On a Friday evening at the beginning of this fall, people streamed into the Art is Not a Sacred Object (AØSO) Cooperative Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis for the last time. As they sipped beer and wine, two men set up sound equipment and visual props on a cramped stage at the front of the midsize hall. Meanwhile, in the back corner, two 8mm film projectors clattered and cast grainy images on the arched ceiling: two people smearing food on their nude bodies; a 1950s housewife hanging laundry on a clothesline in a far-off suburban paradise; old newsreel footage. AØSO had hosted a handful of such open-format events, until, its founders say, a rent hike of nearly 50 percent spelled the gallery's end. (AØSO's former landlord could not be... More >>>