Friends-Only Book Club

Plan to attend Friends-only Book Club. Join us on Friday, September 18 at 10:30 a.m. in Studio 114 for a docent-led tour of our first book All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, the book follows the lives of a perceptive blind French girl and an orphaned German boy whose paths cross in occupied France during World War II. Discussion and light treats will follow from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Please call the Friends office (612) 870-3045 to register. We have spots for up to 25 members. Friends event co-chair, JeanMarie Burtness, is looking forward to seeing you.
Going forward:
October 16: The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
November 20: What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt.

LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE CREATIVE MIND

Collection Connection this month is dedicated to the exhibition Leonardo Da Vinci, the Codex Leicester. The heart of this rare exhibition is the presentation of one of Leonardo’s original notebooks. There are few people known worldwide for hundreds of years by just one name: Leonardo. The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper come to mind when one hears his name, but additionally he is known as an architect, engineer, scientist and philosopher of magnificent proportion. He was curious about weather, geology, rivers and mountains and his notebooks reflect this appetite. His clever observations of the world were documented in detailed notebooks that during the Renaissance did not become fully known because he was always drawn by new experiments and inventions. In this view of these extraordinary notes one will see Leonardo’s left handed writing from right to left on the pages. Reading is accomplished with the use of a mirror.
Visiting Leonardo’s work one will see a section on the power of water. His notebook reveals his obsessive observations with the issues of water.

Leonardo da Vinci and the Power of Observation (Codex Leicester)
The Codex Leicester [detail], 1510 Leonardo Da Vinci, Italian Codex manuscript Courtesy Bill Gates / ©bgC3
Bill Gates, who owns the Codex Leicester, wrote: “[Leonardo’s] scientific ‘notebooks’ are awe inspiring not simply as repositories of his remarkable ideas but as records of a great mind at work. In the pages of the Codes Leicester he frames important questions, tests concepts, confronts challenges and strives for answers.” (In Preface to Leonardo Lives, Seattle Art Museum, 1997).
The Codex Leicester is  paired with contemporary artists whose work resonates with Leonardo’s interests and creative practice. Bill Viola’s video, The Raft, puts viewers in Leonardo’s shoes as we watch the force of water crashing against a crowd of people in beautiful slow motion. Viola’s planning notebook, also on view, shows us how he created it. Watching water powerfully circle around objects may have also mesmerized many of us but the curious Leonardo asks the question, why.
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Guest will also enjoy see Scott Olson’s creations. The following video will introduce readers to his contemporary creations: Scotty Olson video
Leonardo The Creative Mind is a not to be missed exhibit running June 21 – August 30, 2015 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  A great way to connect to our permanent collection: https://friends.artsmia.org/stories/links-to-leonardo-a-self-guided-tour-of-the-galleries-reflects-the-masters-life-and-work/
 
Lead Sponsors: 3M, Thomson Reuters, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Sit Investment Associates
Major Sponsor: Delta Air Lines
Generous Supporter: Carlson Family Foundation
Media Partner: Star Tribune
Additional support provided by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
MIA 100th Birthday Year Presented by: Best Buy Co., Inc., Friends of the Institute, U.S. Bank
 
 

Art in Bloom 2015 Was A Success

Pictured above from left to right: Cathy Steyaert, Pamela Friedland, Connie Sommers and Barbara Edin at the Bachmans Floral Workshop.
The 32nd Art in Bloom was a welcome gift to the community. Over 41,000 people visited the museum during Art in Bloom, which was an attendance record-setter for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It was made possible because of the outstanding volunteer efforts of more than 500 volunteers. Thank you to our dedicated Art in Bloom Committee which has been planning all year. Thank you also to the volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure that all the events and activities ran smoothly. Much appreciation goes to the Pedestal Floral Artists and the Commercial Florists for their beautiful arrangements and displays. They captured our imaginations and delighted us with their creativity. Kudos to Kate Smith, Friends Office Administrator, for her hard work and superlative organizational skills, along with all the efforts of the Friends interns, Caroline Byrd and Kaitlin Gross. What great support they provided! We thank Pamela Friedland, for her valuable guidance throughout the planning process. We also acknowledge the amazing support of our Art in Bloom Advisors, Carolyn Dahl, Betsey Whitbeck, and Carol Burton Gray. Our appreciation would not be complete without thanking the hardworking staff of the MIA who worked with us to help ensure that Art in Bloom would be successful. We could not have done it without their topnotch teamwork. In closing, we are pleased that Art in Bloom raised much needed funding to support transportation for K-12 students to come to the MIA. A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the 32nd Art in Bloom so successful.
JeanMarie Burtness and Arna Yetter, Art in Bloom 2015 Co-Chairs

Co-Chairs with Signature Image and floral arrangement by Julie Holland.
Co-Chairs with Signature Image and floral arrangement by Julie Holland.

