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Decorative Arts, Textiles & Sculpture Affinity Group
MIA Affinity Groups are a great way for museum members to connect more closely with special areas of art interest. more »
Enthusiast ($100 per year/household/Affinity Group): Provides admission to three annual programs (e.g., lectures and gallery tours), e-newsletters, with insider information from the curatorial department(s) of your choice.
Collector ($1,000 per year/household/Affinity Group): Provides all the above, plus invitations to annual events with curators, dealers, and visiting scholars, travel opportunities, and other curator-developed programs focused around collecting in the curatorial department(s) of your choice.
Decorative Arts, Textiles & Sculpture
The MIA houses one of the nation’s finest collections of European and American decorative arts, including furniture, design, silver, ceramics, and glass. In addition to 12 period rooms housed within the museum, the MIA also owns the 1913 Purcell-Cutts House, a Prairie School-style architect’s home in the historic Kenwood neighborhood of Minneapolis. The sculpture collection encompasses Mediterranean, European, and post-colonial American works from ancient times until 1960. Recent acquisitions include a superb 18th century silver cup with cover (left) by the Strasbourg silversmith Johann Friedrich Baer.
The Art of BeautySaturday, March 8, 2014
11 a.m. – Noon
Presenter: Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell
This lecture will reveal beauty secrets from four centuries, using rare surviving toilette objects and images from the MIA and other collections. The tools of the toilette testify to changing tastes and lifestyles. The ostensibly private ritual of dressing has long been a public performance of consumption and display, chronicled in
fashion plates, portraits, and caricatures.
Chrisman-Campbell is an independent scholar and consultant for The Huntington Library Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, and Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and has been a research scholar for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Admission: $10; $5 for MIA members; free for members of the Decorative Arts Affinity Group. To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve tickets online »