President’s Letter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the start of the Friends new fiscal year. By any measure, last year (2021-22) was a solid success. Our greatest strength is our outstanding membership. Your engagement, enthusiasm and support helps make Friends of the Institute one of the oldest and largest volunteer organizations in American art museums. You can read more about last year in the Friends Annual Report 2021-2022 found in this Newsletter.

I am always grateful to Mia staff who so willingly give excellent advice and assistance to Friends. I also had a vague idea that there were artists among them. Now I know who they are and I’m impressed. Don’t miss the Mia Staff Art Show in the Community Commons, on view through October 30.

Dipa Ma, pencil on paper, Jesse Nagamatsu (security)

I also recommend visiting the exhibition titled, “Dressed by Nature: Textiles of Japan”, on view in the Target Gallery through September 11. The items displayed include many Japanese garments created between 1750 and 1930. These garments are not the opulent silk kimonos worn by the aristocracy. Rather, they are made from more plebeian and locally available materials. Although not silk, the garments are exceptionally clever, refined and elegant.

Kaparamip robe sleeve, cotton applique with embroidery, Ainu people, Japan

Friends are always busy planning engaging events for our members. The lecture series will kick-off on September 8th when we welcome Sandy Schreier as our speaker. She is a world famous collector of mid-century couture clothing. A luncheon will follow the lecture. On September 9th we continue celebrating mid-century fashion with a party at the Goldstein Museum of Design on the University of Minnesota campus. This party is hosted by the centennial committee. Find details and ticketing information for these events in this Newsletter.

As Friends members we can all look forward to a new year of enriching events and engaging opportunities. I am especially lucky because I can also look forward to serving as your president
for one more year.


Julie

Creating Memories

Centennial celebrations kept Friends members very busy in June.

In mid-month, we joined our colleagues from the Hennepin History Museum (HHM) for a perfect summer evening of wine, appetizers and live music at the beautiful building and grounds of the HHM. How wonderful catching up with those not seen in so long and enjoying words from John Crippen, HHM’s executive director. John filled us in on the history of the 1919 building that was originally the home of Friends’ first president, Carolyn McKnight Christian. She donated her home to the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 1956; the HHM purchased and moved into the building the following year.

Friends gathered again at the HHM about a week later for a tour led by John Crippen and Seth Goodspeed, development and membership manager. Despite the heat those two days, we all learned so much about the elegant homes surrounding Fair Oaks Park and the families who lived in them. We heard wonderful tales of the people active in the community around the time Friends began its storied history.

After the walking tours, participants were led to the Cargill Gallery at Mia to enjoy the exhibit featuring the glorious Delacroix painting that the Friends gifted to Mia to celebrate the Friends centennial. Surrounding the painting were art pieces inspiring past Art in Blooms. In a way, a full circle was met by the day’s participants; discovering so much of what Friends has provided to the community.

This summer Friends is involved in sponsoring Mia’s Art in the Park programming. Friends volunteers will greet guests of all ages in community parks, engaging them in conversation as a planned art activity is taught by a visiting artist. What an amazing opportunity for Friends volunteers to share the wonderful connection between Friends, Mia, and the surrounding neighborhoods. Just a few openings are yet to be filled in September. Please call Claire in the Friends office at 612-870-3045 for more information.

Speaking of September, Friends is celebrating its historical 52 years of magnificent fashion shows on September 9th , 2022. The festivities begin at 5:30 until 8:00 at the Goldstein Museum of Design within the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, McNeal Hall. The evening will be an art filled event of textiles, music, and
history. Mannequins will be on display, dressed in couture from the Goldstein’s renowned closets that safely hold over 30,000 valuable items. During the evening the soft jazz sounds of Connie Evingson will entertain guests creating a vibe of yesteryear! Also available for guests to enjoy is the museum’s current exhibit “Plastic Rapt: A History of Designing Forever.” Appetizers and beverages will be
served to complete the evening. Ticket prices are $100 per person.

Tickets are available August 1. You can purchase them online or by calling 612.870.3000.

We thank all who have enthusiastically participated in our centennial events so far. Your excitement is contagious, and we know we will see many more of you at our upcoming autumn events.

