James Fox “Bolts from the Blue.” We Thank the Rochester Friends

APRIL 2015
April 9, 2015
James Fox
“Bolts from the
Art in Bloom 2015
April 30 – May 3
May 14, 2015
Glenn Lowry!
“In Between Places:
Contemporary Art
and the Middle East”
Ticketed Luncheon
Sponsored by the Mark and Mary Goff Fiterman Lecture Fund
James Fox “Bolts from the Blue.”
Blue is the world's
favorite color. In fact, a
staggering 40 per cent
of people rank it above
all other hues. But it
isn't only popular. Blue
also exerts a strange
hold over us. Scientists
have proved it can
lower blood pressure and increase creativity. Psychologists
have found that we are significantly more likely to trust
companies with blue logos. Market researchers say that
Google's links are blue because that color makes it
irresistible to click on them. With such evidence, it's hard to
deny that all of us seem to be suffering from a global case
of the blues.
James Fox's lecture explains why. Ranging from
Afghanistan to India and from Venice all the way to the
dark side of the moon, it explores the vast and fascinating
history of blue. Fox will explore the discovery of lapis
lazuli, and how the great Renaissance painters turned it into
a color more expensive than gold. He will look at how
Gainsborough, Cezanne and Picasso used blue to shake up
the arts establishment. He will tell the tragic story of the
French artist Yves Klein, a man who devoted to his life to
blue, but may well have been killed by it. And he will
conclude in the middle of the Space Race, when astronauts
finally confirmed that we were, in fact, living on a blue
Dr. James Fox is a British art historian and British
Academy Film Awards-nominated broadcaster. He is
a Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, having
previously held positions at Harvard and Yale. When not
teaching at the University of Cambridge, he writes and
hosts art documentaries for the BBC. In 2012
a three-part series called 'A History of Art in Three Colors'
was broadcast to widespread critical acclaim. He is
currently writing a major book about the history of color
for Penguin. But his favorite color has always been blue.
Fox's lecture will shed light on many enduring cultural
questions: why the ancient Greeks appeared to be blind to
blue; why the Virgin Mary is always shown wearing deep
blue robes; why we always associate having the blues with
being sad; and why in the twentieth century blue emerged
as the most celebrated color of them all. By the end of his
talk, those who didn't originally like blue may find
themselves changing their minds. They will certainly never
choose a wall paint, a car, or even a pair of denim pants
without thinking twice about blue.
All lectures from the Friends Lecture Series are
now available with our own direct email. It
provides easy access to all lectures both past and
present. http://new.artsmia.org/third-AV/ /lectures
Ticketing for Friends Lectures
Free tickets are available for seating in the Pillsbury Auditorium for Friends lectures. Doors open for ticket
holders at 10:30 a.m. Please be seated by 10:50 a.m. Any available seats will be filled at that time. Lectures
begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. Guests without tickets may attend a live broadcast of the lecture in overflow seating
in the Wells Fargo Community Room on the first floor. To reserve your ticket call at (612) 870-6323.
Going forward, tickets will be available for Friends members on the 15th and 16th of each month preceding the
lecture. General ticketing will be available to the public beginning the 17th of the month.
We Thank the Rochester Friends
At all Friends monthly lectures during the 2014–2015 season, guests will enjoy
coffee and treats provided through funds donated by the Rochester Friends.
Please thank them for this welcome gesture of hospitality.
Art in Bloom 2015
Meet Our Honorary 2015
Art in Bloom Chairs
Come One, Come All to the
Preview Party!
Allow us to introduce you to Art in Bloom 2015 Honorary Chairs,
Joan T. Smith and Teresa Vickery Pfister.
Mark your calendars for the fabulous fun-filled Preview Party Gala
on Wednesday, April 29. Enjoy live music, cocktails and a
sumptuous garden-inspired dinner. Partake in the special
opportunity to view the pedestal floral art at its freshest. Browse the
unique floral inspired items in the Pop-up Garden Shop and bid on
some of your Fabulous Favorites at the silent auction. Tickets start
at $150.
