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Why deal with wind, rain and unraked leaves when the kids can show off their costumes and imbibe a bit of culture during a "fiendishly fun, family-friendly" Halloween event at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts? The museum and adjacent Children's Theatre Company are throwing a Trick-Art-Treat party during which kids can look for black cats, pumpkins, bats and prizes on a Halloween gallery hunt. Or create their own bats during an art-making activity. Plus nibble cookies, candy and cider. At a CTC photobooth, they can show off their own costumes or try out fun stuff from CTC's hoard of disguises.
And for parents and other culture-vultures, admission to "The Audacious Eye: Japanese Art from the Clark Collections" is also free during the event. While the Clark show is chock-a-block with 1,000 years of sophisticated treasures, it does have delights for pint-sized visitors including lots of birds and animals, a couple of pink elephants rolling on their backs, some huge bulls, a big fat frog, and ghosts. Really.
Heads up: While costumes are encouraged, for safety and security reasons, full face masks or hoods cannot be worn inside the museum.
(5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Oct. 31, free. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls. 612-870-3131or www.artsmia.org)
Aspiring designers apply from top colleges and universities around the country and world for the opportunity to intern in Walker Art Center's design office, founded by Mildred "Mickey" Friedman. The year-long internship, which is now accepting applicants, has been named the Mildred S. Friedman Design Fellowship after Friedman who headed the department from 1970 until her retirement in 1991.
Among her pioneering exhibitions were shows of furniture and designs by L.A. architect Frank Gehry (1986), the historic DeStijl movement (1986), and "Tokyo: Form and Spirit," an innovative 1989 exploration of Japanese culture that was co-organized with her husband Martin Friedman, then the museum's director.
Prior to joining the Walker, Mickey had worked as a designer for Minneapolis architect Robert Cerny. In consultation with architect Edward Larrabee Barnes she designed furniture for the museum's 1971 building, and then developed an expansive design program for the Walker. Throughout the 1970s and '80s she edited Design Quarterly, a quixotic and influential Walker publication that dealt with everything and anything design-related from Julia Child's kitchen to typography and the course of the Mississippi River.
In 1980 she established the Walker's design internship program whose participants engage in all aspects of museum work from designing brochures and publications to exhibitions and public spaces. Graduates of the program have gone on to work at Apple, Dwell, Nike and other firms and museums, to open their own studios, and to teach at colleges and universities around the country.
American Swedish Institute's Turnblad Mansion
The American Swedish Instituteis expanding its popular holiday programs to include a Mexican-themed table among the festively decorated rooms in its castle-like museum. Traditionally, the five Nordic countries (Sweden, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Denmark) set out holiday decorations and trees during ASI's two-month "Jul to the World" festival. In honor of the Mexican-American community in the nearby Phillips West neighborhood, the institute has invited Mexico to contribute a table.
The Turblad Mansion's historic kitchen also will be open to the public for the first time this year.
Other festivities include musical performances, a "Great Tomte Hunt," in which kids search for Swediah elves hidden throughout the mansion, artisanal sausage-making workshops with the chefs at ASI's award-winning FIKA cafe, and Wednesday evening theatrical performances on the stage of the mansion's charming ballroom theater. Evening glogg (mulled wine) tours are offered Wednesday and Friday evenings and hot chocolate will be served around an outdoor bonfire in the "Enchanted Forest."
The "Jul to the World" festival opens Sat., Nov. 9 with a day-long schedule of musical performances and creative activities. The festival continues through Jan. 5. To book group tours call 612-871-4907 or for a complete schedule of events go to www.asimn.org.
Chicago artist Nick Cave, creator of multi-sensory "sound suits," will headline the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' 2013- 14 lecture series. Known as a "poet of sight, sound, motion and emotion," Cave is a dancer and urban wizard of cast off materials that he assembles into wearable body-suits made from fake fur or based on colorful old-fashioned crocheted doilies. He turns crazy textiles into vibrant fantasies garnished with rattles, tambourines, toys, drums and trinkets that jitter and clatter during his lively dance performances.
Other topics in the monthly lecture series range from an in depth discussion of African art to 18th century table decoration at the court of French king Louis XV and his official mistress Madame de Pompadour. The African art talk, which focuses on Yoruba culture, coincides with a dramatic reinstallation and reconfiguration of the museum's African collection.
All talks are free and start at 11 a.m. in the museum's Pillsbury Auditorium. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Av. S. 612-870-3000 or www.artsmia.org
September 12, 2013: Nick Cave, "Body of Work."
October 10, 2013: Henry John Drewal, "Making Sense of African Art: Yoruba Arts and Culture."
November 14, 2013: David Lowe, "The Artists of Montmarte."
December 12, 2013: Alain Gruber, "The Splendour of Table Decoration in the Period of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour."
January 9, 2014: Eric Kandel, M.D., "The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain from Vienna 1900 to Present."
February 13, 2014: Deborah Pierce, "Art Theft and the FBI."
March 13, 2014: Emily Allchurch, "Tokyo Story: Journey in the Footsteps of a Master."
April 10, 2014: Elyse Karlin, "Jewelry of the First Ladies."
May 8, 2014: Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt, "Michelangelo's Genius: Nature vs Nuture."
In a show of solidarity with locked-out members of the Minnesota Orchestra, a union representing security staff at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts asked museum members to reject Richard Davis in his bid for re-election to the MIA's board of trustees.
Davis, the president and CEO of U.S. Bancorp, has been on the MIA's board of trustees since 2007. He is also immediate past chair of the board of the Minnesota Orchestra whose musicians are locked out in a long-running contract dispute. He is one of 10 individuals, including six other incumbents, nominated for three-year terms on the museum's board.
All of the museum's 24,371 members may vote on the slate of trustees in the election which concludes at the museum's annual meeting at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, July 18.
Opposition to Davis came from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 26 which represents the museum's security staff. They announced Wednesday that, before the annual meeting, they plan to protest Davis in company with Minnesota Orchestra fans and members of Young Musicians of Minnesota, a youth ensemble.