Happy August to everyone! It has been a hot summer thus far, perhaps reminding us how fortunate we are our fashions have changed considerably from when Friends first began, not to speak of the wonderful invention of air conditioning. But let’s not rush summer heat away too quickly quite yet!

Friends History Publication Committee
Pamela Friedland
Linda Goldenberg
Mary Merrick
Suzanne Payne
Connie Sommers

In Pursuit of Fashion

Join us at the Friends fall kick-off lecture with Sandy Schreier, Fashion Historian

11:00 Thursday, Sep 8, 2022
Pillsbury Auditorium, Mia
Friends fall luncheon to follow

Fashion as Art. Through determination and passion for the art of fashion, Sandy Schreier amassed one of the largest and finest private fashion collections. Visually arresting and historically significant, many pieces were the subject of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) Costume Institute’s fall 2019 exhibition. This trove of 20th Century French and American couture and ready-to-wear clothing was collected not as a wardrobe, but in appreciation of this form of creative expression.

Before the lecture, Ms. Scheier will personally sign copies of her book which features the exhibition pieces and promised gifts from her collection to the MET Costume Institute.

Click here to purchase copies of the book, “In Pursuit of Fashion” and pick up your book prior to the lecture.

Friends members can get their tickets starting August 15 before the general public 2 days later.

 

Join us at the Friends fall luncheon

Following the September 8 lecture featuring Sandy Schreier, join the Friends for a fall luncheon in the restaurant space on the Mezzanine level.

The menu includes open-faced lemon pepper salmon sandwich, with Bibb lettuce, shaved red onion, tomato, and dill dressing on the side, OR a grilled vegetable sandwich with grilled zucchini, red pepper, red onion, goat cheese, spinach, and reduced balsamic; caprese trottole pasta salad on the side, and cheesecake garnished with fresh fruit for dessert. Gluten free meals are also available.

Tickets are $35. You may purchase them online or by calling 612.870.3000. Please RSVP by August 25 at noon.

Friends Only Tour at the University of Minnesota

Save the Date:
Wednesday, September 14

Please join the Friends for a walking tour of outdoor art at the University of Minnesota. This is one of the most noteworthy collections of outdoor art found on a college campus. The tour will be led by an experienced guide from the Weisman Art Museum (WAM).

Friends will meet at the entry to WAM at 10:00 AM. The tour will take an hour and involves moderate walking. Tour group is limited to 30 members. There is no charge for this tour. Underground parking can be found at WAM ($3/hour) 333 East River Road. Lunch plans on or near campus to be announced.

Sign up with Kathryn at khellerschwyzer@gmail.com.

Rochester Friends of the Institute 40th Anniversary Lecture & Luncheon

40 years ago, in 1982, Patricia Weeks and 49 other members formed the Rochester Friends of the Institute, an affiliate of the Friends of the Institute.

Please join us at the Rochester Golf and Country Club on Thursday, September 15, for a lecture and celebratory luncheon in the Winged Foot II Room. Tickets are $40 per person.

Coffee and social time will begin at 10 am, with Ghenete Zelleke, James Ford Bell Curator of Decorative Arts & Sculpture, speaking at 10:30. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a brief program at 1:00 pm.

Lunch is a choice between a Chicken Caesar Salad or a Vegetable Nicoise Salad. Please note your preference when mailing in your reservation.

Checks can be made payable to Rochester Friends – Mia, and mailed to:

Friends of the Institute

attn: Claire Goulson

2400 3rd Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55404

We hope you can join us to celebrate all the Rochester Friends have accomplished in their last 40 years!

 

President’s Letter

Dear Friends,

The Butterfly Catchers, 1900 Theodore Wendel, American Not on view.

As the first year of my presidency comes to a close I find myself musing about the events of the past twelve months. I have had a wonderful time serving as your president. Please know that it was you who made the journey successful and enjoyable for me.

The year started quietly with Mia closed to visitors, most of the staff working from home, and no one serving as operations coordinator. I had plenty of time to look at the files left by past presidents. Their records are invaluable and I am certainly the beneficiary of their hard work. In September Claire Goulson started as Friends operations coordinator. We are so fortunate as she brings intelligence, skill and warmth to the office.

