Venues

We like to frequent these art venues because they display art that inspires, intrigues and even occasionally irks us.

Art of This

Art of This

3506 Nicollet Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN 55408

An unassuming store front in South Minneapolis houses a five year-old artists project determined to show work that is experimental and socially relevant. At times, Art of This can feel as grassroots as it gets in its rare combination of ambition, grit, and vision. Artistic directors David Peterson and John W. Marks never cater to the lowest common denominator, which makes Art of This an exciting place to visit–you never know what you’ll find.

Art of This
AZ Gallery

AZ Gallery

308 Prince Street, #130, St. Paul, MN

Located in the midst of the old warehouses that provide studio spaces for St. Paul’s vibrant arts community in Lowertown, AZ Gallery (A to Z, with A standing for Argyle, Z for Zebra) brings us an eclectic mix of shows each year. Part of the gallery’s appeal lies in the unexpected: never pretentious in its offerings, A – Z shows work produced by members of the Twin Cities arts community.

AZ Gallery
Bell Museum of Natural History

Bell Museum of Natural History

10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

While it may not seem like an obvious choice to include a Museum of Natural History on our list of favorite art haunts, the Bell’s commitment to showing photography and other visual arts invites dialog about where art begins and documentation ends, and about whether we need such distinctions and why. The monthly walk-abouts provide excellent opportunities for such irreverent inquiries.

Bell Museum
Bockley Gallery

Bockley Gallery

2123 West 21st Street Minneapolis, MN 55405

Tucked between Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake, Bockley Gallery is a local gem. Owner Todd Bockley’s commitment to representing Minnesota artists has led to an impressive array of Midwestern luminaries who show at the gallery: whether Bockley is showing George Morrison, Jim Denomie, Andrea Carlson or David Sollie, the gallery is always worth the trip to Kenwood.

Bockley Gallery
College of Visual Arts Gallery

College of Visual Arts Gallery

173 Western Avenue, St. Paul, MN

Not only is the gallery of the College of Visual Arts located vis-a-vis one of St. Paul’s most attractive coffee shops, but the programming showcases regional artists as well as work of nationally known artists. Personal favorites include the wonderfully idiosyncratic collection of Gary Fink and the contemporary printmakers’ exhibition in 2008.

CVA gallery
form + content

form + content

210 N 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401

This collectively run non-profit gallery keeps putting on thought-provoking, beautiful shows. Additional programming—panel discussions, readings, conversations—have endeared form + content to us.

form + content
Fox Tax Gallery

Fox Tax Gallery

503 1st Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55413

Where else does the business of doing taxes meet art in such a symbiotic way? We can’t think of any. Fox Tax is unique, as art the many young and emerging artists who show their work there. Openings are the stuff of legend.

Fox Tax
Franconia Sculpture Park

Franconia Sculpture Park

29836 St. Croix Trail - Franconia, MN 55074

Franconia is unique. As an open-air sculpture park, Franconia might be seasonally challenged, but the quality of the work an hour north of the Twin Cities makes this park worth the drive. Annual metal pours, conversations with critics and artists, and the resident sculptors have turned Franconia into a hotbed of artistic activity.

Franconia Sculpture Park
Franklin Artworks

Franklin Artworks

1021 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

We consider Franklin Artworks one of Minneapolis’ prime locations for contemporary art. Sometimes Tim Peterson shows us local artists we’ve been wondering about, sometimes he brings us artists of national renown. Tim’s shows tend to stay with you for a while—whether you’re crazy about each individual artist or not. Great asset: the project space.

Franklin Artworks
Midway Contemporary Art

Midway Contemporary Art

527 Second Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Sometimes, Midway manages to baffle us—which we are grateful for. With few exceptions, Midway is unrivaled with its spacious galleries, excellent library, and highly conceptual shows. Midway is also famous for their art parties and cadre of brainy graduate student volunteers.

Midway Contemporary Art
Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2501 Stevens Ave Minneapolis, MN 55404

Each year, the Jerome and McKnight Foundations awards Fellowships to Minnesota artists, and the winners in the visual arts exhibit the fruits of their fellowship-funded labor at mcad. We like these shows, since they offer a glimpse into the Minnesota’s art scene that is always good for the unexpected.

mcad
Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

2400 3rd Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55404

The institute is always worth a visit. Exhibits range from ancient Asian artifacts to contemporary photography, fiber arts, sculpture, and design. The MIA’s offers artist talks, trialogues–conversations between artists, critics, and audience–and educational programs that continue to intrigue us.