Lead Sponsor: Bachman’s
Honorary Chairs: Teresa Pfister and Joan T. Smith
Generous support provided by Gabberts Design Studio & Fine Furniture, Lakewood Cemetery, Martha Head, Nordic Ware, SpartanNash, Lucy and Bob Mitchell, and Tom and Lynn Schaefer.
Additional support provided by E.M. Birt, Edina Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Olson Law Firm, Caldrea, Helen W. Leslie, Mary Grau, Patty and Sam McCullough, D’Amico Catering, Acendas, Len Busch Roses, Susan Arndt, JeanMarie Burtness, Pamela Friedland, Julie Holland, Katie Remole, Connie Sommers, Arna Yetter, Maxine Wallin, B.T. McElrath Chocolatier, and Prism Research.
Media Partner: OUTFRONT Media

Many thanks to the Art in Bloom 2015 Commercial Floral Artists!

Our local commercial floral artists designed spectacular floral arrangements that appeared outside to greet visitors and throughout the galleries at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts during Art in Bloom in May. These innovative architectural wonders wowed our Art in Bloom visitors with spectacular blossoms and memorable motifs. The extraordinary designs were very popular for photos with family and friends. The Friends of the Institute are extremely grateful to be able to share the work of such talented commercial floral artists during our springtime event.
Please thank the following contributors for their Art in Bloom support when you visit their shops! Acanthus Floral Art, Arts & Flowers Design Studio and Steven Ward, Bachman’s, Best Wishes Floral, Camrose Hill Flower Studio & Farm, Garden Gate Flowers & Studio, GARDENhouse on Maryland, Harvest Home, Hennepin Technical College, Koehler & Dramm Institute of Floristry, Martha’s Gardens, Minneapolis School of Flower Design, Richfield Floral & Gardens, Richfield Flowers and Events, RJKramer Designs, Roger Beck Florist, and Wisteria Design Studio.

Highlights of the Art in Bloom Pedestal Floral Artists

Visitors attending Art in Bloom selected their favorite floral arrangements from over 150 arrangements created by imaginative volunteers. This year over 2,000 people voted. We are pleased to share the winners of the 2015 People’s Choice Awards.
Best Interpretation Winner: Tornado over St. Paul by Mayumi Redin
Honorable Mention: The Poet with the Birds by Amy Chapman
Most Creative Winner: Chariot Finials with Bird by Karla Newman
Honorable Mention: Your Dog by Wendy Lutter and Stephanie Ross
Personal Favorite Winner: Avalokitesvara by Beena Brown
Honorable Mention: Celestial Horse by CandaceMcCloskey, Matt Bierwerth, and Courtney Ashby
The MIA’s Media and Technology team produced a lovely video of Art in Bloom which opens with the MIA’s Guardian Lions decorated with flowers for the Art in Bloom 2015 Birthday Surprise.
https://friends.artsmia.org/third-av/#/art-in-bloom-of-us-and-art-the-100-videos-project-episode-16
Local photographer Jim Nash and volunteer Beth Tesler created a slideshow of the beautiful floral arrangements throughout the museum. Enjoy and be inspired!
http://youtu.be/Huagcjha3qg

Remembering Ann Birt

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear friend, Ann Birt, on June 9th. Ann was an active member and supporter of the MIA and the Friends organization, serving in numerous positions on the Friends Board. Art in Bloom 2012 was successfully co chaired by Ann. The Friends are grateful for her capable leadership in many positions. We will miss her warm heart, friendly smile and charisma. The Friends will continue to follow her example of a can do spirit!

Art and Architecture in Duluth

The Friends enjoyed an insider’s tour of art and architecture in Duluth on June 17 and 18, highlighted by a visit to the historic Glensheen mansion and the home of renowned architect David Salmela.
It was a cool overcast day in Duluth, upon arrival, and showers were predicted. The view was spectacular as we sat above the clouds and mist looking down on the vast Lake Superior; its tributaries and the ore docks.
After a brief and refreshing stop we progressed to the Glensheen Mansion where we were treated to a personal tour from Glensheen Director Dan Hartman our charming, enthusiastic and visionary host. Dan has made amazing progress in restoring it to its original glory and opening it up to visitors in many new and exciting ways such as Kayak Tours.
Historians Penny Petersen and Rachel Peterson from Hess Roise Historical Consultants brought out Ms. Condon’s WWII Red Cross uniform and a 1920’s white silk beaded “flapper” dress from the Glensheen collection along with treasured porcelain dishes and historical world maps. The clouds dissipated and the sun shone as we toured the gardens that were in full bloom and a month behind the cities giving us a second dose of spring.
Architect David Salmela and homeowner Dave Arvold greeted us at the Arvold home. Salmela explained how his designs bring light inside from all angles and use familiar classical elements alongside modernist forms.  The home is filled with soft light and feels warm, comfortable and inviting. One Friend commented, “if that were our master bedroom perched in the sky above Lake Superior we’d never get out of bed.

