Weisman Art Museum parties with free pizza and tunes (and other art happenings worth your time)

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Sometimes you have to walk backwards to get where you want to go. Sometimes things become clear when you don’t look at it straight on. This week, artists of the Twin Cities show you that the path to understanding isn’t always linear or face-to-face. How can doing the opposite of what seems to be the clear way forward take us where we want to go?


Where it’s at: Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Pkwy, Minneapolis.

What it’s about: The Weisman Art Museum’s WAM Collective welcomes students from the University of Minnesota back to school with a night of art, music, and fun. The evening includes tours of the gallery spaces, free refreshments from Mesa Pizza, spinning from DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip, and live music by hip-hop artist Dwynell Roland and indie-rock band Early Eyes. There will also be a photo booth, free screen-printed T-shirts from Bohemian Press, and cold press nitro coffee from Misfit Coffee. 

Why you should go: Whether you’re a student eager to find out how you can be more involved with WAM or just are up for a party with art and creative people, you won’t want to miss this.

When: 6-10 p.m. Friday.

Swirling Currents by Jean Gumpper

Where it’s at: Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland Terrace, Minneapolis.

What it’s about: Print artist Jean Gumpper nixes the horizon line in her reduction woodcuts. Using a layered process of colors and forms, Gumpper finds beauty in the natural world, approaching an almost abstract treatment to her work. This Saturday, she’ll be featured at Groveland. A second show featuring work by Tom Maakestad will be at the gallery as well.

Why you should go: There’s something very poetic about the Gumpper’s process of reduction woodcuts, as layers unfold and come together. See these meditative pieces and celebrate an artist who has been working for 25 years.

When: 2-5 p.m. Saturday.

Direct Avoidance: new work by Duane Ditty and John Diebel

Where it’s at: Rosalux Gallery, 1400 Van Buren St. NE, Minnepaolis.

What it’s about: Artists John Diebel and Duane Ditty team up for an exhibition that highlights the surprising nature of negative space, and the results that come from avoidance.

Why you should go: From collage work to paintings, this show will have you thinking backwards and forwards, as artists explore metaphysical and formative ways of thinking about emptiness and moving away from something, instead of towards it.

When: 7-10 p.m. Saturday. 

Bearly There: Marty Nash and Cheryl Wilgren Clyne

Where it’s at: Form + Content Gallery, 210 N. Second St., Minneapolis.

What it’s about: Artists Marty Nash and Cheryl Wilgren Clyne explore directions their work can take from a single starting point: the bear.

Why you should go: Feeling bit grizzly lately? Never fear, this gallery exhibition is just the thing to meet your bear needs, with a variety of works from two local artists.

When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday.