Juxtaposition Arts (2007 Emerson Ave N., Mpls)
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Closed Wed., July 4 - Fri., July 6)
Interdisciplinary artist Crystal Z. Campbell’s research-based practice explores questions of space, justice, Blackness memory and materiality. The artworks in this exhibition look at the historical narratives of two sites of Black commerce in the U.S., Tulsa, Oklahoma and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Exhibition runs through July 12.
Sadie Halie Projects (3652 25th Ave. S, Mpls)
Opening reception: June 30 from 7-10 p.m.
Hours: By appointment.
Two people are better than one, especially if it’s for a two-person exhibition featuring work by Haley Prochnow (Minnesota) and Lisa Walcott (Michigan). A shared interest in subtleties unites their work: Haley paints alien interiors, while Lisa’s installations offer an empathic approach to making. Exhibition runs through July 29.
15th Annual Free Range Film Festival
Fri., June 29, 7-11 p.m.
Sat., June 30, 2-5:30 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.
Free Range Film Barn, 909 County Road 4, Wrenshall, MN
Take a drive two hours north of the Twin Cities to view a fresh crop of 29 films. Catch a documentary about semi-aquatic rodents that live in Louisiana, a short film about a guy’s dead dad’s porno tape collection, and a seven-minute film about a 10-year-old monster named Jesselyn Silva. There are plenty more films, and half of the directors included are women.
Above: Joe Geshick, sketch for "The Feeling of the Spirit" (2000). Ink and graphite on paper, 9"x14", courtesy Geshick Family Collection
Niiyo-wiij-anishinaabeg (Four Friends)
Duluth Art Institute (506 W Michigan Ave., Duluth, MN)
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Exhibition runs through July 24
Friends and artists Carl Gawboy, George Morrison and Joe Geschick reflect on art and celebrate Anishinaabe life in this group exhibition. The title of this exhibition roughly translates into “four friends,” leaving space for the fourth person, which is you, the viewer. The exhibition is curated by Jason Pearson. Closing reception on July 24 from 6-8 p.m. includes a pipe ceremony, feast, speakers and presentation of gifts.
Above: "Hero's Horse," by Kevin Box, is one of the prominent pieces in “Origami in the Garden,” an exhibition at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum that's on view through Oct. 21. Photo credit: RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (3675 Arboretum Blvd, Chanhassen, MN 55317)
Hours: Daily from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission: $15 visitors 16 and up; free for kids under 16 and members
Exhibition ends October 21
Smell the flowers and spot some gigantic origami art while you're at it! Sure, they may look like enormous pieces of delicate paper folded origami-style, but all of the works in Kevin and Jennifer Box's "Origami in the Garden" are carefully cast in metal. “Master Peace,” a tower of 500 cranes that grow smaller as they reach into the sky, stands in the Perennial Garden. The cranes appear as a reflection in the adjacent pond, which was dyed black to make the image more visible. Counting the reflected versions, there are 1,000 paper cranes in all — and, as legend has it, from the story of "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes," if you make 1,000 paper cranes in a year, you’ll have a wish granted to you by the gods.The Boxes also have a companion exhibition indoors at the Reedy Gallery at the Oswald Visitor Center, which includes collaborations with origami masters and more information about the complexity of origami itself. Read more here.