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The Soap Factory

514 2nd St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55414 | University | 612-623-9176

Location Description:

This not-for-profit art space offers room for experimental and contemporary artists to stretch and engage audiences. As one of the first Twin Cities venues dedicated to showcasing visual art, the Soap Factory is surprisingly future-oriented, setting itself apart for innovation and experimentation. The gallery offers a unique production of contemporary art, featuring photography, sculpture, installation, performance, video, and painting art exhibitions from dozens of artists, hosting several thousand guests every year. Located in an historic riverside warehouse space, the space is also available for private rental. Admission is free, although donations are accepted.


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  • Dressing Room: Art
    This Saturday, the Soap Factory will be hosting the opening night reception for "Here We Are Nice," the 2014 volunteer biennial. As the Soap celebrates its 25th anniversary, "Here We...
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    This Saturday, the Soap Factory will celebrate 25 years of supporting innovative and emerging artists with a big party. The no-holds-barred affair is a chance to celebrate how far the Soap...
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    The Minneapolis Music Company, which made its debut last spring at Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series, returns this week with Devilish Dances. The piece is an...
  • Dressing Room: Halloween
    "You're going to want to check your purse and probably your hat," a volunteer told me at coat check. "The less you carry with you, the better." She was right.It was an unpleasantly cold...
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    Back for its eighth year, the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement has a reputation for being the scariest, most unnerving Halloween experience in town. This fall's happening promises to be more...
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    The Soap Factory turns 25 this year. To celebrate, one of the gallery's regulars, Argentina native Alexa Horochowski, returns with a major exhibition of new sculpture, large-scale digital...
  • Dressing Room: Halloween
    The Minnesota State Fair may be in full swing right now, but fall is just around the corner. With the changing of the seasons comes Halloween festivities, including the Soap Factory's annual...
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    Do you remember the simple joy of a grade-school field trip? The excitement of climbing onto a bus to be taken somewhere unknown and exciting is something most adults don't get to experience...
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    The United States is a relatively young country, so we've always had a bit of an inferiority complex when it comes to our history and culture. Sure, we have monuments erected, but compared...
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    While the Soap Factory's latest show opened a few weeks ago, this weekend is a good time to revisit it or see it for the first time. "Americana," curated by Ben Heywood, features the work of...
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    It's no coincidence that to get to Theatre Coup d'Etat's latest production, you have to walk down a somewhat dark and worn concrete staircase at the Soap Factory. Naomi Wallace's One Flea...
  • Dressing Room: Art
    Once again, the Soap Factory has brought back its innovative "Art(ists) on the Verge" exhibition, featuring a group of talents exploring the intersections between art and technology through...
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    Inter- and multidisciplinary are out. Extra-disciplinary is in. Especially when we're talking about the emerging artists supported by the Soap Factory and Northern Lights' "Art(ists) on the...
  • Dressing Room: Performing Arts
    Venus DeMars is transforming the Soap Factory into a landscape of metaphors this weekend for The Queer's Book of Journey: A User's Guide for the Lost and the Found, a performance featuring...
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    With its wildly popular Haunted Basement, and rumors of actual haunting, the Soap Factory already has a reputation for being a location that invites a certain other-worldly energy. This...
  • Dressing Room: Halloween
    "It's sort of like a strip club," the guide at the top of the stairs said before ushering our group down into the pitch-black depths of the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement. "They can touch...
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    Haunted attractions abound this time of year, offering a ghoulish assortment of frights. For the last six years, however, the artist collective known as the Soap Factory has enticed capacity...
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    The Soap Factory's $99 sale is one of the biggest tickets of the year. The party and art sale features work from emerging and established artists alike, with all pieces sold for $99. There...
  • Dressing Room: Halloween
    Whether it's the waiver you must sign, the fact that you have to be 18 or older, the safe word you're given, or the dress code you must adhere to before wandering down into darkness, the...
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    Three years ago, the Soap Factory realized Minnesota deserved and needed its own arts biennial. So it started one. The Third Minnesota Biennial Exhibition, co-curated this year by John Marks...
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    For many, dance is an art form that — aside from the limited repertoire gleaned at wedding receptions — is best practiced by professionals. Perceived as a specialized skill,...
  • Dressing Room: Dance
    The Soap Factory has a history of including dance and performance art as part of its programming. There's the WorkHorse program, which allowed performance artists to workshop...
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    It's a Sisyphean feat to attempt to sample all the gourmet goodies the Twin Cities has to offer (and not a cheap undertaking, either). No one understands the difficult divide between empty...
  • Dressing Room: Announcements
    Of all of the haunted houses around town, the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement is probably the most notorious. Each year, the gallery curates a freaky scene where guests are given a safe...
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    In some areas of town, new condo projects seem to pop up like weeds. Meanwhile, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) focuses on working with what our state already has. This Friday,...
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    Now in its fourth year, Northern Lights.mn's Art(ists) on the Verge mentorshop program recently showcased its latest group of fellows experimenting with art, technology, and interactive and...
  • Gimme Noise: Interview
    Of all the legendary figures and over-the-top characters to come out of New York's '70s punk scene, there were few who were more influential than Richard Hell -- and probably none who were...
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    Richard Hell is, as they say, the real thing; a guy for whom bohemianism wasn't a youthful folly but an inherent condition, like hemophilia or tallness. A pioneer of the CBGB aesthetic, he's...
  • Dressing Room: Art
    While there are no actual robots in the Soap Factory's latest group show, "R.U.R.," robots do act as a metaphor in pieces that take on themes relating to work, industrialization, and...
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    The Soap Factory's latest show, "R.U.R.," gets its name from Rossum's Universal Robots, a 1921 Czech play in which mechanical creatures grow disdainful of their unending work duties, and...
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    Folks who normally work behind the scenes at the Soap Factory will be front and center once again at this year's volunteer biennial. "KnownUnKnowns" features the work of 36 emerging,...
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    Folks looking to do a little holiday shopping this weekend will want to check out Minneapolis Craft'za at the Soap Factory. The event, put on by the same organizers as the insanely popular...
  • Dressing Room: Halloween
    The Soap Factory's annual Haunted Basement, now in its sixth year, has acquired a reputation for serious scares. When the 12,000-square-foot, 125-year-old basement opened for its seasonal...
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    Intrepid seekers of Halloween frights will have no trouble finding ghoulish delights throughout the Twin Cities. Every October, horror-themed attractions are resurrected around the metro,...
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    It's not every day that one gets the opportunity to buy original art for a mere $99, but that is exactly what happens at the Soap Factory's popular yearly benefit, the $99 Sale. Friday...
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    There's absolutely no chance that Andy DuCett's latest project, "Why we do this.," will be dull. For the past two years, the Minnesota artist has been working with the Soap Factory in order...
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    Poet, writer, and photographer Wang Ping was born near the mouth of the Yangtze River in China. She now lives close to the Mississippi in St. Paul. Over the years, she has contemplated ways...
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    There's no better way to celebrate your independence than by dropping trou, hopping on your bike, and cruising around town feeling the breeze. That's exactly what's going to happen this July...
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    FACT: There are three (and only three) acceptable ways to celebrate your independence this July 4:1) Competitive eating competitions2) Watching an all-day Die Hard marathon on TNT3)...
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    One excellent byproduct of our society's ever diminishing attention span is the 10-second film. Why slog through two hours of a movie when you can get the idea in mere seconds? The Soap...
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    Artists Joseph Madrigal and Amber Ginsburg are bringing flower power back in a big way. With their new exhibit at the Soap Factory, the duo are creating a literal blast from the past with...
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    Now in its third year, "Art(ists) on the Verge 3" will highlight fresh work from five local artists who have participated in a yearlong mentor-based fellowship. The exhibition, which in...
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    Last year's debut of the Minneapolis Indie Xpo was a huge success, proving that the Twin Cities has a genuine affinity for independently created zines and comics. The festival returns this...
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    If you can still find an HP TouchPad on shelves, you'll discover that its price has been dramatically reduced to $99 after the announcement of its discontinuation a week ago. But hold on to...
  • Dressing Room: MN Geek Mecca
    Superhero comics are dead. Sorry be the one to break it to you, but between the convoluted and confusing continuity, overblown marketing stunts, ever-increasing prices, and the Hollywood...
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    Between last fall's censorship of David Wojnarowicz's short film A Fire in My Belly and Ai Weiwei's three-month detainment by the Chinese government earlier this spring, artists and those in...
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    Introduced in 2009, the Soap Factory's Common Room series has been an August destination for arts enthusiasts seeking an interactive community. In the past, curators Andy Sturdevant and...
  • Dressing Room: Dating
    It can be difficult to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger at a crowded event. It can be even more difficult when one person is a playable character and the other is not....
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    Over the weekend Minneapolis was besieged by wizards, goblins, fairies, and all sorts of creatures from fantastical lands during the Soap Factory's nerdiest event of the year, "The Amazing...

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The Soap Factory is a laboratory for artistic experimentation and innovation, dedicated to supporting artists and engaging audiences through the production and presentation of contemporary art in a unique and historic environment.

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