On the second Thursday of the month,
you can usually find Joan T. Smith at
the Friends Lecture Series. She is a
long-time member of the Minneapolis
Institute of Arts, Friends, and Patrons’
Circle. Joan is honoring her parents,
Marie Thiede Smith and Charles E.
Smith, with her donation. Her love of art
Joan T. Smith and
stems from her mother who was a
honorary docent
talented watercolor artist and a skilled
Tom Byfield, as the
AIB Flower Gardner
musician. Joan said she followed in her
father’s footsteps as a business major, and she earned several
degrees at the University of Minnesota. Her philanthropy extends to
her alma mater where she has underwritten two scholarships. Joan
retired as a vice president at Wells Fargo Corporation. She serves on
the board of the Twin Cities Opera Guild, and is an enthusiastic
supporter of the arts.
What Are Your Fabulous Favorites? Find Them at the Silent
It'll be easy to find your own favorites at our Fabulous Favorites
Silent Auction -- so easy that we hope you can't choose just one! Is
dining out a Favorite? Imagine dinner at Vincent or The Kenwood!
If cooking is your Favorite, imagine spending a day on the line with
Iron Chef contestant, Sameh Wadi at his Saffron Restaurant! Fine
wine your Favorite? Celebrate each of the four seasons with a handselected case of wine from Haskell's. If fashion is your Favorite,
you'll be delighted with auction items from Babette, OSKA,
Fawbush's, Athleta and Hubert White. If being active is your
Favorite, bid on a private, in-store yoga lesson for twelve at Prana
or Lululemon, golf for four at Golden Valley Country Club or a
one-month membership at Title One including free fitness boxing
gloves! Are the Arts your Favorite? Bid on an opening-night
dinner, performance and cast party at the Guthrie or an original
painting. Our Fabulous Favorite Auctioneer, Pat Brenna, will add
her special brand of energy to the mix with the Almost Live Auction
and special surprises that include some of the MIA's Fabulous
Favorite curators!
Long-time Friends member
Teresa Vickery Pfister is honoring
her mother, Sally Mathieu, who
brought her to the Friends and to Art
in Bloom. Beginning in the mid1980s, both Teresa and her mother
have been active members of the
! Art in Bloom committee,
always working together as coTeresa Vickery Pfister and her
chairs of whatever committee it
mother Sally Mathieu
happened to be that year –
Commercial Florists, Lunches, Mailings, and many more. Formerly
the owner of Marketing By Design, a marketing communications
consulting firm, she now uses her vast knowledge of mechanical
design and engineering to run Source Engineering. Teresa serves on
the boards of the Courage Center Kenny Foundation and the Boys
and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. Teresa is very excited to be one
of this year’s Honorary Co-Chairs in remembrance of her mom.
Want to make it possible for a youngster to experience the
wonder of art? Support Fund-a-Need this year for
transportation for K-12 students to come to the MIA.
We are proud to announce that this year the Fund-a-Need project
will go to cover transportation costs for students in K-12 to come to
the museum, giving them the opportunity to be exposed to great
works of art in the museum’s permanent collection as well as in its
special exhibits. Students will have the chance to see the artwork
and share their thoughts and ideas under the guidance of trained
guides or with their own classroom teachers. We have learned that
many schools want to bring their students to the museum but the
cost of transportation has made it out of reach. Field trips like this
make a memorable impression on a youngster and you can help!
Art in Bloom 2015 Special Offer
Be entertained and learn something new!
This year Art in Bloom has a very special offer for you. Bring a
group of ten of your friends to one Art in Bloom
lecture/demonstration. With the purchase of ten or more tickets,
your group will be eligible for a private, docent-led tour with the
theme of your choice - a $125 value.
Tickets are $30 for the Thursday and Friday lecture/demonstrations.
This year we are offering a special lecture on Saturday afternoon
featuring Dr. Marla Spivak. This lecture is offered at $20/adult and
$10/student. The group ticket offer also applies to Dr. Spivak’s
presentation. Tickets purchased by April 16 are eligible for the
docent-led tour. For more information and to set up your tour with
the chosen tour theme, please email [email protected]
Art in Bloom and Bachman's
Visit the Spring Revival Idea House from March 19th-April 19th to
see a complete transformation of the historic Bachman family house.
Self-guided tours are $5.00.
Mark April 23rd on your calendar to register for the Bachman's Floral
Design Workshop and learn how to create an arrangement inspired by
the Art in Bloom image. Visit bachmans.com for more information.
Bachman's is generously donating partial proceeds from both the
Workshop and the Idea House to the Friends of the Institute.
Honor a Special Person with an
Art in Bloom Dedication!
The Art in Bloom Pop-Up
Garden Shop
Art in Bloom 2015 Pop-Up Garden Shop is bigger and better than
ever this year. Some really exciting changes have been planned so
that the shop reflects the 100 Year Birthday Celebration!
The first big change is location. The shop will now be located in
a bigger, brighter and more browse-able space creating a relaxing
shopping experience. The shop’s atmosphere is not unlike the floral
displays you will see throughout the museum--unique, creative and
breathtaking! The new shop location is in the Wells Fargo
Community Room (just off the ground floor lobby, to your left and
up the ramp). Our buyers have sought out and found unique,
distinctive and timeless merchandise. There will be a wide
assortment of items that make wonderful gifts or great souvenirs of
your Art in Bloom experience. You will recognize many of these
items from the high-end catalogues you receive at home but at much
better prices. The Pop-up Garden Shop is organized in three
departments to make browsing more fun and shopping easier-a children’s department, a book department and a home and garden
department. Stop and see what treasures await you!
Art In Bloom Family Event
Experience the delight of being a kid again!
Bring the children in your life to the Art In Bloom FREE Family
Event on Saturday, May 2, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the
Target Reception Hall. Try to imagine skipping through a prairie.
This year’s fun event is inspired by the book, Plant a Pocket of
Prairie by Phyllis Roots, wherein she takes young children on a trip
of Minnesota’s important ecosystem--the prairie. Family Day will
include a variety of activities for children ages three through eight.
They can go on a scavenger hunt on the museum’s third floor or join
Brian, the Story Man from England, as he explores the Minnesota
prairie. To get ready for spring, children will also be able to do a
special craft activity by creating their own wildflower seed pockets.
Free snacks will also be available. This is an event for the whole
Art in Bloom Needs You!
More than 200 volunteers are needed to make Art in Bloom a
successful fundraiser! Proceeds support transportation to bring
school children to the MIA, exhibitions, art restoration, and
initiatives designed to reach youth in a wide variety of communities.
Most volunteer jobs require standing for up to three hours. Limited
seated positions are available. We love volunteers who sign up for
more than one time slot, but please do not sign up for more than one
job during the same time slot.
This year, signing up is easier than ever! Log on to our new
electronic sign-up system:
If you are not online, no problem! You can email or call either
Kathleen Steiger [email protected] 612-824-3337
or Michele Yates [email protected] 952-239-8868.
Make an Art in Bloom Dedication to honor a friend or loved one.
A dedication plaque with the recipient’s name and your name will
be placed on the pedestal of your chosen artwork and floral
arrangement. Just follow these simple steps:
All dedications are fully tax deductible and support Friends events
and activities. For more information, call (612) 870-3045 or
email: [email protected]
Hope you were there for the
Kick-off Event!
The Art in Bloom Kick-off Brunch and Fashion Show was the place
to be Saturday, March 7th! One hundred and thirty guests were
greeted by a complimentary glass of champagne or sparkling cider,
and guests enjoyed a delicious brunch while chatting with friends.
The twenty-five different styles showcased on the runway were
provided by local shops Edelweiss Baby, Judith McGrann &
Friends, Juniper, Hammer Made, & Primrose Park. Nineteen
volunteer models working the runway included men, women, and
babies – six of whom were our very own Friends members! Our
emcee, Wes Amann, kept the atmosphere relaxed and fun while
describing the fashions. Music was provided by D.J. Del6, who
volunteered his time and talents and kept the mood light. There was
plenty of time to shop at the pop up shops, the MIA’s museum shop,
visit the Friends Membership desk, or purchase a Dedication to be
placed on a pedestal during Art in Bloom. Many thanks to co-chairs
Kris Bjorklund and Erika Wood for this wonderful event! Hope you
were there!
