This week's must-see art shows


As we enter the last month of the season, filling our days with lovely summer experiences feels all the more vital. If you feel like you haven’t gotten enough in yet, there’s plenty of opportunities happening this week in the Twin Cities. See some art, splurge on delicious food truck food, and enjoy these last summer days while you still can.

The Summer Shindig

Where it’s at: Casket Arts, 681 17th Ave. NE, Minneapolis.

What it’s about: The Casket Arts Building is expanding this month's First Thursday open studios event to the outdoors for Summer Shindig, a party spilling out into the 17th Avenue parking lot. There will be local art both outside and inside, including the collaborative visual/aural experiment “The Art of Shape-Shifting” in studio 114 and T-shirt printing on the third floor. There will also be live music, food from Gastrotruck and MN Nice Cream, art activities for kids, plus a visit from the Upper Midwest Great Dane Rescue.

Why you should go: Besides the plethora of art, music, and socializing that will be happening, you should stick around past dusk for the outdoor screening of the documentary Bikes Vs. Cars. The Dutch film, directed by Fredrik Gertten, examines the confrontation between bicyclists and the auto industry. A discussion follows the screening, with special guest Seth Sattmueller from Recovery Bike Shop.

When: The Summer Shindig runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, and is free. The film screening starts around 9 p.m., and there is a $5 to $10 suggested donation.


Luna Lunasa

Where it’s at: Steadfast Studio and Gallery, Suite 214 in the Solar Arts Building (711 15th Ave. NE, Minneapolis) and Northeast Library Community Room (2200 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis).

What it’s about: Artists from the Twin Cities art collective Local 7 borrow from Celtic tradition for their Luna Lunasa event, named after a harvest festival traditionally celebrated in Ireland and Scotland between the summer solstice and the fall equinox. In addition to artwork from collective members, this double show includes a reading of Christi Furnas’ graphic novel Crazy Like a Fox and spoken word, storytelling, and poetry by Gary Simmie Hoover. Performances take place at the Steadfast location.

Why you should go: Traditionally Luna Lunasa celebrations involve games, feasting, matchmaking, and general merrymaking. Channel your inner pagan and celebrate the end of summer with local artists and revelry.

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday


Art Lab: Paper City

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

What it’s about: Inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s explorations of the relationship between objects, space, and experience, Rotterdam-based artist/architect Noa Haim of Collective Paper Aesthetics creates a participatory experience where visitors help build a huge paper sculpture in the Walker’s Art Lab. Using polygon-shaped pieces of paper to create a giant structure, the work has been evolving over the course of a monthlong residency.

Why you should go: Visitors to the Art Lab have been slowly building on the "Paper City" all month, so make sure you check in to see the wild transformations the project has accumulated. If Buckyballs inspire you, you will love it.

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Love, SooVAC: A Celebration of 15 years of Visual Art

Where it’s at: Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave. S., Ste. 101, Minneapolis.

What it’s about: SooVAC, the nonprofit art gallery started by the late Suzy Greenberg, turns 15 years old this year. To celebrate, they’ve invited all of their past artists to contribute to a giant show full of postcards. Each artist who has shown at the space in the past were invited to create a postcard to be exhibited and for sale. Lori Barbero and Sarah White will play DJ during the party, and there will be treats from food trucks Moral Omnivore, MN Nice Cream, and Sandy's Grill and Italian Ice.

Why you should go: SooVAC knows how to throw a great party, so this one should no doubt be the place to be on Sunday, especially with so many artists both near and far contributing to the beloved Lyn-Lake gallery. 

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday.