The Art of Power/The Power of Art

The Art of Power Returns in the Fall!

Look for the return of the popular Art of Power series this fall!

The Friends continue our popular series this fall with an important and intriguing presentation: The Art of Power/The Power of Women in Art. Women curators will focus on women artists and the acquisition of their art works. You’ll find more information in the summer newsletter.

Previous Art of Power events included: The Power of Art with Weisman Director Lyndel King; The Power of Sacred Art with The Basilica of Saint Mary, Director of Sacred Arts Johan van Parys; The Power of History with St. John’s professor Annette Atkins; The Power of Ink with Dr. Anna Felicity Friedman, historian of the art of tattoo.

We’re excited to continue this unique and powerful tradition.

TATTOO CURIOUS? JOIN US FOR THE ART OF POWER/THE POWER OF INK

Explore the fascinating, rich art history of the tattoo at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club with Friends.

Dr. Anna Felicity Friedman, an interdisciplinary scholar, tattoo/body art historian, and tattoo collector, will speak at The Art of Power/The Power of Ink lecture at the Woman’s Club in Minneapolis.
Dr. Anna Felicity Friedman, an interdisciplinary scholar, tattoo/body art historian, and tattoo collector, will speak at The Art of Power/The Power of Ink lecture at the Woman’s Club in Minneapolis.

You’re invited to an evening at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club on April 12 at 5:30PM to explore the fascinating, rich art history of the tattoo. Your guide? The illustrious Dr. Anna Felicity Friedman, an interdisciplinary scholar, tattoo/body art historian, and tattoo collector.
Dr. Friedman’s picture is worth a thousand words:  the perfect introduction to a woman who promises to be interesting, provocative, scholarly, and multicultural.  In addition to her work on the history of tattoo, she has been an assistant curator in the History of Astronomy department at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, worked at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the Field Museum. She also plays bass in a band. Doesn’t this sound like a speaker best enjoyed with a glass of wine in hand?
Dr. Friedman will speak at Mia on the morning of April 12 at 11AM at a Friends lecture, but will then guide us through new landscapes not yet explored in the evening lecture.
Join the Friends of the Institute for an evening of body art appreciation at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club at 5:30PM on April 12, with wine,  appetizers, and a new talk by Dr. Friedman. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.powerofink.eventbrite.com .
Continue the conversation at dinner following the event. For reservation information, contact Beverly Hauschild Baron at beverlyhb@gmail.com.

Tattoo curious? Join us for THE ART OF POWER/THE POWER OF INK

Explore the fascinating, rich art history of the tattoo at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club with Mia Friends.

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Dr. Anna Felicity Friedman, an interdisciplinary scholar, tattoo/body art historian, and tattoo collector, will speak at The Art of Power/The Power of Ink lecture at the Woman’s Club in Minneapolis.

You’re invited to an evening at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club on April 12 at 5:30PM to explore the fascinating, rich art history of the tattoo. Your guide? The illustrious Dr. Anna Felicity Friedman, an interdisciplinary scholar, tattoo/body art historian, and tattoo collector.
Dr. Friedman’s picture is worth a thousand words:  the perfect introduction to a woman who promises to be interesting, provocative, scholarly and multicultural.  In addition to her work on the history of tattoo, she has been assistant curator in the History of Astronomy department at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, worked at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the Field Museum and plays bass in a band. Doesn’t this sound like a speaker best enjoyed with a glass of wine in hand?
Dr. Friedman will speak at Mia on the morning of April 12 at 11AM at a Friends lecture but will then guide us through new landscapes not yet explored in the evening lecture.
Join the Friends of the Institute for an evening of body art appreciation at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club at 5:30PM on April 12, with wine,  appetizers, and a new talk by Dr. Friedman. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.powerofink.eventbrite.com .

Continue the conversation at dinner following the event. For reservation information, contact Beverly Hauschild Baron at beverlyhb@gmail.com.

Save the Date for: The Power of Ink

Join us for a unique Friends event in April!
Join the Friends of Mia at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis on Thursday, April 12 for The Art of Power/The Power of Ink lecture featuring speaker Anna Felicity Friedman, an eminent historian of tattooing and body art.
The Art of Power/The Power of Ink will start with wine and appetizers at 5:30PM, followed by the lecture at 6:30PM and the opportunity to stay for dinner with your friends.  Watch for information on registration and ticket cost in your March newsletter!
Enjoy Dr. Friedman’s presentation for the Friends Lecture Series on April 12 at 11AM at Mia and then a brand new talk—with wine—at The Woman’s Club that evening.  It’s The Power of Ink!