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From Left to Right: AIB Cochair Arna Yetter, Friends
president Pam Friedland, AIB
Co-chair JeanMarie Burness,
Tom Byfield,
Select your favorite work of art from the objects that will
be interpreted this year. For the complete list go tohttp://aibflorists.wordpress.com/dedication-artwork/
Print and fill out the dedication form and include your tax
deductible donation of $50/dedication.
Send in the completed form along with your payment by
April 10, to Friends of the Institute, 2400 Third Avenue
South, Minneapolis, MN 55404.
Something Blue
April Friends-Only Book Club
In our April lecture, Dr. James Fox will speak on the color blue.
Choosing a blue piece to explore
! from our own collection was a
daunting task as, surprisingly, so much of what is exhibited in the
MIA is blue. A long-time favorite painting uses blue for power and
strength, and creates form and
structure from the sole use of
Friends members are invited to attend Friends-only Book Club on
April 17, to discuss Flight Behavior: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver.
Robert Delaunay, French, 1885-1941
Saint-Severin Oil on Canvas
Saint Severin, considered to be
one of the most beautiful
churches in Paris, is named for
a pious hermit who lived on the
site in the sixth century. The
church dates from the
thirteenth century and a
restoration was completed by
the fifteenth century. Saint
Severin, withstanding the
ravages of time, still stands in
all its splendor on the left bank
of the River Seine in the Latin
Quarter of Paris.
Delaunay’s painting shows us
the interior of a gothic cathedral, a bit distorted and very abstract.
The immense, soaring columns gain form from the use of color
alone, predominantly blue, and make us believers of this off-kilter
interior, even inviting us to enter. Delaunay credits his paintings of
this lovely church to his personal style, coined Orphism by the poet
Guillaume Apollinaire, referring to Orpheus, the Greek poet whose
lute could charm wild beasts. Depicted in this painting is the choir,
where the service is sung, and the profoundly musical feeling created
by the painting is not by accident. Delaunay and his wife, the
Russian painter Sonia Terk, created a method called “simultaneity,”
a color concept of interlocking planes of colors. The result is an
overlapping of subtle harmonious effect, creating this soothing,
melodious atmosphere, felt as much as seen in this paining.
Delaunay’s writings on color are intuitive and can be sometimes
random statements based on the belief that color is a thing all of
itself with its own powers of expression and form—radically
different from his contemporaries. This MIA painting is the second
of seven Saint Severin paintings by Delaunay, and the first to be
publicly exhibited. His success as a painter was meteoric, and his
study of light and color afforded him great celebrity. Though
Orphism was short-lived, it had considerable influence on other art
“Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day
Appalachia. The novel is a heady exploration of climate change,
along with media exploitation and political opportunism that lie at the
root of what may be our most urgent modern dilemma. Its suspenseful
narrative traces the unforeseen impact of global concerns on the
ordinary citizens of a rural community. As environmental, economic,
and political issues converge, the residents of Feathertown, Tennessee,
are forced to come to terms with their changing place in the larger
world.” –from the author’s website.
To attend this thought-provoking discussion, contact the Friends office
at (612) 870-3045. Attendance is limited to twenty-five members so
RSVP soon. Book club meetings are held in Studio 114 at 10:30 a.m.
and include a tour and discussion of the book.
Art and Architecture in Duluth!
Friends Art and Architecture Tour June 17 and 18, 2015
Journey to Duluth for an insider’s tour of renowned Architect
David Salmela’s home and office; several stunning homes; the
University of Minnesota Bagley classroom building; and the award
winning Hawksboots Sustainable Manufacturing Facility. Enjoy
touring the fabulous, historic Glensheen Mansion and gardens on the
shore of Lake Superior. This exclusive Friends tour will be lead
by Glensheen Director Dan Hartman, who tells us that he has the keys
to places rarely seen by the public…what an opportunity to see hidden
gems! We’ll also hear from the staff of Hess Roise Historical
Consultants about the vast art and decorative art collections at the
Check out these links for a peek of what’s in store:
Registration information will be in the May Friends newsletter.
