So the Minneapolis Institute of Art (known to the locals simply as MIA) is one of the many really awesome “donation suggested but if you’re a broke college kid ok fine it can be free” attractions around the Twin Cities! (Another I frequent include the Como Zoo and Conservatory.) Sam and I became members at the beginning of the summer, not being 100% sure what that would get us. The most notable freebie we found to be free admission to the current exhibition(s) on every Third Thursday or other predetermined member days. We took full advantage of this, going to “Seeing Nature” a landscape exhibition on our last Third Thursday.
Now that I’ve introduced “Third Thursdays at MIA” I need to take the explanation one step further. Associated with these particular member days, in an effort to get the younger demographic like myself involved, are evening festivals! Usually sponsored and filled with music by The Current (Sam’s favorite local radio station that I’ll be sick if I have to talk about one more time). This time they brought The World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band.
I’m not sure all of these festivals have themes, but this one was aptly named Artoberfest. This meant a combination of art and beer. My favorite things!! We started the evening off checking out the craft section while waiting for our tour. Hand embroidered beer coozies!
We didn’t get very far (the above picture was taken much later) with a “drinking vessels tour through the ages,” which was led by an incredibly enthusiastic volunteer who got me beyond excited about some 4000 AD ceramics! This was followed by a trip through the Impressionists section of the museum where she conveniently left us. Impressionism is by far my favorite style of painting. Sam and I then ventured around to check out a few art pieces that apparently inspired beers. Local brewers brought said beers to the lobby of the museum, where after picking my favorite art piece, I promptly chose a completely different beer because said art had been inspiration for a beer I did NOT think I’d like.
Beers in hand we went over to play some Hammerschlagen to try and win Sam a beer stein he’d had his eye on since we’d walked in. It was an extremely enjoyable game; my slow-and-steady-wins-the-race tactic almost gave me victory, but Sam pulled through and won it (beating out even the other couple we were playing with!). We took a quick photobooth picture and headed back to the craft section.
Sam has a thing for Halloween and grabbed an orange coozie to make a pumpkin out of. I grabbed my always favorite shade of green (see M logo for my site as well coozie below). I had been using the evening as a little bit of inspiration for my arting and decided to try and make the logo on my coozie! Because I’m stubborn and wouldn’t just pull up the website, I go the curls at the bottom of the M backwards… but I’m ok with it. It was a bit easier to embroider this way. All in all I’d call this a successful night out at MIA!