Turning 75 is a deal big enough to demand some serious gifts. Over the past three years, Walker Art Center staff solicited art in honor of the museum’s 1940 rebranding as a contemporary art center. More than 120 supporters responded with 250-plus paintings, sculpture, drawings, videos and other art, a selection of it now handsomely displayed in “75 Gifts for 75 Years,” opening with a weekend-long celebration that includes free admission, ice skating and a specialty cocoa bar. “Gifts” includes fresh pieces by such Walker stalwarts as Robert Indiana (a huge “LOVE” sculpture destined for the Sculpture Garden) and Chuck Close (a monumental 2015 self-portrait tapestry in which he’s a lot better looking than in the famously gritty 1968 self-portrait on the building’s exterior). (Opens Thu.-Sun. Exhibition through Aug. 2. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. $9-$14; free this weekend and Thursday evenings. www.walkerart.org.) Mary Abbe
‘Friction Fiction: A Survey of Black Animation’
The entry of urban pop culture and hip-hop into art galleries continues with “Friction Fiction,” a collaboration between the Soap Factory and African-American collective Obsidian Arts. Nine black artists from Minnesota to Kenya explore themes of alienation, urban decay and human interaction through hand-drawn, collage, oil-paint-on-glass, stop-motion and computer-generated animation. They include South African artist Nina Barnett, whose stop-motion animations and video installations depict social impacts made on urban landscapes; Africanus Okokon’s staccato, hand-drawn films; and Tim Portlock’s astoundingly lifelike, digitally generated illustrations of moody city scenes. Opening concurrently is “The Party’s Over,” a collaboration between the Chicago Artists Coalition and Soap resident artists. (Free opening reception 7-11 p.m. Sat. Ends March 8. The Soap Factory, 514 SE. 2nd St., Mpls. www.soapfactory.org.)Jahna Peloquin
‘Beyond the Buzz’
With 3-D printers, people have made everything from quasi-edible pizzas to a concrete house. Artists, naturally, are up on this snazzy technology as seen in “Beyond the Buzz,” a show of strange stuff by 26 local and international artists. Their 3-D projects range from Christopher Manzione’s toylike objects to Shane Hope’s colorful abstractions and Sharon Engelstein’s inflated sculpture. Using other technology, artists have carved Lake Superior wave patterns into acrylic columns (David Bowen), turned environmental data into bronze sculptures and paintings (Mary Bates Neubauer), modeled their own bodies (Helena Lukasova), sculpted sci-fi monsters from paper (Elona Van Gent) and produced a mesmerizing computer-generated video about St. Croix River logjams (Dave Beck). (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun. Ends March 1. Free. Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Av. S. 612-874-3667 or www.mcad.edu). M.A.