Karen Sherman: Minor Bodies

While the award-winning Karen Sherman is very well known as physical performer, her dynamic visual art in Minor Bodies kicks off the ambitious new three-part project Universal Donor (the images followed by a dance-based work followed by a book) at Hair + Nails. We expect to mingle with a Who’s Who of both the dance scene and visual arts scene at tonight’s reception. Thursday, 7 PM. Free.

Hair and Nails, 2222 1/2 E 35th St, MPLS; hairandnailsart.com 

collected vessels

Lauren Roche: Collected Vessels

There’s only five pieces in Lauren Roche’s show, but the mixed-media depictions of female nudes, animals, and surfaces have some much going—the rough color, the abstract shapes, the figures that bleed into each other—that any art fans will definitely want to find time to stop into the opening reception. Friday, 6-9 PM. Free.

Bockley Gallery, 2123 W 21st St, MPLS; bockleygallery.com 

No Creature Loves an Empty Space

Jerome grant winner Ginny Sims’s site-specific ceramic-based installation mixes the narrative styles of English table and factory ware with the surroundings of the hip new Lacuna gallery. The result: No Creature Loves an Empty Space creates new and playful contexts and meanings with the pieces, and the whole thing looks as much fun as it is interesting. Friday, 6-9 PM. Free. 

Lacuna Gallery, 3730 Chicago Avenue, Studio A, MPLS; facebook.com/lacunagallerympls

THEY/THEM PROJECT by Brent Dundore

As much a community-building event as a gallery opening, the party for the THEY/THEM PROJECT by photographer Brent Dundore brings together the participants in the Trans+, Gender Nonconforming photo series, friends and family and other organizations and non-profits who work in supporting roles, even guest speaker MPLS council person Phillipe Cunningham, to LUSH for a night of drinks, apps, and positive partying. Friday, 5 PM. Suggested donation at door.

LUSH, 990 Central Ave NE, MPLS; lushmpls.com

Art is My Weapon Part 2

The second installment of the exhibition that explores gun-related tragedies through art, Friday’s show includes works made by a variety of artists, even as young at 10 years old, with parts of guns collected by the MPD in a buyback program, plus spoken word and conversations. Friday, 6-9 PM. Free. 

Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Ave N, MPLS; homewoodstudios.com



The vibrant colors in the work of Bobby Marines put a pop sheen on the otherwise dark themes of his work—the lasting effects of poverty, drug/cartel culture, domestic violence, divorce—and add beautiful symbolic visual elements that give layers of depth to his personal depictions in his pieces. A very exciting show from an artist to watch. Saturday, 6-9 PM.

Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave S #101, MPLS; soovac.org

Untitled 14: SooVAC’s 14th Juried Exhibition

Since you’re already going to be at SooVAC on Saturday, check out the other half of their gallery space for their juried exhibition. The annual showcase includes guest curators—this year it’s Tequen Zea-Aida and Gabriel Ritter, excellent choices to make excellent choices—and the work of 17 artists that will undoubtedly include some of the best art that you’ll see all year. Saturday, 6-9 PM. Free. 

Soo Visual Arts Center, 2909 Bryant Ave S #101, MPLS; soovac.org

The Art of Leon Hushcha: Balancing Act

The Museum of Russian Art (TMORA to its friends) throws a bash for MPLS-based artist Leon Hushcha, whose bold polychromatic visualizations, both figurative and abstract works, reflect on his connection to the Ukraine. Along with a cash bar there’s also live music from A Ghost Revival. Saturday, 6:30 PM. RSVP.

Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Ave, MPLS; tmora.org