Cult Status Gallery and Artists in Storefronts are partnering to bring the Guerrilla Girls to Minneapolis. The gorilla-masked, internationally known group of artists has been protesting gender and racial inequality since 1985. This weekend, they hope to raise enough funds to create a billboard campaign in support of defeating the Minnesota marriage and voter ID amendments. Saturday's benefit party at Cult Status Gallery will include a live mural painting, a photo booth, a silent auction featuring art donated by Women's Art Resources Minnesota (WARM), gorilla-mask shenanigans, and DJ sets from Venus DeMars and Christy Hunt of Lady Heat. Artists in Storefronts' Joan Vorderbruggen is seething about the two amendments, and has been "contemplating public art and its potential role in creating change." While much of the political propaganda is emotionally charged, "none of it is in any way rooted in the arts," she says. Vorderbruggen thinks it's much more interesting when messages are delivered in a thoughtful, conceptual manner, so she reached out to the Guerrilla Girls because "they would be the ultimate public-art activists to speak to these issue we are facing." If you have 'em, gorilla masks are the encouraged attire of the evening.
Sat., Aug. 11, 7-11 p.m., 2012