An alleyway is undiscovered country: a quiet lane where ripe fruit from a neighbor's raspberry bush can be surreptitiously sampled, a back garden admired, an ailing tree discussed, dogs petted and cats cuddled, a discarded chair hauled home, neighborhood news dispensed while shoveling out after a blizzard. So kudos to multimedia artist and writer Andy Sturdevant for "Alley Atlas," his community project that invites participants to name every alley in Minneapolis based on their memories and wanderings. Almost invisible, yet still public spaces, alleys come to the fore in visitors' minds in the MAEP Galleries as they name, on Post-It notes, their favorite alleyway and add their suggestions to a map. Meanwhile, in MAEP's adjacent space, Sarah Burns links historicism and everyday building materials in her sculpture exhibition, "Midday." Inspired by details (a fabric, an ornamental flourish, a decorative object) in the MIA's period rooms, Burns has created abstract forms from drywall, carpet, lumber, and wallpaper to draw connections between time and space, function and installation, the real and the replicated, and art then and now. There will be an opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 17, during Third Thursday: Nerd Thursday. The celebration will feature beer, a video-game competition, pub-style trivia, and more for free from 6 to 9 p.m. An artists' talk will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, November 21.
Oct. 17-Dec. 29, 2013