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Rethinking Public Spaces

Rethinking Public Spaces presents eleven artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and considering what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

Rethinking Public Spaces projects will take place around the exterior of The Soap Factory, across the Minneapolis/St Paul Metro, and throughout the state, including Rochester, Brainerd, and Cambridge.

ArtistList

 

Artists

Laura Brown

Maria Cameron

Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah

Juxtaposition Arts

Pete Driessen

Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci

Leyya Mona Tawil

Monica Edwards Larson

Monica Sheets

Jess Hirsch

Aaron Dysart

 


Laura Brown

 

Laura Brown: Coming Soon!

Project Description

The Soap Factory presents COMING SOON!, an outdoor installation by artist, Laura Brown. Brown will install screen printed faux construction signs around the perimeter of the Soap Factory during the upcoming building renovation. The shape and placement of each print allude to common safety signs found in construction zones. In this way, the pieces will act as artworks hidden in plain sight to activate the exterior and build anticipation for the soon-to-be renovated Soap Factory building.

In addition to the installation, Laura will host Open A-I-R studio sessions, inviting the public to print signs of solidarity, protest, or encouragement that relate to their day-to-day experiences in a wider world that is in various states of literal and metaphorical ‘renovation’.

Laura Brown’s website

Event Page

 

Coming Soon! Installation

July 1st – August 23th

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis Mn, 55414

 

 

Open A-I-R Studio Session

July 1st, 12pm – 4pm

The Soap Factory
514 2nd st. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

 


Open A-I-R Studio Session

August 12th, 12pm – 4pm

The Soap Factory
514 2nd st. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

Artist List

 

 


Maria Cameron

 

Maria Cameron: Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still?

Project Description

Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still?, a project by artist Maria Cameron, will transform public spaces in Rochester, MN into spaces of contemplation, self-reflection, and conversation. By installing a series of large-scale thought bubbles on buildings and in community spaces that are considered works in progress, this project highlights the present flux this city is currently in. The questions aim to create dialogue about renovation and renewal inviting conversation about the meditative and often healing act of finding art in the every day. The viewer is given the opportunity to focus on some of the complicated questions that come with living, thriving, hurting, and healing.

Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still? consists of eight installations throughout the city of Rochester, MN. Two installations will be unveiled per week from July 24th until August 12th, ending with a walking tour with the artist. Installations will be up indefinitely.

 

 


Is Your Rebellion Sitting Still? Installations

July 24th – August 19th 
See locations below

 

July 24th

Installation 1
“What Will you do with all of this potential?”

Conley Maas Building, Bleu Duck Kitchen
14th 4th St SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Installation 2
“Will we love each other forever from afar?”

Rochester Downtown Riverwalk

 

July 31st

Installation 3
“Are you blending in?”

Creative Salon
324 1st Ave SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Installation 4
“Do you take perverse pleasure in watching things spiral downhill?”

2nd Street Spiral Parking Ramp
2nd St SE
Rochester, MN 55906

 

August 7th

Installation 5
“Are you standing out?”

318 Commons Building
318 1st Ave SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Installation 6
“Is there a terrible ache to life?”

Welhaven Music Back Alley
15 N Broadway Ave
Rochester, MN 55906

 

August 14th

Installation 6
“Have you said hello to what you will be?”

Old Michael’s Restaurant Building
15 S Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904

Installation 8
“Is your rebellion sitting still?”
Location TBA

 

 
Walking Tour with the Artist

August 19th, 10am

Conley Maas Building, Bleu Duck Kitchen
14th 4th St SW
Rochester, MN 55902


Artist List

 


Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah

 

Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah: The Wall

Project Description

In the wake of an election that has left us facing such xenophobic rhetoric as “Build the Wall” and establishing a “Muslim Ban,” many activists have said that we must build bridges in order to make human connections and provide people with sanctuary, not walls. As Palestinian Americans witnessing the destruction of communities and diverse ethnic and ecological landscapes, both in the U.S. and internationally, artists Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah are interested in breaking down walls that should never have existed.

With the support of The Soap Factory, Abukhadra and Awadallah are working with Martin Gonzales to build a physical wall at the Prospect Park Community Garden, where it can be easily discovered and interacted with. The installation will culminate in a final interactive performance in which the lead artists will invite the community to break down ‘The Wall.’ Abukhadra, Awadallah, and Gonzales hope to ultimately convey that a concrete or metal facade is just that: a facade. A wall can divide and negatively define communities, landscapes, ecologies and livelihoods, but it can and will be dismantled by the subversive acts of our community.

