Artist-run AZ Gallery turns 20 this week: Art shows worth your time


This weekend is packed with fun and interesting things to do for art lovers, including dream-infused paintings, sculptures that ponder the meaning of reality, a party to celebrate AZ Gallery making it 20 years, and a discussion about the code switching that artists of color have to engage in here in the Twin Cities.

The Sleep of Reason

Where it’s at: MCAD, 2501 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis.

What it’s about: MCAD student Sishir Bommakanti shares his dreams and nightmares in an intense, vivid series of drawings and paintings. With a dose of horror and surreal tendencies, Bommakanti works with incredible detail as he mines his subconscious.

Why you should go: The stuff of dreams has always fascinated artists -- and for good reason. There’s no way our waking mind could think up the weird stuff that comes to us when we are off to dream land. Bommakanti shares his own journey conversing with the other side in these works you don’t want to miss.

When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday.


Where it’s at: Public Functionary, 1400 12th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

What it’s about: Lindsay Splichal is showing her new body of work at Public Functionary for just one night, with an artist talk happening the next day. Her pieces explore ideas of the self, what truth means, and how we encounter reality.

Why you should go: How do we know what is real and what isn’t? With so many "alternative facts" flying around these days, is there anything to hold on to? Ponder these questions through Splichal’s abstract pieces.

When: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday, artist talk 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Panel Discussion with the Artists of Code/Switch

Where it's at: The White Page, 3400 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis.

What it’s about: Artists of color grapple with what it means to make work in the predominantly white arts scene of Minneapolis. Presented by Johana Brubeck and Linda Moncada, the conversation follows up on a gallery show at Yeah Maybe that featured artists of color. POC artists are invited to come an partake in the conversation, and others are invited to come to be witness to the dialogue.

Why you should go: For POC artists, this is an opportunity to dig deep into how to not only survive but thrive in the Twin Cities arts scene, strengthening artists of color communities. For others, it’s a chance to listen to some of the concerns and experiences of POC, and to find ways to make things better.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

AZ Gallery 20 Year Anniversary Show

Where it’s at: AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., St. Paul.

What it’s about: The collectively-run AZ Gallery celebrates 20 years in Lowertown with a show featuring past and current members. Come celebrate the gallery’s longevity and all the talented artists who have been part of the place over the years.

Why you should go: It’s not every day that a gallery in the Twin Cities makes it to 20 years, especially one as unique as AZ Gallery, which is run by the artists themselves. Here’s a chance to toast the people involved both past and present.

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.