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Twin Cities' 5 must-see art shows this weekend

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Don’t be fooled by the vacay vibes of Memorial Day weekend. There is plenty of art stuff happening! With the good weather continuing to roll in and the giant blue rooster come home to roost in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, there’s plenty to do and see this weekend before the grilling begins.

EVENT – INREVIEW Spring launch!

Forage Modern Workshop (4023 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406)

Friday, May 26th from 7 - 9 p.m.

INREVIEW Magazine celebrates the launch of its Spring 2017 issue, which features reviews of exhibitions at Minnesota Museum of American Art, Minneapolis Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) at MIA, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, All My Relations Gallery, Bockley Gallery, Hair and Nails, and Electric Machete Studios. Writers for this issue include Mara Duvra, Gretchen Gasterland-Gustafsson, Mary Coyne, Christina Schmid, Damon Stanek, Forest Lewis, and Sara Nichol. Oh, and there’s an open bar by Hi-Lo Diner and tunes by Alex Chapin and Alex Leeds (the two Alex’s, as it were). Past and current issues of the magazine will be available to all attendees for the price of FREE.



ARTIST TALK: Ryan Fontaine and Kristin Van Loon conversation led by Sheila Dickinson

Hair & Nail Gallery (2222 ½ E. 35th St., Minneapolis, MN 55407)

Friday, May 26th at 7:30 p.m.

Ryan Fontaine creates sculptural investigations into painting, playing with the loosely deteriorating nature of signs. In one large-scale piece in the basement, white chunky lines are carved into a black rectangle, creating a flag-like symbol that stands rather than hangs. In another room, Kristen Von Loon places a pile of NYTimes pages of street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham’s pages on a podium; on the walls, she plasters bright fliers of touring performing arts company SHEN YUN, which purports to tell the entire history of China. The repetition therein offers a meditation on both the loss of print and its oversaturation.

OPENING: h_am.

Sadie Halie Projects (3653 25th Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55406)

Opening: Saturday, May 27 from 7-10 p.m.

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This new exhibition references a piece of meat, yet its graphics appear lo-fi and not-at-all fleshy. Come by and see what artists Fiona Burke and Jo-Mei Lee have cooked up, or left raw. The exhibition runs through June 18.

OPENING: “Rosette” by Sheila Wagner

WHITE PAGE Gallery (3400 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407; open hours, Friday-Sunday 1-5pm)

Opening May 26th from 7-10 p.m.

Abstract painting is not dead. Painting is not dead. Ask any living abstract painter and they will confirm these statements. Or just go to this opening and speak with Sheila Wagner, whose paintings delve into both process and experimentation, color and texture, and the process of creating a painterly language. This exhibition runs through June 25.

SNEAK PEEK: Unveiling the giant blue rooster

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403)

Katharina Fritsch’s long-anticipated giant blue rooster, “Hahn/Cock,” is at home in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which re-opens next Saturday, June 3. Catch a view of it from the bridge before it’s officially unleashed to the public. Cock-a-doodle-do to you!

Giant blue bird comes to roost at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

The rooster makes its way to the garden (all images by the author)

Cock-a-doodle-do to the Twin Cities.

This morning around 10:20 a.m., the much-anticipated blue rooster finally made its descent into the garden of earthly art delights. Katharina Fritsch’s “Hahn/Cock” settled into its roost, where it will tower 23-24 feet above visitors to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

The rooster was supposed to be installed last week, but the artist requested that the rooster be repainted with a thinner coating of paint in order to achieve a brighter blue. 

The towering rooster pokes fun at and echoes the machoness of monumental military sculptures, like the companion “Hahn/Cock” which lives in Washington, D.C.

Installing the rooster was no easy feat. A giant crane carefully lifted the rooster up off the ground which, if you squinted enough, made it seem like the bird was gracefully levitating rather than flying. (Roosters and chickens are domestic birds that cannot fly, anyway.) Strings tied to the platform were held by four construction workers, who ensured that the bird slid onto its designated podium, lest it tumble to the ground in a birdly disaster. Once it was perched up top, the rooster lifted its beak to the sky, facing away from the iconic “Spoonbridge and Cherry.”

The Walker’s social media team of Chris Cloud and Elisabeth Hawthorne were on the scene, capturing the roosting for audiences near and far. Cloud shot Facebook Live while Hawthorne shot it all for Instagram Live.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden re-opens to the public on Saturday, June 3 with an entire day of events, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information on events visit: http://www.walkerart.org/calendar/2017/minneapolis-sculpture-garden-grand-reopening 

 

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