FEATURING ARTWORK AND PERFORMANCES BY:
Martin Gonzales, Alec Lossiah, Ananya Dance Theatre, Lula Saleh, Joel Valdez, Sagirah Shahid, Karmel Sabri, Oscar de la Luna, Nailah Taman, Bella Yaga

Improvisation piece: Leila Awadallah, Louie Darang, Essma Imady, Marggie Ogas, Sarah Abdel Jalil, Colin Walker Wingate, Veera Vasandani, Itly Thayieng, Khadija Siddiqui, Seng Xiong, Pedro Pablo and Jordan Lee Thompson.

 

The Wall Installation

August 5th – August 20th

Prospect Park Community Garden
2909 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

Opening Ceremony

August 5th, 6:30pm -8:30pm

**Due to rain, the Opening Ceremony and Performances have been moved to August 13th, 6:30-8:30pm

Prospect Park Community Garden
2909 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

Paint The Wall

August 13th, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Prospect Park Community Garden
2909 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Performances

August 13th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Prospect Park Community Garden
2909 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

 

Closing Reception/ Destroy The Wall

August 20th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Prospect Park Community Garden
2909 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Event Page

Artist List

 


Juxtaposition Arts

 

Juxtaposition Arts

Project Description

This summer Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) will build on the momentum they’ve created over the last 3 years around the celebration of Black August by combining the respective placemaking and art-based engagement skill sets of JXTA’s Public Arts, Tactical, and Environmental Design studios; using these skills to bring 2017 Black August programming outdoors on the intersection of Emerson and West Broadway Avenues in North Minneapolis. To set the stage, and in celebration of black life, JXTALab’s Public Art & Mural Teen apprentices will create a new on-site mural. This new mural imagines black life beyond surveillance and policing, while referencing the aesthetic style of Aaron Douglas. Please join us July 29th, during FLOW, the North Minneapolis Art Crawl, for outdoor programming and the unveiling of JXTA’s newly completed mural.

Public Art Apprentices: Namir Fearce, Jahliah Holloman, Nya Jones, Kyla McCuren-Porter, Maná McBurnie, Savitri Mann, Imani Gates, Cameron Downey, and Salem Anderson-Murre.

 

Public Mural

July 29th – Indefinitely

Juxtaposition Arts
2007 N Emerson Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55411

 

  

Mural Unveiling

July 29th, 12pm-7pm

Juxtaposition Arts
2007 N Emerson Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55411

 

Artist List

Event Page

 


Pete Driessen

 

Pete Driessen: Trestle Support Systems

Project Description

Pete Driessen will be orchestrating a large scale, abstract trestle sculpture and installation, reflecting contemporary culture in the Blacksmith Shop building at the Northern Pacific Railway Yard, Brainerd, MN. A trestle is often defined as a complex of braced framework serving as a vertical support structure, created with wooden timbers, rock piles, and iron or steelwork for carrying a horizontal traversed beam, such as a table-like road or railroad over a lower geographic depression. Trestle language, semiotics and symbolism are synonymous with current self-help trends of bootstrapping, sustainability and empowerment.

The Northern Pacific Railroad yard is a large historic grouping of 12 brick and wood beam buildings that sit on a massive 47-acre plot of land in Brainerd, MN. The massive industrial site contains the aesthetic atmosphere and former physical workings of the past turn-of-the-century railroad era. The old railroad Blacksmith Shop building is 50,000 square feet, with 20-foot high sidewalls, an 80-foot wide cross span, and concrete floors. Listed on National Register of Historic Places, the NP site is centrally located near the geographic center of the state. Both the industrial rawness and the monumental scale of the Northern Pacific site and its Blacksmith Shop space are reflective of The Soap Factory’s building.

Trestle consists of both public art project and exhibition. The exhibition will be open from October 28th to November 3rd, with regular gallery hours of 12pm-9pm. The public art project will be up indefinitely and viewable anytime during the day.

   

Trestle Support Systems Exhibition

October 28th – November 4th

Northern Pacific Rail Yard
1511 Northern Pacific Rd
Brainerd, MN 56401

 

Opening Reception

October 28th, 6pm – 9pm

ACTIVITIES:
Northern Pacific Rail Yard Tours 4pm & 5 pm
After Party: Roundhouse Brewery 9-10 pm
Twin Cities based visitors can catch a bus to the event from The Soap Factory at 2pm the bus will leave Brainerd at 8pm. Sign up to take bus here.

