Press Room / 25TH ANNUAL MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS ANTIQUES SHOW AND SALE

July 16, 2008

25TH ANNUAL MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS ANTIQUES SHOW AND SALE

25th Annual Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Antiques Show and Sale

October 24, 25 and 26, 2008

Minneapolis, July 15, 2008—This October the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) will present its 25th annual Antiques Show and Sale. This sale is the leading antiques show of its kind in the upper Midwest. Forty nationally renowned dealers offer a broad array of objects for purchase ranging from eighteenth-century English silver and nineteenth-century American folk art to twentieth-century Modernist design and everything in between. The show also features lectures, dealer talks, and tours for both experienced and novice collectors.

Since the MIA’s Decorative Arts Curatorial Council held its first show and sale in 1984, the show has raised more than $1.5 million for the purchase of significant works of art for the MIA’s department of Architecture, Design, Decorative Arts, Craft and Sculpture. Several of these acquisitions will be on display in the MIA’s Bell Decorative Arts Court in honor of the 25th anniversary of the show. To coincide with the show’s silver anniversary, the special exhibition “Beyond the Maker’s Mark: Paul de Lamerie Silver in the Cahn Collection” will be on view at the museum. Opening October 19, this exhibition presents the extraordinary work of London’s leading eighteenth-century silversmith, Paul de Lamerie.

Support for the Antiques Show and Sale provided by Northern Trust, Galleria, General Mills, JE Dunn, and Access Financial.

Location
Zuhrah Shrine Center at the historic Harrington Mansion, 2540 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis

Regular Show Hours
Friday, October 24, 11 A.M.– 9 P.M.
Saturday, October 25, 11 A.M.– 5 P.M.
Sunday, October 26, 11 A.M.– 4 P.M.
Admission
Regular event admission $10 ($8 MIA members)
MIA Members Free Admission Day
Saturday, October 25

Events
· Northern Trust presents the Gala Preview Party
Thursday, October 23, 5:00–9:00 P.M.
Guarantors, $500 per person – admitted to the Gala at 5 P.M.
Benefactors, $250 per person – admitted to the Gala at 6 P.M.
Patrons, $125 per person – admitted to the Gala at 6:30 P.M.

· Galleria presents Collect and Connect—A Party for Collectors
Friday, October 24, 6–9 P.M.
$40 per person

· Lynne Rossetto Kasper—How to Collect for Supper
Saturday, October 25, 2 P.M.
$25 per person (includes show admission)

Renowned author, food historian, and avid collector, Lynne Rossetto Kasper will speak on centuries of table and stove tops gathered from this year’s show dealers. Kasper is co-author of The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper. Her public radio show from American Public Media, The Splendid Table, was named the 2008 Best National Food Radio Show by the James Beard Foundation and received the 2008 Clarion Award for Best Radio Interview Program from The Association for Women in Communications.

Dealer Talks
Friday, October 24, 1 – 4:30 P.M.
Saturday, October 25, 1 – 4:30 P.M.

2008 Antiques Show and Sale Show Manager
Karen DiSaia

About the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA), home to one of the finest encyclopedic art collections in the country, houses more than 80,000 works of art representing 5,000 years of world history. General admission is always free. Museum hours: Sunday, 11 A.M.–5 P.M.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 A.M.–5 P.M.; Thursday, 10 A.M.–9 P.M.; Monday closed. For more information, call (612) 870-3131 or visit www.artsmia.org.

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Media Contacts:
TAMMY PLESHEK PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS SPECIALIST, MIA
TEL: 612-870-3171 / TPLESHEK@ARTSMIA.ORG
LYNETTE NYMAN PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER, MIA
TEL: 612-870-3173 / LNYMAN@ARTSMIA.ORG