Naima J. Keith to discuss curating and the museum of the future.
Naima J. Keith
“Deep Dives into Curatorial and Educational Approaches”
A Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture presented by Friends of the Institute and Mia
Naima J. Keith, the new Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will be presenting “Deep Dives into Curatorial and Educational Approaches” at our February lecture on
Tickets are free but must be reserved by following the link at the bottom of the page, or calling 612.870.6323.
We’re in good company as a nominee for Best Art Museum and Best Free Museum in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2020 Awards. Let’s put Mia at the top of both lists! You can vote once a day before voting ends February 17, and winners will be announced on February 28.
Sally A. Mathieu, October 5, 1930 – December 21, 2019
“We receive more than we give by volunteering.” These are words Sally Mathieu lived by, shared with her family and led by example with the rest of us.
Over the years, Sally held multiple positions on the Friends board and co-chaired events such as the Fashion Benefit, Art in Bloom and served as a board advisor. Sally’s passion for volunteering was not limited to the Friends. Sally was also an active board member or volunteer for the Minnesota Orchestra, The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Courage Center, Ridgeview Medical Center, and the Waconia Public Library. She was known for her can-do spirit and willingness to be involved.
As much as Sally enjoyed and believed in the value of volunteering, her family meant the world to her and our sympathy is with them at this time.
Mid-January is when the seeds of creativity are planted for the talented Pedestal Floral Artists (PFAs) as they find out which artwork will serve as the jumping-off point for their Art in Bloom floral creations.
On January 16th, nearly 200 PFAs attended the annual Artwork Selection Session. The evening was a grand success, thanks to the leadership and coordination of the PFA committee and an additional 18 volunteers. Energy and excitement filled Target Reception Hall as PFAs renewed friendships and waited with anticipation to learn if the desired artwork would still be available when their selection number was called. This year, the committee implemented a new online registration and lottery system to facilitate a more fair and efficient Artwork Selection process. By all accounts, this new system was well-received, and the PFAs inspired and energized by their assigned art from Mia’s permanent collection. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!
Mark Wednesday, April 22 on your calendar for the Preview Party!
In just a few short months the grass will be greening up and Art in Bloom will kick off with our annual Preview Party. Prairie Gardens is the theme of what promises to be a fun evening that will include the unveiling of our signature piece and new Mia acquisition, Floral Legacy, by the artist herself, Holly Young. What a treat!
Cocktail hour will include passed appetizers, beverages, and live jazz guitar music in the Jade Corridor, followed by a formal sit-down dinner in the Target Reception Hall. More live music, a silent auction, and other fun activities are also on tap. And of course, the popular Art in Bloom Shop will be open all evening for first-dibs shopping.
Please join us for this chance to celebrate, renew friendships and support a cause we all believe in, ensuring children have the opportunity to visit Mia to experience the awesomeness of great art! Tickets will be available soon: stay tuned!
We’re pleased to announce the keynote speakers of this year’s Art in Bloom. Standing Rock Dakota artist Holly Young, who created Floral Legacy, the signature artwork for this year’s Art in Bloom, along with artist and curator Graci Horne, will participate in a panel discussion about the significance of Dakota floral art historically and in their own lives. Dakota floral art is a unique art form indigenous to this area and is firmly rooted in relationships with place and community. Learn more about the history of an original American art form that continues to inspire, connect, and affirm Dakota values and aesthetics.
If you like shopping and helping people then you’ll love volunteering in our Art in Bloom pop-up shop!
The Art in Bloom pop-up shop will need lots of volunteers to assist customers on the sales floor, check out customer purchases at the registers, and package them up. If you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link:https://forms.gle/N2JCUa8Htrg7JQAn6.
In the meantime, stay tuned for a preview of the shop’s merchandise, which will be coming in next month’s newsletter.
Coffee and treats provided by our “Southern” neighbors.
At monthly Friends lectures during the 2019–2020 season, guests can enjoy coffee and treats, provided in part through funds donated by the Rochester Friends. To experience this hospitality yourself, come to the Regis Fountain Court before the lecture.
Join us in thanking Rochester for helping to provide these treats!
Do you remember when we were stocking up on canned tuna and bottled water, preparing for a potential blackout at the beginning of the new millennium? Here we are in 2020, preparing for the hundredth birthday celebration of the Friends organization.
A small group of art-loving friends came together to form the Friends of the Institute of the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 1922. Right away the Friends began to raise funds to support Mia. In 1924, funds were given to furnish the Providence parlour. Portrait of Marcy Olney (1749 – 1780?) by eighteenth century artist Jeremiah Theus was acquired, and the following year funds were provided to complete nine new second floor galleries. And the list goes on. Friends members can be proud to be part of an organization that continues to fulfill its mission to support, enhance, and sustain the collections and programs of Mia.
To properly celebrate one hundred fabulous years, the Friends organization is supporting the acquisition of Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks and Plums by Eugène Delacroix. His artwork is a magnificent and significant addition to Mia’s art collection. The guests were awestruck when the painting was first unveiled at the preview party by Art in Bloom 2018 Honorary Chair Nikki Lewis. And when you enter Gallery 321, you too will be enraptured by Delacroix’s passion for the radiance of flowers.
Nineteenth-century poet and art critic Charles Baudelaire described his contemporary Eugène Delacroix as “passionately in love with passion, but coldly determined to express passion as clearly as possible.” When Baudelaire said that everything beautiful is beautiful by calculation, he well described Delacroix’s deep understanding of color and composition in creating movement in his creations. Delacroix’s work inspired Impressionists with it’s expressive brushstrokes and optical effects of color.
The Friends has made great strides in its fundraising for this wonderful acquisition, and recently received a generous bequest from the Joan T. Smith fund. We thank our many supportive donors for their generosity and encourage contributions to complete our centennial gift to Mia. Be sure to visit Mia often and come admire Delacroix’s spectacular work of art.
President, Friends of the Institute