Summer 2016


On September 8, Shahzia Sikander will speak at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, launching the new season of the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Series.

Self-Portrait by Shahzia Sikander, 2016
Self-Portrait by Shahzia Sikander, 2016

Sikander’s work throughout the 90’s launched a rigorous inquiry and deconstruction of miniature painting from within the canon of its historical representation, beginning with her breakthrough work, The Scroll (1990). By subsequently engaging the personal and the private and deftly subverting the patriarchal thematic and the non-personal historical representations within the Indo-Persian miniature painting tradition, Sikander’s work catalyzed a movement to upend gender-specific assumptions while contributing fresh feminist discourse from multiple perspectives including Muslim, South Asian and American. Sikander’s innovative conceptual and formal expansion on this traditional genre has helped launch a major resurgence of work with miniature at her alma mater, the National College of Arts in Lahore and throughout the international arena, inspiring transnational attention on the idiom as a form of contemporary expression. Her work includes digital animation, video, performance, large-scale mural, installation, projection, and works on paper.
Sikander has had numerous solo exhibitionsand her work is among the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Whitney Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, the Kiran-Nader Museum in India, MAXXI National Museum of 21st-Century Arts, Rome, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, the Princeton Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art among others.
Sikander is the recipient of notable grants, fellowships and awards such as Asia Society’s award for significant contribution to contemporary art, the 2013 inaugural Medal of Art from the US State Department, the DAAD Berliner, the Medal of Excellence from Government and State of Pakistan, the Otis and Samuel Goldwyn Foundation’s Jennifer Howard Coleman award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany award, the Joan Mitchell award and the MacArthur “genius” grant.
The Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Series is presented by the Friends of the Institute and Mia. 


Sept. 8, 2016: Shahzia Sikander, “Art as Consciousness”
Oct. 13, 2016: Wendy Red Star, “The Insistence of an Apsáalooke Feminist”
Nov. 10, 2016: James Snyder, “The Israel Museum, Jerusalem:  Cultural Timelessness in our Time”
Dec. 8, 2016: Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) with Christiane Andersson, “Critical Cartoons: The Reformation and Today”
Jan. 12, 2017: Tim Gunn, “Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making it Work”
Feb. 9, 2017: Corine Wegener, “Heritage in the Crosshairs: The Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative”
March 9, 2017: Shigeru Ban
April 13, 2017: Hugo Chapman, “Mummies, Marbles and Medals: Why the British Museum has a Prints and Drawings Collection”
May 11, 2017: Yet to be announced
The Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Series is presented by the Friends of the Institute and Mia. 

Changes for the Ticketing of Lectures and Pre-Lecture Tours

We Friends value the opportunity to be present at every outstanding Friends lecture. In order to share this benefit with as many members as possible, starting with the 2016-2017 season, each member 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 each month preceding the lecture. General ticketing is available to the public beginning the 17th of the month.  Per usual, these reserved tickets will be either mailed to you or placed in will call depending on your preference.  Please call 612-870-6323 to reserve your ticket. We continue to offer the option of ordering your tickets online, you may then print your ticket at home. To do so please follow this link:
 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, 612-870-6323, to reserve your lecture ticket. 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.  Pre-lecture tours are no longer reserved through the Friends Only Event Chair. 
Pillsbury Auditorium doors will open for ticket holders at 10:30 AM. All must be seated by 10:50 AM to insure our speakers their full allotted time. 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.


Please join us for the first Friends Only pre-lecture tour of the 2016-2017 season. The tour complements Shahzia Sikander’s September 8th lecture, “Art as Consciousness”. Tours begin promptly at 10:00 AM 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 your ticket for this tour, please follow the instructions provided earlier in this newsletter or click here for our ticketing information.


Following a lecture by Shahzia Sikander, please join the Friends in the Villa Rosa Room for a delicious luncheon of a sautéed salmon filet with basil pesto and grilled ratatouille. Family style dainty cookies will complete the menu. You may request a vegetarian option when you reserve. Reservations open on August 15. To RSVP call 612.870.6323 or click here. The cost is $25, and all reservations must be received by 5 PM, August 31st.


