Calendar and Events
Events on February 16, 2013
11 a.m. – Noon
Friends Community Room
Lecturer: Leo J. (John) Harris
Trace the origins and growth of the fine arts in the Twin Cities, from 1840 to the opening of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts building in 1915. Harris will explore the institutions that were created to support the fine arts, review the events, including art exhibitions which resulted, and consider the collectors, dealers, and artists whose efforts, generosity, and creativity made all of this possible.
Harris had three careers: 10 years in the State Department and Foreign Service; 15 years as a practicing international lawyer; and 20 years as a small press publisher. In retirement he writes articles and books on local history and popular culture.
$10; $5 for MIA members. Free for members of the Library Affinity Group. To reserve tickets, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve tickets online »
10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Classroom 114 and museum galleries
Instructor: Ken Wenzel
Emphasis and subordination create the hierarchy of an artwork. Emphasis is an area or passage that draws attention to itself. It exists in comparison to subordination, areas or passages that are secondary, supporting the emphasis of the work. Explore these compositional tools while drawing from works in the museum's collection.
Fees per session: $30; $22 for MIA members. To register, call (612) 870-6323 or register online »
1 – 2 p.m.
Celebrate Valentine's Day all month long. Inflame your passion for art on a tour that explores the victories and vicissitudes of love. See works of art in the museum's collection that tell intriguing stories of marriage and devotion, the sexual exploits of gods and goddesses, and the hurtful scandals that sometimes come with affairs of the heart!
2 – 3 p.m.
See how dragons and guardian spirits reflect ancient traditions and beliefs, how artists delight in the beauty of mountains and mist, and how Chinese scholars spend their days in pursuits both serious and whimsical.
3 – 4 p.m.
Discover why Shiva dances, the Buddha meditates, and Mahavira gives away all his possessions. Examine how Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain artists create art in the service of worship and devotion to their gods.