“The Uncompromising Hand” by Andrea Carlson

Fri, Sept 29 & Sat., Sept 30. 8-10:30 p.m.

Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock & Dam, Portland Av. at West River Pkwy., Mpls.


Andrea Carlson’s project, called “The Uncompromising Hand,” speaks to the destruction of Spirit Island, a limestone island that once existed near the Stone Arch Bridge, just downstream from the lock. A site that was sacred to the Dakota, the island was gradually dismantled between the 1890s and 1960s. Carlson’s project takes place inside the lock. On the evenings of Sept. 29-30, she will project re-creations of the island through hand-animated video, with accompanying text in Dakota and English, scrolling horizontally in the direction of the water flow. Rather than lament the past, the project speaks to the potential for an “alternative future,” or, as Carlson describes in the text, “learning from our past to protect the environment for future generations to enjoy.” Read more: http://www.startribune.com/two-artists-lock-it-down-with-projects-illuminating-the-history-of-st-anthony-falls/444461483/

Chris Larson

“Axonometric / Threshold”

TOPO Gallery (Northrup King Building, Suite 133, 1500 Jackson St NE, Mpls 55413)

Runs through Oct 31, 2017


Not long ago, Chris Larson burned down a house for art. In his new exhibition “Axonometric / Threshold” which inaugurates the opening of TOPO Gallery, he builds structures up, presenting a ten-year series of pencil drawings on vellum that creates new structures from imagery of industrial workspaces, rural architectural structures and aeronautic machines.

Photo by Alicia Eler 

Artist-Designed Mini Golf 2017

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (725 Vineland Pl, Mpls 55403)

Runs through Oct. 29

Hours: Open Weekends September 7–September 30:
Thursday, 4 p.m. –9 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Last tee time one hour before close.

Open Weekends October 1–October 29: Thursday, 4 p.m.–8 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Last tee time one hour before close.


Putt-putt on over to the Walker’s mini-golf course at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden while the warm weather lasts. Gaze at the giant blue rooster by Katharina Fritsch while There are 18 holes this year, all designed by artists. Tickets include free gallery admission (up to $14 value) plus $5 off any purchase of $25 or more from the Walker Shop.

Iyapo Repository

Law Warschaw Gallery at Macalester College, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 130 Macalester Street, St. Paul, MN 55105

Runs through Oct 25, 2017

Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Noon – 4 p.m.


Iyapo Repository is shaping the future. In this exhibition of works by New York artists Salome Asega and Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde, they present a collection of digital and physical artifacts that project the future of people of African descent. The project was founded in response to the lack of representation of people of African descent in projects of the future, which are very apparent in film.

Above: Aliza Nisenbaum, born 1977, Nimo, Sumiya, and Bisharo harvesting flowers and vegetables at Hope Community Garden, 2017, Oil on linen, 88 × 68 in. (223.52 × 172.72 cm), Courtesy the artist and Mary Mary, Glasgow

Aliza Nisenbaum

“A Place We Share”

Minneapolis Institute of Art (2400 Third Avenue South, Mpls 55404)

Exhibition reception on Thurs, Sept 28 at 6:30 PM in Mia's Lobby

Runs through Feb 4, 2018


Artist Aliza Nisenbaum spent three months working with Centro Tyrone Guzman, Hope Community, and Mia’s security guards to create three large-scale group portraits of their respective communities. All local to the Phillips and Whittier neighborhoods, Nisenbaum built trust and friendship with everyone. Nisenbaum employs strong, bold colors, often times giving visibility to the immigrant experience. By placing these portraits in the museum, she brings in visuals of people who are otherwise othered.  Nisenbaum, who was born in Mexico City and is currently based in Brooklyn, exhibited in the 2017 Whitney Biennial.