Friends Board, been AIB Assistant Treasurer and served on the AIB Marketing Committee. According to Kris, “The Friends is a big part of my life. I was really searching for community when I retired and found it with the friendships and community of the Friends.”
Each year the co-chairs have the opportunity to touch Art In Bloom and give it their personal interpretation. Teresa and Kris hope to “mix it up and try some new things” in 2017, freshening it up with a contemporary outlook. “We have such a good thing going with Art In Bloom,” says Teresa, “but we have to keep it going. It’s more than fresh flowers!” They’re already working with their committee and Mia’s design team. All are on board with the concept and excited about their progress.
The co-chairs have chosen their signature image, which will be revealed in the November newsletter. Kris divulged, “We fell in love not only with the image but the story behind it.” How’s that for a teaser?
The oldest of 10 children, Kris spends a lot of time with this large, very close group that includes her 93-year-old dad, 9 siblings, 20 nieces and nephews, 16 great-nieces and nephews (and 3 more on the way). Her professional career of 37 years was as Executive Customer Experiences Manager for Pearson Education, where she came up through the ranks. “My background in marketing, sales and customer relations meshes with what I’m doing now,” Kris says. “I was the one my colleagues sent people to when they couldn’t find a solution. I got the customer involved with collaborating on a solution with the very first sentence.”
Teresa is also blessed with a very close family, including her mom, 3 siblings and 24 nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. From the mid-1980s to just 2 years ago she ran her own company, Marketing by Design, where her focus shifted from direct marketing consulting to marketing communications. Now her focus is all about non-profits. She is on the board of Courage Kenny, the Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities and the Student Television Network. “Our entire lives are about story-telling” Teresa sums up. “Going to a convention with 3,000 kids and their teachers is so stinkin’ fun!”
And that sums up their Art In Bloom philosophy: “If we don’t have fun, why do it? Volunteering is hard work. We need to enjoy and support each other as co-chairs and as a committee.”
Teresa and Kris are looking for lots and lots of volunteers to join in the fun of creating our annual 4-day celebration, which runs April 26-30, 2017. Watch future newsletters for information on being part of this wonderful event.