WAM@20: Choice, Weisman Art Museum
The first in a yearlong series of exhibitions marking the 20th anniversary of the Weisman’s Gehry-designed building, WAM@20: CHOICE highlights works collected over the last two decades. Items on display will be selected based on non-traditional criteria (oldest object, smallest object, longest accession number) as well as student, tour guide, curator, and director picks.
Oct. 6–Jan. 5. Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Rd., Mpls., 612-625-9494, weisman.umn.edu
Ambient Light: A Natural Luminosity, Minneapolis Photo Center
Photographer Jim Brandenburg juried this show of images linked solely by a certain quality of light at a certain moment in time, what Brandenburg describes as "magic light." The exhibition features 70 photographs set in locations as brilliant as a lit window punctuating a Tokyo skyline and as banal as the pale glow illuminating the entrance to a Target store.
Oct 27. Minneapolis Photo Center, 2400 N. 2nd St., Mpls., 612-643-3511, mplsphotocenter.com
Contemporary Prints From Central Taiwan, Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Central Taiwan may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think printmaking, but it’s a major center for arts and culture in the region. Taiwan-based printmaker and curator Jon Renzella has gathered work by approximately 20 artists, which, he says, reflect the country’s “cultural reckoning” in the face of hegemonies in America, China, and the island’s former colonial master, Japan.
Opens Sept. 14. Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 912 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-871-1326, highpointprintmaking.org
The Audacious Eye, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The “audacious eye” of the exhibition’s title belongs to Bill Clark, the art collector who, along with his wife Libby, is responsible for a Japanese art windfall at the MIA.
This past spring, the Clarks gave the museum 1,700 objects, including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, woodblock prints, and bamboo baskets covering 10 centuries of Japanese art. The Audacious Eye is a nod to the Clarks’ “unrestrained, undisciplined” approach. “He did not follow market trends or restrict himself to a specific medium, time period, artist, or motif,” says Andreas Marks, who follows the collection to the MIA as the museum’s new curator of Japanese and Korean art. “He freed himself to collect whatever he liked, whatever caught his audacious eye, and he strove to find strange, peculiar, curious, intriguing works that basically ‘spoke’ to him.” While Clark’s approach may have been a bit scattershot, he still managed to acquire artwork from every school of painting in Japan since the 16th century. Next month, you’ll have a chance to view the collection’s highlights.
Opens Oct. 5. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls., 612-626-9660, artsmia.org
Stuart Nielsen: Recent Work 2008–2013, Bockley Gallery
In his first solo show in a decade, Twin Cities–based artist Stuart Nielsen goes back to his artistic roots, turning his attention away from large-scale public art to paintings teeming with geometric forms, repeating patterns, and vibrant colors.
Opens Sept. 11. Bockley Gallery, 2123 W. 21st St., Mpls., 612-377-4669, bockleygallery.com
The Studio Sessions: Minnesota Artists in the 1970s, Minnesota Museum of American Art
In the 1970s, photographer Victor Bloomfield took portraits of local artists such as Frank Gaard, Warren MacKenzie, and Nancy Randall, capturing a decisive moment in local art history. Thirty portraits are included, alongside a work by each artist.
Through Oct. 20. Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space, 332 N. Robert St., St. Paul, 651-797-2571, mmaa.org
Seemingly Useless Parts, Burnet Gallery
Minneapolis-based artist Sonja Peterson creates incredibly intricate sculptural artwork from paper, metal, and other materials, giving shape to her fascination with nature and culture.
Opens Sept. 13. Burnet Gallery, 901 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-767-6824, burnetgallery.com
American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, Minnesota History Center
The evils of government overreach are explored in an exhibition that includes a recreated speakeasy, films, music, and a hunt-the-bootlegger video game.
Opens Nov. 9. Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, 651-259-3000, minnesotahistorycenter.org
Audubon and the Art of Birds, Bell Museum of Natural History
Inspired by birds, naturalist John James Audubon was also a great artist. This remarkable exhibition features 35 framed “double elephant” copper-plate etchings from the original Havell edition of Birds of America, as well as a matching number of bird-related works from Minnesota artists.
Oct. 5–June 8. Bell Museum, 10 SE Church St., Mpls., 612-624-7083, bellmuseum.org
Jerome Emerging Artist Exhibition, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
This perennial sampling of emerging artists working in a range of media is a good place to catch artists on the rise. The lineup includes Susannah Bielak, Amanda Hankerson, Melissa Loop, Lauren Roche, and Michael Hoyt. Hoyt creates portraits of people he meets while driving his two-wheeled “roving drawing unit” around Minneapolis parks.
Opens Oct. 4. Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Ave., Mpls., 612-874-3700, mcad.edu
Soap Factory Presents: ,,,
No, that's not a typo. The title of Soap Factory’s third Minnesota Biennial is just a few punctuation marks—call it the comma ellipses exhibition.
Sept. 7–Nov. 3. Soap Factory, 514 SE 2nd St., Mpls., 612-623-9176, soapfactory.org