Although it was quiet in the office, many committees were hard at work. Pam Friedland and Mary Merrick, chairs of the centennial committee, were scrambling to get the Friends history book to the publisher. Kris Bjorklund and Sheila Folkestad, chairs of AIB, were meeting with Mia staff to bring back a manageable, in-person event. Susan Arndt and Tammy Meyer, chairs of the lecture committee, were promoting and making arrangements for Dessa, the first Fiterman speaker. Sharon Secor and Allison Greene, chairs of the membership committee, were working on a plan to retain and convert our complimentary memberships into paying memberships. And Chris Vickery and Julie Scroggins, chairs of plants and flowers, were reimagining the holiday decorations focusing on inclusivity.

Other committees with critical missions worked quietly. Liz Short, chair of the vision and values special committee, very ably guided her committee through an examination of our mission statement, key messages and IDEAB goals. Maria Eggemeyer, chair of the nominating committee, held monthly meetings at her dining room table as her committee filled out the new slate of officers and board members. Kimmie Kemberling planned nine engaging Friends Only events. Lisa Mayotte restarted in-person book club meetings. Barb Mikelson, with support from the Rochester Friends, brought coffee and treats back to the Fountain Court for pre-lecture socializing. Tippy Madden and Kris Berggren made sure the newsletter was edited and emailed each month. Kristen McDougall planned an Art and Architecture outing with details found in this newsletter. Sue Stillman marshaled volunteers for ushering and other tasks. Jeanne Scheiderer, historian, preserved important documents for future reference. JeanMarie Burtness and Therese Blaine, co-chairs of transportation, braced themselves for a huge demand in reimbursements coming in this next fiscal year. Our affiliate liaisons, Pat Gale and Jim Rovner, supported our highly valued Rochester Friends and St. Cloud Friends, led by Alison Goode and Mary Jane McHardy, and Amanda Falloon.

The advisors to the board, Barbara Proeschel, Boyd Ratchye, Linda Goldenberg, and Katie Remole were always available to provide guidance. I unhesitatingly relied on the executive committee for their thoughtful opinions, discussions and advice. This highly accomplished group includes Barb Champ, Melanie Nelson, Carol Stoddart, Renee Kessler and Beverly Hauschild-Baron.

I look forward to next year and the opportunities it will bring. I welcome your thoughts, your ideas, and your continued support. Please know you can contact me in the Friends office at 612-870-3045 or by email at jholland@artsmia.org

Have a great summer!

 

 

 

 

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As you know, we are 100 years old this year! We hope to be supporting Mia for another 100 years and more, and we can do that with your help. We will share with you what we learn and use your voice to shape this wonderful organization of Friends who support our even more wonderful museum.

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Centennial Summer of Festivities

SUMMER OF CENTENNIAL FESTIVITIES

The Friends Centennial Committee will keep the 100th celebration going through the summer (and into the fall). Mark your calendars now! As our founders might say, “Come join us for good conversation, good cheer, and great camaraderie”.

Join us for two collaborative events scheduled in June with our neighbor, the Hennepin History Museum. 

June 15:  Friends Homecoming: a Centennial Celebration 

Tickets are available now for a reception at the Hennepin History Museum.  The evening will feature wine and appetizers, and live music from the Great American Songbook. Guests will also have a chance to view historical items owned by the Christian family. You can purchase tickets online or call 612.870.6323.

June 23 and 24: Friends and Neighbors of Mia Walking Tours 

See a detailed description and registration information in the accompanying article of this newsletter. 

July 14:  Centennial Garden Party

Please plan to join Martha Head, on July 14, in her garden on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Friends will stroll her charming garden while enjoying wine and light summer fare from 5-7 PM. More information will arrive in mid-June. Tickets will be limited. All proceeds will go to retiring the Friend’s Delacroix commitment. Tickets will be $100. 

September 9:  Goldstein Museum of Design

The Friends are joining forces on September 9th from 5:30 – 7:30 with the nationally renowned Goldstein Museum, for a truly unique evening.  Join us for cocktails and light appetizers at McNeil Hall, St Paul Campus, University of Minnesota.  Ascend a stairway of selected couture from the Goldstein’s historic closets and peruse GMD’s latest exhibit. More information will arrive in August.  Tickets will be $100. 

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