David Salmela explains his design vision.
David Salmela explains his design vision.

As we prepared to leave we discovered that our bus was hung-up in the steep turn- around at the end of the street and a tow truck was on its way….and what a tow truck it was; a $400,000 piece of serious machinery with an operator who was all business until he turned in to a Teddy Bear upon completing the extrication. While we waited we “lollygagged” on the Loll chairs on the deck and sunbathed on the lawn. Problem solved we made our way to the historic Fitger’s Inn.  Donning our required “coats and ties” we dined in the “Great Room” at the historic Kitchi Gammi Club.
After a restful night at Fitger’s we embarked upon our second day with perfect temperatures and sunshine.
David and Gladys Salmela welcomed us to their home and studios. Gladys is a seamstress extraordinaire.  Her top floor sewing room has 180° of windows and was much admired (and coveted) by the seamstresses in our group. The house sits on a rocky hill along with several Salmela designed homes looking down on Duluth and Lake Superior.  Although it’s quite a distance from downtown and the Lake it feels as though you could reach-out and touch them. David’s studio is full of meticulously built models. We proceeded next door where the Halls welcomed us to their home, which was built right in to the enormous rock using a foundation from an original house. It’s another award winning architectural gem with an art collection and treasures from world travel to match.
On to the award winning Bagley Classroom Building at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Bagley Nature Center.  It is the first and only U of M building with a LEED Platinum designation. Located in the Nature Reserve, students can now attend class in the midst of what they are studying.  We loved the outdoor area complete with well-used fireplace.
We ended our day with tours of the HAWKBOOTS and Loll manufacturing facilities. Begun as the maker of skate parks they now use the same materials to produce Epicurean cutting boards, kitchen utensils and Loll outdoor furniture.
After being filled with beautiful sites, extraordinary vistas and most of all warm and charming hosts we fell in to our comfortable bus for a sleepy, relaxing ride home.
Enjoy the photos posted in folders for each tour site: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iqvfdd9k36asc74/AABUar7Y7INCLCI2gqNOx2Eda?dl=0
“The Job of the Architect” about David Salmela by Horacio Devoto is beautifully done. (The video we weren’t able to play on the bus.) http://www.horaciodevoto.com/projects/vimeo-project-2/
 
 
 
 

The 32nd Art in Bloom!

The 32nd Art in Bloom was a welcome gift to the community. It was made possible because of the outstanding volunteer efforts of more than 500 volunteers! Thank you to our dedicated Art in Bloom Committee which has been planning all year. Thank you also to the volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure that all the events and activities ran smoothly. Much appreciation goes to the Pedestal Floral Artists and the Commercial Florists for their beautiful arrangements and displays. They captured our imaginations and delighted us with their creativity! Kudos to Kate Smith, Friends Office Administrator, for her hard work and superlative organizational skills, along with all the efforts of the Friends interns, Caroline Byrd and Kaitlin Gross. What great support they provided! We thank Friends President, Pamela Friedland, for her valuable guidance throughout the planning process and we also acknowledge the amazing support of our Art in Bloom Advisors, Carolyn Dahl, Betsey Whitbeck, and Carol Burton Gray. Our appreciation would not be complete without thanking the hardworking staff of the MIA who worked with us to help ensure that Art in Bloom would be successful. We could not have done it without their topnotch teamwork. In closing, we are pleased that Art in Bloom raised much needed funding to support transportation for K-12 students to come to the MIA. A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the 32nd Art in Bloom so successful!
JeanMarie Burtness and Arna Yetter Art in Bloom 2015 Co-Chairs
Lead Sponsor: Bachman’s
Honorary Chairs: Teresa Pfister and Joan T. Smith
Generous support provided by Gabberts Design Studio & Fine Furniture, Lakewood Cemetery, Martha Head, Nordic Ware, SpartanNash, Lucy and Bob Mitchell, and Tom and Lynn Schaefer.
Additional support provided by E.M. Birt, Edina Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Olson Law Firm, Caldrea, Helen W. Leslie, Mary Grau, Patty and Sam McCullough, D’Amico Catering, Acendas, Len Busch Roses, Susan Arndt, JeanMarie Burtness, Pamela Friedland, Julie Holland, Katie Remole, Connie Sommers, Arna Yetter, Maxine Wallin, B.T. McElrath Chocolatier, and Prism Research.
Media Partner: OUTFRONT Media

