‘In Which ________ and Others Discover the End’

Minnesota installation artist Liz Miller meticulously arranges colorful felt, fabric and plastic into amorphous shapes and patterns that, at a distance, look like 3-D art. Upon closer examination, the interlaced, tactile pieces give the viewer the sense of stepping into a futuristic jungle. Her latest large-scale installation will envelop the walls of Public Functionary with its decorative, chaotic and repetitive charm. The installation is just the beginning of “In Which _______ and Others Discover the End,” a collaboration between Miller, performance collective SuperGroup, experimental playwright Rachel Jendrzejewski and art-rock band Brute Heart. The project will explore themes of human mortality, climate change and the mystery of life, culminating with a series of live performances. (Free opening reception 7-11 p.m. Sat. Performances March 27-29 & April 2-4. Ends April 10. Public Functionary, 1400 12th Av. NE., Mpls. Jahna Peloquin


‘Rome: Tra­vers­ing the Sa­cred’

The flow­ing forms of Roman Baroque sculp­ture are a nat­u­ral for a paint­er best known for big, lush, Pop-style im­ag­es of roses and oth­er blos­soms. Af­ter a so­journ in Rome, Minneapolis art­ist Charles Lyon re­turned with an­gels on his mind. Spe­cif­i­cal­ly, the 10 mar­ble an­gels that Gian Lorenzo Ber­ni­ni and oth­ers de­signed to grace the Ponte Sant’Angelo, which spans the Tiber River and links the an­cient city to the Chris­tian pre­cincts domi­nat­ed by St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vat­i­can. In­stead of ruf­fled flow­er pet­als, Lyon evokes the undulating robes, cas­cad­ing ring­lets and ten­der ex­pres­sions of the 350-year-old sculp­tures. Si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly, Minnesota art­ist Carl Oltvedt is show­ing new land­scape paint­ings of the North Shore and Minneapolis parks in the gal­ler­y’s An­nex. (Free open­ing reception 2-5 p.m. Sat. Ends April 18. Grove­land Gallery and An­nex, 25 Grove­land Ter­race, Mpls. 612-377-7800 or Mary Abbe