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 fountain court and lecture overflow room will enjoy this gracious benefit!
Please thank them for this welcome gesture of hospitality.


The Friends are thrilled to host Kaywin Feldman, Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, for a special presentation on Friday, October 7th at 6:00 PM on the Art of Wonder. This will be a ticketed event with proceeds supporting a Friends special project. Mark your calendars, more information will follow next month.
Join the Friends and find out, will wonders ever cease?


Join us on Friday, September 16 at 10:30 AM in Studio 114 for a docent-led tour of Euphoria, by Lily King. Discussion and light treats will follow from 11:30 to 12:30 PM.
Euphoria, a fictionalized love-and-work story, shows the very human sides of anthropologist Margaret Mead and two of her husbands. In New Guinea, 1933, Mead (Nell in the book) and her second husband met another anthropologist, who later became her third husband. This title is a New York Times bestseller and winner of both the 2014 Kirkus Prize and the 2014 New England Book Award for Fiction.
Please call the Friends office, (612) 870-3045, to register. We have spots for up to 25 members. New Friends Only Events co-chair, Ellen Archibald, looks forward to seeing you.

Mark Your Calendar

October 14: Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard
November 11: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Contemporary Art, Timeless Landscape

Stone Harp by René Küng, courtesy of Ron Woods
Stone Harp by René Küng, courtesy of Ron Woods

On a cool, brisk day in early June, 20 people attended a tour of the Harrison Sculpture Garden at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The tour was led by Ingrid Lenz Harrison who, since 2014, along with her husband Alfred Harrison, donated 26 objects from their private collection. Both of them played a huge role in the placement of each sculpture on the Arboretum landscape at High Point. Ingrid intimately shared with the group how she fell in love with each piece: Stone Harp by Swiss artist René Küng, Apache Mountain Spirit Dancer made of bronze by American Craig Dan Goseyun, and Wayzata Reel (Reel 3) constructed of steel and abstract expressional painting by British artist Philip King. Clearly, the sculptures came from all over the world. Wendy DePaolis, Arboretum Curator, who also accompanied the tour, echoed insights into the artists’ works. A lovely luncheon followed in the beautiful home of Jane MacKenzie. It was a wonderful gathering enjoyed by all. On behalf of the Friends, thank you to those participants who signed up for this tour as part of the Art in Bloom fundraiser event. And a special thank you to Ingrid, Jane and Wendy for an informative, fun and delightful day.



The Friends are pleased to announce that Kate Smith, Friends Office Administrator, has been promoted to the position Operations Manager of the Friends of the Institute.
Since joining Mia and the Friends in July 2014, Kate has been an integral part of coordinating Friends projects and events. Additionally, Kate is an active participant in Mia staff projects.
Kate’s new responsibilities will be an expansion of her present role and responsibilities for the Friends of the Institute.
Please join us in congratulating Kate on this well-earned promotion.

Front row: Suzanne Payne, Pamela Friedland, Connie Sommers (current President), Carolyn Dahl and Sheila Morgan. Back Row: Linda Goldenberg, Carol Burton Gray, Katie Searl and Barbara Goldner.
Front row: Pamela Friedland, Carolyn Dahl and Sheila Morgan. Middle Row: Suzanne Payne, Connie Sommers (Current President) and Barbara Goldner. Back Row: Linda Goldenberg, Carol Burton Gray, and Katie Searl.

On the occasion of the 2016 Friends Annual Meeting, eight past presidents, representing 32 years of service to the Friends, gathered for the May lecture and luncheon.
Job well done, ladies!


Anne Hull, past president of the Friends, 1962-64, on her 100th Birthday
Anne Hull on her 100th Birthday

Anne Hull, Friends President from 1962-1964 , is seated with flowers sent by the Friends to honor her friendship and dedication to our organization.