Robert Victor Felix Delaunay was born in Paris and was highly
influenced by Paul Cezanne. After completing his Saint Serverin
collection he began an Eiffel Tower and window series. He explored
Cubism as a means to see beyond the surface of things and
eventually moved away from its hard edges toward pure abstraction.
If we were we able to turn over this painting, we would see that a
sketch of the Eiffel tower is painted there.
Lecture Day Tour for Friends-Only
Join fellow Friends members for a private docent-led tour offered
before the Thursday, April 9, lecture by James Fox. The docent
tour is titled Absolutely Fabulous: Highlights of the MIA’s
Collection and complements speaker James Fox’s lecture
Bolts from the Blue. These popular tours fill quickly and space
is limited, so reserve your place soon with Friends-Only co-chair
Diane Skrien at [email protected] or 651-222-0054. Tours
begin promptly at 10:00 a.m., so please arrive early in the Third
Avenue Lobby. Tour participants also receive tickets and reserved
seating for the 11:00 a.m. lecture in the Pillsbury Auditorium.
Historic Glensheen Mansion Duluth, Minnesota
Art in Bloom
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Join our 32nd annual Friends of the Institute’s celebration of spring with
over 150 floral arrangements designed to interpret the diverse artworks in the
museum’s collection. Art in Bloom is free and open to the public. Funds for
Art in Bloom are raised by donations from our generous sponsors and also
from revenue from ticketed events, selling Art in Bloom programs, dedications
on Pedestal Floral Arrangements, and wonderful items from the Pop-up
Garden Shop. Check the following daily schedule for details. Proceeds raised
provide educational tours and transportation for school children as well as
support for exhibitions, acquisitions, and museum opportunities throughout
the year.
Last year over 82,000 students made trips to the MIA for guided tours!
We thank all those whose generous support and hard work make Art in
Bloom possible.
With kindest regards,
Arna Yetter and JeanMarie Burtness
Art in Bloom 2015 Co-Chairs
Martin Engelbrecht, German, 1684–1756, A Flower Gardener, from Des Manouvriers
habilles (detail), c. 1735, hand-colored engraving, The Minnich Collection, The Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Fund, 1966 P.14,813
FEATURED SPEAKERS in Pillsbury Auditorium
LECTURE | THURSDAY, APRIL 30 | 10 A.M. | $30
Dean Norton, “Welcome Home, George Washington”
Dean Norton is the Director of Horticulture at Mount Vernon. Norton oversees the preservation of the most
accurate 18th century gardens and landscapes in America, including the most recently restored pleasure garden.
Norton’s lecture is an entertaining look at the gardening world of George Washington.
Emily Thompson, “Classical Design with Wildly Beautiful Organic Materials ”
Emily Thompson is Manhattan’s celebrated florist to the stars. Thompson’s flowers and banquet décor balance
the uncultivated organic world with the delicacy of classical ornamental design. They burst with unconventional
materials like wild smilax, peaches, butterflies, and always maintain sculptural grace.
Debra Prinzing, “The Slow Flower Movement--from the Field to the Vase”
Debra Prinzing, award-winning author and outdoor living expert, will demonstrate designing with domestic,
homegrown botanical elements--from flowers and foliage to stems, buds and branches, and how to use flowers from
your own backyard. Prinzing will share her best ideas from her book Slow Flowers.
Debra Prinzing, “Cultivating a Slow Flowers Bouquet” in Studios 112 &113
Participants will create a seasonal arrangement using their own vase. The vase needs to be approximately 8-inches
by 5-6 inches either as a vertical or horizontal vase. Fee includes flowers, materials, and instruction. Please provide
your own tools. Take home a masterpiece! Limited to 25 participants.
Dr. Marla Spivak, “State of the Bees”
Dr. Marla Spivak, world-renowned scientist and expert on bees, is a McKnight Professor of Entomology at the
University of Minnesota. The UMN Bee Squad cares for the healthy and productive hives of honeybees on the
MIA’s roof. Spivak’s message to flower gardeners, students, and food producers is
“People want good clean food. So do bees!
