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