‘Revolution Now: Portraits of Contemporary Female Revolutionaries’

The idea of the “female revolutionary” is nothing new. Take Joan of Arc, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony and even a pants-wearing Katharine Hepburn. Modern women — such as 17-year-old human rights activist Malala Yousafzai and Russian punk band Pussy Riot — are still fighting against inequality and injustice. Gamut Gallery pays tribute to these women and others in “Revolution Now: Portraits of Contemporary Female Revolutionaries,” an invitational printmaking show. A group of 14 artists, including Allegra Lockstadt, Burlesque of North America’s Wes Winship and jurors Ash Marlene Hane and Angela Sprunger, will display their colorful monoprint, relief and silkscreen prints devoted to women who represent revolution to them. (Free opening reception 7-11 p.m. Sat. Ends March 21. Gamut Gallery, 1006 Marquette Av., Mpls. Jahna Peloquin



Carolyn Swiszcz & Jonathan Kaiser

What Minnesota artists Swiszcz and Kaiser have in common, if anything, is their curiosity about mundane artifacts and how they might be provocatively reanimated. In her show “Inventory,” Swiszcz re-creates a cozy stage-set living room complete with faux knickknacks, furniture upholstered in hand-printed Matisse-inspired designs, and a fake television on which she runs her witty animated videos about her Massachusetts hometown. It’s all charmingly sophisticated and endlessly engaging. Kaiser’s “Inverse Echo” is a more grating project whose centerpiece is a quartet of audio speakers that broadcast the sound of custom-made vinyl records running continuously and wearing down. Several concrete and mirrored sculptures fill in gaps in the gallery. The connection between the irritating sounds and the rustic sculptures is unclear, but it’s all about time, symmetry and repetition. (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed. & Sat.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thu.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Ends March 29. Free. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Av. S. 612-870-3000 or Mary Abbe