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This week's must-see art shows

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The Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover is taking its final lap, which is good news for art lovers. Three takeover shows make up our picks for this week, celebrating feminism, activism, and the power of art to change the world. 

"Reconfiguring Casta: Maria Cristina Tavera" 

Where it’s at: Christiansen Art Gallery at Augsburg College, 22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis.

What’s it about: This solo show featuring local artist Maria Cristina Tavera takes its title from the Spanish colonial term “casta,” used in the 17th and 18th century to describe people of mixed ethno-racial heritage. Drawing on the historical caste system based on racial ancestry, Tavera explores ways that these hierarchies still linger today.

Why you should go: It’s a big week for Tavera, with this solo show featuring her work at Augsburg plus anotherexhibition at Highpoint Center for Printmaking that showcasing Mexican women printmakers. A powerhouse curator and advocate for Latina artists, Tavera is a skilled artist in her own right, examining how the Latin American diaspora express their identity in today’s world.

When: There will be an opening reception Wednesday, March 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. The exhibition runs through March 31.

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"Bergs + Schilling"

Where it’s at: Track 29 City Apartments, 2841 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis.

What it’s about: Artists Mary Bergs and Chip Schilling explore the way that we see the world by intercepting the constant stream of images we’re bombarded with every day. 

Why you should go: As we move through the world, we see and perceive things constantly. But our experience of what we see gets filtered through our own memories and cultural viewpoints. How often do we see only what we want to see, rather than what is really there? Is it impossible to separate one’s ego when interpreting the world? Bergs and Schilling will help you sort all that out with this new exhibition.

When: The reception of their work includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks, with music by special guest Connie Evingson on Thursday, March 3 from 5 to 9 p.m.

"Self/Concept"

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

What it’s about: MCAD student Sara Suppan curated this exhibit of seven artists — Hend Al-Mansour, Leslie Barlow, Justine Di Fiore, Christopher E. Harrison, Nicole Medearis, Dani Wagner, and Hawwa Youngmark — as they critically engage in issues of race, gender, religion, and class through their artwork. Representing their identity through a range of media — including painting, photography, video, and print — the artists open up questions of representation through an intersectional lens.  

Why you should go: The Guerrilla Girls Takeover, which launched officially in January, has been a huge success in its focus on the amazingly talented artists based here in Minnesota. This particularly personal show takes the Girl’s political message into the personal sphere of identity, as artists grapple with how their own identities fit into the world at large. The reception includes a panel discussion, led by Suppan, featuring Megan Johnston, an original instigator of the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover and executive director of the Rochester Art Center, plus other artists who will discuss understandings of selfhood in light of race and gender issues.

When: The exhibition runs through March 6. Artists' reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 3. A panel discussion will be held at 7 p.m.

"Sus Voces: Women Printmakers from Mexico"

Where it’s at: Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis.

What it’s about: Nine women artists from Mexico employ traditional printmaking techniques — including relief, lithography, and intaglio — for a distinctly contemporary exhibition that explores the human condition in Mexico through artistic expression. Artists include Adriana Calatayud Morán, Rossana Cervantes Vasquez, Edith Chávez, Mercedes López Calvo, Diana Morales Galicia, Paulina Olascoaga Chávez, Daniela Ramirez, Jimena Ramos, and América Rodriguez.

Why you should go: This is Highpoint’s 12th international exhibition, and a great chance to see a broad range of artists coming out of Mexico. Taking on subject matter such as political critique, identity, and personal philosophy, the show gives voice to women artists from south of the border.

When: There will be an opening reception Friday, March 4, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The exhibition is on view through March 27.