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This week's 4 must-see art shows

<i>Silent Partner</i>

Silent Partner

Looking for Valentine's Day ideas? Gallery hopping can make for a fun date night. Whether you've got plans with your honey this weekend, or you're flying solo, check out these enticing shows happening at some of our favorite local galleries. 

Paranoid Giant by Felix Hampton Brown

Where it’s at: The Third Place Gallery, 3730 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis

What’s it about: Visual artist, performer, singer, poet, and fashion designer Felix Hampton Brown brings his latest work to the Third Place Gallery for a one-evening-only performance and visual installation. The happening features live music by Joe Davis and the Poetic Diaspora, plus original spoken word mixed with elements of speeches by Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator.

Why you should go: Felix Hampton Brown draws from his fascinating life story for the performance, from his days serving in the United States Army, to his brush with Robert Maplethorpe as a model, to living the high life on the edge of fame, to darker periods of addiction and living on the streets. His work has an activist angle, mixing entertainment with enlightenment.

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When: Saturday, February 13, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Lauren Roche: Silent Partner

Where it’s at: Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st. St., Minneapolis 

What it’s about: Lauren Roche gets her first solo show at Bockley Gallery, featuring five of Roche’s drawings.

Why you should go: With haunting narratives and dripping figures of women and animals, Roche’s drawings have the ability to transfix the viewer with their spell. There’s an eerie horror to her work, as well as a whispering eroticism.

When: Saturday, February 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition runs from February 10 to March 19.

Autour de La Fin Du Monde: Amelia Biewald

Where it’s at: Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis 

What’s it about: For her latest show, Amelia Biewald finds inspiration from La Fin Du Monde, a 1931 French science-fiction film about a comet hurdling toward the Earth, and the silent documentary about making the movie. Her massive installation includes a 10-foot motorized mirror ball in the form of the comet. Biewald’s other work, Le Petit Mort, utilizes tattered ruffles with a pair of Victorian boots. Overall, the exhibition creates an immersive experience.

Why you should see it: There’s nothing about this exhibit that doesn’t sound delectable. The giant mirror ball, darting images of Victorian women artists and performers, and phallic candelabras all come together for a dizzying conglomeration of feminist extravagance.

When: The opening reception is this Saturday, February 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition runs through March 12.

Event Horizon 

Where it’s at: Gallery Paige, 40 S. Seventh St., #214, Minneapolis

What it’s about: Five artists — Seth Gibson, David Hamlow, Andrew Krahn, Erin Ko, Yvonne Johnson, and Paige Dansinger — go to the “point of no return” in their work as they explore the concept of event horizon, the most understood example being black holes.

Why you should go: Paige Dansinger’s downtown gallery has become a space not only to show her own work, but other local artists as well. Her latest series offers a mix of interactive technology, up-cycled materials, augmented reality, and fashion, making for a cosmological evening.

Acrylic on recycled coffee bag, 2013

Acrylic on recycled coffee bag, 2013

When: There will be an opening reception on Friday, February 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. The exhibition is on view though March 25.