MIA
Rogue Buddha Gallery

Rogue Buddha Gallery

357 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN

Its recent feature in the New York Times confirms what a decade of dedicated curation has proven. Nicholas Harper’s dark, gothic gallery is a major fixture in the Twin Cities art scene.

Harper’s art space, far from being an autonomous satellite to the scene, is an integral player in the emerging gravity of a northeast cultural hub. Hosting and supporting regular music and dance events, R0gue Buddha’s 10 years at 13th and 4th Street Northeast have added to the specific gravity of that corner. The Gallery’s stalwart commitment to its singular vision reminds us of visual art’s role in expressing the idiosyncratic and the repressed.

Rogue Buddha Gallery
Rosalux Gallery

Rosalux Gallery

1224 NE 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Rosalux is an artist cooperative art gallery that was founded in Minneapolis in 2002. The gallery has been home to artists whose work can be found in well-known national and international collections, museums and galleries, and whose work has been recognized by prestigious awards and grants. The gallery moved to the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District in 2010.

Shoebox Gallery

Shoebox Gallery

Window to the right of 2948 Chicago Av S., Mpls MN 55407

Which other gallery in town can boast this caveat: “As the Gallery is a window in a shoestore, we cannot offer insurance, shipping nor climate control. The sun will beat down and it will be a little colder or hotter than the store’s interior. Automatic awnings protect the window, but not completely. Let your art withstand these conditions when considering submitting.” Thanks to Sean Smuda for keeping this Powderhorn treasure going!

Shoebox Gallery
Soo Visual Arts Center

Soo Visual Arts Center

2640 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis

Located in the heart of Uptown, the nonprofit Soo uses its two galleries to present provocative and exceptional local work. The attached gift shop is full of affordable work by local artists. Their website states a vision of art as a part of community, and the Soo’s events are among the best art parties of the year.

Soo Visual Arts Center
The Bindery Projects

The Bindery Projects

Founded by artists Nate Young and Caroline Kent, the Bindery Projects is a new alternative art space in St. Paul. What they say about their goals sounds fascinating: “the major goal is to facilitate engaging and meaningful exhibitions operating outside constraints of institution and market seeking to be a catalyst for pragmatic critical thought and conversation.” Conversation is back, critical thought may be pragmatic, and we can’t wait to see what will happen at the Bindery next.

http://www.thebinderyprojects.com
The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA)

The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA)

5500 Stevens Ave South, Minneapolis, MN. 55419

We suggest TMORA takes the prize for the best acronym. A museum entirely devoted to Russian art, TMORA cannot help but educate us about how history the history of politics and art have always been intertwined… and we like that education very much.

TMORA
The Phipps Center for the Arts

The Phipps Center for the Arts

109 Locust St Hudson, WI 54016-1518

So strictly speaking, the Phipps is not really in the Twin Cities. But the half hour drive to Hudson is usually worth your while, since the Phipps excels in bringing together both traditional and sometimes very unorthodox work.

The Phipps
The Soap Factory

The Soap Factory

518 Second St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55458

Nothing compares to the Soap Factory’s haunted Halloween basement. Spacious and post-industrially beautiful, the galleries attract a diverse crowd of artists and art lovers. Never boring, sometimes provocative, occasionally very smart.

Soap Factory
The Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center

1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

There are days when we love to hate the Walker. But let’s face it: no other institution in town has the excellent curatorial staff, the clout, or the money to bring us shows such as The Quick and the Dead, or a screening of Matthew Barney’s entire Cremaster Cycle. The Twin Cities would not be the same without the Walker.

The Walker
Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art

Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art

250 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN

Traffic Zone houses some of the most beautiful artist studios in the Twin Cities, no doubt about it. But Traffic Zone has also become a must-see venue for contemporary art: Ex-Libris, the re-purposed book, on view at traffic Zone as I write this entry, is one of the most compelling shows devoted to book art I have seen in a long time.

Traffic Zone

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