A Letter from Friends President Pamela Friedland

Portrait of Friends President Pam FriedlandI look back at the last two years of my life and of course recall all the personal fortunes in my life such as moving into a new home my husband and I helped design and welcoming our first grandchild Greyson, into our lives. This would certainly be enough to fill anyone with happiness it would seem. But I have had the good fortune of continued fulfillment by leading the Friends of the Institute through an incredible two years. Doing it with the most loyal, diligent, and genuinely warm group of board members I have worked alongside, has so greatly added to these successful two years. Seeing our Office Administrator Kate Smith everyday, has given me great support and introduced me to someone with the most amazing smile ever and incredible competency to boot! Our Friends Lecture Series has enjoyed a year of tremendous success. As the auditorium fills each month, our members have learned an incredible amount about so many different art topics. We continue to be grateful to the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Fund for its generosity in supporting this enormous endeavor. We look forward to a stellar lineup, beginning once again this September. Our Transportation Fund this year is spending nearly $17,000 for 90 buses bringing almost 4,500 schoolchildren through our doors for guide-led tours. Our goal in the next year is to offer transportation to older children also, exposing and capturing their future interest in the arts. We continue our long tradition of decorating the front MIA lobby with lovely fresh flowers weekly calling upon the generosity of the Harris/Phelps Fund. This year, like so many others, we generously provided via our Friends Endowment for Education Fund over $80,000 to the Learning and Innovation Department, allowing them the proper outreach to the community the museum prides itself on. Our Children’s Fund works closely with this department also targeting specific projects. Perhaps Friends is most proud this year of speaking up first to become one of the MIA’s three top Presenting Sponsors honoring the museum’s 100th Birthday Year. We are proud to say we have now paid off $250,000 of our $500,000 gift to the museum! We have our members to thank for helping raise this kind of money. Your belief in our mission, tireless support of our fall fundraisers and our annual community favorite Art in Bloom, as well as countess volunteer hours, allows us to be this generous. This organization is nonexistent without all of you, not only your time, financial support, but personal interactions so important to the success of a volunteer organization. We certainly have the MIA staff to thank also. Our partnership with everyone in the museum is cherished and enjoyed. I leave you all in great hands as Connie Sommers takes over as president in July. I certainly hope I may speak for all of you, as we plan to bop into the Friends office often to see Connie and Kate, and continue to be a part of the growth and success of the Friends.
With very warm wishes, Pamela Friedland

Glenn Lowry “In Between Places: Contemporary Art and the Middle East”

For nearly 20 years, art historian Glenn Lowry has directed New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the most influential modern art museum in the world. He came to MoMA as an acclaimed specialist in Islamic art. Lowry returns to his scholarly roots for this lecture. Contemporary art in the Middle East can be seen as the continuation of the historical tradition or as a radical break with the past; as a market driven phenomenon fueled by the wealth of a new Gulf-based clientele; or as a searing critique of the social and political conditions of the region often made by artists living in a diasporic condition. Dr. Lowry will explore how a number of artists from this region, including Wael Shawky, Shirin Neshat, Walid Raad, Rania Stephan, and Shahzia Sikander, navigate these complicated and highly charged issues through their varied practices that range from film-making and photography to painting and animation. Dr. Lowry became the sixth director of the Museum of Modern Art in 1995. He has significantly developed the Museum’s holdings in all mediums, adding entire collections of contemporary drawings, Fluxus, Conceptual Art, and the archives of Frank Lloyd Wright. A strong advocate of contemporary art and artists who are shaping art, he has overseen acquisitions by artists such as 2 Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Serra, Gerhard Richter and Robert Rauschenberg. Dr. Lowry’s initiatives include the successful merger of The Museum of Modern Art and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA P.S. 1). He also established the Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives in a Global Age Initiative (C-MAP), a research program for the exchange of knowledge and ideas among arts experts around the world. He is currently leading a renovation and expansion project that will offer visitors a more welcoming and participatory experience and unprecedented access to MoMA’s collections and programming. Dr. Lowry received his B.A. from Williams College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University. He began his career as the first director of the Joseph and Margaret Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary. He was curator of Near Eastern Art at the Smithsonian Institution’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art. He was also director of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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