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March Friends Only Book Club

March 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Research & Reference Library

Ticket Price: Free

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is the March book.

Join us to discuss Lisa See’s novel The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

A docent-led tour centered around works of art relating to the novel will follow the moderator-led discussion of the book.

In Lisa See’s moving coming-of-age novel, a young Chinese woman from the Akha ethnic minority finds her way to a productive life through the tea-cultivating traditions of her forebears.  A story of family, identity, and motherhood, this novel is a fascinating voyage through a little-known culture.

According to author Helen Simonson in a Washington Post review, “Just as properly aged tea from ancient trees has both flavor and a ‘returning taste’, so this story balances moving on with returning home.  Both Li-yuan and Haley must ultimately reconcile where they come from with who they are now, and they must compromise with the flaws of family and tradition if they wish to reclaim their roots.  A lush tale infused with clear-eyed compassion, this novel will inspire reflection, discussion and an overwhelming desire to drink rare Chinese tea.”

There are 20 spots available for this conversation and tour. Please contact the Friends Office at 612.870.3045 or friends@artsmia.org to make your reservation.

Also mark Friday, April 19 on your calendar for a moderator-led discussion and docent tour related to Population: 485, Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time by Michael Perry.

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February Friends Only Book Club

February 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Research & Reference Library

Ticket Price: Free

Trevor Noah’s memoir “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” is the February book.

Join us to discuss Trevor Noah’s memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. A docent-led tour will follow the moderator-led discussion of the book.

Trevor Noah’s memoir chronicles his unlikely path from the waning days of apartheid South Africa to hosting “The Daily Show,”  beginning with the controversial act of his birth. Trevor’s mother was a member of the black Xhosa tribe, and his white father was of Swiss-German heritage.  At the time of Trevor’s birth, the union of his mother and father was punishable by five years in prison, and Trevor was visible evidence of their crime.

According to Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times, “By turns alarming, sad and funny, this book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid and the country’s lurching entry into a post apartheid era in the 1990’s.  Some stories will be familiar to fans who have followed the author’s stand-up act. But his accounts here are less the polished anecdotes of a comedian underscoring the absurdities of life under apartheid, than raw, deeply personal reminiscences about being half-white, half-black in a country where his birth violated any number of laws, statutes and regulations.”

There are 20 spots available for this conversation and tour. Please contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or friends@artsmia.org to make your reservation.

Additionally, mark Friday, March 15, on your calendar for a moderator-led discussion and docent tour related to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.

Please contact Jeanne Scheiderer, jeannescheiderer@hotmail.com, with any questions.  

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March Friends Only Tour: Harry Drake, A Legacy in Photography

March 13, 2019 11:00 am

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Cargill Gallery

Ticket Price: Free

Join us for a tour on March 13 at 11AM, led by Casey Riley, Curator and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media.

Casey Riley, Curator and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media

Harry Drake was a Saint Paul native, designer, philanthropist, former Mia board member, and passionate collector of works by some of the best known photographers, including Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Irving Penn.  

Drake became interested in photography after attending lectures at Mia in the 1970s, and he eventually amassed an impressive collection of over 600 modern photographs including portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and conceptual photographs that he bequeathed to Mia upon his death in 2012.

Learn more about the man, his vision, and unique taste, and view some of the highlights of his collection in the Cargill Gallery.  This tour will be lead by Casey Riley, Curator and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media.

There are limited spots available for this March 13 event. Please contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or friends@artsmia.org to make your reservation.

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Friends Only Book Club Meets January 11

January 11, 2019 10:00 am

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Mia Library

Ticket Price: Free

Golden, A. (1999), Memoirs of a Geisha, Vintage Contemporaries, New York.

Memoirs of a Geisha is the January Book Club selection!

Join your Friends on Friday, January 11 at 10AM in the Mia Art Research & Reference Library, first-floor Target Wing, to discuss Arthur Golden’s historical fiction novel Memoirs of a Geisha.

After our moderator-led discussion, we will have the pleasure of a docent-led tour related to the novel.

Sarah Midori Zimmerman writer-editor for New York magazine said, “Arthur Golden’s brilliant debut novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, is a reminder of just how silly the exhortation ‘write what you know!’ can be.  Clearly Golden, a 40-something American male, has never lived anything remotely similar to the experiences of a geisha coming of age in the 1930’s, the glory days of Kyoto’s Gion pleasure district.  Yet it is precisely this vanished world that he recreates with subtlety, sensuality, and supreme authority, bringing to life characters so complete and idiosyncratic—so fully sprung from the eras he has evoked—that his novel ultimately overwhelms us, as seductive and beguiling as the geisha of its title…”.

There are only 20 spots available for this event. Please make your reservation by calling the Friends office at 612.870.3045.

Also mark Friday, February 15 on your calendar for a moderator-led discussion and docented tour focusing on Born A Crime:  Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.

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Kunin Collection is Focus of Friends Only Tour

January 18, 2019 11:00 am

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Fountain Court

Ticket Price: Free

Friends Members are invited for a Curator Led Tour of some of the highlights from the Kunin Collection.

Bob Thompson, United States, 1937–66 Homage to Nina Simone, 1965, Oil on canvas The John R. Van Derlip Fund, 89.83, © Estate of Bob Thompson, Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC, New York, NY.

 Robert Cozzolino, the Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings, will lead a one hour Friends-only tour on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 11AM of the Kunin Collection, providing an overview of its distinctive character, its many strengths, and illuminating the collector who brought the work together.

Myron Kunin took over his parents’ department store chain of hair salons in the 1960’s and grew it into the industry leading, billion-dollar effort, Regis Corporation.  Along the way, he exercised his love of art into one of the most important private collections of American Modernism. At Mia, he was a lifetime trustee and supported the museum in numerous ways.

After his death in 2013, a large selection of his American art came to Mia on long-term loan. Dr. Cozzolino, who became close to Kunin as a curator in Philadelphia, started at Mia in 2016 and has been continuously programming and rotating installations from the collection. The artwork spans a diverse range of styles and subject matters, with current installations revealing the breadth of Kunin’s uncommon vision.

Cozzolino will begin the tour with a portrait gallery (G360) hung floor to ceiling, or  “salon style,” with some of Kunin’s favorite subjects. He will highlight two galleries on the third floor devoted to abstraction and magic realism, before proceeding to a pair of recently installed galleries on the second floor (G262 and G275) focusing on Philadelphia Modernism and the artist Bob Thompson.

We will gather in the second-floor Regis Fountain Court 10 minutes prior to the start of the tour.

There are only 30 spots available for this event. Please contact the Friends office at 612.870.3045 or friends@artsmia.org to make your reservation.

This event is a Friends Only Event. Join the Friends today and attend the event!

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