 

Artist Talk

October 29th, 1 pm

Artist Dialogue and Tour with the artist, Pete Driessen; art critic and curator, Sheila Dickinson; and sound artist, Michael Masura Flora at 1 pm.

Northern Pacific Rail Yard
1511 Northern Pacific Rd
Brainerd, MN 56401

Artist List

Event Page

 


Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci

 

Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci: Common Room

Project Description

Common Room is a series of artist-led tours of Twin Cities sites, with each tour themed around a specific concept that the group uses as a lens to explore facets of the urban geography — in the past, these themes have included cats, alleys, skyways, fishing, freeway construction, weather, community kitchens, personal memory, and many more. Common Room is the work by Sergio Vucci and Andy Sturdevant, along with a rotating lineup of contributors. Now in its eighth year, is using the occasion of the Rethinking Public Spaces project to expand the scope of its programming for this summer to travel beyond The Soap Factory, and various neighborhoods of the Twin Cities by foot, bicycle and bus. Common Room’s themes in 2017 will include silence, sacredness, islands, neighborhood music, and more.

 


Silent Tour

August 2nd, 6:00pm

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis Mn, 55414

 
Mediatheque

August 9th, 8:30pm

**Due to rain, this tour has been moved to September 6th, 7:30pm. Thanks!

Lake Nokomis Main Beach
4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55417

 
Sacred Space Tour

August 16th, 6:00pm

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis Mn, 55414

 
Island Tour

August 23rd, 6:00pm

Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401

 
Neighborhood Mixtape

August 30th, 6:00pm

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis Mn, 55414

 

Artist List

 


Leyya Mona Tawil

 

Leyya Mona Tawil: Destroy// Minneapolis

Project Description

A new ritual for new times.

Leyya Tawil builds the work on location in one day with local artists.

In performance, the dance destroys itself.

In collaboration with local dancers and musicians, dance artist and composer, Leyya Mona Tawil, will bring her day long performance, ‘Destroy// All Places’, to The Soap Factory. ‘Destroy// All Places’ is a new ritual for new times. The performance is composed, but untethered. The artists attempt a score imbedded with mechanisms that make its execution increasingly impossible, forcing the material into stages of deterioration and evolution. ‘Destroy// All Places’ began in San Francisco in 2012, and has since visited over 23 cities including Saint Petersburg, Rome, Cairo and Athens.  Over 100 artists have participated in the project internationally.

Tawil’s project for The Soap Factory, ‘Destroy// Minneapolis,’ is a metaphor for renewal and resistance. The health of a city is dependent on change; a change that requires destruction as part of the life cycle.

Participating Minnesota based dancers: Leila Awadallah, Amelia Morris, Nicole Stumpf, Jenn Pray, Laura Levinson, Ben Swenson-Klatt, Non Edwards, Pedro Pablo Lander, Abby Taylor, Gabriel Mata, Rachel Horner, Halie Bahr, Erin Drummond, Tera Kilbride, Kaleena Miller, and Sarah Finley.

Featuring musicians: Milo Fine (percussion), Cyrus Pireh (electric guitar), Benjamin J Mansavage Klein (tuba)

Performance

August 26th, 8:00pm – 10:30pm

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis Mn, 55414

Event Page

Artist List

 


Monica Edwards Lar

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Monica Edwards Larson: Poetry of Resistance

Project Description

Monica Edwards Larson / Sister Black (Bike) Press’s project, Poetry of Resistance & Change, consists of two parts; a temporary installation of letterpress printed poetry cards and a collaborative one-time event: a poetry reading and DIY printing event using the mobile bicycle press at the Soap Factory. The installation will consist of hundreds of letterpress printed poetry cards that will be temporarily inserted within the construction fence on the property. The cards will feature the work of local poets whose work bears witness to the many challenges facing our democracy, the health of our planet, and all aspects of human rights that inspire action.

Sister Black Press’s event will begin with a Group Ride on September 16th, starting at 6pm. We will be traveling from Bryant Lake Bowl in Uptown, Minneapolis, ending at The Soap Factory at 7pm, for a Poetry Reading and Opening Reception.

