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Aztec Rites 04/24 Thu

Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Room

Each spring, the Aztec emperor and allied kings from the Valley of Mexico made a pilgrimage to a distant mountaintop shrine to enthrone the rain god Tlaloc, summon the rain clouds, and usher in the annual time for planting and cultivation. This lecture by Richard Townsend of the Art Institute of Chicago will portray these royal rites of renewal with an exploration of Aztec archaeological sites, sculptures, and illuminated pages from early 16th century pictorial manuscripts.

$10, $5 MIA members. Free for Members of the African Art Affinity Group.

Friends Lecture: Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt 05/08 Thu

Thursday, May 8, 2014
11:00 a.m.
Pillsbury Auditorium

For decades a small marble statue of a winged boy stood in the grand foyer of the French Cultural Services townhouse on New York’s Fifth Ave. Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt, a well-known art professor at New York University, had seen it many times and finally realized it could be a lost work of a teenaged Michelangelo. In her May 8 Friends lecture, Brandt traces the evolving sources of Michelangelo’s genius.

Free, ticket required.

Larry Millett on Lost Mansions 05/17 Sat

Saturday, May 17, 2014
11:00 a.m.
Pillsbury Auditorium

Architecture historian Larry Millett will present an illustrated lecture on the lost mansions of the Minneapolis neighborhoods of Loring Park, Stevens Square and Washburn-Fair Oaks.

$10, $5 MIA members. Free for members of the Library Affinity Group.