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This week's must-see art shows

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This week affords a chance to see brand-new work from MCAD’s latest crop of artists, evocative photographs by the great Gordon Parks, and a new direction for local sculptor Zoran Mojsilov, as well as an opportunity to think and ponder about how we curate the internet in our daily lives.

"Zoran Mojsilov: Queen’s Fence (Caricina Ograda)"

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

What it’s about: Twin Cities-based sculptor Zoran Mojsilov traveled to his native Serbia last year. There he was re-introduced to the talisman symbols featured in traditional rugs, called Pirot kilims, from the Serbian town of Pirot. For this latest work, he has transformed the symbols into sculptural form. 

Why you should go: Zoran Mojsilov often embodies a majestic playfulness in his work of stone and steel with a rough and rowdy creativity with keen wit. With “Queen’s Fence,” the artist digs deep into his roots to drum up the mysteries of healing and prescient powers of his grandmother and his ancestors.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The exhibition runs through April 30.

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"SooVAC+MCAD MFA: An Exhibition in honor of Suzy Greenberg"

Where it’s at: SooVAC, 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Minneapolis.

What it’s about: The Soo Visual Arts Center and MCAD honor SooVAC founder Suzy Greenberg, who died in 2012, with an exhibition featuring 25 graduates of MCAD’s MFA program.

Why you should go: Since Greenberg first opened SooVAC in 2001, she made a commitment to support the work of the next generation of artists by showing their work in a professional exhibition space. SooVAC continues that tradition by choosing 25 of this year’s MFA artists, selected by jurors Mia Lopez and Kimberly Witczak. This is the 14th year for the event, and is a great chance to see Minnesota’s artists of the future in action.

When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday. The exhibition runs through April 14.

Comments Section: Curating the Internet

Where it’s at: Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.

What it’s about: These days, everybody’s a curator. In the world of social media, our everyday experience gets personalized through our own clicks, likes, and comments. For this panel discussion, local artists and field professionals discuss the ways we shape and are shaped by our online experience, and how that has re-defined curation and taste in the 21st century.

Why you should go: In the last 10 to 15 years, our entire landscape of media consumption has been completely overhauled with the rise of social-media sights and user-generated content. So much of how we see and experience the world is filtered through platforms that give the user the power to shape and curate what they see and read. But how much are we influenced by personalized algorithms and shared memes, and how has our new digital age changed taste? Get to the bottom of these questions in a discussion moderated by MNartists’s Jehra Patrick and featuring multi-disciplinary artist Paige Guggemos, visual artist Meena Mangalvedhekar, producer Andy Adams, and platform creator Steve Dietz.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday.

"Gordon Parks: Invisible Man and Segregation Story" 

Where it's at: Weinstein Gallery, 908 W. 46th St., Minneapolis; 612-822-1722.

What it’s about: For its second exhibition featuring the work of 20th-century photographer Gordon Parks, Weinstein Gallery will show two bodies of work by the internationally celebrated photographer, including A Man Becomes Invisible, created in collaboration with Ralph Ellison for Life Magazine, and Segregation Story, documenting life in the Jim Crow Era.

Why you should go: It’s a little known fact that Parks and Ellison were friends, and shared a common vision for racial justice, which brought them together to create a photo essay for Life Magazine in 1952. It will be a treat to see this merging of two great minds, as well as Parks’ poignant photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thornton Sr. and their multi-generational family, which illustrate Parks' talent for capturing everyday life amid segregation and oppression.

When: 6-8 p.m. Friday. The exhibition runs through May 14.