Poetry of Resistance & Change Exhibition

September 16th – October 8th

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis Mn, 55414

 

 

Opening Reception: Group Ride, Poetry Reading, & Public Printing Participation

September 16th, 6pm- 10pm

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis Mn, 55414

 

Group Ride
September 16th, 6pm – 7pm

Starting at Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis Mn, 55408

Artist List

 


Monica Sheets

 

Monica Sheets: Collectively We Support Your Autonomy

Project Description

Monica is installing a large-scale neon sign for the Soap Factory façade created in collaboration with Ne-Art Custom Neon in Northeast Minneapolis. The text, ‘Collectively we support your autonomy’, is a reflection of and comment on participatory processes and relationships between artist, participant, artwork and audience.

“This lesson also applies to the Soap Factory’s role in the Twin Cities’ art community. It is the support provided by organizations such as The Soap Factory that enables artists’ autonomy in exploring their varied interests and contributing their knowledge to the world. It is also our collective support of these organizations as artists, audience and volunteers that ensures their continued existence. It seems fitting to me to emphasize these reciprocal roles on The Soap Factory’s exterior while its interior is closed in order to undertake renovations that ensure its own autonomy and continued existence.” – Monica Sheets

Please join us for Collectively We Support Your Autonomy‘s Opening Reception. This installation will be up indefinitely outside of The Soap Factory.

 

Opening Reception

October 14th, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

The Soap Factory
514 2nd St. SE
Minneapolis Mn, 55414

Artist List

 


Jess Hirsch

 

Jess Hirsch: Emotional Platings

Project Description

Emotional Platings is a series of picnic kits from trees that heal specific emotions, identified in the Bach Flower Essence philosophy developed by Edward Bach in the 1940s. Each picnic kit is crafted by the artist and includes a blanket, all serving ware, a notecard with conversational prompts, and a notebook to take notes on the conversation. The public will check out a specific kit in advance, asked to bring food to share, and paired with a stranger based on the emotion they have selected. Jess Hirsch is traveling to 5 rural towns throughout Minnesota, asking 160 people to check out a kit and explore emotion together.

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to accurately identify an emotion and react appropriately through awareness. This may seem simple, however, emotions convolute our behavior making us react quickly without recognizing our motivations. Hirsch hopes to connect people through shared experience of human emotions. With the ordinary act of eating, she hopes that we can better understand our differences and expose our commonalities.

Emotional Platings picnics will be available at the following towns at the subsequent date and time. There are 32 slots open to participate in a picnic at a local public park in each location. Jess will be working with local liaisons on scheduling and announcing when slots are open, and how to sign up; these releases will be made through local media outlets, in addition to The Soap Factory website and Social Media event pages.

The artist wants to capstone the project through a booklet and website archive to share photos, conversation snippets, a list of meals shared together, and information on the healing trees. Please join us on after the project on December 16th for a Book Release and Artist Talk with Jess Hirsch, location and time TBA.   

 

 

Participatory Picnics

October 1st, 12:00pm – 2:00pm  

Cambridge, MN: Location TBA

 

October 7th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Willmar, MN: Location TBA

 

October 8th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm 

Milan, MN: Location TBA

 

October 14th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm 

Fergus Falls, MN: Location TBA

 

October 15th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm 

Delano, MN: Location TBA

 

Artist Talk and Book Release

December 16th

Location and time TBA

 

Artist List

 


Aaron Dysart

 

Aaron Dysart: Surface

Project Description

Somehow both expansive and dense, the lock at the Upper St. Anthony Falls is of course outside, but feels somehow interior, almost internal.  Its’ tall walls and liquid floor struggle to even define much less confine this dense space.  With the lower gates permanently open, its’ imposing presence is constantly visible from the historic Stone Arch Bridge standing as a testament to the utilitarian history of this great river.

Taking data from the extensive logbooks kept by the staff of the Army Corp of Engineering over the years, this project will speak to the times this space was filled with the Mississippi River.  Data derived from handwritten pool heights will dictate a constant shifting background color while the color intensity will speak to the times the lock was emptied or filled with the river allowing for navigation of the falls. This spectacle will thus display the 52 year operating history of this central iconic Minneapolis space through data recorded by the people who tended it.

Surface will be viewable at the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam, and Stone Arch Bridge, September 15th and 16th only, 7:30-10pm.

This project is presented as part of Illuminate the Lock by Northern Lights.mn, Mississippi Park Connection, the National Park Service and as part of Here & There by The Soap Factory, with support from St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board and the US Army Corp of Engineers.

 

 

Time Based Installation

September 15th & 16th, 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam
1 Portland Ave
Minneapolis Mn, 55401

 

 

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