The Art of Power/The Power of History Returns on December 8

Fundraiser and Friends combine on December 8 with a lecture on The Power of History

Dr. Annette Atkins will speaks on The Art of Power/The Power of History" on December 8, 2017.
Dr. Annette Atkins will speaks on The Art of Power/The Power of History” on December 8, 2017.

You are cordially invited to delve into “The Power of History” with us on Friday, December 8, at 5:30 PM, in the Reception Hall, Target Wing, for wine and appetizers. A docent-led tour will take you through “Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth Century Europe” followed by Atkins’s lecture in the Friends Community Room. This event will raise funds to support the Friends as we support Mia. Tickets are $100 ($50  tax deductible) and will be available after November 8, 2017, by calling Mia at 612.870.6323.
Dr. Atkins says she has “spent a lifetime teaching and learning history.” She is a compelling speaker, long-time university professor, and author of several books and many articles. She is a frequent guest on MPR’s Morning Edition with Cathy Wurzer.
“History may appear to be that jumble of events, names, and dates that are all behind us, inert, in the past. Instead, history offers a powerful engine for thinking, for telling us who we are, and how we ought to live. We all tell stories and when we do we are all telling history.  We tell some stories, forget others, hide still others. We include some details, exclude others,” she says.
In this talk, Atkins promises to “fire up that engine” that she calls history, and invite us to think about how powerfully our individual and collective stories are. Confederate monuments? Dakota War paintings? Our memories of our parents? Our recollections of our own paths? How do such stories help us and blind us, both?”
 

Save the Date for The Art of Power/The Power of History

Save the date for the next installment in Friends’ The Power of Art series on December 8, 2017!
The Friends are pleased to announce the fourth event in The Art of Power/The Power of Art series!  Plan to join us for a fundraiser on Friday, December 8, as Dr. Annette Atkins speaks on The Art of Power/The Power of History.  The evening will begin with wine and appetizers at 5:30 PM, followed by the lecture, and a docent-led tour.

Dr. Annette Atkins will speaks on The Art of Power/The Power of History" on December 8, 2017.
Dr. Annette Atkins will speaks on The Art of Power/The Power of History” on December 8, 2017.

Annette Atkins is a Professor Emerita at Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict in Minneapolis. A scholar, teacher, and public historian, she specializes in transforming serious research into compelling stories.  She’s an author (Creating Minnesota 2016), public speaker, and frequent guest on MPR.
As part of the Art of Power series, many old and new Friends have enjoyed hearing Lyndel King, Executive Director of the Weisman Art Museum; Deb Pierce, retired FBI agent in charge of art theft recovery; and Dr. Johan van Parys’, of The Basilica of Saint Mary, talk on sacred art.  We think you’ll enjoy Dr. Atkins’ unique perspective on our own Minnesota history.  Watch for more information in the November newsletter.  Tickets will go on sale November 8.

The Art of Power/The Power of Sacred Art continues on September 28

Save the date for the third in the series, The Art of Power/Power of Art
Thursday, September 28, 2017 in Mia’s Villa Rosa Room.
5:30PM: Wine and Appetizers
6PM: Docent-led tours of Mia’s sacred art
7:15PM: Presentation by Johan van Parys, Ph.D.

Johan van Parys
Johan van Parys

Religion in its many different forms has acknowledged the formidable power of art throughout the ages. In response, some religions have embraced art, while others have rejected it. As a result, great works have been created by some and destroyed by others. The questions raised centuries ago remain even today. What is the relationship between art and religion? May art critique religion? In turn, may religion censor art? Can a museum become a sacred space? Can a sacred space become a museum? What makes art such a powerful tool for religion? And why is religion sometimes afraid of art?
Johan van Parys, Ph.D. is the Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. Johan frequently writes for various Basilica publications including the award winning Basilica magazine. His book Symbols that Surround Us was published in 2012. He teaches in the School of Theology at St. John’s University and is a regular presenter and facilitator at schools, churches, and organizations throughout the US and in his native Belgium. Johan holds graduate degrees in art history and comparative religious studies from the Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium, and a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He is the current chair and founding member of the Minnesota chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums and is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgists and Societas Lituraica.
Tickets are $45 and are available by calling Mia at 612.870.6323.

The Power of Sacred Art: Beauty that Saves and Shatters

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Johan van Parys, Director of Liturgy and the Sacred Arts
The Basilica of St. Mary

Johan van Parys
Johan van Parys

Johan van Parys, Ph.D is the Director of Liturgy and Sacred Arts at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. His book Symbols That Surround Us was published in 2012. He teaches in the School of Theology at St. John’s University. He is the current chair and founding member of the Minnesota chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums.
Drinks and appetizers at 5:30PM, docent-led tour at 6:00PM, and talk at 7:15PM.
Tickets are $45 and will be available by calling Mia at 612.870.6323. Tickets will go on sale August 28.