Art in Bloom
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For reservations or more information, visit new.artsmia.org. Register online at [email protected] or register by phone: (612) 870-6323
All ticketed events require tickets to be presented at the door.
5:30 p.m.
General Mills Lobby
(Patron levels at $250,
$500, and $1,000)
5:30 p.m.
Art in Bloom Pop-up Shop opens
Wells Fargo Community Room
6 p.m.
Gala Preview Party
Tickets start at $150
7 p.m.
Silent Auction and
Art in Bloom Pop-up Garden
Shop closes
GALA DINNER and Fund-a-Need
to follow in the Target Reception
Museum galleries
open 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Museum galleries
open 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
9 a.m.
Agra Culture Coffee Shop opens
9 a.m.
Agra Culture Coffee Shop opens
9:30 a.m.
Coffee in Regis Fountain Court
for ticketed lecture guests
9:30 a.m.
Coffee in Regis Fountain Court
for ticketed lecture guests
10 a.m.
Art in Bloom Pop-up Garden
Shop opens
Wells Fargo Community Room
10 a.m.
Art in Bloom Pop-up Garden
Shop opens
Wells Fargo Community Room
10 a.m.
Museum galleries
open for viewing
Floral displays and
FREE docent-led tours
10 a.m.
Museum galleries
open for viewing
Floral displays and
FREE docent-led tours
10 a.m.
Dean Norton, “Welcome Home,
George Washington”
Pillsbury Auditorium
10 a.m.
Debra Prinzing “The Slow Flower
Movement–From the Field to the
Pillsbury Auditorium
(Live auction of floral arrangements after the demonstration)
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Box Lunches
Friends Community Room
in the Target Wing
Limited seating available
$30 Reserved ticket required
Noon–2 p.m.
Target Wing Reception Hall
$45 Reserved ticket required
2 p.m.
Emily Thompson, “Classical
Design with Wildly Beautiful
Organic Materials”
Pillsbury Auditorium
(Live auction of floral arrangements after the demonstration)
5:30–9 p.m.
Regis Fountain Court Rotunda
FREE event & Cash bar
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Box Lunches
Target Wing Reception Hall
Abundance of seating available
$30 Reserved ticket required
2 p.m.–4 p.m.
Debra Prinzing “Cultivating a
Slow Flowers Bouquet”
Studios 112 & 113
$100 Reserved ticket required
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Museum galleries
open for viewing
Floral displays and
FREE docent-led tours
10 a.m.
Art in Bloom Pop-up Garden
Shop opens
Wells Fargo Community Room
10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Crafts, storytelling,
scavenger hunt
Target Wing Reception Hall 3rd
floor & Target Park courtyard
1 p.m.
Madeline Island Music Camp
presents Cordova String Quartet
Regis Fountain Court
2 p.m.
Dr. Marla Spivak,
“State of the Bees”
Pillsbury Auditorium
$20 Adults
$10 Students
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Museum galleries
open for viewing
Floral displays and
FREE docent-led tours
11 a.m.
Art in Bloom Pop-up Shop opens
Wells Fargo Community Room
Winners of People’s Choice
Awards will be announced.
April floral arrangements at the Visitor & Member Services Desk are created by Wisteria.
Please call the Friends office for more information about our florists.
Friends President
Pamela Friedland
Newsletter Editors
Terry Edam
Barbara Scott
Michele Anderson
Richard Avey
Janice Halerson
Sophie Kuusisto
James Madigan
Julia Wilson
In Honor of Nicole Bern’s
Katie Searl
April 9, 2015
James Fox
“Bolts from the Blue”
Office Administrator
Kate Smith
In Memory of Lucille Franke,
Linda Boelter’s Mother:
Margene Fox
May 14, 2015
Glenn Lowry
“In Between Places:
Contemporary Art and
the Middle East”
Ticketed Luncheon
Friends Fax
(612) 870-6315
In Memory of Pamela Gillette
Addie Ingebrand
In Memory of Amy
Silverman’s Mother:
Katie Remole
In Memory of Anna Mae
Wade, the Mother of Shirley
Wade Hayhurt:
Paullie Bullock
Friends Office
(612) 870-3045
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[email protected]
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